Category Archives: Comedy & Theatre

Sunshine, moonlight, good times, boogie – the Tito Jackson interview

It’s not even 9am in California, but it’s already Tito Time, with the third eldest Jackson sibling more than happy to share a few stories from his impressive career. Guitarist and vocalist Tito – real name Toriano Adaryll Jackson – … Continue reading

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In praise of Paddington’s world – a tribute to Michael Bond

In a short piece penned for children’s author Cathy Cassidy’s Dreamcatcher blog in January to mark Michael Bond’s 91st birthday, I talked about my friend Paddy, who came into my life 40 years ago last Christmas. Something of a consolation … Continue reading

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Sounds from the Other City – Salford St Philip’s Church

As someone who associates the festival circuit with camping fields, lush greenery, damp tents and mud-caked marquees, I struggled to get my head around Greater Manchester’s latest sell-out ‘celebration of new music, performance and art’. But on the evidence of … Continue reading

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Lloyd Cole – Preston Guild Hall

We were two songs in on Monday night before our special guest deigned to talk to us, fixing us with something of a 1,000-yard stare while sussing out his audience before announcing, ‘You’re not getting any younger either’. It was … Continue reading

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Life beyond The Waves – the Katrina Leskanich interview

When Katrina Leskanich told me down the telephone line, ‘The sun is shining, finally’ in London, I took it with a pinch of salt, not least as earlier that day I revisited a grainy mid-‘80s promo video in which she … Continue reading

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A Whole Lotta Zeppelin, with the Black Dog Orchestra

There’s a treat in store for Led Zeppelin fans next month, as Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters opens its UK run at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, prompting us to get the lowdown from this grand-scale production’s Aussie front-man, Vince Contarino. Four … Continue reading

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Four-eyed handsome men – introducing Doug Perkins and the Spectaculars

  I wouldn’t expect the fervour of a 1950s audience when Doug Perkins and the Spectaculars make their latest return to Chorley Little Theatre this weekend. For the sake of the team at this Lancashire venue you’d hope those days of … Continue reading

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