Elly Roberts
This is me - Elly Roberts

Profile

For 22 years I was a Visual & Performing Arts teacher in North Wales.

I currently operate as a freelance Music and Arts Journalsist for the following.

UK publications:

Wrexham Evening Leader ( North Wales Newspapers ) - Live theatre and music reviews

Wrexham Mail ( Trinity / Mirror Group ) - Live theatre and music reviews

Western Mail - live music and theatre reviews

Spanish mainland :

Costa Blanca News Live concert / CD and DVD reviews Please visit www.costablanca-news.com ( Music Reviews )

Focus Weekly ( Marbella ) as above

Websites:

www.dvdfever.co.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/wales/northeast/sites/music/reviews

Radio:

On request, I make guest contributions to :

BBC Radio Wales

BBC Radio Merseyside

Also, broadcaster with Wrexham FM

Press : Newspaper Society Member

Broadcasting Qualifications : OCN in Broadcasting ( To BBC standards )

Reviewing & Musical tastes :

As a music lover and journalist, I have eclectic tastes, therefor trying to give my readers as broad a church of styles as possible.

Reviews:

Kimmie+Rhodes+-+Miracles+on+Christmas+Day+Album+ReviewKimmie Rhodes - Miracles on Christmas Day Album Review
  • Inspiration for songwriters comes in many forms. This collection was apparently inspired by country legend Willie Nelson no less.Texan Rhodes had been threatening to release a coll...
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Maini+Sorri+-+Christmas+In+Our+Hearts+Single+ReviewMaini Sorri - Christmas In Our Hearts Single Review
  • 'Christmas In Our Hearts' by Finnish songbird Maini Sorri is surprisingly refreshing compared to the usual festive fodder.Sweet voiced Maini is a well-trained musician (a BA degree...
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Thea+Gilmore+-+Teach+Me+To+Be+Bad+Single+ReviewThea Gilmore - Teach Me To Be Bad Single Review
  • Getting a hit single for someone like Thea Gilmore is nigh on impossible these days when you look at the state of the UK singles chart. It really is a sad state of affairs.Gilmore ...
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Vessels - Meatman, Piano Tuner, Prostitute (ft. Stuart Warwick) Single Review
  • Comparisons will immediately be made with Icelandic experimentalists Sigur Ros, but that’s no bad thing.This meandering and enigmatically titled track is exquisite, though more of ...
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Steven+L+Smith+-+Outside+Of+Tupelo+Album+ReviewSteven L Smith - Outside Of Tupelo Album Review
  • Redneck country-blues…good too. When you get a line like “I’m the redneck son of a gun” on the opening song, you know exactly watcha gonna git. Well, actually, it’s not all bravado...
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Dudley+Taft+-+Left+For+Dead+Album+ReviewDudley Taft - Left For Dead Album Review
  • Power Blues-Rock from Seattle. New Stevie Ray Vaughan?Goatee-bearded Dudley Taft, 44, has learnt his trade with great observation and dedication during spells with Sweet Water and ...
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Beatbullyz+-+Human+Nature+Album+ReviewBeatbullyz - Human Nature Album Review
  • Swindon troupe with an eye on the charts.For this review, I have to abandon any prejudice I have for boy-bands, and go with the flow. September 20th saw the release of Beatbullyz’s...
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Italian+Japanese+-+The+Lush%2C+Romantic+Weirdness+Album+ReviewItalian Japanese - The Lush, Romantic Weirdness Album Review
  • LA indie-popsters on a mission.Despite their LA base, indie-rockers Italian Japanese have developed a soundscape that is synonymous with British acts. You really wouldn’t think tha...
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Maini+Sorri+-+Someday+EP+ReviewMaini Sorri - Someday EP Review
  • Maini Sorri's CD packshot might not look too appealing but pop in the CD and Sorri’s inner beauty shines through, because this Scandinavian singer-songwriter with a Finnish backgro...
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JoGa+-+Good+Morning%21+Album+ReviewJoGa - Good Morning! Album Review
  • BEWARE ! Loony tunes from…New York.As soon as you’ve popped-in this CD you’ll think ‘troubadour’. Now, JoGaBop sometimes known as JoGa (or whoever), is very much an acquired taste,...
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Stephanie+Finch+-+Cry+Tomorrow+Album+ReviewStephanie Finch - Cry Tomorrow Album Review
