Band on the Wall Updates Feed Events http://bandonthewall.org/ © 2014 Band on the Wall en-gb Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Discovery - 100% Live 13th September 2014]]> Fresh from recreating DJ Shadow’s ‘Endtroducing’ and Mr Scruff’s ‘Keep it Unreal, a slimmed-down six-piece Introducinglive now sets its sights on Daft Punk’s 2001 seminal album, ‘Discovery’ – a truly daft undertaking.

‘Discovery’ is one of the greatest, fastest, craziest electronic albums ever. A mix of uptempo beats, hyperactive synth lines, robotic vocals, and complex samples, its recreation on stage is a feat of determination, hard graft, and musical heroism.

Expect robotics and lasers. Expect a stunt guitarist, samples triggered by increasingly blurry hands, and sixty-one minutes of unbelievable drumming. Just don’t expect to be able to stop dancing.

Did you know that our Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks?

Special Offer! Book your meal in advance and get free 'lucky dip' tickets for a future concert - click here for details

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4415/ Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:24:49 +0100
<![CDATA[Harmonica Course Summer 2014 13th May 2014]]> Week 1 of a 10 week course.

A whole new ten week course for harmonicists of all standards! Three harmonica classes: Beginners; start from scratch. Beginners Continued; extend your new-learned skills. Intermediate-Advanced; brush up on your existing techniques and repertoire and push yourself to new heights. This ever popular course has something for every aspiring harmonica player.

"Excellent value for money, recommend to anyone who would like to learn basics."

Easy to learn, fun to play, cheap to get started on and widely used in many styles from folk to classical; with a Hamonica you carry a world of music in your pocket. Tutor, Mat Walklate will dispel the myths and reveal the mysteries.

"A fun, informal, and very well-taught introduction to the harmonica. The balance between an informal environment and transfer of musical skills was very well struck."

Beginners learn the fundamental techniques and some simple blues, country and folk tunes (with a bit of Beethoven thrown in). All lessons are taught on diatonic harmonicas in C. The Hohner Silver Star is a good starter model. Available from our online store HERE.

"Mat is a great teacher, and I will definitely be signing up for the next course."

Beginners Continued class for those who want to consolidate and build on fundamental techniques whilst learning new accessible tunes.

Players who have progressed to an Intermediate and Advanced level will learn more complicated tunes and techniques (such as note-bending) and some aspects of music theory.

This great series of classes run over 10 weeks is led by the renowned blues and Irish traditional harmonica virtuoso and teacher Mat Walklate. Mat currently plays with the Irish traditional group, The House Devils. Course materials for all three levels including recordings and written reference sheets are available online HERE. The access password is available on request from the course tutor or contacting the Creative Learning dept at learning@bandonthewall.org.

This course is open to all ages and abilities and will be great fun.  Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Venue: Education Room 1 at Band on the Wall

Day: Tuesdays

Dates: May 13th, 20th, 27th. June 3rd, 10th, 17th (no session 24th). July 1st, 8th 15th, 22nd.

Times: Beginner 6-7pm. Beginner Continued 7-8pm. Int / Adv 8pm-9pm.

Price: Full £70, Conc £50

Hohner Silver Star harmonicas in C (standard beginner instrument) available to buy HERE

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4414/ Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:50:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Simon McBride and Federal Charm 28th October 2014]]> Fast becoming the next Irish blues guitar hero in the footsteps of Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore, Belfast-born guitarist Simon McBride has gained a pile of accolades.

On hearing his latest album, American magazine ‘Performer’ was prompted to say “The Holy Trinity of Belfast rock ‘ roll – Van Morrison, Rory Gallagher & Gary Moore – might just be on the verge of becoming a four-leaf clover.” And earlier this year, McBride was invited by Don Airey (Deep Purple, Gary Moore, Colloseum II), to play guitar on his latest album including a special medley of songs in tribute to the late Gary Moore.

