Tag Archives: Blackburn

The further adventures of Nohope Cowherd – celebrating the return of Bradford, with Ewan Butler and Ian Hodgson

They were always something of a conundrum to me. An indie outfit from Blackburn called Bradford, who at the time the North West of England showed the way with the late ‘80s Madchester scene, didn’t quite fit the baggy bill … Continue reading

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Broadcasting On the Wire after all these years – in conversation with Steve Barker

It’s been 42 years since St Annes-based East Lancs lad Steve Barker made his broadcasting debut on Radio Blackburn, his contributions to the RPM magazine show leading to him helping usher in the 1980s with follow-up, Spin Off, and in … Continue reading

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Why Chas & Dave Mustn’t Grumble – in conversation with Dave Peacock

  When Dave Peacock lost his wife Sue to cancer in 2009, it seemed to mark the end of the Chas & Dave story, ending their professional partnership after 34 years. But a year later the pair announced a tour … Continue reading

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Status Quo – Symphony at the Tower, Hoghton

The forecasts hinted we might be in for a downpour at Hoghton Tower on Friday night, and the clouds were looming as we waited for the main act. But by the time the mighty Quo were belting out 1976 hit … Continue reading

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Lancashire daytrippers’ Tower of strength – the New York Tourists interview

In the build-up to next week’s Symphony at the Tower concerts, the team at writewyattuk (OK, so that’s just me) follow this blog’s recent feature/ interview with Lucy Kay, a rising star on the classical crossover scene, by talking to an … Continue reading

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Flying in the face of fashion – the Wayne Hemingway interview

This September, Vintage by the Sea returns to the Lancashire coast, aiming to build on last year’s successful event in Morecambe, one that attracted 40,000 visitors. The two-day festival will see the resort seafront and its landmark venues transformed, the … Continue reading

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Recreating the world of Mitchell and Kenyon

With a new play being staged highlighting the world of visionary film-makers Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon, writewyattuk talked to Northern Irish playwright Daragh Carville about the lasting legacy of these celebrated Lancastrians. Two decades ago, a cache of historic films … Continue reading

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Authors’ roadshow proves books still have a bright future

When The Biggest Bookshow on Earth On Tour dropped by at the King George’s Hall in Blackburn earlier this week, writewyattkuk was there to savour the atmosphere. While cynics might suggest it made perfect financial sense to invite some of the UK’s … Continue reading

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