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Just announced: Craig Charles Funk n Soul Club ft. The Get Up live, 25th July.

Craig Charles Funk n Soul Club ft. The Get Up live

25 July / 21:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Craig Charles’ Funk n Soul Club returns for another month at Band on the Wall, with Craig playing a fine assortment of funk, soul and feel good party grooves to keep you dancing until the early hours. This month's live band is The Getup.

As great exponents of ‘Hammond funk’, The Getup have been pumping out authentic grooves, topped with infectious melodies and horn-laden funk since 2004. Ten years on, the band have appeared in session on BBC 6 Music's Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show, and released a number of irresistible tracks. 2013 saw a string of successful 7" vinyl releases with innovative London funk and hip hop label Breakin' Bread. The new album takes that success and runs with it, with fans such as Craig Charles and legendary DJ and Latin percussion superstar Snowboy really singing the band's praises, and spinning the vinyl to dust.

The core quartet of Hammond player Mark Ashfield, drummer Mark Claydon, bassist Ian Stevens and guitarist Lee Blackmore are joined on the album by the soulful powerhouse vocals of Sabina Challenger, and the regular Getup horns that are Tristan Gaudion on trumpet and saxophonist Stephen Wilcock are augmented further by the incredible Mark Norton on baritone sax, Alex Harris on tenor sax, and Ben Greenslade-Stanton on trombone.

The Getup's unique sound can be attributed to not only their influences - Booker TCharles EarlandBrian AugerEddie Russ - but also many of those rare funk 45’s from the 50s and 60s!

Just announced: Duke Special, 16th October.

Duke Special

16 October / 19:30 / More InfoOn sale from: 24th April 2015 at 09:00

Dynamic, musically ambitious & bracingly eccentric, with his inimitable style and lush musicality, Duke Special is once heard, never forgotten.

New album ‘Look Out Machines!’ sees Duke exploring new musical ground with collaborators including Iain Archer, Phil Wilkinson and Gary Clark, and heralds the return of an artist back at the very top of his game. A major difference between his recent output and this album is that, for the most part, Duke has placed himself in the first-person with these songs. ‘Look Out Machines!’ is an epic album from a unique artist. It’s a grand gesture of a record that displays a rare and timeless quality and speaks with a refined eloquence.

Those who know Duke Special for the platinum album ‘Songs From The Deep Forest’, and the hit song ‘Freewheel’, will be pleasantly surprised by the cultural breadth of his work. His immense creative talents have seen him involved in projects as diverse as writing the theme tune for the Irish Sesame Street to writing the music for and appearing in Deborah Warner’s critically acclaimed 2009 production of Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’ at London’s National Theatre.

On stage Duke exhibits natural warmth and charisma, a brilliant writer and fearless performer.

Just announced: Band on the Mall Winner's Gig – Blank Cheque, 14th May.

Band on the Mall Winner's Gig – Blank Cheque

14 May / 19:30 / More Info / Free Entry

We teamed up with Manchester Arndale to find emerging student bands in Greater Manchester. Judges, CEO of Band on the Wall, Gavin Sharp, Tim Thomas from Blueprint Studios and Nathan Sudders from The Whip whittled down the entries to just two over a series of stages, and the winner was voted for by students attending a live final at Manchester Arndale Centre.

The winner was Blank Cheque. The Stockport 4-piece play a mixture of ska, indie, reggae and site a wide range of influences, from the Arctic Monkeys to jazz greats like Charlie Parker.

As part of the prize they will enjoy four days studio time at Blueprint Studios as well as hosting this special event - their very own show at Band on the Wall.

Artist Focus: Cymande

In the world of funk, soul and rare groove, there are a great many incredible albums by obscure collectives that have become ‘must haves’ for music collectors. Cymande’s self-titled debut is no exception; released in 1972 on Janus records (a subsidiary of Chess records), and containing a most intriguing blend of West Indian and African rhythms, soul, funk and reggae, the group formed a signature sound. The album’s instantly recognizable sleeve saw it become a collectors item during the rare groove scene of the ‘90s, where many of these fine albums were at a premium, and since then interest in the band, and their brief career grew.

What sets Cymande apart from the many ‘70s funk and soul outfits is that they can still play as well as they ever did, and now fully reformed, are writing and recording new material to add to their impressive three 1970’s collection. They packed out Band on the Wall last Autumn, and return on Saturday 23rd May, now even more in tune with each other and the music. They’re a sure favourite for fans of the writing styles of Curtis Mayfield and Gil Scott-Heron, and the grooves of The Headhunters and Ras Michael.

As good a proof as any that Cymande are funk legends is the extent to which they have been sampled by hip hop beat makers. Their track ‘The Message’ has been sampled by Masta AceThe Coup and Ruthless Rap Assassins among others, take a listen to it below.

Cymande - The Message


Just announced: Soul Garden ft. Giles Thorpe, Warren Johnson & Tiny G, 27th June.

Soul Garden ft. Giles Thorpe, Warren Johnson & Tiny G

27 June / 23:00 / More Info / Tickets on sale soon

Soul Garden is Manchester’s most glamorous monthly soul night for those who like to dress up and party to the newer soul & reggae sounds from artists like: Kenny Thomas, Angie Stone, Eric Roberson, Vesta Williams, Anthony Hamilton, Jennifer Hudson, Donnell Jones, Mary J Blige, Pharrell, Miguel, Usher, Taurus Riley, Busy Signal, Lady Saw, Alaine and many more.

Soul Garden host DJ Giles Thorpe (GTI) and some of the UK’s best guest DJs take the controls on a mission to keep party goers from across UK dancing. Expect an eclectic mix of modern soul, contemporary R&B, a splash of reggae and a sprinkle of soul classics.

Giles Thorpe’s mixes and playlists can be found on: FacebookYou Tube and Mix Cloud

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