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Just announced: Mr Scruff New Year's Eve ft. Floating Points, 31st December.

Mr Scruff New Year's Eve ft. Floating Points

31 December / 22:00 / More Info / Tickets on sale 9am, Monday

The original Manchester residency in its 15th year, Mr Scruff’s Keep In Unreal sees us into 2015.

Scruff will be 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 with special guest DJ Floating Points.

Welcome the new year in fine style at Band On The Wall with a 6 hour DJ Set and a club full of lovely party people.

In the meantime listen to the mix from June’s 15th birthday party to get you in the mood.

This is a non-mobile disco.

Please don’t use cameras and phones on the dancefloor.

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.

Just announced: Zion Train, 11th April.

Zion Train

11 April / 20:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Band on the Wall welcome back Dub / Dance Pioneers Zion Train.

Zion Train celebrate 25 years of existence in 2014 having played all over the globe in this time they are very excited to be making their preparing for new developments in the coming years. Autumn 2014 will see the release of new material as a prelude to the album 'Land Of The Blind' featuring regular vocalists Dubdadda, Fitta Warri and Jazzmin Tutum.

Zion Train have been one of the planet's most prolific groups, along with a mammoth recorded output and innumerable production credits, remixes and song writing collaborations they have produced magazines, CD-ROMs, Internet sites and built sound systems. They released the world's first promotional dub music video for the 'Get Ready' single and caused a furore with the publicity campaign for their 'Homegrown Fantasy' album and have continued to release quality dub, electronica and world dance music.

Zion Train's vast array of music from the last 25 years still sounds fresh to today's discerning ears.

Just announced: JD McPherson plus special guests, 26th January.

JD McPherson special guests

26 January / 20:00 / More Info / Tickets on sale Friday, 9am

Singer/songwriter JD McPherson makes vintage-sounding rock with nods to ‘40s R&B, blues, and ‘50s rockabilly.

An Oklahoma native, JD McPherson is an artist who’s sound encompasses all the music he loves. Predominantly based on his love of roots, rhythm ’n’ blues and rockabilly, McPherson also lets his love of classic rock, hip hop and pop infuse his writing and recording.

His 2012 debut, “Signs & Signifiers”, recorded with truly vintage gear, at Jimmy Sutton’s home studio in Chicago was "laced with subtle, symphonic Sam Cooke stylings” (BBC) and received rave reviews.

Following the stylistic path laid by his critically acclaimed debut album Signs & Signifiers, McPherson has just released The Warm Covers, a four-song digital EP. A full sophomore record from McPherson is expected in 2015.

JD McPherson’s music is a rockabilly time machine, bringing some of the purest rock ’n’ roll vibes straight from the genre’s birth and into the present day, he is an artist not to be missed.

Just announced: Christian McBride Trio, 4th June.

Christian McBride Trio

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

The Christian McBride Trio is made up of bassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger, and educator – Christian McBride – who has been one of the most important and most omnipresent figures in the jazz world for 20 years, plus Christian Sands (Piano) and Ulysses Owens (Drums). They pride themselves on their ability to cover the whole spectrum of jazz music, from the traditional origins and fundamental basics of jazz, to the more adventurous and esoteric regions of be-bop and modern jazz. For this trio the focus isn’t on simply wowing the audience with technical virtuosity, they want you to feel what McBride calls “soul satisfaction” from their performances, and feel that that’s the factor some emerging groups lack.

These musicians have developed great chemistry, with Owens having played alongside McBride in his quartet Inside Straight before the trio’s formation, and pianist Sands was headhunted especially by McBride who was wowed by his obvious appreciation for the traditional side of jazz, as well as his technical style. Their latest recording “Out Here” has received excellent reviews, including a 4 star Guardian review, and the work summarises the bands ethos of paying homage to the classics with a few standards on the album alongside compositions. The Guardian say Jazz has been played like this for decades, but that doesn't stifle the cheers when experts like these go for it”, perfectly summarizing the timeless appeal of this excellent trio.

Just announced: An Evening with Peggy Seeger plus Neill MacColl and Calum MacColl, 18th May.

An evening with Peggy Seeger

Neill MacColl and Calum MacColl

18 June / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Having recently released her 22nd solo album “Everything Changes”, Peggy Seeger remains one of the strongest characters in folk music. She built her reputation with evocative renditions of traditional folk songs and writing her own songs of activism with her husband, the late Ewan MacColl and continues to write and perform with the same emotion, whit and fire at the age of 80.

She was an influential feminist figure in a folk scene which is now remembered as a golden era in the revival of folk music, the same era that saw artists like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Donovan all produce their greatest works. Despite her connection to the roots of folk composition, she isn’t afraid to innovate and experiment on her latest work.

Her latest album has received rave reviews, including a 5 star appraisal from The Guardian, who said “…here she explores new, pained and personal territory, and does so with delicacy and soul”, adding that “Everything Changes and the agonised We Watch You Slip Away are among the finest new songs I have heard his year”.

She’s joined on stage at this special show by her and Ewan’s sons Neil and Callum MacColl, both talented musicians themselves. Given her current fine form and rich folk history with strong family ties, this show is not to be missed.

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