Band on the Wall Updates Feed Events http://bandonthewall.org/ © 2015 Band on the Wall en-gb Wed, 1 Jul 2015 09:00:00 +0100 Wed, 1 Jul 2015 09:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Ghostpoet 26th November 2015]]> Two years on from the release of his Mercury nominated debut, ‘Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam’, Ghostpoet, aka Obaro Ejimiwe is touring his highly acclaimed third album ‘Shedding Skin’, a warm, organic, alternative offering, crafted with a traditional live set-up by the musicians who have become ingrained in the Ghostpoet programme. Ejimiwe is flanked throughout by his touring band: Joe Newman on guitar; John Calvert on bass, who also co-produced the album alongside the man with his name on the sleeve; and John Blease on drums. Ejimiwe is clear on his intentions: “I wanted a consistent sonic direction throughout the record.”

Ghostpoet’s eagle-eyed take on the most minute aspects of everyday living has inspired ‘Shedding Skin’, but there’s plenty of evident emotion at play, too – this is all sung from the heart, from the soul and the stomach, the places where feelings dance on the daily. “For this album, it felt silly to focus just on how great, or not, my own life is,” says Ejimiwe. “My life is only one amongst millions. And that’s the attitude of it.”

claustrophobic and utterly compelling” The Guardian

The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4807/ Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:13:59 +0100
<![CDATA[Any Dark Night ft. The Buskers Sons, Kosmanauts and The Isrights 24th July 2015]]> Band on the Wall has a long history presenting young bands, with the New Manchester Review and Showcase Well North of London both giving flourishing acts the opportunity to play at the venue. Any Dark Night continues this tradition, with the aim of helping young bands reach a new audience. Each night presents some of the region’s most promising new acts, and is just £6 in!

Making a return to the venue are The Buskers Sons, after impressing the crowd back in April. The group hail for Macclesfield, and are capable of crafting a slow burning rock groove, while having a pop and indie sensibility. Manchester’s four piece Kosmonauts have played band nights across the city, including a recent night at The Ruby Lounge, alongside other local indie and rock bands. Liverpool’s The Isrights come to Manchester for the night having played shows at 02 Academy Liverpool and the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon. Another four piece, they bost a pacier sound than the other acts on the bill, more akin to a post-punk style but once again retaining a sensibility of modern indie.

The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4806/ Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:45:39 +0100
<![CDATA[A Rafters Reunion 14th November 2015]]> A Rafters Reunion!

DJs – the original jazz funk tastemakers:

Colin Curtis, John Grant, Bill Wildman & Hewan Clarke.

We celebrate the hottest top import disco funk and jazz club in the North and the music that emanated from it.

From 1978 - 1983, the Manchester cellar club was packed to the rafters every Saturday with DJs playing soul, jazz and funk fusion.

Expect: Roy Ayers, Debra Laws, Mandrill Kleeer, Sharon Redd, Starpoint, Joe Sample, Crusaders, Lonnie Liston Smith, Players Association, Airto, Al Hudson, Gap Band, Rick James, Jean Carn, Teena Marie, Mystic Merlin, Atmosfear, Deodato, Glenn Jones, Kenny Burke, Terumasa, Hino, Alphonse, Mouzon Maze, Lenny White, Candido, Dexter Wansel.

Relive those memories from a live defining club. Gonna be a big thing!

Colin Curtis interview here at electrofunkroots:

http://www.electrofunkroots.co.uk/electrospective-event-colin-curtis-interview

Hewan Clarke interview at electrofunkroots:

http://www.electrofunkroots.co.uk/interviews/hewan_clarke.html

The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4805/ Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:58:35 +0100
<![CDATA[Baked A La Ska 23rd December 2015]]> Kick off the festive season in style at our annual Christmas special featuring the one and only Baked A La Ska live! They had everyone dancing on the tables last Christmas so we thought we'd bring Santa's favourite rudeboys back! They'll be celebrating the release of their fourth album Ska of Wonder and delivering seasonal ska treats such as "When You Wish Upon A Ska", "Walking In The Air", "We Three Kings”, "Harmonica for Christmas" and many more!

Baked A La Ska are the “heavy heavy sound” of Manchester. Since 2008, they have been serving up the sweetest of good party vibes, vintage ska sounds and an eccentric platter of covers.

