Oysters 3 (Oysterband Acoustic) – TUC 150th Anniversary at the Mechanics Institute, Manchester

This year, the TUC celebrates its 150th anniversary and with it, a century and a half of working together to change the world of work for good. It all started with a simple question. Samuel Caldwell Nicholson, a typesetter and union officer living in Manchester asked: “why not have a congress of our own?” The trade union movement came together in the Mechanics Institute in Manchester, resolved to work as one, and the rest, as they say, is history.

To mark this special occasion in Manchester, Band on the Wall brings some of its favourite folk artists to the stunning surroundings of the Mechanics Institute for a string of unmissable, unique folk concerts.

As well as being the birthplace of the TUC, the Grade II*-listed Mechanics Institute was also the founding place of the Co-operative Insurance Society, and the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University also had their beginnings in the building.

Oysterband from a different angle – by popular demand, Oysters 3 take to the road again! John Jones, Alan Prosser and Ian Telfer, the three founder members and creative heart of folk-rock legends Oysterband invite you to an evening of fresh acoustic performance and off-the-wall stories – an insight into their history, sometimes turbulent, often funny, with great songs from every era of a unique career.

As the group say themselves, “The very first time we did this, we more or less improvised the show. We were astonished when it went down a storm – and we wondered why on earth we’d never thought of doing it before!”

This is a seated show.