• Tuesday | 04.10.16
  • 7.30pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • £8 EARLYBIRD / ...

Mercury join us as part of their two part UK Album tour. The new album ‘Sea Speak’, released this year, introduces a new 5 piece lineup as they welcome keyboardist Richard Jones (Beats and Pieces). Founded as a quartet by award winning saxophonist/composer Tom Thorp, the band’s first album reached critical acclaim in 2013 and saw them shortlisted for the coveted Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, alongside a barn-storming debut tour including appearances at Kings Place, Colston Hall, RNCM and several of the UK’s biggest Jazz festivals.

Celebrated bassist Gavin Barras (Matthew Halsall Band, Nat Birchall Quintet), explosive guitarist Thomas Dibb (Noah’s Ark, Lauren Housley, Hot Brew Collective) and peerless drummer Johnny Hunter (Blind Monk Trio, Sloth Racket, Marley Chingus) complete this virtuosic lineup.

Mercury’s sound is one of rich and spacious textures. They blend a heavy influence of European contemporary Jazz with flavours of folk, electronic and classical music alongside nods to the alternative Indie music of their native Manchester. Melodic and innovative compositions combine with fiery improvisations, commanding musicianship and an eclectic aesthetic; promising a memorable and unique performance.

“Energetic groove mix with warmth and lyricism – a perfect combination” -Gwilym Simcock

“A whirling sound that sits somewhere in the gap between Jazz and Popular music” -Steve Mead, Jazz North

“One of the most exciting bands to come onto the jazz scene in years” Live Brum Magazine.

Tom Thorp – Saxophones, Bass Clarinet
Richard Jones – Piano, Fender Rhodes
Thomas Dibb – Guitar
Gavin Barras – Bass
Johnny Hunter – Drums