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Leaf Manchester

Step up to the mic: Leaf opens its door to Manchester’s singer/songwriters

September 13, 2017 No Comments

Most days, if you wander through the centre of Manchester, you’re bound to encounter at least one busker having a crack at Wonderwall or something by Ed Sheeran. But if you have the talent and street performance isn’t your cup of earl grey, where do you play?

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God’s Own Country: Film Director Francis Lee talks Yorkshire, Farming and Sundance

September 9, 2017 No Comments

God’s Own Country, written and directed by English filmmaker Francis Lee, is a remarkable film in many ways, and I’m not alone in believing it’s quite probably the best debut of the year.

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Northern Soul chats to director Joyce Branagh about new writing, girls rugby and fighting spirit

September 9, 2017 No Comments

Director Joyce Branagh is working on what sounds like the perfect premise for an ensemble piece.

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Susie Quatro

Suzi Quatro: “I’ve never, ever been the kind of person who does gender.”

September 6, 2017 No Comments

It’s 1973. Industrial action has plunged the UK into darkness and things are pretty gloomy (except for this pre-teen excitedly reading comics by candlelight). But there is one shining light: glam rock.

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The Fizz

“I’m least fond of Making Your Mind Up, yet where would I be without it?” Cheryl Baker talks to Northern Soul

September 4, 2017 Comments Off on “I’m least fond of Making Your Mind Up, yet where would I be without it?” Cheryl Baker talks to Northern Soul

Bucks Fizz will forever be remembered as UK Eurovision winners. A plucky quartet, put together for the 1981 contest, bopping their way to victory with the chart-topping Making Your Mind Up.

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Suzanne Vega: “The audience comes, thinking of their own memories”

August 28, 2017 Comments Off on Suzanne Vega: “The audience comes, thinking of their own memories”

When I wore out my Suzanne Vega cassettes in the 1980s, playing them over and over again, never in my wildest dreams did I think that, one day, I’d be explaining builder’s tea to my musical hero.

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Freak, 53two, Manchester

Underneath the Arches: 53two’s Simon Naylor talks about feminism and fringe productions

August 23, 2017 Comments Off on Underneath the Arches: 53two’s Simon Naylor talks about feminism and fringe productions

Manchester is thriving with creativity. Nevertheless, it is daunting to set up a new venue, whether its focus is art, music or theatre.

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Northern Soul chats to Duncan Craig, founder of Survivors Manchester, about breaking the silence

August 9, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul chats to Duncan Craig, founder of Survivors Manchester, about breaking the silence

Duncan Craig is one of the nicest men I have had the privilege of meeting.

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Caroline Clegg from Feelgood Theatre talks about A Midsummer Night’s Dream

July 19, 2017 Comments Off on Caroline Clegg from Feelgood Theatre talks about A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Caroline Clegg, the founder and driving force behind the award-winning Feelgood Theatre, would be the last to deny that the company has had its ups and down over the years since the first show in 1994.

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Northern Soul chats to Beans on Toast about pubs, performing and politics

July 9, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul chats to Beans on Toast about pubs, performing and politics

The first time I saw Beans on Toast play live, he was supporting Frank Turner at a big venue in London.

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