Press Reviews & Coverage

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Live review by Marina is Red

posted 8 Apr 2018, 05:40 by Jonathan Tarplee   [ updated 8 Apr 2018, 05:43 ]

The Blue Yellows, live at Offbeat.  ..the whole Blue Yellows set is a perfect day out at the beach: With Morcheeba-esque keys provided by EmmaDave’s versatile rhythm section adjusting to the size of the venue (Does the full kit fit? No? Ok… Tonight it’s the Cajon) and Simon’s bass backing up the groove, his face forever smiling!! They take us for a coastal picnic. Smooth tranquilo guitar riffs that transport you to a cafe del mar combined with heavier chord sequences that build up, like the swell hitting the yellow sand. Blue skies above.   

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Rafflesia Dreams - review by Marina is Red

posted 22 Mar 2018, 04:48 by Jonathan Tarplee

The melodies transport you to dream worlds, particularly in Where The Golden Cornfield Light is Grown, while the rootsy folky acoustic guitar keeps you connected with nature, a connection that is apparent throughout the whole album.

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Rafflesia Dreams - review by Tim Lee

posted 22 Mar 2018, 04:44 by Jonathan Tarplee   [ updated 22 Mar 2018, 04:45 ]

The first half is like a sumptuous sun-soaked holiday for your ears and your soul. The second half is like a raw, raucous experimental rock n roll masterpiece.

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JT extended interview on The Doorstep Mixtape

posted 17 Sep 2017, 03:15 by Jonathan Tarplee   [ updated 17 Sep 2017, 03:23 ]

In the 2nd hour, Jonathan discusses his about-to-be-released experimentally-made album 'Rafflesia Dreams' with presenter Tim Lee on The Doorstep Mixtape.

Band Interview on The Cat Radio

posted 15 Apr 2017, 12:10 by Jonathan Tarplee

Stevie P. Abbott from The Cat Radio ( chatted with JT and Em from the band immediately following their set at The Box, Crewe.

1st chat about next solo album, "Rafflesia Dreams"

posted 30 Oct 2016, 09:46 by Jonathan Tarplee   [ updated 30 Oct 2016, 10:04 ]

Jonathan appeared on Mark Sheeky's Arts Lab show on Redshift Radio to talk about the experimental solo album he's been working on.

JT on 'Easy Like Sunday Morning' with Paul Boniface

posted 27 Oct 2016, 06:34 by Jonathan Tarplee   [ updated 27 Oct 2016, 06:35 ]

JT and Paul chat in the 2nd hour about recent concerts and JT plays live in the studio. The chat includes different approaches to songwriting and the perils of performing in torrential rain!
"I've got literally heaps and heaps of lyrics... folders full... most of which never see the light of day".

JT guest on Steve Bebe's 'What's Happening' show.

posted 27 Oct 2016, 06:09 by Jonathan Tarplee

JT and Steve Chatted about the upcoming Food Festival and the Words and Music Festival in town during the 2nd hour of the show. 
Included in the interview is how Jonathan came up with writing a recent song, 'Toast the Night' and plays some songs, live in the studio.

JT interview with Kev Walker on The Cat Radio

posted 13 Mar 2016, 04:20 by Jonathan Tarplee   [ updated 13 Mar 2016, 04:25 ]

"... It was watching a concert on TV and him playing about three notes, but those three notes were so beautiful, I thought 'I'll never be able to play lead guitar - never be able to do that'... (the music) all cascades down, goes quiet and he plays these few, plaintive little notes and I thought, 'well maybe I can't do his fancy stuff but I can play those few notes' and then you play a bit more and a bit more, and that's what got me going..."

Interview about songwriting with Ink Pantry Publishing.

posted 15 Feb 2016, 02:38 by Jonathan Tarplee

'...Music is pure emotional energy; to me it is not a thing or a product or a piece of art that represents feelings, music is the feelings, it is spirituality, it is the voice of the Cosmos'. 

Read the whole interview with Jonathan HERE

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