Rewind to the early-’90s, and you didn’t have to squint to spot future greatness in the unassuming kid from Belfast, who picked up his first guitar at ten and eschewed formal lessons to bend his fingers around the music of Free, Jeff Beck and Hendrix. At 16, he turned pro, leaving education behind to wow the world as a hired gun in projects that ranged from filling Vivian Campbell’s shoes in Sweet Savage, to R&B and soul with ex-Commitments vocalist Andrew Strong.

Even by the lofty standards of Northern Ireland, where drinkers still raise a toast to the audacious talent of the late Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore, this young maestro’s name was soon starting to be dropped in the same reverential breath. He has supported such great names as Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck and and Joe Bonamassa. Now it’s his turn. Step-forward a new world-class talent.

Support comes from Federal Charm. Their unabashed style draws on 60s and 70s era Blues of the likes of Free, Freddie King, or as Blues and Soul Magazine puts it, “think Led Zeppelin meets the Black Crows and you’d be in the right ballpark”. Their self titled, debut album has been drawing rave reviews from critics and fans alike, and the onstage partnership of guitarist/singer Nick Bowden and guitarist Paul Bowe is truly electrifying live.

Did you know that our Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks?

Special Offer! Book your meal in advance and get free 'lucky dip' tickets for a future concert - click here for details

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4413/ Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:25:26 +0100
<![CDATA[Soft Machine Legacy and Keith Tippett 20th July 2014]]> Soft Machine Legacy was launched in 2004 as a coalition of 3 long-time servers from different eras of the legendary progressive jazz band Soft Machine, along with young blood and ardent fan Theo Travis. Playing a repertoire of new originals and some vintage pieces, this incarnation of the band keeps the spirit very much alive and progresses it into the 21st century, with steaming, propulsive grooves, funky jazz-rock and infectious energy.

Keith Tippett  solo piano

John Etheridge  guitar

Theo Travis tenor saxophone

Roy Babbington bass

John Marshall drums

One of the most pioneering and distinctive of UK pianists from the last 40 years, Keith Tippett, opens the night with a solo performance. As a pianist, composer, bandleader, band member and musical educator, Tippett is at the forefront of contemporary European jazz. As an improviser, he demonstrates that spontaneous composition, with its fine balance of structure and inspiration, is a vital force in contemporary music.

A Manchester Jazz Festival Event

Did you know that our Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks?

Special Offer! Book your meal in advance and get free 'lucky dip' tickets for a future concert - click here for details

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4412/ Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:28:33 +0100
<![CDATA[Soft Machine Legacy and Keith Tippett 20th July 2014]]> Soft Machine Legacy was launched in 2004 as a coalition of 3 long-time servers from different eras of the legendary progressive jazz band Soft Machine, along with young blood and ardent fan Theo Travis. Playing a repertoire of new originals and some vintage pieces, this incarnation of the band keeps the spirit very much alive and progresses it into the 21st century, with steaming, propulsive grooves, funky jazz-rock and infectious energy.

Keith Tippett  solo piano

John Etheridge  guitar

Theo Travis tenor saxophone

Roy Babbington bass

John Marshall drums

One of the most pioneering and distinctive of UK pianists from the last 40 years, Keith Tippett, opens the night with a solo performance. As a pianist, composer, bandleader, band member and musical educator, Tippett is at the forefront of contemporary European jazz. As an improviser, he demonstrates that spontaneous composition, with its fine balance of structure and inspiration, is a vital force in contemporary music.

A Manchester Jazz Festival Event

Did you know that our Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks?

Special Offer! Book your meal in advance and get free 'lucky dip' tickets for a future concert - click here for details

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4411/ Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:28:30 +0100
<![CDATA[Craig Charles Funk n Soul Club feat London Afrobeat Collective live 26th July 2014]]> A sensational night as BBC Radio 6’s Funk & Soul Show goes live, featuring a live set by LAC, and DJ, actor and funkster-about-town Craig Charles manning the decks.
 
