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Upcoming shows: AVAWAVES... Ryley Walker... Charlie Parr... The Unthanks... Hater... His Lordship... Lambert... Tropical Fuck Storm... The Wave Pictures... Hania Rani... Aoife O’Donovan... The Lovely Eggs... Pet Deaths... The Courettes... Ríoghnach Connolly & Honeyfeet... Darren Hayman... Vetiver... La Luz... Francis Lung... John Francis Flynn... Jenny Hval... Ben Caplan... Advance Base + Karima Walker... Jeffrey Martin & Anna Tivel... Xenia Rubinos... Lael Neale... The Handsome Family... Rory Butler... Dana Gavanski... Charles Watson... Penguin Cafe... Ólafur Arnalds... Polly Paulusma... Tommy Alexander... The Dears... The Sheepdogs... The Burning Hell... Angel Olsen... John Craigie... Dustin O’Halloran... Plastic Mermaids... Dan Mangan... Josh Rouse... Julie Odell... Heartless Bastards... Jesca Hoop... Stars... Rachel Baiman...

When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 17 May 2022
Where: Low Four Studio, Deansgate Mews, Great Northern, Manchester M3 4EN

We’re delighted to be working with AVAWAVES – plus Peter Sandberg!

Contemporary virtuoso duo AVAWAVES are rooted in cinematic narratives, evoking emotional journeys of the heart and mind. Comprising of Anna Phoebe and Aisling Brouwer, they released their debut album Waves in 2019, followed by Chrysalis in 2021.

Never conforming to expectations and yet instantly accessible, the music composed by these two creative visionaries is a sonorous consequence of two opposing forces determined to carve their identities into each other’s lives. To watch them interact on stage is a mesmerising experience, distilling the ebb and flow of their musicianship into an addictive and captivating intensity.

Anna Phoebe is a composer and violinist who has recorded and toured throughout the world with multi-platinum selling bands, as well as collaborations with the European Space Agency, Royal Ballet School and Cancer Research. Aisling Brouwer is a film composer and producer who recently scored Amazon Original Lioness – a film directed by Helena Coan about British boxing champion Nicola Adams. Other work includes the BIFA-nominated anti-racist feature White Riot and campaigns for United Nations and Dior.

AVAWAVES recently wrote an original score for Savage Waters, a feature documentary about a mission to find and surf a spectacular big wave in the Atlantic Ocean. Last autumn they played Royal Albert Hall as part of Nitin Sawhney’s Journeys: 150 Years of Immigration and they recently performed for award-winning podcast The Guilty Feminist.

Coming from mixed European backgrounds (Anna Phoebe is German/Greek/Irish and Aisling Brouwer is Dutch/Irish) and having each grown up moving around multiple countries, they met for the first time in London in 2015.

Main support comes from Peter Sandberg. Peter Sandberg is a Swedish neo-classical and electronic multi-instrumentalist/composer, who has established international reputation, creating music for television and commercials, as well as amassing over 400 million streams worldwide. His honesty speaks through his muted piano-based compositions, but also through his uplifting melodies and explorative electronica. Peter has built a diverse, rich and atmospheric catalogue, and as a result, a devoted global fanbase.

Signing to London-based ambient/post-classical label Phases Records in 2018, Peter released his debut album Motion in March 2019. The record featured the single Deep, which featured in an emotional and climactic scene of Stranger Things season 3. In September 2020, Peter released his conceptual second LP Återvända to widespread acclaim, featuring singles Rise and collaborative track Pinetrees with British electronic artist and vocalist Henry Green. That same year, Peter scored cutting-edge virtual reality animated short film Goodbye Mr Octopus, which was nominated for the 77th Venice Film Festival.

In July 2021 Peter announced his next album, Midnattssol, his ode to summer and the Swedish land of the midnight sun. Supported by preceding singles Wait and Frihet, the album was released on 1 October and features appearances from Aquilo, Jake Isaac, Siv Jakobsen and Tom Ashbrook.

Opening the show is Ellie Dorman. Ellie Dorman is a south East London based musician who released her debut album Twelve in 2017, nominated for best Concept Album (2018 – Interactive Media Awards). In 2019 Dorman released a four-track fully animated EP Near & Far; atmospheric music that sets a bed for the angular melodies that sing out over interesting chord progressions. Her set will include some new material that is more electronically influenced and is due to be released this summer.

This show takes place at Low Four Studio, the recording studio and venue on Deansgate Mews in the Great Northern.

This is a 14+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 19 May 2022
Where: YES (Pink Room), 38 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7DB

We’re delighted to be welcoming Ryley Walker back to Manchester – with guest Simon Joyner!

