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94 posts about north-wales on this blog

  1. Choir's clock a window into the industrial past

    Thursday 9 June 2011, 11:54

    James McLaren James McLaren

    An extraordinary tale of a working men's male voice choir in the 19th century has come to light thanks to a hitherto unknown clock.

    Penrhyn Male Voice Choir, based in Bethesda in north west Wales, have come into possession of a decorative timepiece made in 1893 and forming part of the narrative of a...

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  2. "Hopefully in five years' time, people will have got fed up of X-Factor"

    Wednesday 1 June 2011, 16:02

    James McLaren James McLaren

    "It's going to be difficult to keep this positive!" said Graeme Park to me as we wandered, post-interview, back into the grand foyer of the new Creative Industries Centre of Glyndŵr University. Graeme, a DJ of international repute, is a lecturer at Glyndŵr, and is the host of a series of seminars that...

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  3. Wakestock 2011 line up takes shape

    Friday 28 January 2011, 10:41

    James McLaren James McLaren

    North Wales' beach sports and music festival Wakestock has announced its first raft of artists, with Biffy Clyro, The Wombats, Ellie Goulding and Example taking centre stage.

    Wakestock is held each year at Abersoch near Pwllheli in Gwynedd. First held in 2000 in an overflow car park in...

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  4. Mike Peters charity concert

    Wednesday 24 November 2010, 10:18

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Mike Peters is headlining a charity concert in Colwyn Bay next month.

    The Light of Day Wales concert is in aid Light and Day (Parkinson's research) and Peters' own Love Hope And Strength foundation for cancer patients and will feature the Alarm frontman, Willie Nile, Alejandro Escovedo...

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  5. WNO's Max Project brings arts to North Wales

    Monday 22 November 2010, 11:35

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Welsh National Opera (WNO) is unveiling a three year, £120,000 arts project for north Wales.

    The Max Project is "the first time WNO has offered up such a focused plan of activity in North Wales," according to Rhian Hutchings, director of the project, who was speaking to the North Wales Daily Post.

    ...

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  6. Mike Peters records track for Vinyl

    Tuesday 26 October 2010, 11:55

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Mike Peters, singer with The Alarm, has recorded a song as the theme song for the forthcoming film Vinyl.

    As we've previously blogged, Vinyl is the story of the stunt in 2004 in which The Alarm recorded a song and released it under a pseudonym, got a fake band to front it, and released it to great acclaim...

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  7. Terfel bemoans Faenol's lack of spark

    Thursday 21 October 2010, 13:54

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Opera star Bryn Terfel has told the north Wales Daily Post that he regrets he "can't get over the disappointment" of the Faenol Festival's lack of success that resulted in its cancellation this year.

    Terfel says that there will be no festival next year, but it may return in the future...

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  8. I Am Austin/Mother Of Six/We Shiver - Telfords Warehouse, Chester

    Monday 18 October 2010, 14:48

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

    The Manics are playing in Manchester tonight. I haven't seen them since Reading in 1997. And although I've rarely been moved by their music (since queuing to buy Generation Terrorists from Probe in Liverpool back before you were born, possibly) I feel a real urge to reacquaint myself with them.

    What...

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  9. Duffy steps on from Sixties sound

    Monday 20 September 2010, 12:54

    James McLaren James McLaren

    The follow-up to Duffy's 6.5 million-selling Rockferry album is out this November, and her record company believe it marks a significant step forward in her songwriting.

    Endlessly will be released on 29 November, preceded by a single, Well, Well, Well, which features hip-hop band The Roots.

    Speaking...

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  10. Mike Peters joins Big Country

    Monday 13 September 2010, 12:48

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Nine years after the death of Big Country singer Stuart Adamson, The Alarm's frontman Mike Peters has been asked to take the mic for the Scottish band.

    Adamson, Big Country's original singer, hanged himself in a Honolulu hotel room in 2001.

