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The Albert Lee Band: Live – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Albert Lee opens his set at The Lowry with something of a mission statement – a blistering cover of I’m Ready that confirms his willingness and ability to rock’n’roll all night.  Lee has played sideman / lead guitar for some of the greatest acts in popular music, which gives him legitimate access to a superb back catalogue. ...

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Psappha Ensemble  -Halle St. Peters, Manchester

Writers: René Char adapted by Pierre Boulez, Toru Takemitsu, Tom Harrold and Luciano Berio Conductor: Jamie Phillips Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Psappha Ensemble is The North’s only stand-alone contemporary classical music ensemble. They are based at the highly atmospheric venue Halle St. Peters- a former Italian Chapel in inner-city Manchester. Inside the venue the mood is intimate and informal – the ...

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Fairport Convention: Live 2018- The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham In 2017 Fairport Convention celebrated their Golden Anniversary. Their current tour suggests that, as they work towards their 60th Anniversary, the band has caught their second wind. The set list is varied and surprising avoiding a lazy selection of fan favourites for a more refreshing choice of material. Physically, singer/songwriter duo Winter Wilson seem a mismatched couple – ...

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Battleship Potemkin – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Director: Sergei Eisenstein (1925) Music: Jan Bang, Matt Calvert Reviewer: Ron Simpson Strictly speaking, the appropriate film by Sergei Eisenstein to commemorate the centenary of the October Revolution (which occurred in November 1917 according to the New Style calendar) would have been October, but, as Battleship Potemkin is a much superior film, most of us would go along with Opera ...

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Wishbone Ash: The Open Road -The Lowry Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Support Act Steve Hill enters from the wings already playing his guitar with what looks like a toffee apple stuck to the neck. The reason soon becomes apparent: Hill is that rarest of acts – a one-man heavy rock band. Working drums with a foot pedal and bashing the cymbals with the drumstick attached to his guitar ...

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Richard Thompson: The Solo Tour – The Lowry Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The format for ‘solo’ shows by rock artists is well-established. The stage will feature a wall of guitars each carefully tuned to be used for a specific song and there will be a variety of other instruments, such as keyboards, to add texture.  For Richard Thompson The Solo Tour means what it says on the tin- you ...

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The Musical Box: The Black Show – The Lowry, Salford

Music by Genesis Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Spontaneity is the heart of live music. The live environment gives musicians the chance to surprise their audiences by re-working their recorded material or by paying tribute to those who inspired them by covering songs written by others. The Musical Box work contrary to this principle The Musical Box is a French-Canadian group that ...

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Kandace Springs – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham  The title of Kandace Springs’s new album may be Soul Eyes but the stage at The Lowry is definitely set for jazz.  It is a merciless stripped down format – Springs on very impressive grand piano is accompanied only by Jesse Bielenberg on double bass and Dillon Treacy on drums. The lack of guitar and horns means ...

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