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Do musicians stay sharp longer?


DSCF1131 You have probably heard that singer-songwriter Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a couple of years ago .

The 77 year-old has had world-wide hits with “By the time I get to Phoenix” and “Wichita Linesman’ among many others both pop and country.

He announced that he’d made his last album “Ghost on the Canvas”, planned to make a farewell tour, then retire from music. He says he was diagnosed early in 2011 but had suffered memory loss for some time.

You might think that Campbell has done well to be able to follow his dream for so long in what is an inherently un-healthy occupation. So what has helped him to keep going for so long?  Researcher and neuropsychologist Brenda Hanna-Pladdy at Emery University School of Medicine gave tests to people aged over 60 to measure their cognitive ability and memory.

She found that those who had…

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25th Burnley International Rock & Blues Festival


Every May Burnley has something to smile about. This weekend not only did the local football team finish higher than its Lancashire rivals in the Championship but the music festival was on at the mechanics for the 25th year. Originally a blues festival it’s been retitled Rock and Blues but still has the original feel with acts appearing at American-themed venues all over town.

On Saturday Southside Johnny & the Asbury Dukes were the headliners on the main stage but I saved my hard-earned money for Sunday night and the Zombies. They were the headline act but with support from Paul Jones and Dave Kelly, Lucy Zirins, and Wishbone Ash.

I remember Paul Jones from his days as lead singer with Manfred Mann, a jazz-influenced group which played R&B and soul covers as well as their own material and probably best remembered for Do Wah Diddy, a cover…

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