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  11. Gallops, Manchester Roadhouse - Tuesday 7 September 2010

    Wednesday 8 September 2010, 13:34

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

    Manchester, you big old breezy place - lovely to be back. Now, where is your Roadhouse venue? I used to negotiate Manchester via Hulme towerblock landmarks, crumbling Victorian warehouses and straggles of indie kids avoiding muggings.

    But you're unrecognisable, these days. You're new, wide, impressive...

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  12. Holyhead charity shop raffles rare Gibson

    Tuesday 10 August 2010, 12:17

    James McLaren James McLaren

    In my time I've picked up some cracking bargains at charity shops in the past - some 80s 7" singles, a shirt or two, that kind of thing. In one charity shop in north Wales however, one donation has been getting music fans in a lather.

    A Gibson Les Paul Custom 1957 VOS Black Beauty - valued somewhere...

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  13. Mike Peters rocks Rhuddlan

    Monday 9 August 2010, 15:21

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Mike Peters pulled off a double coup at the weekend with a live extravaganza at Rhuddlan Castle and a rain-sodden acoustic set on the summit of Snowdon, both in aid of the Alarm singer's Love Hope Strength Foundation.

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    Peters' wife Jules said: "It was an incredible weekend. The whole community came...

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  14. Gwyl Gardd Goll, Faenol Estate - Sunday 25 July 2010

    Tuesday 27 July 2010, 14:43

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

    I've been very impressed with the way fellow Welsh music blogger, Bethan Elfyn, manages to go to sprawling festivals like Sonar and Latitude and blog about them succinctly. These are some of the most dazzling music festivals on earth. Bethan rarely wastes a syllable. I - however - stumble across a half...

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  15. Hollywood puts Alarm stunt on film

    Thursday 15 July 2010, 12:59

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Back in 2004 North Wales punk rockers The Alarm played a trick on the music industry which is now being made into a film.

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    In an effort to expose ageism within the industry, the band recorded a single, 45 RPM, and recruited a young local band to front the release, under the name of The Poppyfields...

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  16. Radio One's Big Weekend fringe cuts: The Joy Formidable

    Thursday 20 May 2010, 16:45

    Bethan Elfyn Bethan Elfyn

    It's halfway through the fringe week and last night was very special as Huw Stephens and myself joined forces to present the new music build up show for the Big Weekend and highlights from the fringe.

    We were also joined by Joy Formidable for a fantastic acoustic session.

    You can listen back to the...

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  17. Radio One's Big Weekend fringe cuts: Leucine and Bastions

    Wednesday 19 May 2010, 14:26

    Bethan Elfyn Bethan Elfyn

    Colwyn Bay's Speakers Corner was the unlikely venue for last night's hardcore gig with Leucine, Bastions, Kixxstart Kitty and Die Chihuahua Die.

    The Big Weekend fringe is gathering momentum and a bright afternoon of sunshine lingered on into evening of pastel coloured walls, pink plastic chairs and...

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  18. "I hope Cheryl Cole notices us as she is single now"

    Wednesday 19 May 2010, 11:26

    James McLaren James McLaren

    A north Wales choir is gearing up for this weekend's Big Weekend when they'll be accompanying an indie band in front of 20,000 music fans, and they're hoping their performance will catch the eye of Cheryl Cole.

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  19. Radio One's Big Weekend fringe cuts: Trader

    Tuesday 18 May 2010, 18:03

    Bethan Elfyn Bethan Elfyn

    "Hello Wrexham!" Ah, I'm imagining myself back on the stage already. What a fantastic first night of the Fringe rock 'n roll tour of north Wales, as 350 people queue and cram into Wrexham's Central Station to celebrate the best of the new local talent in the area, a line up of No Room For Heroes, Trader...

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  20. Alicia Keys' celebration of Wales for Big Weekend

    Tuesday 18 May 2010, 11:12

    James McLaren James McLaren

    One of the biggest songs of the last five years, Empire State Of Mind by Alicia Keys, has been given a Welsh-flavoured reworking in the run-up to this weekend's Big Weekend in Bangor.

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