  • Like the PR blurb says, Cry Tomorrow really is ‘a little gem’.It’s not often the hype matches up to the content, so it comes as a pleasant surprise to hear such a compact album whi...
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Zero+7+-+Record+Album+ReviewZero 7 - Record Album Review
  • Avante garde pop…musos delight.Zero 7 have just released a double CD of their best bits from the past and present with an additional disc of remixes from the likes of Carl Craig, M...
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I+am+Sam+-+Let+It+Pump+Single+ReviewI am Sam - Let It Pump Single Review
  • Here comes another wannabe, or is wallaby?Living in Sydney Australia hasn’t affected Sam Pierce’s Surrey accent one iota. It may well have affected his songwriting though.
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David+Celia+-+I+Tried+Album+ReviewDavid Celia - I Tried Album Review
  • Canadian’s homage to Beatle and Newman. Well, almost.David Celia is considered one of Toronto’s most experienced independent artists having garnered a considerable fan base in his ...
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Water+Tower+Bucket+Boys+-+Sole+Kitchen+Album+ReviewWater Tower Bucket Boys - Sole Kitchen Album Review
  • Country bumpkins havin’ a ball. Think Soggy Bottom Boys, but new.Apparently the Pacific North West is a bubbling cauldron of activity on the folk music scene.
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Mercedes+Cano+%40+Pena+Flamenca%2C+Lorca+-+22%2F05%2F2010+-++Live+ReviewMercedes Cano @ Pena Flamenca, Lorca - 22/05/2010 - Live Review
  • Sick of the proverbial karaoke nights, and ‘second rate’ pretenders on the Costa Blanca?There is an alternative: the ‘real’ thing - Spanish folklore music. Right now, this genre i...
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The+Travelling+Band+-+Sundial+Single+ReviewThe Travelling Band - Sundial Single Review
  • New summer anthem. Looks like it.Manchester six-pack The Travelling Band have certainly stirred up some interest.
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Various+Artists+-+Nigeria+Special%3A+Volume+2+Album+ReviewVarious Artists - Nigeria Special: Volume 2 Album Review
  • Afro-sounds part two.This recent release on Soundway comes almost two years after Volume 1, featuring an abundance of talent that created Modern Highlife and Nigerian blues between...
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Akai+-+The+Coldest+Hour+%28Is+Just+Before+Dawn%29+Album+ReviewAkai - The Coldest Hour (Is Just Before Dawn) Album Review
  • St Paul, Minnesota, is a city I’m familiar with having been there in 1995, and so from that very city comes Akai, with their new album – The Coldest Hour (Is Just Before Dawn).I’m ...
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Putumayo+-+Various+Artists+-+Rhythm+%26+Blues+Album+ReviewPutumayo - Various Artists - Rhythm & Blues Album Review
  • All-star line-up on sizzling compilation.Quality control at Putumayo World Music has raised the bar with this outstanding release, showing they’ve done their homework thoroughly.
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Civilized+Animals+-+Civilized+Animals+Album+ReviewCivilized Animals - Civilized Animals Album Review
  • Seattle rockers Brock Boehm (vox / drums) Jason Casatelli (vox / guitar, bass) and Michael Romagnino (vox / guitar) collectively known as Civilized Animals are indirectly hanging o...
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Yardsale+-+Knock+Alley+West+Album+ReviewYardsale - Knock Alley West Album Review
  • Rootin’ tootin’ rock…from Kentucky. Where else?If there was ever a band that captures the spirit of the Stones, then it’s Yardsale.
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Simply+Red+-+Songs+of+Love+Album+ReviewSimply Red - Songs of Love Album Review
  • Simply Red’s final hoorah? Who knows?Songs Of Love, Love Songs, they’re all the same to this reviewer.
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Tom+McRae+-+The+Alphabet+Of+Hurricanes+Album+ReviewTom McRae - The Alphabet Of Hurricanes Album Review
  • The McRaenium rides again…and still doesn’t fall off.Tom McRae has consistently proved to be one of Britain’s most endearing songwriters. It beggars belief he hasn’t become a house...
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Corinne+Bailey+Rae+-+The+Sea+Album+ReviewCorinne Bailey Rae - The Sea Album Review
  • Nu-soul songbird Corrine Bailey Rae, 31, hasn't had a very good time of things since the death of her husband, Jason Rae, a couple of years ago.Now she's back with a new album, The...
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