David Ford 2017 Tour Announced

  Ani DiFranco’s New LP For June

  Imelda May’s New LP

  George Vjestica’s Bandante

  Laura Marling Live

  Seen & Heard Jan-March 2017

  The Swingles New LP & Shows

  Michael Schenker ‘Live’ CD/DVD

  Xylouris White 2017 World Tour

  The Pigeon Detectives New LP

  Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes

  North Sea Jazz Festival 2017

  Grandaddy Are Back (at last)

  Martha Wainwright Live

  A Thousand Horses Live

  Rachael Yamagata Live

  Jimmy Eat World Live

  My Best Albums of 2016

  Swans Live in Manchester

  Nick Cave With Feeling

  Ben Folds & yMusic Live

  Dan Patlansky Live Blues

  Beverley Knight Live

  Ash Live in Manchester

  Meilyr Jones Live

  On The MONEY

  Ludovico Einaudi Live 2016

  Barry Adamson Live Manchester

  Jess Glynne Live 2016

  They Might Be Giants Live

  The Temperance Movement Live

  Courtney Barnett Live

  Mercury Rev Live

  Asian Dub Foundation Live

  Mew Live in Manchester

  Elevant Live in Chester

  James Live in Liverpool

  Joanne Shaw Taylor Live

  Asia Live in Manchester

  Foreigner Live Manchester

  The Feeling Live in Liverpool

  Glen Hansard & Friends Live

Grandaddy Live

Albert Hall Manchester, 28 March 2017
The Band
Jason Lytle - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Kevin Garcia - bass guitar
Jim Fairchild - guitar
Tim Dryden - keyboards
Aaron Burtch - drums

Few records in the last twenty years have influenced or inspired me more than Grandaddy’s UNDER THE WESTERN FREEWAY. Released in 1997 it was widely accalimed with some saying it was [...]

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Laura Marling Live

Laura Marling Live
Wrexham Central Station, 25 March 2017
“For anyone dying to know Laura Marling’s favourite self-written song, it’s ‘Rambling Man’, from I Speak Because I Can, which has never been off her touring setlist. “It’s very satisfying to sing and it’s quite fun to play,” she explains with a smile on her face; “I’m probably [...]

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Seen & Heard Jan-March 2017

Shakenstir has been around for seventeen years but 2017 has been our busiest live performance coverage year ever. However, it’s been more than a numbers game. The quality and diversity on show has also been unrivalled. So here’s a brief summary of some of what we’ve witnessed to-date along with extensive image galleries for all.

Blue [...]

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Martha Wainwright Live

Ritz Manchester, 28 January 2017
It was on the 4th November, 2004 that I witnessed a performance by Rufus Wainwright at the Liverpool Philharmonic. It was one of the best live shows I’ve seen but it was also memorable for two other reasons: he was wonderfuly supported by his sister Martha and it happened to be [...]

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Beth Hart Live

Bridgewater Hall Manchester, 21 November 2016
November and December 2016 have given up some of the best live performances of the year for us. Up to this point it had been a good year but not a great one, albeit one of the most diverse for a long time. Then came the amazing Christine and The [...]

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A Thousand Horses Live

Club Academy Manchester, 1 December 2016
The Band Members
Michael Hobby – Lead Vocal
Bill Satcher – Lead Guitar
Zach Brown – Guitar and Vocal
Graham Deloach – Bass and Vocal
“I first heard “Smoke” (A Thousand Horses debut single) on US country radio earlier this year, I loved it and immediately hit the Shazam button to find out more. It [...]

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The Boxer Rebellion Live

Gorilla Manchester, 1 December 2016
Boxer Rebellion Band
Nathan Nicholson - vocals
Andrew Smith - guitar
Adam Harrison - bass
Piers Hewitt - drums
It’s been several months since I heard The Boxer Rebellion for the first time when their latest album, OCEAN BY OCEAN, arrived for review. I was both surprised and impressed. Surprised by the strong dance vibe of [...]

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The Slow Show Live

Gorilla Manchester, 29 November 2016
Slow Show Band
Rob Goodwin (vocals, guitar)
Frederik’t Kindt (keyboards)
Joel Byrne-McCullough (lead guitar)
Chris Hough (drums)
James Longden (bass)
“Silence is the loudest noise you can possibly have in music. Whether on an album or at a concert, silence brings tension and an uncomfortable feeling that’s so powerful”    Rob Goodwin, The Slow Show
One of the best [...]

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Rachael Yamagata Live

The Kings Arms, Salford, 21 November 2016
“I have fully stepped into my role as healer, optimist, entrepreneur, writer, producer and spirited badass,” says Yamagata. “And that is my ‘why.’”
Tucked away at the culmination of a dead end little side road road in Manchester is The Kings Arms pub. On the first floor are two venues [...]

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Jimmy Eat World Live

Manchester Academy, 10 November 2016

The Amazons Band Members
Matt Thompson - vocals, Joe Emmett - drums, Elliot Briggs - bass, Chris Alderton - guitar
Sole support for Jimmy Eat World were a new young guitar band from Reading called The Amazons. The band has been steadily garnering younger fans over the last couple of years in supporting [...]

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