Ani DiFranco’s New LP For June

  Imelda May’s New LP

  Grandaddy Live

  George Vjestica’s Bandante

  Laura Marling Live

  Seen & Heard Jan-March 2017

  The Swingles New LP & Shows

  Michael Schenker ‘Live’ CD/DVD

  Xylouris White 2017 World Tour

  The Pigeon Detectives New LP

  Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes

  North Sea Jazz Festival 2017

  Grandaddy Are Back (at last)

  Martha Wainwright Live

  A Thousand Horses Live

  Rachael Yamagata Live

  Jimmy Eat World Live

  My Best Albums of 2016

  Swans Live in Manchester

  Nick Cave With Feeling

  Ben Folds & yMusic Live

  Dan Patlansky Live Blues

  Beverley Knight Live

  Ash Live in Manchester

  Meilyr Jones Live

  On The MONEY

  Ludovico Einaudi Live 2016

  Barry Adamson Live Manchester

  Jess Glynne Live 2016

  They Might Be Giants Live

  The Temperance Movement Live

  Courtney Barnett Live

  Mercury Rev Live

  Asian Dub Foundation Live

  Mew Live in Manchester

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Corrine Bailey Rae Live

Albert Hall Manchester, 5 November 2016
Corinne Bailey Rae is a British singer, songwriter and guitarist from Leeds, West Yorkshire. Bailey Rae was named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2006 in an annual BBC poll of music critics, Sound of 2006. She released her debut album, Corinne Bailey Rae, in February 2006, and became the [...]

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Christine and The Queens Live

Apollo Manchester, 4 November 2016
A reviewer recently wrote:
“Letissier takes all of the elements of female superstars - synchronised dancing, full solo routines, the ability to hold a room in the palm of her hand“

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Michael Kiwanuka Live

Manchester Ritz, 22 October 2016
“Michael Samuel Kiwanuka is a British soul musician who is signed to Communion Records. He has been compared to Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers, Randy Newman, Terry Callier, and Otis Redding, as well as Van Morrison and the Temptations.”
I open this review with the above because I was unconvinced that [...]

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Swans Live in Manchester

Ritz Manchester, 9 October 2016
Swedish singer/songwriter Anna von Hausswolff opened the show for Swans. She released her debut single, “Track of Time”, in February 2010, followed by the debut album SINGING FROM THE GRAVE. The album was very well received by the Swedish press. She played the Way Out West Festival in 2009. In March [...]

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Recently Seen & Heard

Virginmarys Live
Manchester Club Academy, 17 June 2016
Band Members
Ally Dickaty - lead vocals, guitar
Danny Dolan - drums, backing vocals
Matt Rose - bass, backing vocals

The Virginmarys are a three-piece rock band from Macclesfield, England. The band formed in 2009 and self released a limited series of sold out EPs (CAST THE FIRST STONE 2010, JUST A RIDE 2011, PORTRAIT [...]

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Ben Folds & yMusic Live

Lera Lynn in Support
Liverpool Philharmonic, 15 June 2016
Back in 1999 the Ben Folds 5 released an album called The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner which I regard as something of a pop classic. I had just started out in this game and managed to secure a pass for the band’s concert in Manchester. However, I [...]

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Dan Patlansky Live Blues

Chester Live Rooms, 12 June 2016
Dan Patlansky’s Gear
“I am a Fender Stratocaster player, I have an old 1962 which I have been touring with for years, it feels like an extension of my body and the sound is fantastic. I use heavier gauge 12-54 strings; and a pedal board that is small in the scheme [...]

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Beverley Knight Live

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 28 May 2016
Having celebrated the 20th anniversary of her debut album in 2015, Beverley Knight is a rarity in music these days having never been away from the industry and not needing the “comeback” label to justify her continued musical output. Ignited by her leading role in theatre musical Memphis, she traveled [...]

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Ash Live in Manchester

Ritz Manchester, 9 December 2015
It seems strange to think of Ash as veterans of the music world, but as we approach the 20th anniversary of their debut album, 1977, they have certainly earned the title. It is hugely to their credit that they take to the stage with the same young spirit and energy with [...]

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Meilyr Jones Live

Wrexham Central Station, Focus Wales Music Festival.14 May 2016.
“2013’[the new album], was conceived as an anthology; a collection of my songs and what happened to me in that year.”
The other day I listened to Meilyr’s new album 2013 for the umpteenth time. It’s a quite special creation which I still have to review for the [...]

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