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The Hollies: A Highway Of Hits Tour 2018 – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Donna Kelly With over 60 singles and 26 albums to their name, you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of The Hollies. Best known for their distinctive three-part vocal harmony style, The Hollies were one of the leading British groups of the 1960s and 70s, with major hits on both sides of the Atlantic. Formed in 1962 ...

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Apologies From Men – The PIT, New York

Writer: Lauren Maul Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Humor and music are powerful weapons in the face of inhumane and abusive behavior, and comedian Lauren Maul wields them adroitly. Primarily on the piano, with a switch to guitar for one song, Maul and her talented backup ensemble (Alyson Greenfield, Jen Kwok, Chase O’Donnell, Tahlia Robinson, Alexius Smith, and Lady Kate Weber) perform eight ...

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Joan Baez: Fare Thee Well Tour – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Carol Lovatt It is hard to believe that Joan Baez has been on the touring circuit for well over fifty years but true it is and her final tour offering came to Birmingham last night to the delight of many die-hard fans and music aficionados.  Famed on the folk circuit for her emotive voice and powerful anti-establishment lyrics, Baez ...

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The Barricade Boys – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Reviewer: Scott Matthewman As selection criteria for picking members of a musical theatre four-piece go, having once been in Les Misérables is one of the least restrictive, thanks to the musical’s longevity, cast size, and various touring company and concert productions. However, it has given performer-producers Scott Garnham and Simon Schofield a strong brand with which to tour. After a Christmas residency ...

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Oscar Winners: Music from the Academy Awards – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Anthony Gabriele Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Although the Academy Awards were first awarded in 1929, the first award for a movie score wasn’t made until 1935. In 1938, the first score celebrated in this concert – that for The Adventures of Robin Hood scored by Erich Wolfgang Korngold – won. Today, therefore, we celebrate 75 years of Best Musical Scores ...

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Lefty Scum – mac, Birmingham

Reviewer: John Kennedy Evidently, tonight’s on-tour artists eschew Wilde’s pithy epigram – ‘The trouble with socialism is that it takes up too many evenings.’ Promising ‘music, comedy and Revolutionary socialism’ this affectionate rather than affected ensemble of agit-prop troubadours soon establishes two mercifully welcomed axioms. Not only do some Labour evangelists still retain a sense of humour without recourse to a ...

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The Wandering Hearts – Broadcast, Glasgow

Having spent weeks at the top of the Country Artist Album chart, the talent and quality of London-based 'country, folk-pop' group The Wandering Hearts won't be confined to intimate venues like Glasgow's Broadcast for long. Thirty minutes after uploading two demos to SoundCloud, the group, then called The Paper Hearts, caught the attention of Decca Records, who invited them to ...

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A History of Heavy Metal – mac, Birmingham

Reviewer: John Kennedy Andrew O’Neill, with support band Reprisal, performs and illustrates an encyclopaedically referenced and evergreen celebratory love-letter (albeit written in blood-red crayon) to the origins and mutations of this never-say-tie-dye genre. Those familiar with Art-Lab, Jazz-fusion band Soft Machine might appreciate the dichotomy of emergent styles here. Around the same time as the counter-culture road movie Easy Rider featured ...

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