It’s a band of assembled oddballs and pranksters brought together by keyboardist and wizard Basil Padprik, fronted by an un-holy trio of singers: Frank “The Skank”, Tommy Robot and Kuntri Ranks, who combine with the soft lilt and harmonica magic of Robin Sunflower. Baked A La Ska also feature one of the tightest rhythm sections in Manchester with the "chops to make you drop".

The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.


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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4804/ Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:35:28 +0100
<![CDATA[The Magic Band 5th November 2015]]> Captain Beefheart’s wildly influential and seminal Magic Band return to Band on the Wall. Realising the compositions of unrivalled creative Don Van Vliet, The Magic Band created some of the finest rock records of the period, with ‘Safe as Milk’, ‘Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)’ and ‘Troutmask Replica’, the album produced by Frank Zappa which is regarded as one of the greatest rock albums ever made, among their finest works. The current line-up features longstanding members John “Drumbo” French and Mark “Rockette Morton” Boston with exceptional players; Eric Klerks, Max Kutner and Andrew Niven.

Bringing the avant-garde and the unfathomable into rock music, the group shook up a genre that could be perceived as formulaic. Alongside contemporaries like Frank Zappa and Henry Cow they introduced a range of influences to Rock music, simultaneously informing a new generation of ambitious composers. Like the The Velvet Underground, they launched a thousand bands, Tom WaitsSonic YouthThe KillsEdgar Broughton BandFranz FerdinandPJ Harvey and Beck have all cited Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band as a major inspiration for their own musical directions.

The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4803/ Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:21:28 +0100
<![CDATA[King Of Kings: The Greatest Old Skool Of The Year 12th September 2015]]> We welcome four veteran DJs who’ve taken sounds from the rainy city across pirate and legal radio, nations, oceans and many a dance floor.

In association with Band on the Wall, Roadblock bring the Knights of the Sound Table. Gordon West has played countless gigs over 25 years, and now broadcasts weekly out of The Gambia. Denton born Mike Shaft is a BBC regular with a bent for contemporary Christian music. Hewan Clarke was an original Factory resident who has watched the city and the scene grow around him, and DJ Sam Brown’s North Manchester FM Old Skool show provides a platform to alternative urban and soul acts. Between these four kings there’s over a century’s service to the culture of Manchester music, it’s sure to be a full bodied night of old Skool Soul.

The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4802/ Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:29:56 +0100
<![CDATA[Mr Scruff Keep It Unreal 3rd October 2015]]> Keep It Unreal with Mr Scruff at the controls all night long, serving up a huge melting pot of jazz, soul, hip hop, funk, disco, deep house, reggae, dubstep, afrobeat, breaks, latin and tea.

This is a non-mobile disco.

Please don’t use cameras and phones on the dance floor.

We ask this because we want the dancefloor to be a place where everyone can be in the moment. If you’re tweeting, texting, bidding for a pair of socks on eBay or taking a picture of your friends, you’re not only out of the moment, you also might be making it hard for someone else to be in the moment. The bar or balcony is a much better place for this.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4801/ Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:29:10 +0100
<![CDATA[Hiatus Kaiyote 19th November 2015]]> Every so often a band comes along that captures the collective imagination, a band that has all the essential elements in place to become a musical movement. The music of Grammy-nominated Hiatus Kaiyote strikes the perfect note merging poetry and polyrhythms. They have carved out their own ecosystem populated with songs, each embodying its own mini-cinematic sonic soundscape.

Hiatus Kaiyote have the world talking, with Questlove, Erykah Badu, Pharrell and Prince going out of their way to promote the band. Stereogum singled them out as a “Band to Watch”, and Gilles Peterson named them the Breakthrough Artist of 2013. Legendary producer/songwriter Salaam Remihandpicked Hiatus Kaiyote as the first signing for his new label Flying Buddha, an imprint of Sony Music Masterworks, and they immediately gave debut album Tawk Tomahawk an  official worldwide release in July, 2013.

