Author: Toby Taylor

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the untimely passing of Eva Cassidy. Melodic Distraction looks back at the career of the shy musician, whose immeasurable talent only achieved global recognition after her life was tragically cut short by cancer at the tender age of 33. Eva was born February 2nd 1963 in Maryland. Her passion […]

19th October marks disco legend George McCrae’s 72nd birthday. Melodic Distraction takes a look back at an illustrious career that contributed some of the genre’s most electrifying releases. George’s musical career began in the 1960’s, where he formed a vocal duo with his wife Gwen, signing to Henry Stone’s Alston record label. When Gwen was […]

Off the back of its critically acclaimed 2015 incarnation, Gottwood returns to Carregewyld estate for its seventh year, with a line-up its organisers have described as ‘more encompassing than ever before.’ Held between the 9th-12th June, the festival is once again situated in the picturesque woods of the Carrageweyld estate, nestled away amongst the scenic coastline […]

Disco has enjoyed something of a resurgence over the last couple of years back into the mainstream. Best exemplified by Daft Punk’s 2013 album Random Access Memories, itself a nostalgic throwback to the hedonism and self-indulgence of the 1970’s, heavily influenced by collaborations with Nile Rodgers and Giogio Morodor, both pioneers of the genre. Part […]


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