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Lucy Ward

Lucy Ward goes for the folk crown

December 5, 2013 Comments Off on Lucy Ward goes for the folk crown

Folk music used to be the preserve of blokes in Arran jumpers singing tales of woes and recounting disasters down t’pit. Now a new generation of female singers like Lucy Ward have made the genre relevant again.

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Lau_Martin_Green by Chris Payne

Racing the Loser with Lau

November 21, 2013 Comments Off on Racing the Loser with Lau

Since their emergence in 2006, Scottish folk supergroup Lau have established themselves at the top of the UK folk scene, picking up awards with almost embarrassing regularity.

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The Hallé Goes to War

November 19, 2013 Comments Off on The Hallé Goes to War

The Hallé went to war earlier this month but thankfully both audience and orchestra survived to tell the tale.

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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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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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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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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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Chasing Owls

Chasing Owls – best name for a band ever?

September 10, 2013 Comments Off on Chasing Owls – best name for a band ever?

Among the many manifold delights on offer at this weekend’s Ramsbottom Festival is an appearance by Edinburgh band Chasing Owls. Since forming in 2010, they’ve built a strong following as a live act on home territory and around the festival circuit.

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