Bringing afrobeat dancing into the 21st Century, festival favourites London Afrobeat Collective blend the best of Fela Kuti’s original philosophy with a world of diverse current sounds.

An incendiary live act with bass-heavy rhythms guaranteed to make you move. 2013 saw LAC take the festival circuit by storm, building on their stunning debut when Michael Eavis personally invited them to open the West Holts (formerly the Jazz World stage) at Glastonbury. The band has staged rip-roaring performances at Bestival, Secret Garden Party, Green Man, Shambala, Standon Calling and Wilderness festivals, not to mention performing tracks with indie stars Bombay Bicycle Club at Bestival, Latitude, Reading and Glastonbury.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4410/ Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:47:27 +0100
<![CDATA[Blueprint Studios presents The Happiness Sisters 16th May 2014]]> Blueprint Studios Spring Party in aid of Hemihelp

HemiHelp is a charity providing support and information to people with hemiplegia and their families in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Hemiplegia is a neurological condition the effects of which are similar to a stroke. It is caused by damage to the brain and it results in a varying degree of weakness and lack of control on one side of the body. Hemiplegia affects one child in 1000.

The Happiness Sisters are the studio’s in-house party band featuring members of The Slow Show, Silverclub, Loka and Guy Connor’s band. Playing a large selection of pleasingly dreadful cover versions with guest appearances from Manchester’s best local bands. Once they run out of songs Lee Andrews (Chips With Everything / Electrik) keeps the party going till you get sent home.

Did you know that our Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks?

Special Offer! Book your meal in advance and get free 'lucky dip' tickets for a future concert - click here for details

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4409/ Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:37:59 +0100
<![CDATA[Closed for a private party 18th April 2014]]> You too can host your own private event at Band on the Wall - we can put together a bespoke package to suit all your needs, whether for a conference, private party or wedding. We can also supply artists, DJs or an entire programme or production for your event.

For details, email sally.cook@bandonthewall.org

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4406/ Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:46:55 +0100
<![CDATA[Paco Pena Requiem for the Earth at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral 9th October 2014]]> Considered one of the world’s greatest Flamenco artists, Paco Pena brings his astonishing flamenco company to Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral for this internationally-acclaimed production.

Paco Peña’s Requiem for the Earth, commissioned for the 2004 Salisbury Festival, is a powerful musical expression of the idea that our existence on this earth is ephemeral. In due time we all pass away, and most of us live in the expectation that a new generation will take over, and that life, as we know it, will continue as if for ever. But Paco’s flamenco requiem takes us beyond the traditional Catholic liturgy, with its Lux Aeterna, its Dies Irae, Libera Me and Agnus Dei, for whereas the Requiem Mass expresses the hope that contrite souls will find their place in heaven on the Day of Judgement, and hence a faith in life everlasting, Paco’s requiem is a requiem for life on this planet.
 
How apt is Paco’s use of flamenco as a vehicle for a requiem for the earth: the Córdoban poet Ricardo Molina suggests that flamenco is rooted in the earth of Andalucía like a tree that draws its sustenance from the history of that soil. The flamenco singer’s voice tells us poignantly of the essential materials of life; and whereas other dance forms, including classical ballet, may take us into the ether, into a place above us, flamenco rises from the ground as an affirmation of our own origins from the Earth itself. There is passion, despair and joy in flamenco, but not spirituality or lofty purpose. Flamenco deals with the day to day, with survival in a harsh world. It speaks of our surroundings in a powerful, pragmatic language and an outburst of feeling.
 
