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Pete Williams

Review: The Pete Williams Band, Gullivers, Manchester

June 30, 2016 No Comments

Soon enough, when you’re discussing Pete Williams’ music career, the subject of Dexys is going to crop up.

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Turin Brakes

Olly Knights, lead singer of Turin Brakes, talks to Northern Soul

June 17, 2016 No Comments

It’s been 15 years since an intriguing noise lulled soothingly out of my radio. It prompted me to obsessively listen to said radio until said song was played again and I could put a name to the tune

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Lisa Stansfield

Lisa Stansfield talks to Northern Soul

June 16, 2016 Comments Off on Lisa Stansfield talks to Northern Soul

“I’ve been dossing around. Well, I’ve been dossing for a bit but not most of the day.”

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James

Photo Gallery: James, Manchester Arena

June 13, 2016 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: James, Manchester Arena

There’s a scene in the film adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar where our eponymous hero offers himself to the crowd. They pull him to shreds. 

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Steeleye Span

Julian Littman from Steeleye Span talks to Northern Soul

June 3, 2016 Comments Off on Julian Littman from Steeleye Span talks to Northern Soul

Longevity in the music business is rare, especially for bands. Fights over the lion’s share of the limelight and the inevitable ‘musical differences’ usually result in a shelf life of about 18 months.

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Halle Orchestra and Choir

Review: Martyrdom in Manchester – the Hallé, Bridgewater Hall

June 3, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Martyrdom in Manchester – the Hallé, Bridgewater Hall

On the evening when Manchester United was fighting for the FA Cup down in London, back in Manchester a different season was also drawing to a dramatic close.

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Ren Harvieu by Chris Payne

Review: Ren Harvieu, St Ninian’s Church, Chorlton Arts Festival

June 1, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Ren Harvieu, St Ninian’s Church, Chorlton Arts Festival

Pretty much the minute any successful new recording artist releases their debut album, they’re faced with the age-old killer question: “When’s your second album coming out?”.

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Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones

Teddy Thompson talks to Northern Soul about working with Kelly Jones

May 7, 2016 Comments Off on Teddy Thompson talks to Northern Soul about working with Kelly Jones

You’ve got to feel a bit sorry for singer/songwriter Teddy Thompson.

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Tough Tits

Preview: Girls On Film, The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle

May 1, 2016 Comments Off on Preview: Girls On Film, The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle

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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