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Author: Helen Nugent

Mark Radclilffe

Mark Radcliffe gets back to his roots

October 14, 2013 Comments Off on Mark Radcliffe gets back to his roots

Mark Radcliffe‘s self-confessed career highlight came in 2006 when he won Celebrity Stars In Their Eyes with a suspiciously Cornish-sounding Shane MacGowan.

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Kate Rusby

Kate Rusby talks to Northern Soul

October 7, 2013 Comments Off on Kate Rusby talks to Northern Soul

Kate Rusby is something of a legend, which is some going for someone who is the same age as I am (39, since you ask). Occasionally known as the Barnsley Nightingale, Rusby has been described as the “first lady of young folkies”.

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Manchester House

Theatre of Food at Manchester House

October 7, 2013 Comments Off on Theatre of Food at Manchester House

I’ve had some posh dinners in my time but I have never, ever been served a meal perched on a dish of artificial turf, all enveloped in a haze of dry ice. Until, that is, I went to the newly-launched Manchester House.

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Kathryn Williams

Crushing on Kathryn Williams

October 6, 2013 Comments Off on Crushing on Kathryn Williams

Some musicians have the ability to write songs that gnaw at your heart. Kathryn Williams is one of them.

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Junip at Ramsbottom Festival

Ramsbottom’s Humdinger Weekend

September 30, 2013 Comments Off on Ramsbottom’s Humdinger Weekend

The third Ramsbottom Festival, held earlier this month in the West Pennine foothills, lived up to its reputation as a “humdinger” of an event.

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Lie back, relax and think of….

September 26, 2013 Comments Off on Lie back, relax and think of….

I love a good spa. But part of that love comes from the fact that it always feels like an unnecessary decadence.

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Ramsbottom Festival pic

Northern Soul talks to the brains behind the Ramsbottom Festival

September 8, 2013 Comments Off on Northern Soul talks to the brains behind the Ramsbottom Festival

I once described the Ramsbottom Festival as a “real humdinger“. This came back to haunt me when I spotted the quote on this year’s marketing material.

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at Sefton Park

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Rocks the Mike

August 28, 2013 Comments Off on The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Rocks the Mike

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra recently performed a free concert at Sefton Park, conducted by Vasily Petrenko. The event was part of The Liverpool International Music Festival. Paul Jamieson was there.

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Crime novels

Why are there no crime novels with British Asian characters?

August 20, 2013 Comments Off on Why are there no crime novels with British Asian characters?

By AK Nawaz

Heard the one about the easily fatigued detective unable to outpace crooks during Ramadan? What about the drug boss who breaks off torturing his victims for midday prayer?

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Liverpool Gay Pride 2013 copyright Paul Jamieson

The Pride of Liverpool

August 20, 2013 Comments Off on The Pride of Liverpool

Northern Soul visited Liverpool’s Gay Pride earlier this month. Paul Jamieson was there to record it.

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