In Misa Flamenca (1988), the poignant lament of the flamenco singer rasps against the more rounded, less syncopated sound of the choir. The resulting tension lends authenticity to both elements, the flamenco and the liturgical. Paco’s Requiem for the Earth is no less dramatic and adds a powerful voice to the words, whether for the Christian or indeed for those concerned with the Earth. In it, we are faced with our collective responsibility for having damaged the fabric of life to the point where our actions may well prove cataclysmic to ourselves as well as to other forms of life. Paco’s requiem expresses his grave concerns for humankind; it also encourages us to invest some hope in the future, above all in telling us that we must act now to save our planet.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4402/ Wed, 9 Apr 2014 14:48:39 +0100
<![CDATA[Paco Pena Requiem for the Earth at Birmingham Town Hall 8th October 2014]]> Considered one of the world’s greatest Flamenco artists, Paco Pena brings his astonishing flamenco company to Birmingham Town Hall for this internationally-acclaimed production.

Paco Peña’s Requiem for the Earth, commissioned for the 2004 Salisbury Festival, is a powerful musical expression of the idea that our existence on this earth is ephemeral. In due time we all pass away, and most of us live in the expectation that a new generation will take over, and that life, as we know it, will continue as if for ever. But Paco’s flamenco requiem takes us beyond the traditional Catholic liturgy, with its Lux Aeterna, its Dies Irae, Libera Me and Agnus Dei, for whereas the Requiem Mass expresses the hope that contrite souls will find their place in heaven on the Day of Judgement, and hence a faith in life everlasting, Paco’s requiem is a requiem for life on this planet.
 
How apt is Paco’s use of flamenco as a vehicle for a requiem for the earth: the Córdoban poet Ricardo Molina suggests that flamenco is rooted in the earth of Andalucía like a tree that draws its sustenance from the history of that soil. The flamenco singer’s voice tells us poignantly of the essential materials of life; and whereas other dance forms, including classical ballet, may take us into the ether, into a place above us, flamenco rises from the ground as an affirmation of our own origins from the Earth itself. There is passion, despair and joy in flamenco, but not spirituality or lofty purpose. Flamenco deals with the day to day, with survival in a harsh world. It speaks of our surroundings in a powerful, pragmatic language and an outburst of feeling.
 
In Misa Flamenca (1988), the poignant lament of the flamenco singer rasps against the more rounded, less syncopated sound of the choir. The resulting tension lends authenticity to both elements, the flamenco and the liturgical. Paco’s Requiem for the Earth is no less dramatic and adds a powerful voice to the words, whether for the Christian or indeed for those concerned with the Earth. In it, we are faced with our collective responsibility for having damaged the fabric of life to the point where our actions may well prove cataclysmic to ourselves as well as to other forms of life. Paco’s requiem expresses his grave concerns for humankind; it also encourages us to invest some hope in the future, above all in telling us that we must act now to save our planet.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4401/ Wed, 9 Apr 2014 14:45:12 +0100
<![CDATA[Just announced: Discovery - 100% Live, 13th September. 8th October 2014]]> Discovery - 100% Live

13 September / 20:00 / More Info / Tickets on sale Thursday, 09:00

Fresh from recreating DJ Shadow’s ‘Endtroducing’ and Mr Scruff’s ‘Keep it Unreal, a slimmed-down six-piece Introducinglive now sets its sights on Daft Punk’s 2001 seminal album, ‘Discovery’ – a truly daft undertaking.

‘Discovery’ is one of the greatest, fastest, craziest electronic albums ever. A mix of uptempo beats, hyperactive synth lines, robotic vocals, and complex samples, its recreation on stage is a feat of determination, hard graft, and musical heroism.

Expect robotics and lasers. Expect a stunt guitarist, samples triggered by increasingly blurry hands, and sixty-one minutes of unbelievable drumming. Just don’t expect to be able to stop dancing.

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2014/04/just-announced-discovery-100-live-13th-september/ Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:49:57 +0100
<![CDATA[Just announced: Paco Pena Requiem for the Earth, 08, 09, 10, 14 October. 8th October 2014]]> Paco Peña Requiem for the Earth

08 October / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets / Birmingham Town Hall
09 October / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets / Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
10 October / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets / Leeds Town Hall
14 October / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets / Manchester Bridgewater Hall

Considered one of the world’s greatest Flamenco artists, Paco Pena brings his astonishing flamenco company to Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester for this internationally-acclaimed production.

