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Natalie Merchant with Erik Della Penna at Kings Hall, Ilkley. Picture: Gary Brightbart

Gig review: Natalie Merchant at Kings Hall, Ilkley

The last time Natalie Merchant played in the UK, in support of 2015’s Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings, she brought a full backing band and string quartet. In reaction to this, the former 10,000 Maniacs front-woman has returned to perform at a handful of intimate, picturesque venues with just long-time partner and guitarist Erik Della Penna.

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Music interview - Suzanne Vega: ‘The surprising thing for me was how many personal memories it stirred up revisiting these albums’

Classic album tours are, by their very nature, bound to be evocative for musicians and audiences alike. For American singer songwriter Suzanne Vega, the process of revisiting two of the most fondly regarded albums in her catalogue – Solitude Standing, a five-million-seller in 1987, and 99.9F °, the 1992 record on which she pioneered ‘industrial folk’ – has been intriguing.

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Picture courtesy of Tramlines Festival.

Review: Tramlines Festival, Sheffield

THERE are several things that make Sheffield great; the hills, the rich musical heritage, the rip-up-the-rule-book Lord Mayor, the self-deprecating sense of humour, the Super Tram.

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