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Lady Gogo Goch – Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Deviser: Jill Dowse Director: Emily Ayres Reviewer: Jacqui Onions In Lady Gogo Goch, Sam Fox creates a variety of Welsh ladies, with the inspiration for these characters coming from everywhere from history to traditions, real life to song. Using a mixture of music (much of which is ably performed live by Ricardo Rocha), song, poetry and prose in their creation, ...

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ABC ft. Southbank Sinfonia – The Lowry, Salford

Conductor: Anne Dudley Reviewer: Paul Downham In the early 1980s a new pop group known as ABC burst onto the pop scene and their first album shot to number one in the charts. Today the only surviving member of the group, Martin Fry, has finally come home to his birthplace, Salford. This is, however, is no ordinary gig. Martin and ...

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Tom Paxton and Janis Ian, Together At Last – Grand Opera House, York

Music: Tom Paxton, Janis Ian, Robin Bullock Reviewer: Sue Collier Tom Paxton walked on stage to thunderous applause and held his enthusiastic audience star-struck. His warm and jovial nature was endearing and he clearly loved the York setting which delighted his audience. On stage for their first UK tour together, Paxton and Janis Ian provided an evening of cheerful merriment ...

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CD REVIEW: Ramin Karimloo – The Road to Find Out – East

Reviewer: Holly Spanner Sometimes it’s easy to lose your way. To become confined by the comfort of familiarity or the expectations of others, and that first step in a new direction is as exciting as it is terrifying. Road to Find Out East is the first of four EPs by Ramin Karimloo released by Big Hand Recordings. Following the success ...

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Goldfrapp – The Lowry, Salford

Goldfrapp

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Goldfrapp are doing a fine job of negotiating the fine line between commercial success and artistic credibility. After six studio albums and a best of collection, festival performances - including a highly regarded appearance at the 2013 Manchester International Festival - and Alison Goldfrapp’s recent stint as inaugural curator of The Lowry’s new Performer as Curator exhibition ...

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Flamenco: Fire and Soul – The Lowry, Salford

Juan Martin

Writer and performer: Juan Martin Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The warm weather of a few weeks ago has faded and there is a distinct chill in the evening. This is hardly the best atmosphere in which to attend a concert by flamenco guitarist Juan Martin whose musical style is evocative of heat, movement and passion. The chill seems to have penetrated ...

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Russell Watson: Only One Man – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Russell Watson is quite unique as a singer. Leaving school without qualifications, he quickly gained a factory job, wife and child and supplemented his earnings singing pop covers on the northern club circuit. Almost by chance, and despite lacking any classical training, he discovered an affinity with classical arias when it was suggested he sing ‘Nessun Dorma’. ...

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Rumours of Fleetwood Mac – Birmingham Town Hall

Reviewer: James Garrington Fleetwood Mac was formed in 1967, and since that time they have turned out a huge number of hit records. Many of their sings are popular and well-known, and maybe for a number of people are almost definitive of the time they were growing up. Their best-selling album Rumours has sold over 45 million copies worldwide, so ...

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