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Preview: Girls On Film, The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle

May 1, 2016 No Comments

We all know the drill with academic conferences don’t we?

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A-ha at Manchester Arena

Review: a-ha, Manchester Arena

April 8, 2016 1 Comment

Back in 2009, a-ha fans around the world wept a fjordful of tears as the Norwegian trio called time on a staggeringly successful 25-year career.

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Natalie Merchant

Review and interview: Natalie Merchant

March 24, 2016 Comments Off on Review and interview: Natalie Merchant

Not long ago, while talking to Natalie Merchant about Paradise Is There – The New Tigerlily Recordings, her brilliantly imaginative re-recording and re-arranging of songsfrom her multi-platinum solo debut Tigerlily, I raised the possibility that the project could be perceived as a line under her career to date. She didn’t agree with me.

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Malka

The Northern Soul Podcast: MALKA

February 23, 2016 Comments Off on The Northern Soul Podcast: MALKA

Hurrah! It’s the February Northern Soul Podcast.

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Julia Holter. Photo by Jack Kirwin

Review: Julia Holter at Gorilla, Manchester

February 21, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Julia Holter at Gorilla, Manchester

This time last year, few music fans knew the name Julia Holter.

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La traviata

Review: Andrea Chénier, Turandot, La traviata

February 20, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Andrea Chénier, Turandot, La traviata

It was a cold Winter evening when I set off across the Pennines, armed only with a couple of G&Ts.

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Sir Mark Elder with the Halle in background.

Death in Manchester: a sublime evening with the Hallé Orchestra

February 15, 2016 Comments Off on Death in Manchester: a sublime evening with the Hallé Orchestra

Mortality might be considered a brave choice as a theme for an evening at the symphony, but Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra has always taken risks.

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Badly Drawn Boy by Chris Payne

Badly Drawn Boy talks to Northern Soul

February 13, 2016 Comments Off on Badly Drawn Boy talks to Northern Soul

You might need to brace yourself at the thought, but The Hour of Bewilderbeast the debut album by Badly Drawn Boy, aka Damon Gough – recently celebrated its 15th birthday.

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Folk singer Fay Hield talks to Northern Soul

February 11, 2016 Comments Off on Folk singer Fay Hield talks to Northern Soul

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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A cartoon from the museum's exhibition

Degenerate Music at the Manchester Jewish Museum

February 5, 2016 Comments Off on Degenerate Music at the Manchester Jewish Museum

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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