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Sixtyplusurfers Competition

Win a Signed Mauro Dirago Album
Ahead of Release

Win a Signed Mauro Dirago album ahead of release

To celebrate the release of Mauro Dirago’s debut album on 5th May, Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Bright Star Records to offer three lucky readers the chance to win a signed promo copy of ‘Rewind’, his highly anticipated new album.

UK singer/songwriter and producer, Mauro Dirago, is proof that miracles do happen. His unique charisma brought him close to Priscilla Presley, a friendship which led to the production of Elvis’ recently re-imagined Royal Philharmonic Orchestra albums.

The same determination also captured the attention of Capital Radio DJ Mick Brown in the early ‘90s, leading to an instant signing with the then mammoth PWL Records. Now a quarter of a century on, Mauro Dirago rewinds history as he re-recruits Mick Brown for the launch of his new single ‘Heartbreaker’; followed by the release of his debut album ‘Rewind’ on 5th May 2017.

Mauro Dirago

His new single, ‘Heartbreaker’ delivers an ironic tip-of-the-hat to the industry giants who enabled his pop career as a teen, as Mauro casts Mick Brown in the starring role of the new video (a thank you to Mick for making his first song ‘Who’s Gonna Love Me When You’re Gone’ a hit. Harking back to that time, ‘Heartbreaker’ is a catchy pop track with strong echoes of the delicious era of Motown; an instant radio-friendly hit.

The single is the first release from Mauro’s forthcoming debut album, ‘Rewind’. Appropriately named, ‘Rewind’ is a journey through musical time, traversing genres and sounds that have become the road-map to musical history. Shunning the need to succumb to trend or fashion, this album delivers an eclectic collection of singles from across the decades, all jig-sawing easily together into the perfect album; star-studded with impressive collaborations to add extra spice.

Spinning back to the 80s, ‘Slave For You’ is a partnership with Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Julian Smith, delivering elements of a rich latin sound; the George Michael-esque ‘King of Kings’ was written for Mauro by Rob Davies & Boy George (again, a strong supporter of Mauro); whilst ‘Addicted To Fame’ is a poke at the current desperation for celebrity status, wanting to be famous simply for the sake of fame.

Mauro Dirago

A tribute to his all-time hero, Elvis, Mauro includes a unique version of ‘Fever’. Featuring Paul McCartney’s cousin, Kate Robbins, this version of ‘Fever ’is the first time that anyone has recorded the track with a male and female artist.

Mauro Dirago is a music industry stalwart. Constantly present, smartly considered and timing impeccably measured. When Mauro Dirago makes a manoeuvre in the industry, the results are ground breaking.

As an aspiring artist in the early ‘90s, Dirago cleverly recruited the support and airplay of the UK’s biggest DJs before approaching record labels for a deal – the result was an endorsement from Mick Brown (Capital Radio) and an instant Pete Waterman signing to PWL Records.

Mauro Dirago and Mick Brown

Then he waited, bade his time and 20 years on methodically conquered the industry nemesis by gaining the trust of Priscilla Presley; persuading her to say ‘yes’ to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra treatments of classic Elvis albums. Nobody but Mauro Dirago could achieve this.

Only now, over 25 years after the release of his debut single, does Mauro Dirago feel the time is right for the release of his debut album.

It was never the right time to make an album, until now,” says Mauro. Up to this point, music has been about ‘trends’ and it never felt right for me to fit into a box. I’m not a trendsetter or a fashion leader, I’m a musician making great music and this new album covers the ‘eras’. If you love all music, you’ll love ‘Rewind’

Mauro Dirago

A modern album of fresh new original songs but with a hint of retro woven into its musical fabric, ‘Rewind’ is a must for all true music fans.

The debut album ‘Rewind’ is released on 5th May 2017 on Bright Star Records

     Watch Mauro Dirago
       sing 'Heartbreaker'
 featuring DJ, Mick Brown

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     c) Rewind
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Liza Sings
Barbra Streisand

Liza Pulman sings Barbra Streisand

Liza Pulman, the acclaimed singer & comedienne and one third of the satirical and much loved comedy trio Fascinating Aida, returns in 2017 with her third solo show Liza Sings Streisand.

This is no Stars in Their Eyes, nor a Channel 5 biopic, this is sexy, sassy Liza weaving together history, humour and harmony as she celebrates the songs of the great Barbra Streisand with her six piece band, The Stardust Ensemble.