“This is a love letter to the whole of nature, a self-indulgent trip to the other side of consciousness, an experience you have to fully immerse yourself in to appreciate. “ The Guardian

The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4800/ Fri, 19 Jun 2015 12:59:28 +0100
<![CDATA[Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express ft. Alex Ligertwood 3rd November 2015]]> The internationally-acclaimed Brian Auger's Oblivion Express returns to Band on the Wall featuring former Santana lead singer Alex Ligertwood. The famed B3 and keyboard player has created a distinct sound that combines jazz, rock, soul and funk, that is clearly recognisable to his millions of fans. With over 20 albums to his name, and lengthy stints on the RCA and Warner Bros. labels, Brian Auger has accumulated Grammy Nominations, 10 albums charting in Billboards Hot 100, a #1 single, and the undisputed title of "The Godfather of Acid Jazz".

Playing with the best of them, Brian's bands over the years have featured Rod Stewart, Long John Baldry, Julie Driscoll and even Jimi Hendrix.  In addition, Auger has recorded with great luminaries as The Yardbirds, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Eric Burdon and Down To The Bone. This incarnation of the Oblivion Express features long-time collaborator Alex Ligertwood, a man known across the world as former lead singer of rock giants Santana, as well as the Jeff Beck Band.

The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4797/ Wed, 17 Jun 2015 15:30:50 +0100
<![CDATA[Mykal Rose + Nucleus Roots Live Sound ft. Simon Dan, Moses, Joey B and Special Guest 4th September 2015]]> For over 25 years, Mykal Rose has been recording and performing his brand of militant, hardcore Jamaican music to the delight of reggae fans around the world. As a solo artist and with Black Uhuru, the "Ruff" Rose has achieved great success throughout his career, even as different Jamaican musical styles have phased in and out of popularity.  After almost three decades his voice still sounds as rich and clear as his classic roots days, bringing performances which are exalted and genuine.

Mykal regularly tours the U.S. and Europe, and has maintained his Jamaican fan base with hit singles on the island and abroad. He is a modern roots singer, and fits perfectly into today's scene. With a glorious past and a wide-open future, Michael Rose is truly a reggae superstar.

Support on the night comes from Nucleus Roots, who are held with the highest respect within the Reggae and Dub fraternity and continue to tour and excite audiences young and old at home and abroad. With the resurgence of their record label and actively releasing vinyl again, Nucleus Roots continue championing their unique sound that so many fans love and which is so intrinsically part of Manchester's reggae scene.

The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4796/ Wed, 17 Jun 2015 15:03:14 +0100
<![CDATA[Just announced: Folk Group Course Autumn 2015 4th September 2015]]> Folk Group Course Autumn 2015

23 September - 18 November / 19:30 - 21:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Brighter Sound presents a brand new Folk Group course with traditional fiddle star Emma Sweeney. Focusing on traditional Irish folk tunes with an emphasis on authentic style, ornamentation and embellishment. This course is open to any melodic instrument, including whistle, flute, accordion, harmonica. There will be group performance opportunities to play with Emma at local folk ’sessions’ in the Manchester area at the end of the course. A great and friendly way to 'test the waters' of the local folk scene with a respected and experienced player at your side.

This course is for intermediate to advanced players of all backgrounds. Some experience of playing in folk styles is an advantage, although not compulsory. (If you are not sure about this or the suitability of your instrument to the course contact us HERE for some guidance).

Whether you are a folk player wanting to extend your repertoire and understanding of style, or an experienced musician who feels that you are tied to the 'dots' on a page and want to try something new, this course will have something to offer.

  • Venue: The Picturehouse at Band on the Wall
  • Full course dates: Weds: 23, 30 Sept. 7, 14, 21, Oct. 4, 11, 18 Nov. 
  • Times: 7.30-9.30pm 
  • External session dates: To be arranged
  • Cost: £120 / £105 conc. / £18 pay per session

N.B. Concession places are subject to production of proof of eligibility at first session.

Click Enrol for more details.

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<![CDATA[Just announced: Beginner Guitar Autumn 2015 Early Group 4th September 2015]]> Beginner Guitar Autumn 2015 Early Group

25 September - 23 October / 18:30 - 20:30 / More Info / Enrol

Brighter Sound presents two new group guitar courses with Noel Maher at Band on the Wall.

Always thought about learning guitar but not sure if it's for you? Put off by expensive lessons fees? This five week beginner guitar course is designed to give you an affordable and accessible 'taster' of the wonderful world of the guitar.

