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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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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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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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Plait

Plait

July 31, 2013 Comments Off on Plait

Many moons ago, when I was a young and hungry journalist trying to make my way in the world, I had the good fortune to work with Emma Simon.

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Artisan

‘Avin’ It At Artisan

July 31, 2013 Comments Off on ‘Avin’ It At Artisan

It’s not so long ago that a culinary night out in Manchester was a toss up between a random pizza joint and a Chinese banquet. But things have moved on, so much so that the city holds its breath over the first restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star.

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The xx

In Love, Love, Love with The xx

July 19, 2013 Comments Off on In Love, Love, Love with The xx

I had the chance to see The xx some years back when they weren’t very famous and it was easy to get a spot near the stage. It was at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk, one of the loveliest, most laid-back music weekends I’ve ever had the good fortune to attend. But I didn’t see the band.

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Sinead O'Connor

Sinéad O’Connor talks to Northern Soul

July 4, 2013 Comments Off on Sinéad O’Connor talks to Northern Soul

After a career spanning more years than I care to remember, it’s not often I get nervous before interviewing someone famous.

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Birdsong

A Song That Needs To Be Heard

July 2, 2013 Comments Off on A Song That Needs To Be Heard

For months after I read Sebastian Faulks’ novel Birdsong, I was haunted by feelings of claustrophobia. His retelling of the horrors experienced by the tunnellers during the First World War stayed with me to the extent that I have never felt ready to re-read the book.

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Aumbry

The Food of the Gods (in Prestwich)

July 1, 2013 Comments Off on The Food of the Gods (in Prestwich)

I started to write this review before I had my tea. That was a mistake, like the folly of shopping at the supermarket on an empty stomach.

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Songbird

The Unwelcome Companion

June 23, 2013 Comments Off on The Unwelcome Companion

For many people, it’s a certain song. For others, a familiar place, a type of drink or a favourite dish. For lots of us, it’s absolutely nothing at all.

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