Paco Peña’s Requiem for the Earth, commissioned for the 2004 Salisbury Festival, is a powerful musical expression of the idea that our existence on this earth is ephemeral. In due time we all pass away, and most of us live in the expectation that a new generation will take over, and that life, as we know it, will continue as if for ever. But Paco’s flamenco requiem takes us beyond the traditional Catholic liturgy, with its Lux Aeterna, its Dies Irae, Libera Me and Agnus Dei, for whereas the Requiem Mass expresses the hope that contrite souls will find their place in heaven on the Day of Judgement, and hence a faith in life everlasting, Paco’s requiem is a requiem for life on this planet.
 
How apt is Paco’s use of flamenco as a vehicle for a requiem for the earth: the Córdoban poet Ricardo Molina suggests that flamenco is rooted in the earth of Andalucía like a tree that draws its sustenance from the history of that soil. The flamenco singer’s voice tells us poignantly of the essential materials of life; and whereas other dance forms, including classical ballet, may take us into the ether, into a place above us, flamenco rises from the ground as an affirmation of our own origins from the Earth itself. There is passion, despair and joy in flamenco, but not spirituality or lofty purpose. Flamenco deals with the day to day, with survival in a harsh world. It speaks of our surroundings in a powerful, pragmatic language and an outburst of feeling.
 
In Misa Flamenca (1988), the poignant lament of the flamenco singer rasps against the more rounded, less syncopated sound of the choir. The resulting tension lends authenticity to both elements, the flamenco and the liturgical. Paco’s Requiem for the Earth is no less dramatic and adds a powerful voice to the words, whether for the Christian or indeed for those concerned with the Earth. In it, we are faced with our collective responsibility for having damaged the fabric of life to the point where our actions may well prove cataclysmic to ourselves as well as to other forms of life. Paco’s requiem expresses his grave concerns for humankind; it also encourages us to invest some hope in the future, above all in telling us that we must act now to save our planet.

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2014/04/just-announced-paco-pena-requiem-for-the-earth-08-09-10-14-october/ Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:16:50 +0100
<![CDATA[Mr Scruff celebrates his 15th anniversary on June 7th 8th October 2014]]> Mr Scruff Keep It Unreal 15th Anniversary

07 June / 10:00 / More Info / Tickets on sale tomorrow, 09:00

Celebrating 15 years of the monthly Manchester residency!

Scruff will be at the controls for 5 hours, serving up a melting pot of jazz, soul, hip hop, funk, disco, deep house, reggae, afrobeat, latin, and plenty of goodies that don’t fit into any category.

To listen to Mr. Scruff tunes & tons of mixes, check the Scruff SoundCloud page

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2014/04/mr-scruff-celebrates-his-15th-anniversary-on-june-7th/ Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:51:42 +0100
<![CDATA[Just announced: Craig Charles Funk n Soul Club feat London Afrobeat Collective live, 26th July. 8th October 2014]]> Craig Charles Funk n Soul Club feat London Afrobeat Collective live

26 July / 21:00 / More Info / Tickets on sale tomorrow, 09:00

A sensational night as BBC Radio 6’s Funk & Soul Show goes live, featuring a live set by LAC, and DJ, actor and funkster-about-town Craig Charles manning the decks.
 
Bringing afrobeat dancing into the 21st Century, festival favourites London Afrobeat Collective blend the best of Fela Kuti’s original philosophy with a world of diverse current sounds.

An incendiary live act with bass-heavy rhythms guaranteed to make you move. 2013 saw LAC take the festival circuit by storm, building on their stunning debut when Michael Eavis personally invited them to open the West Holts (formerly the Jazz World stage) at Glastonbury. The band has staged rip-roaring performances at Bestival, Secret Garden Party, Green Man, Shambala, Standon Calling and Wilderness festivals, not to mention performing tracks with indie stars Bombay Bicycle Club at Bestival, Latitude, Reading and Glastonbury.