The two groups are:

  • Beginners: for those who are completely new to the guitar
  • Beginners Continued: for those who have already taken the beginners course or those who have some experience and want to brush-up their guitar skills 

Both beginner guitar groups are sociable, accessible and a great way into music.

In just five one hour group sessions, Brighter Sound's experienced and supportive guitar tutor Noel Maher will take you through some of the basics of popular guitar, and show you that learning to play can be a fun and rewarding experience!

Starting from the ground up, this course will cover everything you need to start playing some great tunes within just a week or two including:

  • How the guitar works.
  • Simple melodies and fingering.
  • How to read guitar TAB (guitar-specific music notation)
  • Basics of chords and strumming.

Don't own a guitar? Don't worry - Band On The Wall and Brighter Sound can provide guitars for use during lessons. Please let us know if you need to borrow one for the lesson.

  • Full course dates: Course 1 - Fri: 25 Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 Oct. Course 2 - Fri: 6, 13, 20, 27 Nov. 4 Dec.
  • Times: One hour sessions available from 6:30pm (Complete beginners) and 7:30pm (Beginners continued)
  • Price: £50
  • Venue: Education Room 1 at Band on the Wall
    For more information click Enrol.
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<![CDATA[Interview with Christian Madden, The Earlies 4th September 2015]]> Christian Madden is one of the four central members of The Earlies, a band who rose to fame with their debut album ‘These Were The Earlies’, released via Warners just over a decade ago. Along with programmers and multi-instrumentalists Giles Hatton, John-Mark Lapham and vocalist Brandon Carr, he writes, produces and arranges for the band, who then recreate their studio recordings in an entirely live manner, with an eleven piece band of talented players. We spoke to Christian to discuss their new single ‘Abandon’, the current musical landscape and progressive rock.

The new track ‘Abandon’ is excellent and there are plenty of subtle details in the arrangement, with a nice choice of instruments and percussion. Typically, how does a track like that come together, are you sending snippets between all the band members in their different locations to pull the finished track together?

Thank you for your kind words about the track. The snippets are typically sent back and forth between JM and myself. We both have studios and our respective pools of musicians come in to help. Sometimes ideas lie around for years before they start to turn into something. Abandon sprang out the sessions we did for JM's side project the Revival Hour. JM chopped up a drum loop into a peculiar pattern and sent it back to me to develop. I got together with Richard, Alex and Nicky in our studio in Colne and created a rather odd instrumental piece that alternated between 15/8 and 16/8 time. It was a limping yet strangely elegant beast that we all agreed had some charm. JM and Brandon decided to make it into a pop song and started hacking away at it until vocals would fit over it. It ended up in a more foot tap friendly 12/8 time and was starting to sound quite accessible. They sent it back to me and then I rearranged the strings and brass to more specifically fit the new piece. This makes the whole process sound like four or five tidy exchanges, The reality was it took about fifteen messy exchanges and seemed to go on forever.

When you decided that The Earlies shouldn’t use computers for live performance, and opted for the 11 musician line-up, did you have a vision for how the live music should sound, and were there any large live ensembles that informed that decision?

I won't mention any names but around the time we got signed I went to a few gigs with Giles and JM where electronic musicians were dancing around behind a laptop. I found these shows to be quite bizarre and struggled to accept them as a live show. I know these guys spend a lot of time working behind their computer when they make a record so it must seem a natural step to take their computer on the road and dance behind it for money. I felt fairly strongly that to do something like that would betray my musical upbringing so I didn't want to do it with the Earlies. I'd never seen anyone do anything exactly like the Earlies live but I'd always been a fan of bigger lineups like Blood Sweat and Tears, Chicago Transit Authority, Parliament, the JBs etc. so I was fairly confident we'd be able to do an ambitous live show and do it justice. I think JM and Giles allowed my stubbornness on this particular issue because they thought it'd make for a more interesting live show and I think Brandon was fairly excited to play with a big band. I don't have a problem with computers being on a stage as such, I often use one to host a lot of the sounds I'm playing. I just really believe that people should actually be playing. I also understand that some music needs samples and loops to actually sound authentic. If anything I'm more offended by indie or rock bands going on tour with string parts and backing vocals on a hard drive than I am by the guys dancing behind their laptops. But anyway, aside from all that the people who played on the records were our friends and we really did think it'd be fun if they all came on the road. And fun it was. Financial folly, but fun.

