Northern Soul

Author: Helen Nugent

David Birrell as Sweeney Todd (left) and Don Gallagher as Judge Turpin in SWEENEY TODD (Royal Exchange Theatre until 30 Novmeber

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

November 6, 2013 Comments Off on Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Not long into the first half of Sweeney Todd, my stomach rumbled and I realised the folly of failing to have any tea before the show. Nearly three hours of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street lay ahead, much of which is set in Mrs Lovett’s pie shop.

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James Martin

James Martin comes to Manchester

October 15, 2013 Comments Off on James Martin comes to Manchester

“Northerners like bigger portions.” Ain’t that the truth. But when James Martin says so, this truism takes on a whole new resonance.

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The Manchester Man

The Manchester Man

October 15, 2013 Comments Off on The Manchester Man

There’s a street in the heart of Manchester called ‘Scotland’. Just ‘Scotland’. Not Scotland Road, Scotland Street or Scotland Avenue. Where are you going? Oh, I’m going to Scotland, it’s right next to the River Irk and not far from Victoria Station.

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Northern Soul party by Craige Barker

Northern Soul – The Launch Party

October 14, 2013 Comments Off on Northern Soul – The Launch Party

Oooh, I do like a good do. And so it was that Northern Soul ‘officially’ launched to an unsuspecting public last month.

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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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