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The Proclaimers / Jack Lukeman – Sheffield City Hall

There was a rather understated vibe as Craig and Charlie Reid first took to the stage on Sunday night alongside their bandmates in Sheffield. But with The Proclaimers it’s always been about the songs first and foremost. I’m not sure … Continue reading

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Happy families seek Wanderlust – Neil Arthur’s continuing Blancmange adventure

At a time when international debate and key government policies are focused on borders and freedom of movement, it’s clear to see where Neil Arthur stands and draws his lines. High-ranking pop chart success may be behind the sole survivor … Continue reading

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Examining Extraordinary Times – exploring James’ world with Saul Davies

After 19 UK top-40 singles and 14 top-40 albums in 32 years, you’d think North West outfit James might be happy enough just playing their greatest hits these days. Not a bit of it though. For while this Manchester success story … Continue reading

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The Orchids / The Chesterfields / The Suncharms – Preston, The Continental

In these uncertain times, I’m all for reaffirmations that things ain’t so bad after all, and three treasured indie bands put plenty of smiles on faces at a Lancashire riverside pub venue on Friday night, serving up a feast of … Continue reading

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Listening in … with the Band on the Rum – the Mark Radcliffe interview

Attention landlubbers. It looks like there’ll be something in the water in Lancashire next weekend, with Galleon Blast all set to splice their collective mainbraces by the River Ribble in Preston, heading for The Continental on Saturday, December 12th. They’ll … Continue reading

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Heaven 17, plus 35 – the Martyn Ware interview

It was 35 years ago that Martyn Ware left The Human League, what began as a creative non-band project soon evolving into Heaven 17. Big times followed for both Sheffield outfits, and while Heaven 17’s ground-breaking debut LP Penthouse and … Continue reading

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Stepping Stones to the big time – the Paul Carrack interview

When I introduce myself to Paul Carrack on the phone, telling him I’m putting together something for a Lancashire publication, his gruff Northern response is, “You don’t sound very Lancastrian.” I add more detail, explaining how I’ve got around a … Continue reading

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Reverend and the Makers / Liberty Ship – Preston 53 Degrees

While we seem to have a surfeit of young pretenders to the throne when it comes to junior troubadours, I’ll gladly add a writewyattuk thumbs-up to Sheffield’s Liberty Ship. If you’re off to see Reverend and the Makers promoting new … Continue reading

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The Age of Chance resonates with the Reverend – the Jon McClure interview

Remember Adele’s first multi-million selling LPs, 19 and 21? Well, Jon McClure has just recorded 32, confirming not just his current age but also a sense of pride at his band’s comparative longevity in a fickle industry. It’s about more … Continue reading

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