You personally have worked with many artists away from The Earlies; King Creosote, I Am Kloot and Cherry Ghost to name a few and your bandmates do much the same, with John-Mark, Sara and Giles all having their individual projects. Do you think this is important for a modern musician?

I'm not sure if it's important for a modern musician, it depends how you want to be perceived by people ultimately. If you keep turning up in people's bands whilst trying to shop your own songs about you can end up looking like an unfocused journeyman who doesn't have the drive or self belief to be entirely focused on their own music. For me personally though I grew up in awe of the session players of the 60s and 70s and in particular people like Booker T and the MGs, who just turned up at the studio day in day out and worked on whatever was going on that day. They'd build up a massive and diverse body of work over their career and when I was growing up I used to love following the threads of different session players' careers through my record collection. I always wanted to have a body of work to look back over at the end of my career, and better still to move through these different albums with the same unit of friends working on different things together. I was thrilled that we all got to work together on the Earlies albums, Micah P Hinson and the Gospel of Progress, KC Rules OK and the first Plan B album. It's certainly been necessary for me to have a varied career in order to make enough money to survive but I also feel privileged to have been involved with some of the acts I have. My discography on discogs doesn't look like Booker T's yet but there's time.

It’s just over ten years since you released ‘These Were The Earlies’. Have you noticed the landscape of contemporary/popular music change in that time, and do you feel with you’re now entering a healthier situation for musicians and the music itself than you were in 2004?

Things have changed dramatically, there's no doubt about that. I think we were fortunate to get in at the end of a period where record labels could throw a few thousand quid at something like the Earlies and see what happened. I understand the conversation when the optimists out there are talking about how positive it is now the gatekeepers have been removed and everybody can make music at home and stick it on soundcloud. But the gatekeepers weren't all bad, they sometimes made good choices and invested in people that weren't going to pay off in a big way immediately. The fact is that you can't go out and tour with an 11 piece band without someone taking a bit of a risk on you. Our first gig sold out. It was in London, it held 130 people and we had to borrow £1500 off our record label in order to get there. I worry that we'll move to a future in which it's increasingly rare to see anything larger than a four piece in the smaller scale venues. You certainly won't see transatlantic 11 piece circuses like ours. That's why these gigs really are a one off. We're funding it out of our own pockets and treating it as a jolly holiday. There isn't a follow up tour on the way. This is all we have on the horizon, then that'll be that.

As a music fan are you more fascinated by albums or the perfect single? Are there any which have stuck with you as serious favourites?

I love a good pop single but as a lifelong prog fan if you're going to make me fall down on one side or the other I'll have to say I'm an album fan. And if I had to pick one that stands out today, at the start of July 2015, as we start to contemplate a world without Chris Squire, it'd have to be Close to the Edge by Yes. I've loved so many prog albums but this one has never dulled for even a second. If I listen to it now I'll be as fascinated as the first time i received a cassette of it from Gaz Fort at school. I'll hear something I never heard before, I might hear a line in isolation for the first time or hear how two parts interact or echo each other the first time. The lyrics might confuse and confound me in a new way. Whatever happens though, when all 18 minutes and 43 seconds of the first song are finished I'll feel that I absolutely have to keep going and listen to the whole album. I won't move till I'm absolutely sure that Siberian Khatru has completely faded away. That's what listening to albums is like. Now I think about it, I'll always be an album guy.

The Earlies

29 July / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

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<![CDATA[Just announced: Ghostpoet, 26th November. 4th September 2015]]> Ghostpoet

26 November / 19:30 / More InfoOn sale from 3rd July 2015 at 09:00

Two years on from the release of his Mercury nominated debut, ‘Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam’, Ghostpoet, aka Obaro Ejimiwe is touring his highly acclaimed third album ‘Shedding Skin’, a warm, organic, alternative offering, crafted with a traditional live set-up by the musicians who have become ingrained in the Ghostpoet programme. Ejimiwe is flanked throughout by his touring band: Joe Newman on guitar; John Calvert on bass, who also co-produced the album alongside the man with his name on the sleeve; and John Blease on drums. Ejimiwe is clear on his intentions: “I wanted a consistent sonic direction throughout the record.”

