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David Agnew, credit Chris Payne

“This festival is about celebrating the range of great music described as folk.” David Agnew, director of Manchester Folk Festival

October 17, 2017 Comments Off on “This festival is about celebrating the range of great music described as folk.” David Agnew, director of Manchester Folk Festival

For several years, the Homegrown festival at Bury Met, with its associated Folk Expo industry event, has been one of the most significant dates on the international folk and roots music calendar.

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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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Mark Elder, Halle (credit: Benjamin Ealovega)

A change of season at the Hallé: Stravinsky’s Firebird at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

October 11, 2017 Comments Off on A change of season at the Hallé: Stravinsky’s Firebird at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Manchester in October and memories of summer are fading fast.

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Beans on Toast by Andrew Allcock

Video: Beans on Toast talks to Northern Soul

October 11, 2017 Comments Off on Video: Beans on Toast talks to Northern Soul

Ah, Beans on Toast. We love this singer-songwriter, as does Frank Turner who once said of him that “he sings songs and slays dragons”.

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Martin Coogan, Chris Payne

“There’s a bit of T-Rex in there, Sparks, Iggy Pop.” Northern Soul talks to Martin Coogan of The Mock Turtles

October 10, 2017 Comments Off on “There’s a bit of T-Rex in there, Sparks, Iggy Pop.” Northern Soul talks to Martin Coogan of The Mock Turtles

“Wait, I’ve got some stupid shoes I could wear. They’ll be a laugh.”

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Marty Stuart, RNCM

“When I look back at my records, I see it as like making movies or building houses.” Northern Soul talks to country music legend, Marty Stuart

October 10, 2017 Comments Off on “When I look back at my records, I see it as like making movies or building houses.” Northern Soul talks to country music legend, Marty Stuart

“I guess you could say that my mom set the standard at kind of an unattainable place,” says Marty Stuart, one of the undisputed heroes of modern country music.

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Confetti, Manchesrer Apollo, image credit BBC

Review: BBC Radio 2’s All Star Party, Manchester’s O2 Apollo

October 7, 2017 Comments Off on Review: BBC Radio 2’s All Star Party, Manchester’s O2 Apollo

What would my 14-year-old self say? My most recent Saturday ‘big night out’ was spent with a 50-something gent at a 50th birthday party, with a playlist solely supplied by BBC Radio 2.

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Suzanne Vega, The Bridgewater Hall

Left of Center? No, bang on target. Northern Soul sees Suzanne Vega in Manchester

October 7, 2017 Comments Off on Left of Center? No, bang on target. Northern Soul sees Suzanne Vega in Manchester

It’s been a fair few years since Suzanne Vega last played a live concert in Manchester, but last week saw her triumphant return at the stunning Bridgewater Hall.

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La La Land in Concert, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Review: La La Land in Concert, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

September 26, 2017 Comments Off on Review: La La Land in Concert, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

I first saw La La Land with my parents. We’d picked up a copy on DVD from Primark (it was on a stand in that bit where you queue up to pay, next to the multi-packs of face-wipes and cheap socks), got in a load of snacks and some wine, and screened it on the big telly in the front room.

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BBC Philharmonic

Review: BBC Philharmonic, Mahler – Symphony No. 3 at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

September 26, 2017 Comments Off on Review: BBC Philharmonic, Mahler – Symphony No. 3 at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

“You’re reviewing a classical music concert?”

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