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“Did you know some cats are allergic to humans?” Northern Soul chats to singer-songwriter Will Varley

February 3, 2018 Comments Off on “Did you know some cats are allergic to humans?” Northern Soul chats to singer-songwriter Will Varley

Will Varley has a history of talking to Northern Soul about cats.

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Review: Julie Fowlis, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

February 1, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Julie Fowlis, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

There’s a YouTube video featuring folk singer Julie Fowlis on the BBC’s Transatlantic Sessions 3 in 2008 which has the Scotswoman sitting surrounded and attended – like some young folk goddess – by middle-aged men all doing her musical bidding, while she sings Bothan Àirigh am Bràigh Raithneach (A Sheiling On The Braes Of Rannoch).

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Alisa Weilerstein

Review: Shostakovich and the Triumph of Art, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

January 26, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Shostakovich and the Triumph of Art, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Last week Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra added another illustrious chapter to their long and successful history of performing the works of Dmitri Shostakovich.

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Graham Gouldman

Review: Graham Gouldman, Stoller Hall, Manchester

January 26, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Graham Gouldman, Stoller Hall, Manchester

Somehow, Salford-born songwriter Graham Gouldman remains an undervalued figure.

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Paramore, image by James Lynd

Photo Gallery: Paramore, Manchester Arena

January 22, 2018 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Paramore, Manchester Arena

Northern Soul photographer James Lynd sees American rock band, Paramore at Manchester Arena and captures some atmospheric images. 

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John Bramwell by Chris Payne

Review: John Bramwell, Royal Northern College of Music

December 18, 2017 Comments Off on Review: John Bramwell, Royal Northern College of Music

At this time of year, there are some traditions that I can take or leave.

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Review: Mark Lanegan, Church, Leeds

December 14, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Mark Lanegan, Church, Leeds

A chilly evening and an almost equally sub-zero venue are not putting off devotees of Mark Lanegan tonight, the assembled throng resolutely wrapped in winter garb inside Church, Leeds.

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Emily Barker

Sweet Kind of Blue: acclaimed musician Emily Barker talks to Northern Soul

December 9, 2017 Comments Off on Sweet Kind of Blue: acclaimed musician Emily Barker talks to Northern Soul

Early one cold and rainy February morning last year, Australian musician and Northern Soul favourite Emily Barker woke up in Nashville and got in her car for a journey to Memphis.

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The Charlatans image by Chris Payne

Review and Photo Gallery: The Charlatans, 02 Apollo, Manchester

December 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review and Photo Gallery: The Charlatans, 02 Apollo, Manchester

A quick look at Setlist.fm – and I can heartily recommend this site, dubbed ‘the setlist Wiki’, for a fan-generated database of gig setlists from the past 30 years – shows that The Charlatans changed the order of their songs for their Manchester gig to start with Just When You’re Thinkin’ Things Over.

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Jesca Hoop

Review: Jesca Hoop, The Stoller Hall, Manchester

December 6, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Jesca Hoop, The Stoller Hall, Manchester

Resplendent in a remarkable red dress which makes her look part flamenco dancer and part Dalek, Jesca Hoop takes to The Stoller Hall stage for something like a homecoming gig.

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