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2010 in review – thanks to all of my readers

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The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,700 times in 2010. That’s about 14 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 72 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 128 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 7mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was June 16th with 347 views. The most popular post that day was Festival Fashion 2010 for the girls.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for festival fashion 2010, empire of the sun, alan pownall, lauren pritchard, and festival fashion.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Festival Fashion 2010 for the girls June 2010


Alan Pownall, ‘True Love Stories’ – album review July 2010


Competition in conjunction with Zara Taylor Vintage Inspired Jewellery June 2010
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Sublime, deep southern soul; Lauren Pritchard’s new single ‘Not The Drinking.’ September 2010


Conor J. O’Brien (Villagers) – talks about and performs tracks from debut album ‘Becoming A Jackal.’ July 2010
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Thanks to all of my readers and please keep coming back for more of the same in 2011!

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂


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January 4, 2011 at 9:21 am

Lauren Pritchard at The Deaf Institute, 10.10.10 – Review

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I went to see the very lovely and very talented Lauren Pritchard last weekend, at The Deaf Institute, Manchester.

Lauren was touring as part of Island Records’ ‘Island Life’ showcase; joining label mates Tinashe and Pete Lawrie at the stunning northern venue. Situated on Grosvenor Road, in the very heart of the student village, the three-floored venue also houses a cafe and basement bar, as well as the moody, flocked-wallpapered and highly atmospheric music hall.

Lauren has a voice that could carry for miles, how nice then to see her perform in such an intimate space and to get the opportunity to meet her and her songs up close. Performing a total of seven tracks from her soon to be released debut album ‘Wasted In Jackson’, Lauren blew the audience away with her emotive edge and sassy American drawl. I particularly loved getting to hear my favourite track ‘When The Night Kills The Day’ performed live, as well as an amazing cover of the TLC hit Waterfalls.’ I actually think I preferred Lauren’s version to the original, it really brought out the emotion of the track and made you think more deeply about the lyrics; no surprise therefore that Lauren is also an excellent songwriter who pens all her own tracks.

To read more about her and the show, please visit:

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October 15, 2010 at 11:30 am

Sublime, deep southern soul; Lauren Pritchard’s new single ‘Not The Drinking.’

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Lauren Pritchard's forthcoming album 'Wasted In Jackson'

Sublime, deep southern soul is delivered in plentiful measure by Lauren Pritchard next month; as she releases both her new single ‘Not The Drinking’ and debut album ‘Wasted In Jackson’ on October 25th, 2010.

I am a big fan of Lauren’s debut single ‘When the Night Kills the Day’ and ‘Not The Drinking’ just enhances my awe of this southern belle with the lush throaty lull. The video is great too; directed by Wendy Morgan (Janelle Monae’s ‘Tightrope’ and ‘Cold War’), the visual soulfest delivers impromptu dance routines and erratic movements, whilst focusing on the chemistry and implied intense relationship between Pritchard and the male lead. I tend to be drawn to much of the above, so this was a no-brainer for me.

Pritchard’s eleven-track debut album also features recent single ‘Painkillers’ and the addictive ‘Stuck’; both displaying heartfelt harmonies and powerful piano pieces. Critics have commended Pritchard on her vocal maturity and captivating songwriting for the tender age of just 22-years, but is that not when you are most intune with your emotional intelligence; before the cynicism and self-doubt sets in? A deep thought for the hour of 11:37 am you might say!

Recent comments include:

“Her songs will give you goosebumps”GRAZIA

“One of the most remarkable voices you’ll hear all year; sure to have a place on the best of 2010 lists…mesmerising” – ELLE

Pritchard is about to embark on a UK tour with label-mates from Island Records. The tour is entitled ‘Island Life’ and kicks off in Bristol on October 4th, 2010. See below for further details:

Island Life UK Tour, 2010 (

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Pete Lawrie

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Pete Lawrie
Starsmith (DJ set)

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Pearl & The Puppets

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Pete Lawrie

I recommend going along to one of the shows above if you get the chance; I’ve heard that Pritchard’s voice has to be heard live to be believed, so I will be hotfooting it to Manchester on October 10th. Maybe see you there?

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September 17, 2010 at 11:47 am

New releases I like: Frank Turner, Lauren Pritchard, Kylie and Gorillaz

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There are some great tracks waiting to be released in the next few weeks; here are just a few of my favourites:

Kylie Minogue, ‘All The Lovers’ (released this week)

I love the electro-pop beat to this; Kylie’s first single off her new album ‘Aphrodite.’ You can always rely on Kylie to deliver a catchy dance number ready for summer; I can’t wait to put one foot on the dance floor and start the grooves Keith Lemon-style to this one.

