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Singer Jaki Graham records new album in Leeds

The singer Jaki Graham has recorded her new album at a studio in Leeds. She had a string of singles and albums in the 1980s and 1990s and is perhaps most famous for her songs 'Could it be I'm falling in love?' as well as 'Set me free'.

Jaki's new album, 'For sentimental reasons', was recorded at the Savile and Chrome studios in Leeds and takes her music in a new direction. It features a series of jazz covers performed with her own unique sound. She hopes it goes down well with existing fans and helps her win a new audience too.

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Piano Postcards raise money for music charities

Brian Blessed's postcard

An exhibition of music-inspired postcards drawn by celebrities like Brian Blessed and Sir Paul McCartney is being held at Leeds University. Leeds born writer Alan Bennett has also contributed a picture to the 'Piano Postcards' show.

The postcards will be sold to raise money for music charities Norfoff Robbins and Live Music Now.

Alan Bennett's postcard

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Family-run festival preparations

Festival preparations Credit: Calendar News

A family run festival launches tonight in Topcliffe, despite many other events folding this year in the face of poor weather and the difficult economic climate.

The Deer Shed Festival is run by a husband and wife team who are taking advantage of the growing taste for smaller, independently-run festivals.

Centre Stage Battle of the bands final

On Tuesday night, the Centre stage final took place at the O2 Academy in Leeds. The event was organised to raise funds for the Martin House children's hospice. More than 30 bands took part in the heats, with 12 bands making it through to the final.

The standard was very high, making it a difficult decision for the judging panel, made up from members of Embrace, The Cribs, Pigeon Detectives and industry figures.

The eventual winner received £1000 worth of musical equipment and a coverted slot on the Introducing Stage at the Leeds and Reading Festival. The competition is open to acts under 21 years old and with one member at school or college in West Yorkshire.

To find out more about Martin House click here.

Funeral date for Doncaster man who died at concert

A funeral date has been set for a music technician who died when a stage collapsed during a concert. Scott Johnson from Doncaster died in Toronto, where he was working for rock group Radiohead.

A service will be held next Thursday at St George's Parish Church in his home town, followed by a private ceremony at Hickleton. Elton John is among the celebrities to have rung his father Ken to pay tribute.

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