Tag Archives: Manchester

Independents’ Day – fighting the lockdown from behind closed doors at Action Records and Vinyl Exchange

As the UK returned late last week to ‘non-essential’ retail limbo – aka Lockdown 2 – amid the on-going coronavirus pandemic, I felt it was high time I caught up with two treasured independent North West record shops among many … Continue reading

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Graphic twists on a compelling tale – back in touch with The Wedding Present’s David Gedge

It’s been a long time in the planning, but late next week the first instalment of David Gedge’s long-awaited memoir-in-comic-book-form will be released by Scopitones Books. Stories featured in 176-page, matt-laminated, hardback Go Out and Get ‘Em Boy! – Tales … Continue reading

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Bea Kristi delivers her pandemic ‘Care’ package – back in touch with Beabadoobee

Last December I caught Beatrice Kristi Laus, aka Beabadoobee, live at Gorilla, Manchester, headlining a sold-out package tour of young artists recording for the Dirty Hit label (with the review here). She was impressive to say the least, leading a … Continue reading

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Ready for re-entry and re-animation – talking Everything Everything with Jeremy Pritchard

With the release of their delayed  fifth LP, Re-Animator, now barely a week away, art-rock four-piece Everything Everything are crackin gon with plans for a tie-in UK and Irish headline tour next Spring … pandemic restrictions willing. But there’s no … Continue reading

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The rise and rise of Fontaines D.C. – in conversation with Conor Deegan III

Technical issues ensured I was 10 minutes late getting hold of Fontaines D.C. bass player Conor Deegan III, aka Deego. But if he was rattled by that – with another appointment lined up 20 minutes later across Dublin City, the … Continue reading

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Totally wired for the Soundation experience – talking Bhajan Bhoy with Ajay Saggar

Holland-based musical maverick Ajay Saggar may have been locked down in recent weeks with partner Yoke and their 20-year-old son Arun, a University of Amsterdam student. But don’t think for one moment he’s been twiddling his thumbs since his last … Continue reading

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Return to Orkney – back in touch with Erland Cooper

We’ll have to wait a while before we see acclaimed Scottish singer-songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper and his ensemble live again, but can at least transport ourselves to his spiritual neck of the woods in our imaginations through latest … Continue reading

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King Creosote / Fence Collective – Manchester Bridgewater Hall

Writer’s note: It’s almost taken me a week to get this review together, but you’ll maybe understand why. Some things are far more important. It’s been a trying seven days, the situation changing from day to day. But this might … Continue reading

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Wild Wood Wonders and Wanders, via Seattle and South London – catching up with Smoke Fairies

  It’s bang on seven in the evening, and Jessica Davies and Katherine Blamire are at their South London gaff, doing a little further prep work for a 10-date homeland tour. Jessica: “We’re signing a huge pile of records … … Continue reading

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In the footsteps of Morrissey and Marr – talking The Smiths with Richard Houghton

By day a manager for a regional housing association, Richard Houghton still sees himself as ‘a frustrated journalist/author’, something he first made assured moves towards remedying five years ago, collating fans’ first-hand memories of the Rolling Stones’ live shows for … Continue reading

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