Northern Soul

Author: Andy Murray

Richard Boon

Ever fallen in love with Richard Boon?

February 18, 2014 Comments Off on Ever fallen in love with Richard Boon?

The Manchester punk scene was never meant to be a weighty chapter in history. Quite the opposite: it emerged as a short, sharp breath of fresh air.

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Kraftwerk Uncovered: A Future Past

February 7, 2014 Comments Off on Kraftwerk Uncovered: A Future Past

There was once a time when electronic ground-breakers such as Kraftwerk weren’t even regarded as making ‘proper’ music.

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Toby Hadoke

My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver: Northern Soul chats to Toby Hadoke

January 16, 2014 Comments Off on My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver: Northern Soul chats to Toby Hadoke

As evidenced by the world-spanning, attention-grabbing celebration of the show’s 50th anniversary last November, we’re pretty much all Doctor Who fans now. But it was not ever thus.

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Seriously Good Panto at Harrogate Theatre

January 9, 2014 Comments Off on Seriously Good Panto at Harrogate Theatre

Back in the day, celebrated theatre critic Hannen Swaffer remarked: “I have seen many fine performances in over 30 years of theatre-going and my favourite performances are as follows, Wolfit’s Lear, Olivier’s Othello and Frank Randle’s Buttons.”

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Britain’s Longest-Serving Panto Dame talks to Northern Soul

December 22, 2013 Comments Off on Britain’s Longest-Serving Panto Dame talks to Northern Soul

At this time of year, it’s traditional for families all over the country to go and see a pantomime. In York, though, they have their own particular tradition. They go and see Berwick Kaler.

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Wanted! Robin Hood

December 5, 2013 Comments Off on Wanted! Robin Hood

If you’re putting on a big, family-friendly theatre production at this time of year, essentially you’re faced with two options.

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Black Francis: What rhymes with monkey?

November 24, 2013 Comments Off on Black Francis: What rhymes with monkey?

While introducing this on-stage interview event, host Dave Haslam makes a surprise announcement. Tonight’s guest Black Francis – Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV to his mum – will finish the evening by performing a few songs.

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Bigmouth Strikes Again

October 29, 2013 Comments Off on Bigmouth Strikes Again

Rejoice! A leading British publisher has brought us a book by a member of a great modern British band, someone who can write skilful, balanced prose which demonstrates an encyclopedic knowledge of his chosen field of home-grown pop, particularly the pre-Beatles era.

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Martha Tilston

Martha Tilston, Parenthood and Wagamama

October 15, 2013 Comments Off on Martha Tilston, Parenthood and Wagamama

Speaking over the phone from her home in Cornwall, Martha Tilston commences the interview by ushering her two small daughters away. Music is marbled right through Tilston’s family.

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Defining Me – and Defining Manchester

October 3, 2013 Comments Off on Defining Me – and Defining Manchester

Manchester has a rich, diverse musical heritage – and every right to be fiercely proud of it. But you wouldn’t envy the man who tries to tell the entire story.

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