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“We face the very real prospect of losing a generation of talent.” Box of Tricks launches Screen/Play Award in partnership with Sky Studios

October 23, 2020 Comments Off on “We face the very real prospect of losing a generation of talent.” Box of Tricks launches Screen/Play Award in partnership with Sky Studios

We want “electrifying stories that spark the imagination,” says Box Of Tricks’ co-artistic director Hannah Tyrell-Pinder.

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“This chart brings us closer to the mainstream.” Manchester launches the Official Folk Albums Chart

October 19, 2020 No Comments

Last weekend saw the launch of the new Official Folk Albums Chart in Manchester, produced by English Folk Expo and presented by Manchester Folk Festival.

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Holly Watt

“Writing was definitely my first love.” Crime author Holly Watt talks to Northern Soul

September 5, 2020 Comments Off on “Writing was definitely my first love.” Crime author Holly Watt talks to Northern Soul

One of the great things about the annual Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, at least until 2020’s forced hiatus, has always been the way authors and fans mix so freely, not least in the hotel bar. But Holly Watt’s first experience of it last year, when she was on Val McDermid’s vaunted New Blood panel on the strength of her award-winning debut novel To The Lions, wasn’t exactly like that.

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Film Review: Tenet

September 2, 2020 Comments Off on Film Review: Tenet

I’m not the biggest fan of British director Christopher Nolan. In fact, I’m of the opinion that most of his films prefer to show off rather than actually show much in the way of humanity, let alone fun. And heaven forbid that there might be a plausible female character lurking around amid the bombast.

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Online Review: Palisander – Beware The Spider! National Centre for Early Music

May 13, 2020 Comments Off on Online Review: Palisander – Beware The Spider! National Centre for Early Music

There’s a certain delicious irony to the way that the York-based National Centre for Early Music (forced like so many other independent venues to temporarily close its doors to the public) has been leading the way with an enthusiastic embrace of that most contemporary of technologies, video streaming, to continue to celebrate the live performance of (mostly) medieval music.

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“We believe that access to culture is a fundamental part of a happy life.” The Good Book, Slung Low

May 11, 2020 Comments Off on “We believe that access to culture is a fundamental part of a happy life.” The Good Book, Slung Low

After relocating to the oldest working men’s club in Britain (The Holbeck in Leeds), the adventurous team at Slung Low established the Leeds People’s Theatre Company.

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Greed

“Just because someone’s fun, it doesn’t mean they’re not nefarious.” Steve Coogan and Michael Winterbottom talk about Greed

March 2, 2020 Comments Off on “Just because someone’s fun, it doesn’t mean they’re not nefarious.” Steve Coogan and Michael Winterbottom talk about Greed

Steve Coogan’s film career has been a hit-and-miss affair.

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Review: Ute Lemper, Rendezvous with Marlene, RNCM, Manchester

February 6, 2020 Comments Off on Review: Ute Lemper, Rendezvous with Marlene, RNCM, Manchester

It was 1987 in Paris and young cabaret performer Ute Lemper was opening as Sally Bowles in the stage musical Cabaret.

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Theatre Review: Night Of The Living Dead – Remix, Courtyard Theatre, Leeds Playhouse

January 30, 2020 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Night Of The Living Dead – Remix, Courtyard Theatre, Leeds Playhouse

In 1968, an independent horror movie called Night Of The Living Dead not only irrevocably changed the horror movie genre, but has since proved massively influential.

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Music Review: Vetiver/Treetop Flyers, YES, Manchester

December 9, 2019 Comments Off on Music Review: Vetiver/Treetop Flyers, YES, Manchester

I’m sure Andy Cabic, aka Vetiver, won’t mind me saying that when I had a quick transatlantic chat with him last week (as you do), he seemed distinctly nervous about performing this string of UK dates completely solo, particularly as the Up On High album hasn’t been out that long.

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