Ghostpoet’s eagle-eyed take on the most minute aspects of everyday living has inspired ‘Shedding Skin’, but there’s plenty of evident emotion at play, too – this is all sung from the heart, from the soul and the stomach, the places where feelings dance on the daily. “For this album, it felt silly to focus just on how great, or not, my own life is,” says Ejimiwe. “My life is only one amongst millions. And that’s the attitude of it.”

claustrophobic and utterly compelling” The Guardian 

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2015/07/just-announced-ghostpoet-26th-november/ Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:17:16 +0100
<![CDATA[Just announced: Any Dark Night ft. The Buskers Sons, Kosmanauts and The Isrights 4th September 2015]]> Any Dark Night

ft. The Buskers Sons, Kosmanauts and The Isrights

24 July / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Band on the Wall has a long history presenting young bands, with the New Manchester Review and Showcase Well North of London both giving flourishing acts the opportunity to play at the venue. Any Dark Night continues this tradition, with the aim of helping young bands reach a new audience. Each night presents some of the region’s most promising new acts, and is just £6 in!

Making a return to the venue are The Buskers Sons, after impressing the crowd back in April. The group hail for Macclesfield, and are capable of crafting a slow burning rock groove, while having a pop and indie sensibility. Manchester’s four piece Kosmonauts have played band nights across the city, including a recent night at The Ruby Lounge, alongside other local indie and rock bands. Liverpool’s The Isrights come to Manchester for the night having played shows at 02 Academy Liverpool and the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon. Another four piece, they bost a pacier sound than the other acts on the bill, more akin to a post-punk style but once again retaining a sensibility of modern indie.

The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.

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<![CDATA[Just announced: Any Dark Night ft. The Buskers Sons, Kosmanauts and The Isrights 4th September 2015]]> Any Dark Night ft. The Buskers Sons, Kosmanauts and The Isrights

24 July / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

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<![CDATA[Interview with N'Faly Kouyate 4th September 2015]]> N'Faly Kouyate

Kora player N’Faly Kouyate comes to Band on the Wall in August. The Guinean musician has been praised for his accomplished playing as well as his ability to use the instrument in fusion music, as he did with the Afro Celt Soundsystem. He has played around the world with the Soundsystem as well as under his own name. We spoke to N’Faly about his time with Afro Celt Soundsystem, the possibilities of his chosen instrument and his live performances.

What did playing with Afro Celt Orchestra do to you as a musician, did have an effect on your playing style or your approach to music?

Performing with the Afro alt Sound System allowed me to discover many things I know nothing about, with them I discovered Irish music and the similarities between Irish and African instruments.. Afro-Celt gave me a taste for electronic music and that changed my vision of world music enormously. Indeed my new album is entirely electronic and allowed me to develop a new sound that I call Afrotonix.

What are the messages you wish to convey in your music, both live and on recordings and albums?

I condemn the abuse of power and the abuse of wealth. I speak up for the weak and denounce those who abuse their power on them. My music also brings advice, be it live or in recordings.

You play a West African instrument called a Kora, and you’ve used it for both traditional and more contemporary musical styles. Is it a versatile instrument, and could you see it being used in more western music or other styles of music than are typical?

I consider the Kora as a very ancient and traditional instrument. It is a large and a very complete instrument, when you know how to use it you can accompany any music in the world. Proof is have played with musicians from the Balkans, gypsies, tsiganes, Spanish, Jewish, Chinese, and so on. In my new album, Change I also make a lot of use of the electronic wawa pedal and other effects and use a lot of distortion to be able to compete with the rock guitar. On the other hand I have another project called Africa Meets the World which is in a style I have dubbed Afroclassic. This combines 20 or so violins and violas, even double bass that inter-mingles with West Afrian instruments and the kora, the all crowned with a gospel choir!

What do you most enjoy about live performance, and what do you hope the audience take away from your performances?

When I perform live I love to have a big sound. When I have a big sound and I hear the sound of my Kora mingling with the other instruments, I forget all the worries in the world and I do everything I can to make my audience happy. My wish is for the audience leaves having heard my messages and discovered the capacity of the Kora.

