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The magical Magnetic North are blessing Salford with a live session this fine eve, and by jeepers we can barely wait!

Erland Cooper, him of Erland & The Carnival fame, roped in fellow band mate Simon Cooper as well as Riley favourite Hannah Peel to create The Magnetic North. The vision was to create an ode to the Orkney Islands, Erland's home, after he was visited in a dream by Betty Corrigall (a local women who met a tragic end).

The resulting album was recorded in Stromness on Orkney, with the aid of local musicians and singers, and with the history, geography and culture of these islands firmly in mind. The final album was released on Full Time Hobby, and the group are currently on tour around the UK.

Welcome The Magnetic North: it's a pleasure to have you.

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2 hours

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Thu 10 May 2012 19:00