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Ruby Anstee – Editor
Stuart Littleford – Reporter
Allan Roach – Reporter
George Wilson – Reporter and IT
Judith Grinter – Reporter

Past Articles

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas and Soul DJ play Holmfirth Picturedrome

Martha Reeves

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

It’s been more than 50 years since Martha Reeves first boarded that rented bus along with the likes of The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes and Marvin Gaye on the first Motown Review. She and her backup group, the Vandellas, sang behind Marvin on his first three hit records and then soon hit the charts with their own trifecta: “Come and Get These Memories,” “Love is Like a Heat Wave,” and “Quicksand” in 1963. […]

Rishworth School one of the top 76 Schools in the country for Music

Rishworth School – one of the top in the country for music

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Rishworth School is delighted to have received notice that it has been placed in the top 76 schools in England for Music at GCSE level.

The award has been made by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has been made “in recognition of the excellent work you do with music within your school”.

Alastair Gloag, the Headmaster told Saddleworth News: “It is really […]

Success in the British Open for Youth Brass Band

The band with Jonathan Leedale conducting

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

For the first time, the Oldham Music Centre Youth Brass Band made an appearance in the British Open Brass Band Festival.

This year it was held at the Guildhall in Preston in January and was an invitation only contest.

The top 12 Youth Brass Bands in the country are invited to take part. The band had been preparing for several weeks in order to pull together a special themed programme […]

The Damned return to Manchester for 40th Anniversary tour

THE DAMNED to play at Manchester Academy

Reporter: Allan Roach

Punk legends THE DAMNED have announced they will play at the Manchester Academy on 18 November as part of a huge UK & Irish tour which takes in more than thirty towns and cities running until the end of the year.

Celebrated as the most entertaining of the original punk bands, The Damned were the very first British band to release a punk single (their mighty debut “New Rose”, […]

The Three Degrees are back by popular demand to perform at Holmfirth

Back by popular demand – The Three Degrees

The Three Degrees, one of the most famous female vocal groups of all time, are back by popular demand to perform at the Holmfirth Picturedrome.

Celebrating over 50 years in the industry, The Three Degrees are an American female vocal group, formed in 1963 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

A firm favourite with Prince Charles they sang at his 30th birthday party and were guests at his wedding to Princess Diana.

The Three […]

Graham Parker and Brinsley Schwarz to play in Manchester

English singer-songwriter Graham Parker is perhaps best known as the lead singer of the Great British band Graham Parker & the Rumour.

His energetic performances – along with the wittily class-conscious spirit of his critically acclaimed debut album Howlin’ Wind – preceded the arrival of punk rock and new wave music. His quirky-blue-collar image is often believed to be a major influence on the public persona of many British musicians, most notably Elvis Costello, Paul Weller and Joe Jackson.

Graham […]

THE REAL THING are back celebrating 40 years


THE REAL THING are back celebrating 40 years.

Featuring the hits ‘You to Me Are Everything’ / ‘Can’t Get By Without You’ / ‘Can You Feel the Force?’ / ‘Whenever You Want My Love’ / ‘You’ll Never Know What You’re Missing’.

Britain’s No.1 Soul band, celebrate an incredible 40 years in the business.

The three original vocalists, Chris and Eddie Amoo and Dave Smith perform with their own 5 piece band in a performance that includes […]

An evening with Howard Jones in Manchester

Howard Jones – solo shows are an intimate trip through Howard’s 30 year music career

It was in 1983 that Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene with his very English songwriting, pioneering synthesizers and thought provoking lyrics. He set out his manifesto in his very first single ‘ New Song’. The lyrics called on the listener to challenge their preconceived ideas, to see both sides and ‘throw off your mental chains’. New Song was recently used […]

Get It Loud in Libraries returns

Oldham Council is delighted to welcome two hotly-tipped bands to the borough as part of the ‘Get It Loud in Libraries’ (GILIL) series.

Birmingham’s ‘Superfood’ is first up and will be appearing at Oldham Library on October 3.

The four-piece will be performing tracks from their upcoming album ‘Don’t Say That’, which is released on November 3.

Following their appearance in Oldham the band will be embarking on the NME’s New Breed Tour 14.

On October 17 it’s the turn […]

Local musician strikes the right chord

Dougie working on a Fender bass guitar.

Uppermill musician Dougie Wibberley, is hoping to turn his hobby of building custom electric guitars and repairing them into a full time business and is looking for help from the local community.

Dougie, who started playing the guitar at a very young age, has always dreamed of one day building his own custom guitars and recently started building a few prototypes from home.

Although no more than a home based hobby, he […]

Filming For BBC Documentary At Saddleworth School

Saddleworth's Guitar Group. (picture: Andy Housely/Saddleworth School)

Film-makers from award-winning local company Bigger Picture have been in action at Saddleworth School this week.

The Saddleworth-and-Manchester-based firm recorded youngsters from the Saddleworth Guitar Group playing Somewhere Over The Rainbow, for a forthcoming BBC documentary.

The guitar group initially caught the eye of John Mathews, Uppermill resident and producer of the programme, to be called Madness On Wheels.

John told Saddleworth News: “I thought it might make a great end to […]

Uppermill Singer One Perfomance Away From National Final

Rachel Leah Stock

An Uppermill singing sensation is just one perfomance away from the national final of a major competition.

Rachel Leah Stock, 19, battled through the regional heat of the Open Mic UK event in Dewsbury last weekend. She’s now into the area final, which will include candidates from the heats held in Dewsbury, Newcastle and Scotland.

In an interview with Saddleworth News, Rachel said: “I’m really excited about the forthcoming performances.”

She added: “I never imagined myself to […]

Marsden Jazz Festival This Weekend

One of the highlights of the local cultural calendar takes place this weekend. It’s the Marsden Jazz Festival, which is marking its 20th year.

More than 70 events will take place in and around the village across Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with 7,000 visitors expected to see something of the festival. Gigs are scheduled for venues large and small, ranging from the Mechanics Institute to street performances.

Among the main attractions this year will be established jazz performers including […]

Inspiral Carpets Warm Up For Reunion In Saddleworth

Graham Lambert, pictured at the Albion Farm Shop on Tuesday.

It’s a case of ‘today Diggle, tomorrow the world’ for music legends Inspiral Carpets. The Oldham band are back together and working on new material, and have been using the Saddleworth Rehearsal Rooms at Warth Mill to get back in tune.

But the band will be making a return to live performing later this autumn in the rather more exotic surroundings of Argentina and Chile, before returning for some […]