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Bands & Gigs

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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Review: Perfume Genius, Gorilla, Manchester

November 9, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Perfume Genius, Gorilla, Manchester

It’s not often that I’ve bought an album – and subsequently bought into a musician’s entire sound – simply off the back of hearing just one track.

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Alfie Boe and Michael Ball

“I’m just Alf from Fleetwood.” Alfie Boe on collaborations, sleeping rough and musicals

November 4, 2017 Comments Off on “I’m just Alf from Fleetwood.” Alfie Boe on collaborations, sleeping rough and musicals

When it comes to album sales in 2016, you can forget Beyoncé, Rag’n’Bone Man and Justin Bieber. Last year belonged to Ball and Boe.

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Howard Jones Electric Band

What is love? Northern Soul talks to Howard Jones

November 4, 2017 Comments Off on What is love? Northern Soul talks to Howard Jones

Do you remember the 80s? The merging of technology and music, bands performing behind a mountain of gadgets and gizmos?

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St Petersburg SO

Review: St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Leeds Town Hall

November 4, 2017 Comments Off on Review: St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Leeds Town Hall

Hmm. Ominous silence from Putin’s St Petersburg, cradle of the October Revolution, in its centenary month.

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Sir Mark close up with the Halle in background.

Music instead of muddle: The Hallé and Shostakovich Symphony No.4, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

November 1, 2017 Comments Off on Music instead of muddle: The Hallé and Shostakovich Symphony No.4, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Somehow, the Hallé Orchestra’s Beyond the Score series slipped under my radar.

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Mik Artistik's Ego Trip

Biros, paper bags, comedy and music: Northern Soul chats to Mik Artistik

October 23, 2017 Comments Off on Biros, paper bags, comedy and music: Northern Soul chats to Mik Artistik

Some time around the mid-90s, the artist known as Mik Artistik went for a night out in Leeds with his brothers to a pub that was holding an open mic music night.

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Richard Thompson

Review: Richard Thompson, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, The Lowry, Salford

October 23, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Richard Thompson, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, The Lowry, Salford

You may well have read our recent interview with David Agnew, director of the Manchester Folk Festival, where he talked about the exciting state of folk and acoustic music these days.

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“Take the music very seriously, but don’t take yourself very seriously.” Northern Soul chats to Mark Radcliffe

October 17, 2017 Comments Off on “Take the music very seriously, but don’t take yourself very seriously.” Northern Soul chats to Mark Radcliffe

When Mark Radcliffe was given his first national Radio 1 show, Out on Blue Six, back in April 1991, it came with an enigmatic promotional shot of him wearing a black cowl and shades.

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