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“Strong, broad-ranging music that tells social stories that mean something.” David Agnew, director of Manchester Folk Festival

October 2, 2021 Comments Off on “Strong, broad-ranging music that tells social stories that mean something.” David Agnew, director of Manchester Folk Festival

Manchester is set to become the centre of the international folk world at the end of October.

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Review: The Hallé Orchestra, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

October 2, 2021 Comments Off on Review: The Hallé Orchestra, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

The Hallé Orchestra opened its new season last week with a moving and magnificent performance at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.

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Review: Manchester Collective – Voice of the Whale, Hallé St Peter’s, Manchester

October 2, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Manchester Collective – Voice of the Whale, Hallé St Peter’s, Manchester

Journalists sometimes get it wrong.

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Music: This Is Tomorrow 2021, Exhibition Park, Newcastle

September 22, 2021 Comments Off on Music: This Is Tomorrow 2021, Exhibition Park, Newcastle

Festival season is (safely) back in full swing.

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Music: This Is For The NHS, Exhibition Park, Newcastle

September 22, 2021 Comments Off on Music: This Is For The NHS, Exhibition Park, Newcastle

Newcastle’s biggest outdoor music festival, This Is Tomorrow, hosted a free festival for NHS workers at Newcastle’s Exhibition Park to thank staff who have been risking their lives to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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The Specials

Music Review: The Specials, Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

September 21, 2021 Comments Off on Music Review: The Specials, Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

Making political statements through music has been The Specials’ strong suit since they formed in the late 1970s. And that skill of getting the message across through music still stands today.

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Photo Gallery: Duran Duran, Scarborough Open Air Theatre

September 20, 2021 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Duran Duran, Scarborough Open Air Theatre

British music icons Duran Duran have delighted fans with a momentous outdoor show on the Yorkshire coast.

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Review: The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff, The Young‘uns with Jack Rutter, Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne

September 15, 2021 Comments Off on Review: The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff, The Young‘uns with Jack Rutter, Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne

If you’re not already a big fan of The Young’uns’ and their authentic, primarily a capella folk music, then I’d recommend that you add them to your playlist without further delay.

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Photo Gallery: James, Scarborough Open Air Theatre

September 13, 2021 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: James, Scarborough Open Air Theatre

James have sold more than 25 million records worldwide over the past 30 years, gaining both critical and commercial acclaim.

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Teenage Fanclub

“We work together the same way we’ve always done.” Raymond McGinley from Teenage Fanclub talks to Northern Soul

September 9, 2021 Comments Off on “We work together the same way we’ve always done.” Raymond McGinley from Teenage Fanclub talks to Northern Soul

As I prepare to interview Raymond McGinley, I make a mental note not to mention anything about my being a die-hard Teenage Fanclub fan.

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