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Andrew Wild : Crosby, Stills and Nash: Every Album, Every Song - Profiles
Nicky Crewe finds that Andrew Wild's new book in Sonicbond Publishing’s 'On Track' series is a definitive guide to Crosby, Stills and Nash not forgetting Neil Young’s contributions.

CP Lee : 1950-2020 - Profiles
Nicky Crewe reflects on the life of her friend, Mancunian musician, writer and Alberto Y Los Trios Paranoias frontman CP Lee, who died in July.

Paul J Bolger : Interview - Interviews
Irish singer-songwriter, musician and animator Paul J Bolger speaks to Nicky Crewe about his eponymous first new album in almost twenty-five years, film career and forthcoming graphic novel trilogy.

Dave Haslam : Profile - Profiles
Nicky Crewe takes us through the first three titles of Dave Haslam’s 'Art Decades' series, which are a captivating taste of more to come

Music Matters : Profile - Profiles
Nicky Crewe examines how the music community in her home city of Sheffield is coping with the challenges presented by the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.

Prince : The Image That Made Me Weep - Features
In our new series 'The Image That Made Me Weep', in which a different one of our writers or photographers will be reflecting on a favourite photograph, Nicky Crewe writes of a photo taken by Melanie Smith of Mudkiss Photography at a small club gig by Prince in Manchester.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards : Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 16/10/2019 - Live Reviews
Curiosity took Nicky Crewe to the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ceremony, where she discovered an evening full of enthusiasm and celebration, with fantastic musicians and surprising guests.

Alasdair Roberts : Regather, Sheffield, 26/10/2019 - Live Reviews
Nicky Crewe caught a magical evening in Sheffield as Alasdair Roberts performed solo to promote his latest album, 'The Fiery Margin'.

Rock Machine : Ten Songs That Made Me Love... - Features
In 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' Nicky Crewe writes of two late 1960's 'Rock Machine' compilations - and ten songs from them - that still have a place in her heart and her record collection.

Nicky Crewe : Ticket Rewind - Features
In our 'Ticket Rewind' series, in which our writers reflect on their old gig tickets and their stories, Nicky Crewe wonders when is a ticket not a ticket now we have the ticketless gig and shares memories of a significant paper ticket found as a bookmark.

Guy Clark : Live from San Francisco, 1988 - Favourite Album Reviews
In our 'Re: View' section, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Nicky Crewe finds that Guy Clark's reissued album, recorded live in San Francisco in 1988, takes you back to a special concert from a singer songwriter whose influence is very much alive today.

Donald Brackett : Long Slow Train: The Soul Music of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - Profiles
Nicky Crewe examines a new book which explores the origins of soul music through the life story and career of Sharon Jones and her house band the Dap-Kings, and finds that the incredible success of Amy Winehouse was possibly at the expense of recognition that Sharon deserved before cancer took her.

Richard Hawley : Standing At The Sky’s Edge - Profiles
Nicky Crewe finds Richard Hawley and Chris Bush create a love song to Sheffield with a universal message that will make you reconsider what a stage musical can be.

Alex Rex : Bishop's House, Sheffield, 14/4/2019 - Live Reviews
At an intimate and ancient venue in Sheffield Nicky Crewe watches Alex Neilson as he ‘ditches bitterness to take us straight to regret’ with his dark and powerful music. He also gives us the magic formula for the cure for depression, raising spirits in more ways than one.

Liam Walker : Profile - Profiles
What happens when a talented singer songwriter takes a leap towards TV stardom? Nicky Crewe follows South Yorkshire musician Liam Walker’s path to 'The Voice' and beyond.

Joan Baez : Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 26/2/2019 - Live Reviews
As Joan Baez completes the final dates of her 'Fare Thee Well' world tour, Nicky Crewe at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester is reminded of just how relevant and inspiring her music is, and, with her career spanning six decades and changing times, finds she still has a powerful message to share.

Deacon Blue : City Hall, Sheffield, 11/12/2018 - Live Reviews
NIcky Crewe watches Deacon Blue celebrate thirty years of fantastic music on their recent tour and give an excited Sheffield audience a night to remember.

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita : Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield. 15/5/2018 - Live Reviews
Nicky Crewe watches harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita play a haunting set in Sheffield to promote their second album ‘Soar’, which takes its inspiration from the flight of the osprey, a bird recently reintroduced to Finch’s native Wales.

Slits : Here to Be Heard: The Story of the Slits - Profiles
Nicky Crewe finds that a new revealing and entertaining documentary about the Slits will remind fans of just how special they were. It is bound to inspire a new generation too.

Sixties Soul : Ten Songs That Made Me Love... - Features
Nicky Crewe in 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' writes of her early teens being brought up in the middle of a Northern pop explosion and some of her favourite 60's soul songs

Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls : Greystones, Sheffield, 21/9/2017 - Live Reviews
Nicky Crewe watches Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls play a humorous and acoustic set of Wonder Stuff classics and songs from their new CD, 'We Came Here to Work'.

Brian Wilson : City Hall, Sheffield, 2/8/2017 - Live Reviews
Nicky Crewe gets nothing but 'Good Vibrations' from Brian Wilson and his amazing band of musicians on this summer’s 'Pet Sounds' tour.

Loft Club : Interview - Interviews
Nicky Crewe speaks to Exeter indie band The Loft Club frontman Daniel Schamroth about their increasing global success, 60's and early 70's songwriting influences and recent EP 'Heart's Desire'

Indigo Girls : Leadmill, Sheffield, 21/7/2017 - Live Reviews
Nicky Crewe gets to experience the Power of Two with the Indigo Girls and a very special ‘family’ gathering after their long absence from touring the UK.

Live on Mars : City Hall, Sheffield, 4/6/2017 - Live Reviews
Nicky Crewe at City Hall in Sheffield revisits the life and work of David Bowie’s early career through the amazing stage show that is Live on Mars

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