The tour kicks off on May 3rd, closely following Barbra Streisand’s 75th Birthday on April 24, making this the perfect time to spend a night out with Liza enjoying Streisand’s greatest musical numbers.

Showbiz is in Liza’s blood. Her performance dreams started young, just like Streisand’s. As the daughter of screenwriter Jack Pulman (I, Claudius, War and Peace) and actress Barbara Young (Coronation Street, Family Affairs, Last of the Summer Wine,) Liza’s parents immersed her in a world of film, scripts, acting and music at a young age, which set her up perfectly for a career on the stage. Her mother once met Streisand, and it is stories like this that Liza weaves between songs, bringing not just her exceptional voice, but her storytelling and her own personal slant on Streisand’s life and music to the stage.

Featuring all the greatest Streisand hits from Evergreen to The Way We Were, and the much-loved Funny Girl, numbers Don’t Rain On My Parade, Second Hand Rose and many more, Liza Sings Streisand brings glorious new arrangements and orchestrations of Streisand’s legendary music, alongside renowned musical director and Liza’s long-time collaborator Joseph Atkins. You can see Liza performing Evergreen Here, in her Songs of Hollywood show.

Liza says, “Barbra Streisand is a legend, her talent across singing, directing and screenwriting, and her rhythm as a natural comedian have all inspired me both on and off stage. I absolutely love putting the show programmes together. I love creating new arrangements of songs that people know really well and also introducing the audience to songs they might not already know. Working with my band to bring together the best of Barbra Streisand’s songs has been a real treat and we can’t wait to share this with you!”

Tour and Listings Information

Liza Sings Streisand

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Wednesday 3 May, 7:30pm

The Stables, Wavendon
Friday 5 May, 8:00pm

Monday 8 May, 7:00pm

The Capitol, Horsham
Wednesday 10 May, 7:30pm

Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot
Friday 19 May, 7:30pm

Crazy Coqs - LIVE AT ZEDEL, London
Monday 22 May 7:00pm

The Radlett Centre, Radlett
Wednesday 31 May, 7:30pm

The Auden Theatre, Holt
Friday 2 June, 7:30pm

Royal & Derngate, Northampton
Sunday 4 June, 7:30pm

Opera House, Jersey
Thursday 8 June, 7:30pm

Crazy Coqs - LIVE AT ZEDEL, London
Monday 12 June, 7:00pm


Walled Garden Music Fest Building To New Heights

Beverley Craven

Beverley Craven at Walled Garden

One of the finest new additions to the boutique festival circuit, the delightful Walled Garden Music Fest, has unveiled the star-packed line-up for its third year, with an array of chart-topping acts.

This year’s bill includes headliners ABC, Thompson Twins’ star Tom Bailey, Embrace, Howard Jones, Jennifer Paige, with Toploader and Beverley Craven also among the draws, with just a few more acts to be added for the weekend of Friday July 14 to Sunday July 16.

Jennifer Paige

        Jennifer Paige at Walled Garden

Staged in the beautiful and historic grounds of 550-acre estate of Brightling Park in East Sussex, the event goes from strength to strength with its high-calibre guests. Whilst still limiting its comfortably relaxing 2000 capacity, the unique setting and rave reviews, have certainly made word spread.

See ABC at Walled Garden

      ABC at Walled Garden Music Fest

This year’s crop of artists includes ABC, whose album The Lexicon Of Love was one of the defining releases of the early 1980s, performing a greatest hits selection.

Embrace perform at Walled Garden

     Embrace perform at Walled Garden

Embrace have achieved three number one albums over their two decade career with hits such as Come Back To What You Know and Gravity.

Tom Bailey leads the Thompson Twins

 Tom Bailey leads the Thompson Twins

Thompson Twins, led by Tom Bailey, were a staple of the top 10 in the 80s with timeless tracks such as Hold Me Now, We Are Detective and You Take Me Up.

Howard Jones sings at Walled Garden

 Howard Jones sings at Walled Garden

While Howard Jones has built a reputation on both sides of the Atlantic with classic songs such as What Is Love, Like To Get To Know You Well and New Song.

