Northern Soul

Author: Drew Tosh

“You’re being paid to have fun and to laugh and be daft and stupid.” John Barrowman talks to Northern Soul

November 16, 2017 No Comments

As you might expect, chatting with John Barrowman is a cheeky and gossipy encounter. His tales are peppered with one-liners about threesomes with The Krankies and being the best ‘Dick’ in the business.

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Review: Jubilee, Royal Exchange, Manchester

November 11, 2017 No Comments

The 1978 punk film Jubilee set out to shock with violence, nudity and strong language. Nearly 40 years later, the 2017 play features more of the same but shocks for a different reason.

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Alfie Boe and Michael Ball

“I’m just Alf from Fleetwood.” Alfie Boe on collaborations, sleeping rough and musicals

November 4, 2017 Comments Off on “I’m just Alf from Fleetwood.” Alfie Boe on collaborations, sleeping rough and musicals

When it comes to album sales in 2016, you can forget Beyoncé, Rag’n’Bone Man and Justin Bieber. Last year belonged to Ball and Boe.

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Howard Jones Electric Band

What is love? Northern Soul talks to Howard Jones

November 4, 2017 Comments Off on What is love? Northern Soul talks to Howard Jones

Do you remember the 80s? The merging of technology and music, bands performing behind a mountain of gadgets and gizmos?

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Jenny Eclair

“I will most definitely go screaming into that good night.” Jenny Eclair talks to Northern Soul

October 8, 2017 Comments Off on “I will most definitely go screaming into that good night.” Jenny Eclair talks to Northern Soul

“The gigs were so rough that I had to come out kicking everyone in the face.”

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Henry Normal

Henry Normal talks about nature, getting older and writing what you know

September 20, 2017 Comments Off on Henry Normal talks about nature, getting older and writing what you know

Poetry is everywhere at the moment.

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Leaf Manchester

Step up to the mic: Leaf opens its door to Manchester’s singer/songwriters

September 13, 2017 Comments Off on Step up to the mic: Leaf opens its door to Manchester’s singer/songwriters

Most days, if you wander through the centre of Manchester, you’re bound to encounter at least one busker having a crack at Wonderwall or something by Ed Sheeran. But if you have the talent and street performance isn’t your cup of earl grey, where do you play?

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Susie Quatro

Suzi Quatro: “I’ve never, ever been the kind of person who does gender.”

September 6, 2017 Comments Off on Suzi Quatro: “I’ve never, ever been the kind of person who does gender.”

It’s 1973. Industrial action has plunged the UK into darkness and things are pretty gloomy (except for this pre-teen excitedly reading comics by candlelight). But there is one shining light: glam rock.

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The Fizz

“I’m least fond of Making Your Mind Up, yet where would I be without it?” Cheryl Baker talks to Northern Soul

September 4, 2017 Comments Off on “I’m least fond of Making Your Mind Up, yet where would I be without it?” Cheryl Baker talks to Northern Soul

Bucks Fizz will forever be remembered as UK Eurovision winners. A plucky quartet, put together for the 1981 contest, bopping their way to victory with the chart-topping Making Your Mind Up.

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Freak, 53two, Manchester

Review: Freak, MAP Productions, 53two, Manchester

September 4, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Freak, MAP Productions, 53two, Manchester

So much has been written about women from the male perspective that it’s hardly a surprise when things are misconstrued.

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