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Joe Stilgoe: New Songs for Old Souls – mac, Birmingham

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Since releasing his debut album, I Like This One, in 2008, Joe Stilgoe has been a successful jazz musician, culminating in his latest album, New Songs for Old Souls, which, naturally, forms the basis of his current concert tour. Stilgoe is a superb jazz pianist. He caresses the keys with a beautifully delicate touch – indeed, his ...

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Thriller Live, Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

The cast of Thriller Live

Director and Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In the later years of Michael Jackson’s career, his offstage life tended to overshadow the huge cultural legacy his music – first as the juvenile lead of the Jackson 5, later as one of the world’s most successful solo acts – left the world. From the late 1960s until his death in ...

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The Proclaimers –The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest It’s hard to believe that Craig and Charlie Reid have been making music for nearly 30 years now, mainly due to the fact they haven’t changed much in that time. In support of their tour of their 10th studio album, Let’s Hear it for the Dogs, The Proclaimers with their catchy melodies and distinct folk-rock sound come ...

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Friday Night Classics: Star Wars – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael Seal Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Ever since George Lucas’ blockbuster, Star Wars, hit the big screens in 1977, there has been a huge following for that galaxy far, far away and the fight there between good and evil that features Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Darth Vader and a cast of bizarre alien lifeforms. This has spawned a further five ...

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Bye Bye Baby – The Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Reviewer: Mark Clegg Since Jersey Boys appeared on Broadway and in the West End, the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons is as popular as it was in their heyday in the 1960s. Of course, such success spawns tribute acts and there are three or four such acts touring the UK at the moment. Bye Bye Baby, which ...

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Le Gateau Chocolat: I Love Chocolat – Contact, Manchester

Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby As an orchestral overture takes over from an early Madonna track, it’s clear that tonight’s offering from acclaimed cabaret performer Le Gateau Chocolat (LGC) will be an eclectic one. The overture works its way through a short taste of show tunes and timeless ballads for rather too long and then LGC finally enters. And in a ...

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Aaron Parks Trio – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Piano: Aaron Parks Double bass: Ben Street Drums: Billy Hart Reviewer: Ron Simpson Opera North’s programme for the Howard Assembly Room ranges far and wide and this marks the first Autumn concert with a jazz flavour. Aaron Parks is a Seattle-born, New York-based jazz pianist who has been making waves in recent years and is due to return to this ...

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