Music pages

Welcome to my music pages

Music was my first love and it will be my last,
Music of the future and music of the past

I have no idea where my love for music came from – although I grew up in the 60’s my parents weren’t really that interested in music, their record collection included Frank SInatra, Mrs Mills and Russ Conway. I remember the radio being on but even so I don’t remember hearing the name the Beatles until around 1972! (although once I did I recognised a lot of the songs) My first musical tastes were eclectic to say the least (well ok they still are!) and my first loves were George Formby and Military Brass Bands!

Among the first pop singles I bought were “Two little boys” by Rolf Harris (who I would get to see singing it years later!), Snoopy Vs the Red Baron by the Hot Shots and “Merry Christmas Everybody” by Slade. However my first musical love were Mud who I went to see at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle in 1975. This was to be the first of many many concerts I would go to over the years, one year later I went to see Thin Lizzy and the rest as they say is history!

My musical education came from many places, friends and their older siblings,  Friday night at the Mayfair in Sunderland, Radio shows such as Tommy Vance’s Friday night Rock show, Keep on Trucking on Metro Radio and more importantly Bedrock on BBC Newcastle, Roger Scott & Johnnie Walker’s Saturday afternoon show and in more recent years Late Junction on BBC Radio 3. I listened to lots of music and followed leads sometimes just buying a record because I liked the look of the sleeve! Then of course there was the discovery of the Grateful Dead and the musical avenues that lead me down especially once the internet started up!

In the early days I felt I had missed out on so much – Hendrix and Morrison had both died while I was at Junior school – but looking back over 40 odd years I haven’t done too badly and seen so many great acts and been to some great shows. As time permits I’ll continue to add stuff here about the music and artists that I’ve liked and seen over the years (and in the years to come hopefully). I’m thinking gig reviews starting with the most recent and working backwards! Articles about my favourite albums, artists, groups etc In the meantime the music pages from my old website have been uploaded and they are here

All photos ©Kevin Geraghty-Shewan (deadheaduk) unless otherwise stated