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Music review: The Eagles, Anfield, Liverpool

June 28, 2022 Comments Off on Music review: The Eagles, Anfield, Liverpool

A warm summer’s evening, and Anfield is filling up. There’s a buzz of anticipation. I love this place, it is so full of memories for me. But this isn’t another of those high-tension nights of European football. This is about recapturing a peaceful, easy feeling. 

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‘Music has been a constant over the years, like a coloured thread woven into cloth’

June 23, 2022 No Comments

Sometimes I think about how my life would be if I had made it as a hugely famous musician.

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“Where language is beyond some individuals, music becomes that language.” Manchester Camerata’s dementia programme

May 17, 2022 Comments Off on “Where language is beyond some individuals, music becomes that language.” Manchester Camerata’s dementia programme

This is a big year for Manchester Camerata. We’re celebrating 50 years of the orchestra and 10 years of our Music in Mind dementia programme.

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Music Review: Red Guitars, Night & Day, Manchester

April 29, 2022 Comments Off on Music Review: Red Guitars, Night & Day, Manchester

In 1983, the last time the Red Guitars performed in Manchester, they played at The Haçienda.

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Festival Preview: Underneath the Stars

April 26, 2022 Comments Off on Festival Preview: Underneath the Stars

Underneath the Stars festival will return this summer (July 29-31, 2022) with an all-female headline bill to Cinderhill Farm, Barnsley.

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Music Review: The Psychedelic Furs, Manchester Academy  

April 18, 2022 Comments Off on Music Review: The Psychedelic Furs, Manchester Academy  

There have been considerable developments since The Psychedelic Furs last commanded a Manchester stage.

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The Hara. Credit: Scruff of the Neck Records

“The vibes were sick.” The Hara talk to Northern Soul

April 15, 2022 Comments Off on “The vibes were sick.” The Hara talk to Northern Soul

I first met the three-piece heavy rock outfit known as The Hara during Storm Eunice. It was one of the worst UK storms in recent memory and a day where, between the four of us, no one had thought to bring an umbrella.

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“You hope your songs can weave their way into people’s lives.” Marti Pellow talks to Northern Soul

April 13, 2022 Comments Off on “You hope your songs can weave their way into people’s lives.” Marti Pellow talks to Northern Soul

Marti Pellow has come a long way from the cheery-faced lead singer with Scots pop stars Wet Wet Wet in the 1980s and 90s.

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British Music Experience

Exhibition Review: Don’t You Forget About Me, British Music Experience, Liverpool

April 2, 2022 Comments Off on Exhibition Review: Don’t You Forget About Me, British Music Experience, Liverpool

At its best, pop resists the definitive. It side-steps the constraints of those who try to pin it down and restrict it to a dull litany of the usual saints, the Dylans and the Lennons, the Whites and the Sheerans, those who are dead and those who might as well be, desiccating them into relics and museum pieces, suitable for endless resale.

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Clare Grogan

“I’m still the same person I was back then.” Altered Images singer Clare Grogan talks to Northern Soul

March 1, 2022 Comments Off on “I’m still the same person I was back then.” Altered Images singer Clare Grogan talks to Northern Soul

If Channel 5’s Friday music documentaries are to be believed, the 80s was the best decade for music.

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