Northern Soul

Author: Helen Nugent

Kathryn Tickell

Kathryn Tickell & The Side (and clog dancing)

December 11, 2013 Comments Off on Kathryn Tickell & The Side (and clog dancing)

It’s not every night you can say, “right, I’m off to an evening of Northumbrian pipes and clog dancing”. Well, apart from last Monday, that is.

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Victoria Wood’s That Day We Sang

December 11, 2013 Comments Off on Victoria Wood’s That Day We Sang

When I was 21, I spent an enjoyable year working as an usher at Manchester’s Palace Theatre and Opera House. It was the equivalent of a ‘year off’, a bit of fun with a bit of cash before I became a proper grown-up.

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Making the Cut: Fringe Theatre

December 1, 2013 Comments Off on Making the Cut: Fringe Theatre

By Alastair Michael

I have never naturally felt the same mix of fatigue, relief, adrenaline and ecstasy that I have felt as the curtain comes down on a show.

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Harp and a Monkey

Northern Soul meets Harp and a Monkey

November 24, 2013 Comments Off on Northern Soul meets Harp and a Monkey

They have been described as ‘Elbow for seafarers and ramblers’ and have made a name for themselves as electro-folk storytellers.

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How to be Northern

November 22, 2013 Comments Off on How to be Northern

Whether you’re looking to make the transition from Southerner to Northerner, returning to your roots after years in a non-Northern place or simply seeking a reconnection with your Northern heritage, here’s a guide about How to be Northern.

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War Horse

War Horse

November 21, 2013 Comments Off on War Horse

There are lots of things in life that don’t live up to the hype: Crunchie ice cream bars, Lost in Translation (so self-indulgent I fought the desire to gouge out my own eyes), Michael Owen, the time U2 did disco. I could go on.

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Freemasons at Wiswell: a night to remember

November 17, 2013 Comments Off on Freemasons at Wiswell: a night to remember

There are some foods that I never expected to let past my lips. Kangeroo and crocodile were on this no-no list until, ten years ago on a trip to Australia, I sampled both delicacies. Well, it seemed rude not to.

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Stay where there are songs by Ciara Leeming

Stay Where There Are Songs

November 15, 2013 Comments Off on Stay Where There Are Songs

The British media love a good bogeyman and, among their many pet hates, Roma Gypsies come close to the top. If they also happen to be Eastern European immigrants – as opposed to indigenous Romanies – then all the better. Scapegoat bingo.

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Doctor Who: Who-ly, Madly, Deeply

November 15, 2013 Comments Off on Doctor Who: Who-ly, Madly, Deeply

As Doctor Who turns 50, Geoffrey Lovelock meets Gareth Kavanagh, the man behind Manchester’s month-long celebration of everyone’s favourite Time Lord.

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Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo

On Stage With Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo

November 13, 2013 Comments Off on On Stage With Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo

To write about Emily Barker and & The Red Clay Halo is to dispense with the measured use of superlatives.

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