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Just announced: The Rails Bird to Beast Lucy & Virginia, 15th April.

The Rails Bird to Beast Lucy & Virginia

15 April / 19:45 / More Info / Tickets on sale 9am, Monday

Jezebel Music are thrilled to bring The Rails to Manchester's Band On The Wall on Wednesday 15th April 2015. This will be the only spring date in the north of England. Very special guests are Bird To Beast, winners of the Manchester Evening News' Album of The Year Award 2013, for their eponymous debut album. Opening up the night are new local folk act, Lucy & Virginia.

The Rails are running. English singer-songwriter duo Kami Thompson and James Walbourne have reached deep into their rich musical histories to concoct the kind of sharp, true folk rock blend rarely heard since the Seventies. Produced with indie legend Edwyn Collins and featuring folk frontierswoman Eliza Carthy on fiddle, The Rails debut album Fair Warning is a little wonder, packed with traditional and original songs that stand outside of time yet resonate with contemporary urgency. The album won Mojo magazine’s ‘Folk Album of The Year’ Award and is nominated for the same award in the highly-prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Recognising perfection when they hear it, Island records have revived their vintage Pink Label for the duo, home to John Martyn, Nick Drake and Fairport Convention.

James, a teenage prodigy with a fascination for early rock ‘n’ roll and roots Americana, is now one of the hottest rock guitarists in Britain. Cult singer-songwriter Peter Bruntnell took him to the US to make an album and James went on to play as a member of such Americana icons as Son Volt and The Pernice Brothers and record with the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis. 

Back in the UK, he has played with Ray Davies, become part of the touring line up for The Pogues and joined The Pretenders as lead guitarist in 2008. In 2011, he made his first solo album, The Hill, for Heavenly records. Author and fan Nick Hornby described his guitar playing as “an unearthly cross between James Burton, Peter Green and Richard Thompson” and enthused “Walbourne’s fluid, tasteful, beautiful solos drop the jaw, stop the heart, and smack the gob, all at the same time."

Kami is the youngest daughter of Richard and Linda Thompson, the first couple of Seventies folk rock. She has been a backing singer with Linda, performed with members of the Wainwright family, toured with Sean Lennon and Bonnie Prince Billy and released her own solo album, Love Lies, on Warner Music in 2011.

Just announced: Snarky Puppy Tour 2015

Snarky Puppy Tour 2015

After hosting half a dozen of their shows here at Band on the Wall, we are delighted to present a long-awaited Snarky Puppy tour in larger venues across the UK. Featuring music from their last album We Like It Here along with new material from their forthcoming album Empire Central, expect raw funk, lyrical melodies and lush harmonies with the trademark energy, virtuosity and sheer musicianship of a live Snarky Puppy show.

‘brilliant musicianship, spirited improv, blazing energy and the kind of impressively vast textures that only a band this size can achieve.’ (

Snarky Puppy have leapt from underground secret to international fame in a very short time. Winners of the 2013 GRAMMY ® award for Best R&B Performance with Something with Lalah Hathaway, they have reached critically-acclaimed heights with funky groundUP hits such as Thing of GoldYoung Stuff and Binky.

‘Snarky Puppy's is a mighty sound and in full flow they can punch holes through the big band, r’n'b and jazz fusion genres.’ (LondonJazz)


O2 Academy, Leeds

01 October / 19:00 / More Info / Tickets on sale 10am, 02 March

The Ritz, Manchester

02 October / 18:00 / More Info / Tickets on sale 10am, 27 February

O2 ABC, Glasgow

03 October / 19:00 / More Info / Tickets on sale 10am, 02 March

The Institute, Birmingham

04 October / 19:00 / More Info / Tickets on sale 10am, 27 February

O2 Academy, Bristol

05 October / 19:00 / More Info / Tickets on sale 10am, 02 March

Concorde 2, Brighton

07 October / 19:30 / More Info / Tickets on sale 10am, 27 February

Just announced: Picturehouse Choir Summer 2015, 22nd April - July 15th.

Picturehouse Choir Summer 2015

22 April - 15 July / 17:15 - 19:15 / More Info / Enrol

"There's no choir in the world quite like this one - love it to bits!"

"Fun, relaxed choir with an inspirational musical director and open to anyone and everyone who wants to sing"

Dates: April 22nd 29th. May 4th, 13th, 20th. June 3rd, 10th, July 1st, 8th, 15th

Sing for Water North - July 6th/7th
Street Choirs Whitby - July 10th/12th

Prices: Full £55 Conc £42 Pay-Per-Session £9 (please pay at the Box Office on arrival).

Venue: The Picturehouse at Band on the Wall.

Days: Wednesdays

Times: 5.15-7.15pm

Jules Gibb and The Picturehouse Choir welcomes all comers, all ages, all abilities to sing and harmonise in the friendly social atmosphere of the Picturehouse at Band on the Wall.

The group sings traditional acapella songs taken from the amazon rainforest to the highlands of Scotland, plus a selection of specially created natural voice arrangements of classic songs in styles ranging from jazz, gospel and popular music.

No previous singing or musical experience necessary. No auditions needed. Try it out before you subscribe, just come along for a 'no obligations' trial session and sign-up for the term if you want to carry on.

"A fun, uplifting, shared musical experirence"

Join the Picturehouse Choir Facebook page HERE

Just announced: Peatbog Faeries, 29th October.

Peatbog Faeries

29 October / 19:30 / More Info / Tickets on sale tomorrow, 9am

“Nothing prepares you for the high octane music of the Peatbog Faeries”

The Peatbog Faeries have been at the forefront of the Celtic Dance Music renaissance for many years, taking traditional Scottish music and bringing it into the 21st century.  They incorporate many influences which take them from traditional jigs and reels through jazz, hip hop, reggae and more.

Having won the ‘Best Live Act’ at the prestigious Scots Trad Music Awards, and been nominated for Best Live Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, the band have touredthe world with their inventive and unique brand of music. Their album “Peatbog Faeries Live” captures the excitement of the live band and the studio album Dust” presents the “exciting Peatbogs’ sound” that is thrilling audiences and listeners the world over.

This is high octane Celtic dance music so be prepared to dance!

“Nothing in the recognisable front line of bagpipes, fiddles, synthesiser, bass and rhythm guitar, with a straight drum kit at the back, prepares you for the high octane music of the Peatbog Faeries! Powerful melodies are dextrously pumped out with a smart degree of techno attitude, while cross-rhythms ricochet over a heavy bass that hits you forcefully like a massive heart beat.” The Scotsman

“Welcome to the weird but undoubtedly wonderful world of The Peatbog Faeries, Skye’s finest, where you should always expect the unexpected - gloriously unpredicatable, a band to treasure." fRoots

Just announced: Band on the Wall Film Club - The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue, 24th March

Band on the Wall Film Club - The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue

24 March / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Acclaimed as one of the greatest zombie movies ever made, Living Dead at Manchester Morgue is a 1970’s, Spanish-Italian classic, with the added novelty of being filmed at various locations around Manchester and the North West. Having been released under several titles throughout Europe, including ‘Let Sleeping Corpses Lie’ and ‘Don’t open the Window’, the film’s enduring qualities are it’s gripping storyline and exceptional soundtrack, composed by Giuliano Sorgini.

One of the films biggest admirers Andy Votel will be dj’ing and giving an introductory talk for the film, and as always our ticket price will include food, which on this occasional is Spice Master Giles’ famous three curry selection, and Zombie cocktails will be available on the bar at £5.

"the most effective and disturbing Spanish film of the period" - Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide

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