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Emily Barker on Aretha Franklin, Loretta Lynn and Ursula Le Guin

1. When did you think about music as a career and what were your first steps into it? I started singing publicly when I was a teenager, but I didn’t really consider it as a career option until I was in my mid-20s, having dropped out of university with a determination to give music a proper go.

Now on sale: Queen + Adam Lambert Irish dates

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Queen + Adam Lambert, Saturday November 25, 3Arena Dublin / Sunday November 26, SSE Arena, Belfast QUEEN have announced two concerts in Ireland as part of their winter tour for 2017.

Gig of the week: Therapy? at The Empire, Belfast

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Therapy?, Wednesday April 26, The Empire, Belfast SEMINAL Co Antrim alt-rockers Therapy? will be playing their first ever Irish all-acoustic shows next week in Dublin, Belfast, Dundalk, Cork, Galway and Limerick.

Special event: Record Store Day 2017

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Record Store Day 2017 TOMORROW sees the frustratingly futile scramble for limited edition vinyl that is Record Store Day returning for its 10th year.

Album reviews: new releases rated

SHERYL CROW – BE MYSELF Although this is a return to form for Crow after 2013's country-based and too-cosy Feels Like Home, it's an odd pastiche of her 1990s work.

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