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2014/04/just-announced-craig-charles-funk-n-soul-club-feat-london-afrobeat-collective-live-26th-july/ Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:36:13 +0100
<![CDATA[Just announced: Soft Machine Legacy and Keith Tippett, 20th July. Tickets on sale tomorrow, 09:00. 8th October 2014]]> Soft Machine Legacy Keith Tippet

20 July / 19:00 / More Info / Tickets on sale tomorrow, 09:00

Soft Machine Legacy was launched in 2004 as a coalition of 3 long-time servers from different eras of the legendary progressive jazz band Soft Machine, along with young blood and ardent fan Theo Travis. Playing a repertoire of new originals and some vintage pieces, this incarnation of the band keeps the spirit very much alive and progresses it into the 21st century, with steaming, propulsive grooves, funky jazz-rock and infectious energy.

Keith Tippett  solo piano

John Etheridge  guitar

Theo Travis tenor saxophone

Roy Babbington bass

John Marshall drums

One of the most pioneering and distinctive of UK pianists from the last 40 years, Keith Tippett, opens the night with a solo performance. As a pianist, composer, bandleader, band member and musical educator, Tippett is at the forefront of contemporary European jazz. As an improviser, he demonstrates that spontaneous composition, with its fine balance of structure and inspiration, is a vital force in contemporary music.

A Manchester Jazz Festival Event

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2014/04/just-announced-soft-machine-legacy-and-keith-tippett-20th-july-tickets-on-sale-tomorrow-0900/ Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:02:35 +0100
<![CDATA[Just announced: Simon McBride and Federal Charm, 28th October. 8th October 2014]]> Simon McBride and Federal Charm

28 October / 19:30 / More Info / Tickets on sale tomorrow, 09:00

Fast becoming the next Irish blues guitar hero in the footsteps of Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore, Belfast-born guitarist Simon McBride has gained a pile of accolades.

On hearing his latest album, American magazine ‘Performer’ was prompted to say “The Holy Trinity of Belfast rock ‘ roll – Van Morrison, Rory Gallagher & Gary Moore – might just be on the verge of becoming a four-leaf clover.” And earlier this year, McBride was invited by Don Airey (Deep Purple, Gary Moore, Colloseum II), to play guitar on his latest album including a special medley of songs in tribute to the late Gary Moore.

Rewind to the early-’90s, and you didn’t have to squint to spot future greatness in the unassuming kid from Belfast, who picked up his first guitar at ten and eschewed formal lessons to bend his fingers around the music of Free, Jeff Beck and Hendrix. At 16, he turned pro, leaving education behind to wow the world as a hired gun in projects that ranged from filling Vivian Campbell’s shoes in Sweet Savage, to R&B and soul with ex-Commitments vocalist Andrew Strong.

Even by the lofty standards of Northern Ireland, where drinkers still raise a toast to the audacious talent of the late Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore, this young maestro’s name was soon starting to be dropped in the same reverential breath. He has supported such great names as Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck and and Joe Bonamassa. Now it’s his turn. Step-forward a new world-class talent.

Support comes from Federal Charm. Their unabashed style draws on 60s and 70s era Blues of the likes of Free, Freddie King, or as Blues and Soul Magazine puts it, “think Led Zeppelin meets the Black Crows and you’d be in the right ballpark”. Their self titled, debut album has been drawing rave reviews from critics and fans alike, and the onstage partnership of guitarist/singer Nick Bowden and guitarist Paul Bowe is truly electrifying live.

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2014/04/just-announced-simon-mcbride-and-federal-charm-28th-october/ Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:26:38 +0100
<![CDATA[Blueprint Studios presents: The Happiness Sisters, live 16th May. 8th October 2014]]> Blueprint Studios presents The Happiness Sisters

16 May / 20:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Blueprint Studios Spring Party in aid of Hemihelp

HemiHelp is a charity providing support and information to people with hemiplegia and their families in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Hemiplegia is a neurological condition the effects of which are similar to a stroke. It is caused by damage to the brain and it results in a varying degree of weakness and lack of control on one side of the body. Hemiplegia affects one child in 1000.

