Author Archives: Edward Randell

New site

Dear readers – after far too long neglecting this site, I’ve made a new one. The hope is that it’s less messy and more useful, and also that I’ll be galvanised into blogging more often (you’ve heard that one before). … Continue reading

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US tour 2014, part 3: Thunder Roll and Moonshine

We’re back in Dixie, and our first stop is Pawleys Island, South Carolina, which seems to be a place mostly devoted to golf. Barely knowing a caddy from a birdie, I feel a fraud. We stay on a swamp-moss-draped resort … Continue reading

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US tour 2014, part 2: Kissing a Sunset Pig

We wake up to the brilliant sunshine of San Diego. I walk along the beach path in Mission Bay Park, among bronzed fitness freaks, a Sunday worship group singing under a gazebo, a jogger powering a pushchair, a cyclist towing … Continue reading

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US tour 2014, part 1: Bridging the Fancy Gap

“Wow, doesn’t feel like we’ve been on tour for a week already,” I remember chirping from the back seat as we drove into Massachusetts on Friday. A grunt from the driver’s seat suggests this sentiment may not be universal. We … Continue reading

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Tour scrapbook, or, where was I?

When I last kept this blog in some semblance of a working order, it was nearly a year ago and we were in the US, then Dubai, then South Korea. I loved the process of chronicling the tour: it forced … Continue reading

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A new musical crush, and a new Swingles video.

 Send help. Nothing on my to-do list is getting done. I’m much too mesmerised by this cover of All About That Bass:   It’s a likeable song in the first place – a big-is-bootiful manifesto with a doo-wop flavour that … Continue reading

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From the vaults: Clean Bandit interview

In my previous life as a journalism MA student, I was given an assignment to interview an up-and-coming music act. I chose Clean Bandit, partly because I knew their cello player a little from school, mostly because I had a … Continue reading

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Why did the chicken art cross the road?

Our last afternoon in Dubai is spent talking business, rehearsing Christmas music and throwing together a hotel room iPhone cover of the Doctor Who theme, to put out in time for the 50th anniversary special. The Swingles and the Doctor … Continue reading

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Ice sculptures on the beach, and other obvious metaphors for pretend fame.

What is SoJam? It’s the biggest geek-out and knees-up on the aca-calendar, held over a weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Pitch Perfect made flesh, if that helps.) For us, it’s three days of being fussed over and enfolded in a … Continue reading

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Tippling / toddling.

On a crisp Sunday morning, Greeneville TN is a small town straight from a Hollywood backlot. The red-brick-and-white churches and courthouse gleam in the November sun, and the only movement is a flutter of the Stars & Stripes and a … Continue reading

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