Northern Soul

Author: Andy Murray

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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, 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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Daniel Kitson branches out

September 21, 2013 Comments Off on Daniel Kitson branches out

Daniel Kitson has made an art of taking the unconventional route. As a stand-up, he’s largely given TV and radio the swerve.

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Ode to Noir

September 13, 2013 Comments Off on Ode to Noir

Now we’ve seen the back of that unexpectedly decent summer, it’s time for the nights to start drawing in and the heating to go back on. Autumn, as Keats once pointed out, is a season of mists.

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Chasing Owls – best name for a band ever?

September 10, 2013 Comments Off on Chasing Owls – best name for a band ever?

Among the many manifold delights on offer at this weekend’s Ramsbottom Festival is an appearance by Edinburgh band Chasing Owls. Since forming in 2010, they’ve built a strong following as a live act on home territory and around the festival circuit.

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Noir in the North

July 31, 2013 Comments Off on Noir in the North

In all manner of creative endeavours from music to cooking, fusion is all the rage. So why not in fiction too?

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