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Cowboy Junkies, image by Heather Pollock

Welcome to the Age of Dissolution: Northern Soul chats to Michael Timmins from Cowboy Junkies

November 10, 2018 No Comments

Amid all the flash and bombast that defined the late 80s, Cowboy Junkies proved there was an audience waiting for something quiet, beautiful and reflective with their compelling 1988 classic, The Trinity Session.

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Music Review: Manchester Folk Festival 2018

October 26, 2018 Comments Off on Music Review: Manchester Folk Festival 2018

Last year, when David Agnew opted to move the English Folk Expo and its public-facing concerts to central Manchester after several years based around Bury Met, there was a certain amount of discreet breath-holding as to whether its delicate balance of intimacy with a worldwide mission to spotlight English music and artists could work as well in this new context, right in the vibrant heart of the city and spread around several venues.

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Anne Beswick, Manchester Literature Festival

Review: Literary Manchester Walking Tour with Anne Beswick, Manchester Literature Festival

October 17, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Literary Manchester Walking Tour with Anne Beswick, Manchester Literature Festival

When Manchester recently bid for and won UNESCO City of Literature status, part of its success was undoubtedly based on the thriving Manchester Literature Festival, an annual reminder to the world that Manchester was the city which built the UK’s first public lending library and gave the world the work of great writers including Elizabeth Gaskell, Anthony Burgess, Howard Jacobson and many more.

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“I’ve grown old with Rebus.” Northern Soul talks to best-selling crime author Ian Rankin

October 15, 2018 Comments Off on “I’ve grown old with Rebus.” Northern Soul talks to best-selling crime author Ian Rankin

When the best-selling crime writer Ian Rankin brings his Investigating Murder: An Evening with Ian Rankin to Manchester’s HOME, the intention, he says, is not simply to talk about his new book In A House Of Lies (incidentally, one of the best thrillers of the year if you ask me) then sign some copies.

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Review: Everything that happened and would happen, Mayfield, Manchester

October 11, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Everything that happened and would happen, Mayfield, Manchester

Before you’ve even stepped properly inside Everything that happened and would happen there’s a palpable sense of awe, not to say slight intimidation, at the setting.

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Theatre Review: Dishoom! at Oldham Coliseum

October 6, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Dishoom! at Oldham Coliseum

Dishoom! is the sound of a punch or a bullet from 70s Bollywood films, much like ‘Kapow!’ from American comic books.

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Jade Anouka, Queen Margaret. Image by Johan Persson

Theatre Review: Queen Margaret, Royal Exchange, Manchester

September 20, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Queen Margaret, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Typical. You wait ages for a Shakespeare mash-up on one of Manchester’s main stages then two come along at once.

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Will Dean (c) Rosalind Hobley

“I am an outsider.” Northern Soul talks to crime writer Will Dean about his debut Dark Pines

September 18, 2018 Comments Off on “I am an outsider.” Northern Soul talks to crime writer Will Dean about his debut Dark Pines

Will Dean’s Dark Pines is one of this year’s hottest crime debuts, and with a back story that’s nearly as intriguing as the book itself.

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Theatre Review: The Return of the Soldier, Hope Mill, Ancoats

September 14, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Return of the Soldier, Hope Mill, Ancoats

Rebecca West’s novella The Return of the Soldier, published in 1918 when she was just 25-years-old, was a striking debut.

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What Love Would Want

What Love Would Want: Lindsay Kemp and Tim Arnold chat to Northern Soul

July 3, 2018 Comments Off on What Love Would Want: Lindsay Kemp and Tim Arnold chat to Northern Soul

Somewhere out there in a lovingly mischievous, poly-morphously sexual world – where Ziggy Stardust meets The Wicker Man, Kate Bush sends flowers and Derek Jarman catches it all on film, while Marcel Marceau, Lou Reed, Ken Russell and Fellini are all waiting for the man – is where you might expect to come across legendary mime artist, dancer and self-proclaimed “poofter in pink tights”, Lindsay Kemp.

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