See Toploader at Walled Garden

 Toploader at Walled Garden Music Fest

Others on the bill include Crush singer Jennifer Paige, Promise Me singer Beverley Craven, Dancing In The Moonlight hitmakers Toploader, The Illegal Eagles, Wildwood Kin, The King’s Parade, Talk In Code and Emma McGrath, with more to be added.

The walled garden dates back to the 19th century and was used as the main source of vegetables for the nearby village of Brightling, designed to attract optimum levels of light with its south-facing aspect, while its slope and 14-foot high walls created the perfect growing environment. It is also highly effective as a natural theatre with its sturdy towering brick walls now helping to provide particularly good acoustics, as well as being the perfect location to kick back, enjoy a picnic and soak up the relaxed atmosphere.

The event was the brainchild of photographer Mel Fordham and racehorse trainer Gardie Grissell who hit upon the idea of using the 2.7-acre walled garden for a small festival in late 2014. They tested the water the following summer with their inaugural two-day show, largely tribute acts with a nod to prog rock, but by 2016 this had expanded to three days and a line-up featuring the likes of Go West, Nik Kershaw, Marc Almond, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel and Tom Robinson.

Co Promoter, Mel Fordham says, “This is a pretty unique music festival. With fabulous music from truly great artists ranging from the 80’s, 90’s to present day, there’s something for everyone. An unparalleled setting and a relaxed family-friendly atmosphere, 2017 looks set to be the best year yet for the Walled Garden Music Fest.”

Visitors can book by the day or purchase for all three days with family tickets available and concessions for children. Camping is also available, and there are glamping options.

For details and to book tickets visit the website at  

Jeff Lynne’s ELO Tours with Tom Chaplin and The Shires as Support

Jeff Lynne from ELO will be joined by Tom Chaplin on his Summer Tour


Jeff Lynne’s ELO will be joined by Tom Chaplin on their run of dates in the UK this summer, and also by The Shires at Wembley Stadium, London on June 24th and at Hull KCOM Stadium on July 1st.

Tom Chaplin is best known for being the lead singer in the anthemic, multi-million selling UK band Keane. Stepping out on his own in 2016, his solo album ‘The Wave’ debuted at Number 3 in the UK chart and features eleven incredibly honest and ultimately uplifting songs driven by his unmistakable voice. To take his live show on the road, he’s assembled an incredible array of musicians to bring his richly layered sound to life.

The first British act ever to win a prestigious Country Music Award, and the fastest ever selling UK Country Act, The Shires will bring hits from their Gold-selling ‘My Universe’ to Wembley Stadium to open for Jeff Lynne’s ELO on June 24th and to the KCOM Stadium on July 1st.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO continue to go from strength to strength with not only his latest platinum album, ‘Alone In The Universe’ a runaway success both commercially and critically, (with all the singles taken from it featuring on the Radio 2 A List) but also over a million sales of ‘All Over The World - The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra’.

2017 will see ELO inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, on April 7th. The band will be inducted alongside Joan Baez, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, and Yes.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO plays:

June 2017

Wednesday 21st Sheffield Arena
Saturday 24th London Wembley Stadium Connected By EE
Wednesday 28th Glasgow The SSE Hydro

July 2017

Saturday 1st Hull KCOM Stadium

Known for their epic live shows and with a distinct style that seamlessly and innovatively blends rock, pop and classical, ELO has had twenty six UK Top 40 singles, making Lynne's sweeping productions some of the most recognisable music of the last forty years and helping sell over 50 million records worldwide.

Widely agreed upon as one of the greatest record producers in music history, Lynne was a co-founder and member of The Travelling Wilburys together with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Tom Petty as well as a producer and collaborator with some of the biggest names in music including The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, and most recently, Bryan Adams.

Tickets for Glasgow are on-sale now priced at £110/£90/£80/£65/£50

Tickets for Hull are on-sale now priced at £125/£95/£75/£55/£35

Tickets for Sheffield are on-sale now priced at £110/£90/£80/£65/£50

Tickets for London are on sale now priced at £110/£85/£55/£35

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Garland Jeffreys Releases 14 Steps
to Harlem

Garland Jeffreys Releases 14 Steps to Harlem


Garland Jeffreys has been making provocative, personally charged urban rock and roll since the late 1960s. He started out in Greenwich Village performing highly respected songs that reflected on life as a multi-racial man in America. ‘14 Steps To Harlem,’ the third album in six years by this ‘beloved rock-soul-reggae singer-songwriter’ (New York Times) is set to release April 28 on his own label Luna Park Records.

