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Harp & a Monkey

Harp & a Monkey: The Ballad of Wisbech Museum

June 30, 2020 Comments Off on Harp & a Monkey: The Ballad of Wisbech Museum

As the people of Britain embrace the partial reopening of our ‘houses of heritage’, the award-winning song and storytelling Ramsbottom trio Harp & a Monkey are making public the fruits of a new project that celebrates the value of our public museums, galleries and archives.

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Wendy James

I Want Your Love: Northern Soul talks to singer/songwriter Wendy James

April 10, 2020 Comments Off on I Want Your Love: Northern Soul talks to singer/songwriter Wendy James

For those of us in the late 1980s who didn’t subscribe to the domination of the Stock Aitken Waterman bland factory pop, Wendy James was a beacon.

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Ren Harvieu

Revel in the Drama: Ren Harvieu chats to Northern Soul

April 10, 2020 Comments Off on Revel in the Drama: Ren Harvieu chats to Northern Soul

Releasing that difficult second album is always a big moment for any artist. For Ren Harvieu, though, it holds a special significance.

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Album Review: I Am Not A Dog On A Chain, Morrissey

April 5, 2020 Comments Off on Album Review: I Am Not A Dog On A Chain, Morrissey

As those who can still be bothered to care continue to fume at his flirtationship with the far right, Morrissey presses on with the insouciance of a thrice-wed gaslighter, essentially putting down the dog whistle he’s been tooting on for the past quarter of a century, holding it behind his back, while summarily serving up an album of such solicitous pop savvy as to protest he’s been decent all along.

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“Some people have called me the diva whisperer.” Blondie collaborator Rob Roth talks weirdos, icons and punk sensibility

March 12, 2020 Comments Off on “Some people have called me the diva whisperer.” Blondie collaborator Rob Roth talks weirdos, icons and punk sensibility

“There’s nothing contrived or canned, it’s just Debbie and Chris.”

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Photo Gallery: Stereophonics, Utilita Arena Newcastle by Lewis Palmer

Photo Gallery: Stereophonics, Utilita Arena, Newcastle

March 11, 2020 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Stereophonics, Utilita Arena, Newcastle

Northern Soul photographer Lewis Palmer sees Stereophonics at Utilita Arena, Newcastle and takes some excellent snaps.

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Sir Mark Elder

Review: An evening of Ravel, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

February 27, 2020 Comments Off on Review: An evening of Ravel, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

In a brief intermission between winter storms, concert-goers in Manchester took shelter in The Bridgewater Hall and warmed themselves with the musical radiance of the Hallé Orchestra.

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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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Staying Alive: the campaign to save The Gaumont where the Bee Gees first performed

November 16, 2019 Comments Off on Staying Alive: the campaign to save The Gaumont where the Bee Gees first performed

Bee Gees fans from across the world have raised more than £250,000 in just eight days to try and save the former cinema in Manchester’s Chorlton where the brothers first performed live.

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Music Review: Shakespears Sister, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

November 16, 2019 Comments Off on Music Review: Shakespears Sister, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

There’s always been something of the magpie about Siobhan Fahey, a pop star with a fan’s fascination for pop.

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