Northern Soul

Author: Drew Tosh

Henry Normal

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

September 20, 2017 No Comments

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 No Comments

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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“Sometimes I feel my whole life has been one big whirlwind.” Belinda Carlisle talks to Northern Soul

August 26, 2017 Comments Off on “Sometimes I feel my whole life has been one big whirlwind.” Belinda Carlisle talks to Northern Soul

Look away now if you don’t want to feel old: it’s been 30 years since the recording of power-pop anthem Heaven Is A Place On Earth.

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Freak, 53two, Manchester

Underneath the Arches: 53two’s Simon Naylor talks about feminism and fringe productions

August 23, 2017 Comments Off on Underneath the Arches: 53two’s Simon Naylor talks about feminism and fringe productions

Manchester is thriving with creativity. Nevertheless, it is daunting to set up a new venue, whether its focus is art, music or theatre.

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Thick Richard

Making Life Rhyme: Northern Soul chats to Punk in Drublic

July 26, 2017 Comments Off on Making Life Rhyme: Northern Soul chats to Punk in Drublic

My knowledge of poetry begins and ends with Pam Ayres (ask your Granny) and four-line stanzas where something rhymes with Nantucket.

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Narcissist in the Mirror, Greater Manchester Fringe

Review: Narcissist in The Mirror, The Kings Arms, Salford

July 19, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Narcissist in The Mirror, The Kings Arms, Salford

Rosie Fleeshman could so nearly be the Adele of performance poetry.

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A Respectable Wedding

Review: A Respectable Wedding, Root & Branch Productions, 53two, Manchester

July 11, 2017 Comments Off on Review: A Respectable Wedding, Root & Branch Productions, 53two, Manchester

Think about the type of person you’d least like to encounter at a social function and I guarantee they’ll turn up in this play.

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