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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 photo

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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That Dame Upstairs, photo by Chris Payne

That Dame Upstairs

October 17, 2013 Comments Off on That Dame Upstairs

I’m so very glad I had my camera on me last Thursday. In town anyway, and with an hour to kill, I spotted a “life drawing drop-in and photography session” at Cornerhouse

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Junip at Ramsbottom Festival

Ramsbottom’s Humdinger Weekend

September 30, 2013 Comments Off on Ramsbottom’s Humdinger Weekend

The third Ramsbottom Festival, held earlier this month in the West Pennine foothills, lived up to its reputation as a “humdinger” of an event.

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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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Greg Cook

Laugh Local Comes Of Age

September 14, 2013 Comments Off on Laugh Local Comes Of Age

Laugh Local, the funny younger brother of Bop Local, has been a strictly South Manchester affair since the first one was staged in November 2012. Until now.

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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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David Slack

David Slack talks to Northern Soul

July 20, 2013 Comments Off on David Slack talks to Northern Soul

David Slack is founder of the 24:7 Theatre Festival, now in its tenth year. He can always be found milling around, helping with front of house, meeting and greeting the press and, generally speaking, being a darn enthusiastic and present director.

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