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Upcoming shows: Ultimate Painting... Meilyr Jones... Skinny Lister... Freakwater... Angel Olsen... Simone Felice... Stephen Steinbrink... Jenny Hval... Tom Brosseau... Public Service Broadcasting... Peter Broderick... Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker... Amber Arcades... Haley Bonar... Emanuel and The Fear... Merchandise... The Wave Pictures... Alabaster DePlume... The Lovely Eggs... Will Varley... Avec Sans... Kristin Hersh... Ryley Walker... BC Camplight... Robert Ellis... Steve Gunn... Weyes Blood... Jesca Hoop... Beans on Toast... Whyte Horses... The Burning Hell... The Handsome Family...

When: 7.00pm on Saturday 9 April 2011
Where: St Ann’s Church, St Ann Street, Manchester, M2 7LF

We’re delighted to be welcoming Simone Felice, one of the most impressive artists we saw last year, to one of Manchester’s few Grade I listed buildings: St Ann’s Church!

To celebrate the publication of his new novel, Simone Felice will be making select appearances around the UK this coming spring. In venues chosen for their intimacy, Felice will recite short passages from the story and sing treasured tunes from both The Felice Brothers and The Duke & The King songbooks, as well as new, unreleased material.

Felice’s novel is a tale told with wicked humour and haunting lyricism. Felice digs for innocence, for the strength of spirit and beauty that can lie in the unlikeliest of places. Part love story, part protest at the broken promises lying at the heart of the American Dream; this novel is a passionate, twisted hymn to the marginalised and forgotten. Here is the story of Lionel White, a young Marine shipped home after being blinded in action. Back in upstate New York, Lionel is left to battle his nightmares and a growing dependence on painkillers. Then Gloria appears, a beaten up dancer from the other side of America, fleeing darkness and violence of a different kind.

Simone Felice is a celebrated songwriter and poet. He is a founding member of internationally acclaimed acts The Felice Brothers and The Duke & The King. Italy has recently presented him with the Premio Ciampi award for Best Foreign Songwriter. Simone lives in the Catskill Mountains, New York.

Support comes in the form of one of our favourite local singer-songwriters, Jo Rose, who in his last outing for us supported Jesca Hoop.

This special event takes place in the unique setting of St Ann’s in St Ann’s Square. Consecrated in 1712, the church is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Manchester and is an excellent example of 18th-century English baroque architecture. It was only the second church to be built in the then town after the original 15th-century parish church (now the Cathedral).

Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.com and on 0871 220 0260.

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