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Parlour Flames

No Tantrums, No Tears

September 30, 2013 Comments Off on No Tantrums, No Tears

Parlour Flames is a musical collaboration between former OASIS rhythm guitarist Bonehead [aka Paul Arthurs] and the Manchester-based singer songwriter & poet Vinny Peculiar [aka Alan Wilkes]. Lucy McNamara caught up with them at the recent Ramsbottom Festival.

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Del Amitri Tour Session

The Right Time To Roll

September 30, 2013 Comments Off on The Right Time To Roll

Del Amitri have announced their first tour in more than a decade. Karen Connolly talks to frontman, Justin Currie.

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Tim Burgess by Chris Payne

Hey Country Boy

September 30, 2013 Comments Off on Hey Country Boy

I noted the Stone Roses (Mani), Oasis (Bonehead) and New Order (Stephen Morris) among the bands with representatives at Tim Burgess‘s solo gig at Band on the Wall – all supporting an old mate in an intimate setting, with a generous card of young bands (not sure I can remember the last time I went to a gig where there were three supports on the bill). 

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Matthew Barley

In At The Deep End

September 23, 2013 Comments Off on In At The Deep End

Nearly ten years to the day that Manchester’s Victoria Baths was voted winner of BBC’s Restoration, on a rainy Thursday evening I found myself sitting in the deep end of a 107-year-old swimming pool, drinking a pint of Speckled Hen and listening to someone making whale noises with a laptop and a cello.

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My Darling Clementine

My Darling Clementine: Sheffield meets Memphis

September 12, 2013 Comments Off on My Darling Clementine: Sheffield meets Memphis

Back in the 60s, the likes of George Jones & Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton & Porter Waggoner, as well as Johnny Cash & June Carter would take fascinated listeners behind closed doors for songs of love and hate, betrayal, regret, anger, guilt, revenge and hurt.

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Chasing Owls

Chasing Owls – best name for a band ever?

September 10, 2013 Comments Off on Chasing Owls – best name for a band ever?

Among the many manifold delights on offer at this weekend’s Ramsbottom Festival is an appearance by Edinburgh band Chasing Owls. Since forming in 2010, they’ve built a strong following as a live act on home territory and around the festival circuit.

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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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The Futureheads 005 - photo by Ian West

Northern Soul meets The Futureheads

September 7, 2013 Comments Off on Northern Soul meets The Futureheads

The Futureheads headline the opening night of the Ramsbottom Festival on September 13. Other acts include Sinead O’Connor, previously interviewed by Northern Soul’s editor.

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Madness 2 Poster and Pier

Mad for Blackpool Illuminations

September 6, 2013 Comments Off on Mad for Blackpool Illuminations

Northern institutions don’t come much bigger than the Blackpool Illuminations. They’re right up there with the Rugby League Grand Final and the Angel of the North, and they’ve been around a lot longer.

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Lonnie Liston Smith

Lonnie Liston Smith: a legend comes to Manchester

September 5, 2013 Comments Off on Lonnie Liston Smith: a legend comes to Manchester

Following Terence Blanchard last month, Band on the Wall has excelled again, attracting yet another jazz legend to the North West’s Best Small Venue (I’m with the NME on this one).

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