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Review: Morrissey, First Direct Arena, Leeds

March 1, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Morrissey, First Direct Arena, Leeds

For such a towering musical icon he looked small, but anyone would from the back row of the upper tier of a vast, fan-shaped arena accommodating 13,000.

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Photo Gallery: Suffragette City – Women in Music in Manchester, The Refuge

February 26, 2018 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Suffragette City – Women in Music in Manchester, The Refuge

A new exhibition will mark the 100-year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act (1918), which gave women over the age of 30 the right to vote (although there were qualifying conditions, including being a property owner) and champion the continued role of influential females in making Manchester world-renowned for melody.

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Jake Thackray at 80

February 26, 2018 Comments Off on Jake Thackray at 80

Would that he was still with us, Jake Thackray would have turned 80 on February 27 this year.

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Want to know where Madchester really started? Legendary DJ Dave Booth talks to Northern Soul

February 16, 2018 Comments Off on Want to know where Madchester really started? Legendary DJ Dave Booth talks to Northern Soul

If you spent your youth dancing at indie clubs in Manchester during the 80s and 90s, it’s possible some of your most cherished nights out came courtesy of Dave Booth without you even knowing it.

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Review: Will Varley, Club Academy, Manchester

February 8, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Will Varley, Club Academy, Manchester

Few musicians can capture – and critique – what it means to be human as beautifully and articulately as folk singer-songwriter Will Varley.

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Review: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols

February 3, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols

Only one record mattered to me in 1977.

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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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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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Mark E Smith: A Tribute

January 26, 2018 Comments Off on Mark E Smith: A Tribute

Mark E Smith’s death at the age of 60 didn’t exactly come as a surprise.

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