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Review: Gypsy Queens, Harrogate Music Festival

July 5, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Gypsy Queens, Harrogate Music Festival

The heatwave well and truly hit Harrogate on day three of the town’s five-week Music Festival, which runs to July 29.

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Review: Chamber Music Festival, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

March 18, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Chamber Music Festival, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

The words ‘chamber music’ can turn off many perfectly open-minded people.

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Jane Austen at Home: Northern Soul talks to TV historian Lucy Worsley

March 1, 2018 Comments Off on Jane Austen at Home: Northern Soul talks to TV historian Lucy Worsley

“She was very intolerant of foolishness, vanity, empty talk, obsequiousness, time-wasting, cruelty.”

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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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Film Review: The Post

February 7, 2018 Comments Off on Film Review: The Post

You may well blanch at the thought of yet another Hollywood ‘based on a true story’ film whose needle is stuck in the vinyl of JFK, LBJ, Vietnam, Watergate, Nixon etc etc – that endless broken record the Americans play while they gaze into the grubby bits of their political navels.

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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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Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2017

December 21, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2017

Despite our hopes that 2017 would be a marked improvement on the turbulent 2016, this year came with more bumps, twists and turns than the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. But, as usual, it was an excellent year for bookworms and the good reads kept on coming. 

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Book Review: Ghost Stories, M.R. James

December 9, 2017 Comments Off on Book Review: Ghost Stories, M.R. James

It’s stating the obvious, when reading something written over a century ago, to say that it sounds a bit outdated for the modern day.

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Review: The Slow Readers Club, Albert Hall, Manchester

November 30, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Slow Readers Club, Albert Hall, Manchester

“Readers! Readers! Readers!” chanted a legion of rafter-shaking music fans at Manchester’s Albert Hall, a former Methodist hall and chapel just down the road from the city’s Central Library.

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Review: Emily Barker, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

November 14, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Emily Barker, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

You can tell a good singer by the way they sing out of tune.

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