Thanks for the clicky, Shambles and thanks one and all for responding. I guess my last question was somewhat rhetorical as I know loads of brilliant singer/songwiters who have never 'made the grade' and seen loads of so-called superstars who would not know talent if it jumped up and bit them on the bum! The press, and music press in particular, do have a lot to answer for.
My 'tips for the top' must include John Tams, Pete Morton, Anthony John Clarke and Vin Garbutt- who is on at Swinton BTW. But then again I would also rate Keith Marsden, Harvey Kershaw, Mike Canavan and Ted Edwards. I don't think we will ever see them on top of the pops. (Well - Harvey and Keith are no longer with us anyway but I guess we could see Sclub7 performing their songs???)
Thanks again all and see you at Swinton on the 28th?
D the G