These items and much of the Factory era have been compiled on 2003 Cherry Red release "Tender bruises and scars" which also features extensive sleeve notes by Kevin about his experiences in the early 80s. After being dropped by Cherry Red by 1984, constantly savaged and ridiculed by the music press, and deveoping total writer's block, Hewick hit rock bottom in his musical and personal life. Present Day Continuing, after the 5 year self confessed "black hole period" in the mid-late 80s, since 1989 to the present day Kevin Hewick maintains his status as a stalwart of the Leicester music scene and can be found at frequent gigs within the city both as performer and/or event organiser. He is still a prolific songwriter, citing 2005 as his best year for that so far this decade.
"My voice has held out really well for my age, and I think I use it better than I ever did. I'm still up for it all and have a better range of expression and better songs than I had years ago, my best is in the now and the future" Most likely the only act to have ever supported both ]Joy Division and Showaddywaddy, Kevin's other support slots over the years have included Roy Harper, The Fall, Durutti Column, New Order, Section 25, PJ Harvey, Martin Carthy, Kevin Coyne, Fairport Convention, Dr. Robert, BJ Cole and Bobby Valentino, Eyeless in Gaza, Sonja Kristina, Clive Gregson, Ben Watt, Tim Rose and Jackie Leven with whom he has sometimes also performed with in The Stornoway Girls, including appearances on the Leven live albums "Greetings from Milford" (2001) and "Only the ocean can forgive" (2003). He has also guested on guitar and/or vocals on albums by The Freed Unit, Steve Cartwright, Meta-Tekki and recently on ist's "King Martha" (2005).
Kevin has also recently returned to appearing on the London acoustic circuit after an absence of nearly 5 years. Much of his recent work including the album "Helpline" (1999) has been issued by Leicester maverick label Sorted Records. Forthcoming 2006 material will be released on Burning Shed. Kevin can be found as a regular on the forum part of Pineapster an on line music community of the East Midlands.
He feels his involvement with this site has bought about a major improvement in his connection with local audiences and fellow Leicester artists. He strongly feels that the city's time has come to step out of the shadow of better known centres of UK music activity. He also contributes occasional album and live reviews to Planet Sound, the Channel 4 teletext music pages, and has written material for The Leicester Mercury, BBC Radio Leicester, Tight but Loose (The Official Led Zeppelin magazine), Wears the Trousers and a chapter for "(The Book of) Happy Memories", an appreciation of the life of The Sound's Adrian Borland published in English and Dutch editions. Read more on Last.fm.
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