Richard Thompson Us little Gig Junkies take a trip to The Lowry in Salford to catch-up with the legend that is Richard Thompson, with support from Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker. Reviewer Andrew Lindsay gives us five reasons to LOVE Richard Thompson.


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BST - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers For the final night of the British Summer Time Hyde Park headliner Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers are joined for today's proceedings by Stevie Nicks, The Lumineers, The James Hunter Six, Tyler Brant and the Shakedown, Catherine McGrath and The Shelters.


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Michael Kiwanuka Right now there is a buzz around Michael Kiwanuka. A North Londoner in his late twenties he is promoting his second album released in the summer to critical acclaim. Twice nominated for the Mercury prize, life should be looking up for this accomplished guitarist and soulful singer-songwriter. Manchester Ritz, with a 1500 hundred capacity, is the final show of the UK leg. It is a sell-out and it is buzzing.


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The Unthanks Two memories of The Unthanks' show will stick with me. The first was the affinity between siblings Rachel and Becky Unthank (just the way that they looked at each other and held hands at the close of the show was a moment to savour). The second was the majesty of the music, particularly the arrangements and the prominence of the trumpet. Talk about folk as a springboard into a sea of possibilities...


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Roger McGuinn This evening is a walk through Roger McGuinn’s back pages, a sort of Desert Island Discs where songs provoke reminiscences and vice-versa. It is an approach becoming increasingly popular (Ray Davies; Difford & Tilbrook and Midge Ure to name but three current practitioners). It makes for an entertaining evening, not least because McGuinn is such an excellent raconteur. Indeed many of the reminiscences are longer than the songs.


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Joan as Police Woman Joan Wasser’s post show musings on Facebook: “Holmfirth! The Picturedrome...your gorgeous town, stellar crowd and theater ceiling are magic. Thank you. Who knew?” Not enough people know about Joan As Police Woman, that is for sure. A small crowd - unusually seated - of around a couple of hundred are gathered to hear Joan (lead vocals, keyboards, guitar and violin), Matt Whyte (guitar), Eric Lane (keyboards) and Parker Kindred (drums). The band’s name, by the way, is inspired by the 1970s American TV show Police Woman which starred a similarly tough and sassy female lead.


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Bill Callahan I had never heard of Bill Callahan until shortly before Christmas. That’s when the January issue of Mojo magazine dropped through the letter box and hailed Callahan’s Dream River as album of the year. Well if it surpassed the 2013 offerings of Bowie, Daft Punk and Nick Cave then surely this was a singer worthy of further investigation.


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Beth Hart Spot on 9pm Beth Hart takes centre stage. She has to be one of the hardest working acts around, touring furiously; recording frequently (five albums in the past four years). A fabulous collaboration with fellow American Joe Bonamassa (‘Don’t Explain’) was followed up by the equally good ‘Bang Bang Boom Boom’ which won her a slot on Jools Holland’s show in 2012. Bigger in Europe than in the USA her career can’t have been hurt by her performance at the Kennedy Centre Honours twelve months ago in front of the Obamas.


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Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo. Now signed to Linn Records and with decent promotion behind the new album they mean business. ‘Dear River’ is Emily’s fourth album since her 2006 debut and it is a blend of country and folk influences with a smattering of Leonard Cohen and Neil Young. In her words the music is ‘quite haunting... atmospheric strings and accordion with a classical feel weaving around folk instruments of banjo, harmonica and guitar’.


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The Apples Tonight sees the return of The Apples, an eight piece jazz funk outfit from Israel. They are neatly paired with supporting act Byron Street Social to deliver an adventurous musical voyage far removed from Holmfirth’s unvaried diet of tribute and reformed bands (Big Country were on the previous night). So tonight’s the night for another music in a different kitchen.


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