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Fay Hield 2016 Credit Sally Lockey & James Lockey-2[7]

Folk singer Fay Hield talks to Northern Soul

February 11, 2016 No Comments

The star-studded touring band which singer Fay Hield put together to help promote the English Folk Dance & Song Society’s ground-breaking Full English project, the brilliant, searchable database of British folk songs, tunes, dances and customs, is no more, she confirms (although the database is definitely still available).

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Degenerate Music at the Manchester Jewish Museum

February 5, 2016 No Comments

Like many people I have, as they say, a bit of Jewish blood in me. As such, I’ve grown increasingly curious about this part of my heritage.

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Where everybody knows your name: The Railway, Bolton

February 2, 2016 2 Comments

There have been few places that, just by stepping over the threshold, have felt like coming home. When I was a teenager it was the John Bull pub in Wigan, followed later in the evening by head-banging rock nights at Maximes.

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Christmas music

Reindeer and Christmas Carols at Liverpool Philharmonic

December 24, 2015 Comments Off on Reindeer and Christmas Carols at Liverpool Philharmonic

Two days at the Liverpool Philharmonic this week and two very different, but equally pleasant, experiences.

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The Zombies

The Zombies talk to Northern Soul

December 8, 2015 Comments Off on The Zombies talk to Northern Soul

They may not be the most familiar of famous 60s bands but you can be pretty sure that you’ve heard The Zombies. Think of era-defining classics such as She’s Not There and Time of the Season.

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Ramsbottom Festival

Ramsbottom Festival: the Northern Soul out-takes

November 3, 2015 Comments Off on Ramsbottom Festival: the Northern Soul out-takes

The fifth Ramsbottom Festival was a humdinger – and we liked it so much we made a film.

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The Unthanks at Homegrown

Review: Homegrown Folk Festival, The Met, Bury

October 26, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Homegrown Folk Festival, The Met, Bury

With a superb concert from Tom Russell filling the main hall just a few days before this invigorating festival and much more in a similar vein to follow (including the brilliant Sam Baker on November 1), Bury Met is showing absolutely no signs of surrendering its place as the premier venue in the North for music of the rootsy persuasion.

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Review: Donovan, RNCM, Manchester

October 22, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Donovan, RNCM, Manchester

In the pantheon of truly great British music acts of the 1960s, there’s no denying that Donovan deserves his place.

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Review: Asian Dub Foundation’s THX 1138, Manchester

October 22, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Asian Dub Foundation’s THX 1138, Manchester

With the hype machine cranking into first gear for The Force Awakens, it’s a timely moment to consider George Lucas’s other sci-fi film, one which is never likely to inspire a big budget sequel.

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Review: Verdi’s Requiem, Hallé Orchestra, Manchester

October 20, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Verdi’s Requiem, Hallé Orchestra, Manchester

Earlier this month a full house at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall was treated to a night of high drama and fine performances as the Hallé Orchestra performed Verdi’s great and glorious Requiem Mass.

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