Northern Soul

Author: Damon Fairclough

Blackbird flies again: director Nick Bagnall on plays and a return to acting

July 2, 2022 Comments Off on Blackbird flies again: director Nick Bagnall on plays and a return to acting

Just over two years ago, the theatre director Nick Bagnall discovered, as did many others, that plays and pandemics don’t mix.

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Wondrous Place: Celebrating the City at the Museum of Liverpool

December 2, 2021 Comments Off on Wondrous Place: Celebrating the City at the Museum of Liverpool

It’s more than 60 years since Liverpool’s original pop pioneer, Billy Fury, released his sinuous version of the song Wondrous Place, and its title continues to be a gift to Mersey mythologists in search of a name for their next civic-minded project.

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Brute Strength: Why Our Northern Concrete is Worth Keeping

January 17, 2021 Comments Off on Brute Strength: Why Our Northern Concrete is Worth Keeping

Wander through the gift shops of Sheffield these days, lockdown permitting, and you could be forgiven for thinking that colossal cliffs of concrete were always among the city’s most beloved landmarks.

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Tasting Beer with Soul: Twisted Wheel Brew Co.

July 30, 2020 Comments Off on Tasting Beer with Soul: Twisted Wheel Brew Co.

On the face of it, beer and music seem like natural bedfellows.

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Book Review: The Book of Sheffield

February 10, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: The Book of Sheffield

Twenty-five years ago, Sheffield was mine.

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Theatre Review: Sleeping Beauty, Everyman, Liverpool

November 29, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Sleeping Beauty, Everyman, Liverpool

Regular Everyman panto-goers could be forgiven for thinking they’re stranded in an endlessly recurring dream.

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Let’s Not Die a Young Man’s Death: Northern Soul talks to Roger McGough

August 8, 2019 Comments Off on Let’s Not Die a Young Man’s Death: Northern Soul talks to Roger McGough

British culture can offer few positions more indicative of popular, mainstream acceptance than an afternoon guest slot on BBC Radio 2.

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Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Stories: Northern Soul talks to playwright Ian Salmon

June 24, 2019 Comments Off on Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Stories: Northern Soul talks to playwright Ian Salmon

Like at least 50,000 other Liverpudlians, the writer Ian Salmon recently went on an impromptu holiday to Madrid.

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Beautiful, fruitful, peaceful: discovering Ruskin in Sheffield

April 18, 2019 Comments Off on Beautiful, fruitful, peaceful: discovering Ruskin in Sheffield

Back in mid-80s Sheffield, I was heading towards A levels, my cranium crammed with a hair-gel-scented hotchpotch of concerns both large and small: reggae, The Stranglers, communism and females galore.

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Fernand Léger, 1881-1955 The Acrobat and his Partner 1948 Oil paint on canvas support: 1302 x 1626 mm frame: 1402 x 1727 x 75 mm Tate. Purchased 1980 © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2018

Review – Fernand Léger: New Times, New Pleasures, Tate Liverpool

November 28, 2018 Comments Off on Review – Fernand Léger: New Times, New Pleasures, Tate Liverpool

If you go to art galleries for the silence, you may have to think again before visiting Tate Liverpool’s excellent new show devoted to Fernand Léger.

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