A MAN who sued his ex-bosses over hearing loss at work is facing jail after videos revealed him fronting a band in pubs. Retired fridge engineer David Romaine, 69, claimed his deafness was work-related because he had no noisy hobbies. But he was unmasked as the lead singer and guitarist with Essex rockabilly band The 501s, the High Court was told. He also had a passion for noisy motorcycles, it emerged. A website for his band says Mr Romaine shared stages with legendary rockers Slade and comic Jasper Carrott as a young man and gigged in a folk band. Zurich Insurance wants the dad locked up for contempt as his £5,000 claim stated that he had no noisy pastimes. When videos online showed him playing at pubs and festivals in the South East with his Basildon band, he dropped his case saying he had got poor legal advice. VIGILANTE ATTACK Biker is rammed into a parked van after knocking wing-mirrors off cars TEACHER FROM HELL Woman who punched girl while screaming at her to clean vomit … [Read more...] about Dad who sued his ex-bosses over hearing loss unmasked as lead singer in rock band and could face jail
Four Otago homegrown singer-songwriters treated festival-goers to an intimate evening of songs from the heart last night. Port Chalmers-raised Nadia Reid, a rising international star, followed a set from three Wanaka-raised musicians, Martine Harding, Connor Moore and Phoebe James. Despite plunging temperatures, the three locals enjoyed a warm welcome home, but all admitted to feeling daunted at the prospect of playing for people who had seen them grow up, and people listening attentively rather than the noisy bar and club crowds they were used to. Moore gave us delightful, insightful songs, some taken from her experiences moving to Wellington - clever lyrics, funny and believable and clearly delivered. More please. Dunedin-based James' vocal style suited her largely sad songs with her music creating a matching mood. Harding's confident presentation and great individual voice had echoes of her powerful electronic work with Wanaka's Danny Fairley in Arma Del Amor, already a successful … [Read more...] about Warm welcome for homegrown singer-songwriters
DEBATE still rages around the circumstances of Kurt Cobain's death 25 years after the rocker was legally ruled to have killed himself. The legendary Nirvana frontman left behind his wife, child and adoring fans at the age of 27. But what did his suicide note say and are there alternative theories about his death? When and how did Kurt Cobain die? Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home on April 8, 1994, after dying from a gunshot wound to the head on April 5. The beloved singer, who suffered with heroin addiction and mental illness, was discovered by electrician Gary Smith, who had arrived to install a security system. Coming up to a room above the garage, Gary thought Kurt was asleep until he saw how a gun was pointing at his chin. The coroner ruled that Kurt - 27 at the time, and father to one-year-old daughter Frances Bean Cobain - had killed himself. A high concentration of heroin and a small amount of diazepam were found in Kurt's body. The death came at … [Read more...] about When did Kurt Cobain die, what did his suicide note say and what are the theories about the Nirvana singer’s death?
A legendary Welsh singer-songwriter will move audiences with his soulful show in Barlick. Martyn Joseph, who has toured with the likes of Art Garfunkel, Jools Holland, Mike and The Mechanics, Celine Dion and Shirley Bassey, will perform an array of stunning and poignant tracks on Thursday, September 19th at Barnoldswick Music & Arts Centre. Doors open at 7-30pm.A stellar songwriter and jaw-dropping guitar player, Martyn explores social justice through his music, which has been recognised with various humanitarian awards and plaudits.To book tickets visits www.barnoldswickmusicandartscentre.com Burnley Mechanics hosting double celebration of musical theatre … [Read more...] about Soulful Welsh singer-songwriter bringing moving show to Pendle
ALICE Chater celebrated her 24th birthday with Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall and mentor will.i.am last night. The pop singer – known for her track Hourglass – looked incredible in a silver sparkling minidress at the star-studded bash held at The Piano Bar, in Soho London. Jade, who is one of her best mates, seemed to get the memo about silver, as she wore a pair of thigh high boots and matching bum bag. The birthday girl took the mic on the night and delighted party-goers with her amazing voice, as will.i.am looked on proudly. Professor Green, who has collaborated with Alice, looked loved up with girlfriend Millie as he enjoyed a few cocktails made with Copper Dog whisky. Pussycat Doll’s Kimberly Wyatt and Roxy Horner were also at the party. Who is Alice Chater and why is she a highly tipped pop newcomer for 2019? Alice has been working with will.i.am after he made his way across a room and asked if he knew her. She revealed: “I told him I was pretty sure he … [Read more...] about Pop singer Alice Chater celebrates her 24th birthday with Jade Thirlwall and mentor will.i.am