N’Faly Kouyate

04 August / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

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<![CDATA[Just announced: Beginner Guitar 1 to 1 Course Autumn 2015 4th September 2015]]> Beginner Guitar 1 to 1 Course Autumn 2015

25 September - 04 December / 16:30 / 17:30 / 20:30 / More Info / Enrol

A 10 week course for beginner and continuing players at Band on the Wall. Learn to play the guitar in the way you want. Personalised one to one tuition with Noel Maher in the easy informal setting of the Education room at Manchesters greatest live music venue.

Open to adults and young people over 16; a great 1 to 1 course of lessons for beginners.

The course encompasses the fundamental set of guitar skills and techniques, whilst remaining flexible enough to accomodate any students' individual abilities and personal musical tastes.

This course is taught in 5 week 'blocks'. During the first block (25th September to 23rd October) beginners will learn to play some well known melodies and chord patterns, as well as how to read basic guitar musical notation and some of the fundamental techniques.

The second 5 weeks (November 6th to December 4th) will expand on what has already been learned, introducing some more diverse and interesting tunes and techniques, as well as some elementary theory.

After 10 weeks, students will have developed the skills and knowledge to develop their guitar playing independently and with confidence, with the option of returning for extra 5 week blocks of more advanced lessons at any time.

This course will be taught by Noel Maher. Noel is an accomplished solo acoustic guitarist and teacher. Noel performs as a solo artist regularly at many acoustic and open mic nights in Manchester and runs events at local venues throughout the city. He was taught folk guitar by his dad going on to explore styles ranging from Metallica to classical. He now specialises in fingerstyle techniques learning from greats such as Andy McKee, Erik Mongrain and Pierre Bensusan. He is passionate about passing on his knowledge and love for all things guitar.

  • Day: Fridays
  • Dates: Block 1 - 25th September, 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd October. Block 2 - 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th November 4th December.
  • Times: 45 minute 1 to 1 lessons available from 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 8.30pm.
  • Price: £100 per block of FIVE 1 to1 lessons. (pay for either five at a time or all ten at once).

* any child under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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<![CDATA[Just announced: Jazz Foundations Autumn 2015 4th September 2015]]> Jazz Foundations Autumn 2015

24 September - 06 December / 18:15 - 21:30 / More Info / Enrol

We now offer TWO Thursday Jazz Foundations sessions.

18:15 - 19:45: Beginners

20:00 - 21:30: Intermediate / Advance

Under the direction of saxophone legend Munch Manship Band on the Wall's long running and popular jazz group continues it's exploration of the jazz repertoire for another ten sessions plus a full evening performance on Sunday 6th December 2015 at Band on the Wall.

Jazz Foundations offers a chance to blow through and rehearse new arrangements of great compositions in a mixture of jazz styles from Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman to Tom Harrell, Stan Kenton and Benny Carter. Our specially devised and arranged charts are adapted to suit any instrumentation and offer solo opportunities for all the group. Sessions take place in a friendly and supportive atmosphere in the Education Room above the Main Venue at Band on the Wall. New members welcome, all ages* and instruments. Some reading skills are necessary for horn players and keyboards and would be useful (but not essential) for bass, guitar and drums.

Click Enrol for more details.

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<![CDATA[Just announced: Hiatus Kaiyote, 19th November. 4th September 2015]]> Hiatus Kaiyote

19 November / 19:30 / More Info / On sale 29th June 2015 at 09:00

Every so often a band comes along that captures the collective imagination, a band that has all the essential elements in place to become a musical movement. The music of Grammy-nominated Hiatus Kaiyote strikes the perfect note merging poetry and polyrhythms. They have carved out their own ecosystem populated with songs, each embodying its own mini-cinematic sonic soundscape.

Hiatus Kaiyote have the world talking, with Questlove, Erykah Badu, Pharrell and Prince going out of their way to promote the band. Stereogum singled them out as a “Band to Watch”, and Gilles Peterson named them the Breakthrough Artist of 2013. Legendary producer/songwriter Salaam Remihandpicked Hiatus Kaiyote as the first signing for his new label Flying Buddha, an imprint of Sony Music Masterworks, and they immediately gave debut album Tawk Tomahawk an  official worldwide release in July, 2013.

“This is a love letter to the whole of nature, a self-indulgent trip to the other side of consciousness, an experience you have to fully immerse yourself in to appreciate. “ The Guardian

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