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Bonnie Raitt

Making Music in the Slipstream

June 12, 2013 Comments Off on Making Music in the Slipstream

When Bonnie Raitt launched her career in the late 60s, she took her lead not from flash-in-the-pan chart-botherers but from the blues and folk greats she would see on the Boston club circuit, people like Muddy Waters, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker and, a particular favourite of hers, Sippie Wallace.

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Olafur

Ólafur Arnalds, RNCM

June 6, 2013 Comments Off on Ólafur Arnalds, RNCM

In his publicity shots, Ólafur Arnalds looks like a model in a Topshop advert. But at his concert at the Royal Northern College of Music he was more rugged, befitting someone who had spent two weeks travelling and sleeping in a coach criss-crossing Europe.

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Kan

Kan at Band on the Wall, Manchester

May 22, 2013 Comments Off on Kan at Band on the Wall, Manchester

You know how sometimes you go to a show and you can just feel that this is somehow a tipping point for the performers? Well, there was a definite air of “event” about Kan’s triumphant show at Band On The Wall, and not just because the likes of Becky Unthank and Mike Harding were in the audience.

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The Travelling Band

The Travelling Band at The Castle, Manchester

May 22, 2013 Comments Off on The Travelling Band at The Castle, Manchester

If you like your Manchester bands playing their gigs in intimate venues while being served with real ale by cheery bar staff in one of Manchester’s hippest areas, then I think I just stole your perfect night.

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EMMYLOU HARRIS & RODNEY CROWELL 2013 (credit David McLister)

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

May 11, 2013 Comments Off on Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

If you’re going to kick off your set with a couple of the best-known tunes from Americana’s patron saint Gram Parsons and follow them with a version of the hallowed Townes Van Zandt’s Pancho And Lefty, then you’ve got to know you’ve set the bar pretty high for your own stuff.

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Temples

Temples and Drenge at Night & Day, Manchester

April 25, 2013 Comments Off on Temples and Drenge at Night & Day, Manchester

When ‘The Chief’ speaks, the Manchester masses normally listen. So Noel Gallagher’s recent verbal crowning of Temples as “the best new band in Britain” could perhaps at least part-explain the impressive mid-week turnout down Oldham Street for an otherwise relatively unknown duo of bands.

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Edwyn Collins

Edwyn Collins at Hebden Bridge Trades Club

April 17, 2013 Comments Off on Edwyn Collins at Hebden Bridge Trades Club

There are all sorts of reasons to celebrate why an Ivor Novello award-winning musician and record producer is playing the Hebden Bridge Trades Club.

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House of Love

House of Love at Sound Control, Manchester

April 13, 2013 Comments Off on House of Love at Sound Control, Manchester

You could say that timing has never been the House of Love’s forte… just when they looked set to dominate the world with their brand of visceral, thoughtful indie-rock, along came grunge in the early 1990s and swept them away in a tide of lank hair and lumberjack shirts.

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