The Happiness Sisters are the studio’s in-house party band featuring members of The Slow Show, Silverclub, Loka and Guy Connor’s band. Playing a large selection of pleasingly dreadful cover versions with guest appearances from Manchester’s best local bands. Once they run out of songs Lee Andrews (Chips With Everything / Electrik) keeps the party going till you get sent home.

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2014/04/blueprint-studios-presents-the-happiness-sisters-live-16th-may/ Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:07:51 +0100
<![CDATA[Just announced: RNCM Live Sessions Part 1 & 2 8th October 2014]]> Students from the Royal Northern College of Music Popular Music Performance degree programme return to Band on the Wall to perform their end of year showcase. The Live Sessions will feature 9 bands over 2 nights with an eclectic mix of pop, rock, funk, and soul classics, and original songs performed by some of the most talented young musicians in the UK.

RNCM Live Sessions Part 1

10 June / 19:30 / More Info / Tickets on sale from tomorrow

RNCM Live Sessions Part 1

10 June / 19:30 / More Info / Tickets on sale from tomorrow

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2014/04/just-announced-rncm-live-sessions-part-1-and-2/ Tue, 8 Apr 2014 14:38:45 +0100
<![CDATA[Just announced: Nat Birchall Quintet, 23rd July. 8th October 2014]]> 23 July / 19:30 / More Info / Tickets on sale tomorrow

Hailed by Gilles Peterson as “one of the best musicians in the UK”, Nat Birchallis one of the UK’s most special musicians, a spiritual, soulful saxophonist who has drunk deeply from the endless well that is the music of John Coltrane. Playing tenor and soprano saxophones, he is a band leader, composer and arranger (and occasional DJ) who has grabbed listener’s attention and has found international acclaim for a series of fine albums on Matthew Halsall’s Gondwanalabel as well as more recently his own Sound Soul and Spirit imprint.

He is joined by his core live band.

Nat Birchall - Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax, bells. tambourine

Adam Fairhall - Piano

Corey Mwamba - Vibes & Percussion

Michael Bardon - Bass

Johnny Hunter - Drums

"In a scene dominated by jazz graduates who are fluent in the language but don't have much to say, the music of saxophonist Birchall screams "Belief!" "   The Independent  

"Truly transcendental.” MOJO

"Beautifully exemplifies the new flowering of Northern jazz soulfulness...deeply felt and beautifully executed"  Jazzwise Magazine

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2014/04/just-announced-nat-birchall-quintet-23rd-july/ Tue, 8 Apr 2014 11:39:59 +0100
<![CDATA[Just announced: Maysa plus support Debra Debs, 24th July. 8th October 2014]]> Maysa plus support Debra Debs

24 July / 19:30 / More Info / Tickets on sale tomorrow

The sensational American soul singer and lead vocalist of Incognito live at Band on the Wall.

Maysa is the kind of singer who takes hold of a song and enraptures her audience in the palm of her hands, as she delivers lyrics, phrases, melodies and harmonies in a way that only she can. Blessed with an instantly identifiable honey-toned mezzo-soprano and an undeniably brilliant and magnetic stage presence, Maysa’s alluring vocals, candor, humor and purity as an artist make her a rarity in this business. Having collaborated with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan to Incognito and Angela Bofill, Maysa can hang with the best. It is no wonder she is the recipient of Soul Train’s “Soul Approved Underground Singer” Award and was nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance at the Grammys 2014.

Support comes from from talented Cameroon-born, London-based NeoSoul and RnB singer song-writer Debra Debs.

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2014/04/just-announced-maysa-plus-support-debra-debs-24th-july/ Tue, 8 Apr 2014 11:28:17 +0100