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Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo

On Stage With Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo

November 13, 2013 Comments Off on On Stage With Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo

To write about Emily Barker and & The Red Clay Halo is to dispense with the measured use of superlatives.

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Eddi Reader by Chris Payne

It’s got to be…the Perfect Eddi Reader

November 13, 2013 Comments Off on It’s got to be…the Perfect Eddi Reader

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”

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Michael Nyman by Chris Payne

The Meaning of Michael Nyman

November 8, 2013 Comments Off on The Meaning of Michael Nyman

As Michael Nyman silently took his place at the piano stool, any notion of an amiable saunter through the composer’s back-catalogue with cosy anecdotes about Peter Greenaway or Jane Campion had already been dispelled.

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Everything Everything

October 22, 2013 Comments Off on Everything Everything

This was a homecoming gig (of sorts) for Manchester-based Everything Everything. They gave their all – and it showed.

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Martha Tilston

Martha Tilston, Parenthood and Wagamama

October 15, 2013 Comments Off on Martha Tilston, Parenthood and Wagamama

Speaking over the phone from her home in Cornwall, Martha Tilston commences the interview by ushering her two small daughters away. Music is marbled right through Tilston’s family.

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Mark Radclilffe

Mark Radcliffe gets back to his roots

October 14, 2013 Comments Off on Mark Radcliffe gets back to his roots

Mark Radcliffe‘s self-confessed career highlight came in 2006 when he won Celebrity Stars In Their Eyes with a suspiciously Cornish-sounding Shane MacGowan.

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The Hallé and Shostakovich…the Power and the Glory

October 13, 2013 Comments Off on The Hallé and Shostakovich…the Power and the Glory

Earlier this month the Hallé opened its 155th season. It would be reasonable to expect that the orchestra, one of the undoubted cultural crown jewels of Manchester, wanted to start things off with a bang, so to speak.

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Kate Rusby

Kate Rusby talks to Northern Soul

October 7, 2013 Comments Off on Kate Rusby talks to Northern Soul

Kate Rusby is something of a legend, which is some going for someone who is the same age as I am (39, since you ask). Occasionally known as the Barnsley Nightingale, Rusby has been described as the “first lady of young folkies”.

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Kathryn Williams

Crushing on Kathryn Williams

October 6, 2013 Comments Off on Crushing on Kathryn Williams

Some musicians have the ability to write songs that gnaw at your heart. Kathryn Williams is one of them.

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Defining Me – and Defining Manchester

October 3, 2013 Comments Off on Defining Me – and Defining Manchester

Manchester has a rich, diverse musical heritage – and every right to be fiercely proud of it. But you wouldn’t envy the man who tries to tell the entire story.

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