Lauren Pritchard, ‘Painkillers’ (released 19th July 2010)

Having first heard Lauren a few months ago with her debut release ‘When The Night Kills The Day’, I have since become quite the fan and Facebook follower. Lauren has this cool air about her, both personally and professionally and her relaxed persona comes across in her effortless, soulful vocals. I think she is also a great songwriter, displaying a depth of emotion and heart which I particularly appreciate in my music of choice. Can’t wait for her debut album ‘Wasted In Jackson’ which is due for release in September 2010.

Gorillaz, ‘On Melancholy Hill’ (released 26th July 2010)

I love this track. It’s so brilliant and simple and can relax you or uplift you in equal measure; I don’t think many songs have the ability to do both. I bet listening to this at Glastonbury this year was an unforgettable experience.

Frank Turner, ‘Try This At Home’ (released in August 2010, date tbc)

After my BBC-directed vent a couple of days ago, I now sheepishly emerge from behind the curtains to admit something; I did rather enjoy one particular part of the programme, that being when Zane Lowe introduced a live performance from Frank Turner. I’ll be the first to admit I had never heard of Frank prior to this, but I couldn’t get enough of his passionate and fury-filled performance to new single ‘Try This At Home.’ What an amazing lyricist! I think the mark of real brilliance in this area is when a songwriter can take the most simple and often over-familiar concept (that being, in this case, a view which many music fans subscribe to – rock stars sometimes need to just shut up, stop thinking they’re superior to the rest of us and their peers and just write great music), yet make it sound new and fresh, like you’ve never heard such subjects discussed before. I have great respect for people who can put a different slant on a concept or phrase things differently and you think; ‘how did he/she come up with that?’ or ‘what made them think of using that word?’. I’m sad like that…

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June 30, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Glastonbury coverage on the BBC

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Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival

 I wasn’t one of the 177,500 festival folk that descended upon Pilton, Somerset last weekend, to witness the 40th Anniversary of the Glastonbury Festival, having opted to attend V, Cambridge Folk Festival and Creamfields. I did, however, very excitedly set the Sky Plus in order to record the BBC’s coverage of the four-day event. 

I have to say though, I found myself quite underwhelmed by said coverage and wondering where the clips of perhaps slightly less commercial acts had ended up…if indeed they were ever recorded. 

I fully understand that musical tastes are subjective to the viewer and that the BBC would have had a flood of complaints had they not featured the headliners and some of the bigger chart-residing artists, but being a contemporary arts festival; I just felt that the range of artists featured should have reflected that. 

I was looking forward to seeing a good range of artists, including new and fresh  offerings such as Everything Everything, Frightened Rabbit, Two Door Cinema Club, Devendra Banhart, Miike Snow, Lauren Pritchard as well as a few of my favourites; The Courteeners, Empire of the Sun and Laura Marling. 

Empire of the Sun

Everything Everything

Miike Snow

I also thought considering Florence and the Machine drew one of the biggest crowds of the festival, perhaps a couple of songs could have been featured from this artist; obviously reflecting their popularity at the festival and beyond. To be fair, extended highlights of Florence’s set are available on the BBC’s Glastonbury website, which can be found here: 

Again, a personal viewpoint only, but did we really need to see 7+ songs from Muse and likewise, Gorillaz? Would it not have been fairer to spread the coverage out a bit and give viewers more of a diverse taste of what was on offer…just a thought. 

It did look brilliant though and they were so lucky with the weather; I’m already crossing my fingers that V and Cambridge are blessed with the same! Although a couple of clouds would be nice, don’t want to be struck down with a bout of sunstroke, causing me to miss Macca join Fray (Liam, of The Courteeners) on stage for an impromptu sesh of Beatles classics…you never know!

Lauren Pritchard

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I’m really excited about a new pop/rock singer-songwriter from Tennessee called Lauren Pritchard. Her track ‘When The Night Kills The Day’ (co-written with Ed Harcourt and produced by Marcus Mumford) is brilliant. I can’t stop listening to it.

Lauren is only 22 but her back story is pretty incredible; she is an accomplished stage actress, a brilliant songwriter and pianist, who can count the Presley clan amongst her inner circle, but it will definitely be her own talents which give her that much deserved claim to fame. Her debut EP ‘The Jackson Sessions’ is out on the 3rd May. I was lucky enough to receive a complimentary copy via her official website. I definitely recommend it.

Lauren is coming to the UK late April/early May for a series of intimate shows. I am going to catch her at a great little venue in the Northern Quarter of Manchester; Nexus Arts Cafe. A cup of tea, perhaps a Garibaldi or two, listening to the vocal delights of an upcoming star, it doesn’t get any better.

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April 20, 2010 at 12:50 pm

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