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Emily Barker

Sweet Kind of Blue: acclaimed musician Emily Barker talks to Northern Soul

December 9, 2017 No Comments

Early one cold and rainy February morning last year, Australian musician and Northern Soul favourite Emily Barker woke up in Nashville and got in her car for a journey to Memphis.

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The Charlatans image by Chris Payne

Review and Photo Gallery: The Charlatans, 02 Apollo, Manchester

December 8, 2017 No Comments

A quick look at Setlist.fm – and I can heartily recommend this site, dubbed ‘the setlist Wiki’, for a fan-generated database of gig setlists from the past 30 years – shows that The Charlatans changed the order of their songs for their Manchester gig to start with Just When You’re Thinkin’ Things Over.

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Jesca Hoop

Review: Jesca Hoop, The Stoller Hall, Manchester

December 6, 2017 No Comments

Resplendent in a remarkable red dress which makes her look part flamenco dancer and part Dalek, Jesca Hoop takes to The Stoller Hall stage for something like a homecoming gig.

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Kim Wilde

“I never felt that being a woman was any less or more of an advantage.” Northern Soul chats to Kim Wilde

November 30, 2017 No Comments

She’s preparing a new album and tour for the New Year.

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Slow Readers Club by Chris Payne

Review: The Slow Readers Club, Albert Hall, Manchester

November 30, 2017 No Comments

“Readers! Readers! Readers!” chanted a legion of rafter-shaking music fans at Manchester’s Albert Hall, a former Methodist hall and chapel just down the road from the city’s Central Library.

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Rag n Bone Man, O2 Apollo Manchester, image by Nicola Jackson

Review: Rag‘n’Bone Man, 02 Apollo, Manchester

November 22, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Rag‘n’Bone Man, 02 Apollo, Manchester

I’m one of those people who has a playlist for every occasion.

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Rag n Bone Man, O2 Apollo Manchester, image by Nicola Jackson

Photo Gallery: Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, 02 Apollo, Manchester

November 21, 2017 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, 02 Apollo, Manchester

Northern Soul photographer Nicola Jackson sees critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Rag ‘n’ Bone Man at Manchester’s O2 Apollo.

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The Fall

“Bollocks to that, we’ll do it here.” The Fall’s Paul Hanley talks about his history of Manchester music

November 16, 2017 Comments Off on “Bollocks to that, we’ll do it here.” The Fall’s Paul Hanley talks about his history of Manchester music

Much-venerated Manchester band The Fall have had a whole host of different line-ups over the years, but during their early 80s glory days they were driven by a particularly notable rhythm section.

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Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo

Review: Emily Barker, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

November 14, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Emily Barker, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

You can tell a good singer by the way they sing out of tune.

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John Bramwell by Chris Payne

“I realised five years ago that I was never going to end up rich from music.” John Bramwell talks to Northern Soul

November 14, 2017 Comments Off on “I realised five years ago that I was never going to end up rich from music.” John Bramwell talks to Northern Soul

After three years of travelling the highways and byways, John Bramwell has released his long-awaited debut solo studio album, Leave Alone the Empty Spaces.

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