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Hot Club of Cowtown – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:4] The Hot Club of Cowtown is a trio of musicians who offer vintage entertainment. This is not just a matter of material and instruments but also of attitude. As musicians develop their skills performances often turn into sterile demonstrations of technical expertise with endless and pointless solos. While The Hot Club are superb musicians there is ...

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Three Phantoms – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Director – Earl Carpenter Musical Director – Anthony Gabriele Reviewer: Edie R [rating:3] “You play the Festival Theatre twice in your career”, we’re told as Three Phantoms opens: “Once on the way up, and once on the way down. It’s great to be back.” It’s a fair indication of the evening of songs from the shows that will follow: funny, ...

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The Bay City Rollers Story – Sir John Wilson Town Hall, Airdrie

Reviewer: Mark McCulloch [Rating:3] Dig out your tartan bellbottoms and re-live ‘Rollermania’ in The Bay City Rollers Story. Original lead singer Les McKeown returns with the ‘Legendary Bay City Rollers’ to revive the soundtrack of a generation and celebrate the story of the 1970’s platform-shoed, tartan-clad, pop phenomenon: the hectic schedule, the hits, tours, TV shows and pandemonium that followed. ...

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The Legend of Mike Smith – Birmingham REP

Music and Lyrics: Soweto Kinch Director and choreographer: Jonzi D Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3] Soweto Kinch’s 2013 album, The Legend of Mike Smith, is brought to loud and ambitious life in this inaugural production in the new Studio, shared by Birmingham REP and the impressive new Library of Birmingham. Kinch is a locally based REP patron, so an obvious choice ...

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Nicola Benedetti – The Silver Violin – Brighton Dome, Brighton

Performer: Nicola Benedetti Reviewer : Steve Turner [Rating: 4]   Reflecting the appeal of one of classical music’s brightest stars, last night’s concert at the Brighton Dome was played in front of an enthusiastic audience with a wide age range. Ostensibly the same tour began earlier this year to promote her most recent recording, the concert featured a first half ...

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The Three Phantoms – The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Musical Director: Anthony Gabriel Director: Earl Carpenter Reviewer: Catherine Lewis [rating:4] The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton is the perfect setting for a “night at the opera”. The plush surroundings and opulent decor all add to the magical atmosphere. The Three Phantoms, Matthew Cammelle, Stephen John Davis and Glyn Kerslake, do not disappoint, each giving strong individual performances and as they come ...

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Brand New Ancients – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Kate Tempest Reviewer: Andrew Latimer [rating:4.5] It was surprising to spot Kate Tempest in the pages of the Traverse Fringe brochure. This once underground spoken word artist has now rocketed to national fame, playing to packed out audiences of real variety: veteran theatre-goers and low-waist hipsters alike. The soulfully titledBrand New Ancientsseems to have found a new home in ...

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