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When: 6.00pm on Sunday 29 August 2010
Where: Dulcimer, 567 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 0AE

The second in our new series of cheap/free events at Dulcimer is an August bank holiday special.


This show features O Emperor, hailing from Waterford in Ireland. The band plough a supremely confident furrow between classic American harmonic pop and the best of British alternative music – here’s what Hot Press said of them:

‘Gentle and delicate songs, guided by intricate urgently picked guitars, grinding electric lines, expansive piano playing, some electronic tomfoolery, and wonderfully harmonised vocals… sounding a little like the Beach Boys, the Band, and the Smiths being digested by a cannibalistic Lee Mavers from the La’s.’

Representing Wales are Yucatan. They released their self-titled debut album, recorded at Sigur Ros’ studio to considerable praise from critics, with Radio One’s Huw Stephens describing it as ‘stunning music from a special place‘.

Manchester is equally well represented, with Hey! Manchester regulars Walton Hesse and James Kelly joining this busy bill. Walton Hesse are a six-piece ‘pulling on influences from 60s psych bands like 13th Floor Elevators and the Electric Prunes through to bands like Wilco and Teenage Fanclub‘. Kelly, meanwhile, impressed us earlier this year with his bluesy solo set, complete with ‘a voice, a classical guitar. a bass drum pedal and a guitar case’.

Lee Janda (B-Music), Goff (Wowie Zowie) and John MacKenzie will be manning the decks throughout the evening.

This show takes place at Dulcimer, Manchester’s celebrated ‘folk bar’ in central Chorlton. Regular buses (85 and 86) run to Chorlton from the city centre, plus the 23 and 23A from Didsbury and West Didsbury, and the 168 from Fallowfield. We recommend using GMPTE’s JourneyPlanner to arrange your trip.

Tickets, priced £3, will be available on the door.



All shows are 18+ unless otherwise stated.

Hey! Manchester is supported by First Chop Brewing Arm.
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