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James will be playing songs from their new album in Leeds and Scarborough.

Music interview – Tim Booth: ‘James has always been about hope’

Tim Booth doesn’t seem to understand the concept of resting easy. The frontman of James has, along with his bandmates, only just seen his latest long-player hit the shelves – and yet, holed up at a converted barn, marooned somewhere in the Dales, the group are already knees-deep in creating new material for their next record.

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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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