Produced with James Maddock with core band members Mark Bosch, Charly Roth, Brian Stanley and Tom Curiano, guest spots by Brian Mitchell and Ben Stivers, a gorgeous duet with daughter Savannah and a radiant violin solo by Laurie Anderson, this record delivers what fans have come to expect from Jeffreys: edgy immediacy and literate, emotionally raw lyrics coupled with a still supple voice capable of singing in a practically limitless number of styles.

Jeffreys has long held the respect of his peers and the breadth of contributors to his recordings and performances reflect that respect, as well as an ahead of the curve penchant for musical genre-bending: Dr. John, The E Street Band, John Cale, Michael Brecker, Larry Campbell, The Rumour, James Taylor, Phoebe Snow, Sly & Robbie, Sonny Rollins, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Lou Reed among many more have recorded and performed with him.

It’s a testament to both the broad appeal and diversity of his music that his songs have been covered by hardcore punk legends The Circle Jerks (whose version of “Wild in the Streets” is a skater anthem), psych-folkies Vetiver and jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker.

Garland Jeffreys

The album features a myriad of musical influences and tracks include ‘Spanish Heart,’ a love song and celebration of Garland’s Puerto Rican heritage, a passionate blending of harmonies on ‘Time Goes Away,’ the riotous ‘Schoolyard Blues,’ a foray into 80’s synth pop with ‘When You Call My Name’ and the title track & single ‘14 Steps To Harlem.’

Garland Jeffreys 14 Steps to Harlem is released on Luna Park Records/Republic of Music.

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   Sixtyplusurfers Competition

  Win Without a Word
      by Hank Marvin

Hank Marvin

Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with iconic guitarist, Hank Marvin, to offer three lucky readers the chance to win Without A Word, his stunning brand new album.

Hank Marvin - the man who defined the sound of a generation releases Without A Word, his 16th solo album, on 2nd June 2017 – just in time for Father’s Day. This new release is Hank’s first since the Top 10 success of the eponymously titled HANK in 2014 and is available on CD, Limited Edition signed CD, and Black Vinyl.

Without A Word will be available to download on iTunes and for streaming via Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music from
its release on 2nd June.

Without A Word features 14 new recordings all of which are given Hank’s interpretation of some of his all-time favourite tunes. Featured tracks are The Fool On The Hill, Cry Me A River, What a Wonderful World, Moon River, Alfie, Are You Lonesome Tonight, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, America, Peter Gunn – Baby Elephant Walk, Michelle, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, TV theme tunes from Doctor Who and Poirot along with one new original composition Russian Doll which Hank co-wrote and recorded with his son Ben.

Hank Marvin Without A Word

Initially best known as the lead guitarist of the Shadows, the band that evolved to become the UK’s biggest selling instrumental group, Hank has also enjoyed a long and successful solo career lasting almost 60 years. Hank & The Shadows ruled the charts during the early 1960s achieving huge record sales worldwide.

Recognised as one of the most influential guitarists of all time and cited by the likes of Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, George Harrison, Brian May, Pete Townshend, David Gilmour and Mark Knopfler, Hank’s unique sound and subsequent influence on popular music cannot be underestimated.

Hank was the very first in the UK to own an iconic Fender Stratocaster - when Cliff Richard imported the guitar from the US exclusively for Hank to play - since when generations of guitar players worldwide cite him as the man that inspired them to pick up their first guitar, a tribute confirmed when he regularly features high on the list of polls that determine the greatest guitarists of all time.

Appealing to fans of all ages, Without A Word looks set to be another successful release for the man who created ‘that sound’

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a) The Yardbirds
b) The Shadows
c) The Attractions
d) The Rolling Stones

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Peter M Smith
Sings Crazy World

Peter M Smith

Irish rocker Peter M Smith collaborates with Lax ‘n’ Busto to create a powerful new single ‘Crazy World’. The single release prepares for the upcoming release of his anticipated new album Upon This Rock.

Barcelona based musician Peter M Smith is fresh from filming his latest music video for his new single ‘Crazy World’ for his debut album Upon This Rock. After reaching No 1 with ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ in the Irish Rock Charts, Smith started working with Catalan Platinum selling band Lax ‘n’ Busto, to create the English version of their 2008 hit Què boig el món.

