Northern Soul

Author: Paul Clarke

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Steve Barker: Thirty Years On The Wire

October 17, 2014 Comments Off on Steve Barker: Thirty Years On The Wire

John Peel was the king of alternative music on BBC Radio One. But BBC Radio Lancashire‘s On The Wire team has been dedicated to playing some equally challenging tunes for 30 years.

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Joe McElderry

Joe McElderry talks to Northern Soul about life after The X Factor

October 13, 2014 Comments Off on Joe McElderry talks to Northern Soul about life after The X Factor

For some X Factor winners it is a swift return to pub gigs. For others like Joe McElderry it leads to gold records and gigs at decent-sized venues.

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The Unthanks and Sam Lee

The Unthanks, Sam Lee and the First World War

September 9, 2014 Comments Off on The Unthanks, Sam Lee and the First World War

If there was one folk act guaranteed to do a First World War project it was The Unthanks. After a few false starts, they have co-created a project with fellow Mercury Prize nominee Sam Lee.

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Get It Loud In Libraries

Get Loud In The Library with Adele

August 25, 2014 Comments Off on Get Loud In The Library with Adele

Dusty, furtive places with quiet at a premium – these are the oft-quoted stereotypes associated with libraries. So you wouldn’t expect to see Adele belting out her tunes in a Lancaster library, would you?

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Miners' Strike

Mining Visions of Strife at Ilkley Film Festival

August 20, 2014 Comments Off on Mining Visions of Strife at Ilkley Film Festival

It’s 30 years since Yorkshire was torn apart during the year-long miners’ strike. Now that anniversary is being marked by the Ilkley Film Festival.

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Northern Soul chats to Shrek’s director Nigel Harman

August 13, 2014 Comments Off on Northern Soul chats to Shrek’s director Nigel Harman

Most budding directors start off with a small show over a pub but not so Downton Abbey’s Nigel Harman who is at the helm of a multi-million pound touring production of Shrek The Musical.

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Red Ladder

Red Ladder: the next step

August 7, 2014 Comments Off on Red Ladder: the next step

Red Ladder might have lost all of its Arts Council funding but the Leeds-based theatre company is still standing strong.

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Shrek The Musical is a must-see at Leeds Grand

July 31, 2014 Comments Off on Shrek The Musical is a must-see at Leeds Grand

It’s a long way from the mean streets of Walford to Shrek’s swamp, but former Eastender and rookie director Nigel Harman has pulled together a colourful version of this smash hit musical which is actually better than the West End.

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Jetta

Northern Soul meets…Jetta

July 28, 2014 Comments Off on Northern Soul meets…Jetta

Not many 24-year-olds get the chance to work with Pharrell Williams on their debut record. But the world’s hottest producer thinks scouse songstress Jetta has what it takes to be big.

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Red Ladder fights back after funding cut

July 14, 2014 Comments Off on Red Ladder fights back after funding cut

There were always going to be winners and losers when the Arts Council announced who it would fund through the National Portfolio Organisation. For radical theatre group Red Ladder it was a catastrophic blow: they lost every penny.

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