Mods

Mod: the Elusive British Dream

Jason Holmes | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK
Jason Holmes

'No political or cultural figurehead has ever come up with the phrase "a British dream", so Mod appeals to me politically because it's the closest we've ever come to having an American Dream.' So says Richard Weight, author of Mod: A Very British Style.

Damon Minchella: A Bass Player With His Finger On the Pulse

Jason Holmes | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Minchella learned the business the hard way - perhaps the best way - on the pub circuit, playing professionally for the first time in 1987, two years before the golden break with Ocean Colour Scene.

Michael Smiley: Making the Case for More Laughter Than Tears

Jason Holmes | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Comedy
Jason Holmes

He's a strange brew, at once funny, then turning on a dime, as serious as a prophet. Born in Belfast in 1963, Michael Smiley grew up in a cultural atmosphere which fed his ire, and ultimately, his humour.

Away from the Mainstream: Meet the Oxbow Lake Band

Jason Holmes | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

'We're a gigging band in Scotland,' Andy Clucas tells me. 'We started as an acoustic band back in the winter of 2007, and a lot of people told us we had a Dexys [Midnight Runners] sound, probably because our sound is...eclectic.'

A Tale of Two Cities: Peckham Rye

Jason Holmes | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK Style
Jason Holmes

When Jason Holmes met Martin Brighty, owner of Soho-based gentlemen's outfitter Peckham Rye, he discovered the latest chapter in a tailoring story tha...

Crombie: Coats Maketh the Man

Jason Holmes | Posted 30.10.2012 | UK Style
Jason Holmes

Crombie's autumn/winter 2012 collection possesses what you would expect from a company that has dressed the likes of the Duke of Windsor, Winston Churchill, Cary Grant, The Beatles, JFK and Barack Obama: and that is ineffable classic style, but with a modern twist. Jason Holmes met Crombie's head of wholesale Gordon Ritchie to try on the king of coats

Jasmine Kara, the New Blues Sound

Jason Holmes | Posted 03.06.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

On a March evening in London's West End as a bitter wind swept through emptying streets, a coterie of men and women convened at the Borderline Club in the shadow of Foyles bookshop to pay respect to a burgeoning musical talent from Sweden.

Me, Paul Weller and the Twins

Trevor Neal | Posted 04.04.2012 | UK Comedy
Trevor Neal

In the late 80s or early 90s, I did an ambulance workers' benefit in London, with my comedy partner Simon Hickson. Paul Weller was on the same bill. He tapped me on the shoulder and asked "Where's the sound check?" I was speechless and just pointed. We didn't talk about the old times together, in Southampton, in 1979, when we wore the same shirt. But that was okay.