Peter M Smith and Lax 'n' Busto

Peter M Smith says about collaborating with Lax ‘N’ Busto, “The chance to work and write with the biggest rock act in this country was too good to resist. I am so excited about this album we are recording. I want to be respectful to the original Catalan style and have the honour to show the world show the world a slice of Catalunya!’

Raised on artists of the calibre of U2, Queen, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix, Smith has been writing songs since the tender age of just 12. He has channeled the energy of these classic influences and combined it with his own signature raw power-rock, honing it to perfection across his energising debut album due for release in May.

Peter M Smith

Primal, ballsy riffs and layers of hard-rocking, crunching chords are spread large across the 11 tracks, laced with Smith’s singular heartfelt, splenetic rock-soul vocals. The songs range from a dark examination of the anguish of tormented artists (Rough Diamonds) to his tribute to the rowdiness and excess of London’s East End (Requiem For Fighting, as well as a cover of Nirvana’s Territorial Pissings.

Speaking about his new release Peter M Smith explains, "Folks who know me, understand that I love collaborations. Working with Lax ‘N’ Busto is a dream as I watched them along with 14,000 other in Barcelona only last year and was blown away! To be recording with them is an honour."

Peter M Smith

Showcasing his talent and building his reputation as a superstar-in-waiting with gigs around Europe, Smith is currently touring with the UK with legendary guitarist Bernie Tormé.

Peter M Smith releases the single Crazy World and a great new album album Upon This Rock.

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Listen to Peter sing Crazy
 World with Lax ‘n’ Busto

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35th Anniversary Concert for Mari
Wilson at Bush Hall

Mari Wilson

Regarded by many as one of one of our country’s best pop singers and interpreters of songs, Mari Wilson (aka The Neasden Queen Of Soul) will be celebrating the 35th anniversary of her hit single Just What I’ve Always Wanted with a celebratory concert at London’s Bush Hall on June 4th featuring her full band. Some exceptional special guests are to be announced nearer the time.

Mari will be performing the hits and the wonderful interpretations featured on her latest critically acclaimed album, Pop Deluxe. Together with duets and regular costume changes, this evening is one not to be missed.

It was in 1982 that Mari Wilson, to put it mildly, arrived. Her live show was talked about as an event, pure entertainment. She had six hit singles and a hit album, Showpeople and became a regular on Top of the Pops with her twelve-piece band, The Wilsations. ‘Just What I’ve Always Wanted’ reached the top ten in the charts and remains a song she is proudly known for and still performs to this day.

Last year was busy for Mari, both releasing a new album Pop Deluxe and touring with Heaven 17 as part of the British Electric Foundation. The inspiration for Pop Deluxe came from Mari’s memories of growing up, listening over and over to the music of British icons such as Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Sandie Shaw and Cilla Black, whilst daydreaming of one day being on Top Of The Pops herself.

Each of the chosen songs means something truly personal to Mari. Her decision to sing the ‘White Horses’ TV theme is firmly rooted in her childhood.

“This song is almost in my DNA,” says Mari. “When I would come home from school, my dad and I would always do the Evening News crossword and watch The White Horses TV Show – the theme tune would send shivers own my spine and still does.”

Music fans may know all of these songs, but they are now given new life by Mari’s unique contemporary electronica production featuring lots of surprising and exciting arrangements. The album was co-produced with friend and long time collaborator Alastair Gavin.

Having played keyboards with Mari in her band The Wilsations since the early 1980s, Alastair has produced records for Carol Grimes, Red Box, and Sarah Jane Morris and composed for TV, film and theatre.

Through creative and engaging arrangements, Mari and Alastair have breathed new life into the pieces whilst staying true to their original intent. The album was mixed by legendary engineer Dave Bascombe.

Mari Wilson

Mari’s chart hits include ‘Cry Me A River’, ‘Just What I’ve Always Wanted’ ‘Beat The Beat’ and ‘Showpeople’. Mari also recorded the themes for BBC’s comedy Coupling and the motion picture Dance With A Stranger.

She has been a regular at Ronnie Scotts, and performed at the South Bank with BB King and Ray Charles. As well as starring in Dusty The Musical, other West End productions she has appeared in include Taboo (alongside Boy George), Sweet Charity and The Chainsaw Manicure.

Tickets are on sale to see Mari Wilson at London’s Bush Hall on June 4th from