Ryley Walker began his career in the early 2010s, after moving from Illinois’ provincial town of Rockford, and settling into Chicago’s independent scene.

After a slew of cassette and vinyl releases, Tompkins Square put out his debut album in 2014, which was then followed up by the Dead Oceans released Primrose Green a year later. His most recent album, Course in Fable, was released on his own Husky Pants Recordings label in 2021.

Having toured with the likes of Richard Thompson, and with a supporting slot for Dinosaur Jr. forthcoming – as well as a tremendous Burt Jansch tribute show behind him, wherein his hero Anne Briggs called him the ‘c word’ – Walker has rubbed shoulders with the very best.

While, in the past, his desire to be as great as his influences may have dogged and hindered him from bringing his own personality to his music, now, Walker’s music is undeniably his. A mix of Twitter and sobriety may be partially responsible. ‘Music is an exciting thing I get to do because I’m alive and well. I take every opportunity I’m given very seriously; I’ve gotta pay tribute to that by staying alive and being as good to the people who love me as I can,’ he said.

Special guest is Simon Joyner. Simon Joyner is among America’s best singer-songwriters, so says Gillian Welch, Conor Oberst, Kevin Morby and others. ‘Singer-songwriter’ is a frustratingly confining term; to truly understand exactly just how confining, look no further than the recorded works of Simon Joyner, an artist whose work consistently transcends the narrow parameters of genre classifications and record shop bin cards. Though his music has always honoured, reckoned with – wrestled with – the tradition set forth by his songwriting forebears (Cohen, Van Zandt, Ochs, Dylan, Reed to name a few), Joyner can always be counted on to defy expectations; as a lyricist, melodicist, and arranger, Joyner likes to keep us on our toes.

Joyner is a singer-songwriter from Omaha, Nebraska. He’s been flying under the radar since 1991, releasing music on various independent labels including: Team Love, Jagjaguwar, Sing Eunuchs!, Catsup Plate, One-Hour, Shrimper, Brinkman, Secretly Canadian and Unread. He is also the co-founder of Grapefruit Records and an occasional producer of other people’s albums. Joyner’s new album, Songs from A Stolen Guitar, will be released on 13 May by BB*ISLAND.

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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 19 May 2022
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re excited to be working with Charlie Parr for the first time!

Charlie Parr’s new album, Last of The Better Days Ahead, is a collection of powerful songs about how one looks back on a life lived, as well as forward on what’s still to come. Its spare production foregrounds Parr’s poetic lyricism, his expressive, gritty voice ringing clear over deft acoustic guitar playing that references folk and blues motifs in Parr’s own exploratory, idiosyncratic style. ‘Last of the Better Days Ahead is a way for me to refer to the times I’m living in,’ says Parr. ‘I’m getting on in years, experiencing a shift in perspective that was once described by my mom as “a time when we turn from gazing into the future to gazing back at the past, as if we’re adrift in the current, slowly turning around”. Some songs came from meditations on the fact that the portion of our brain devoted to memory is also the portion responsible for imagination, and what that entails for the collected experiences that we refer to as our lives. Other songs are cultivated primarily from the imagination, but also contain memories of what may be a real landscape, or at least one inspired by vivid dreaming.’

On his Smithsonian Folkways debut, there’s something resoundingly new. The faithful will find an even more intense focus upon the word, and folks new to this titan of international folk blues will discover poetry so clear and pure it feels like he wrote it with an icicle on a window. Over the course of a prolific career spanning 13 full-length albums, the Duluth virtuoso has earned a passionate following for his strikingly candid songwriting and raw stage presence. Parr’s work digs deeply into his personal experiences with depression and the existential questions that weight it. ‘Parr is a master storyteller,’ said PopMatters. ‘One can’t help but come back and marvel at his ability to make us believe that we know each of [his] characters or that, maybe, there’s some part of them in each of us.’ Mojo said of his most recent effort, ‘Parr continues to spin life’s small details into profound lyrical observations of acceptance and wonder… the further adventures of a guitar-picking great.’

Born and raised in Austin, Minnesota, Charlie Parr first grabbed a guitar at age eight. To date, he has never had a formal lesson, but wows crowds with his incredible fingerpicking on his 12-string baritone resonator, guitar and banjo. All that locomotive melodic work is simply the scenery in the tales he’s spinning lyrically. Early in his career, Parr was employed by the Salvation Army as an outreach worker. He spent his days tracking the homeless in Minneapolis, providing blankets and resources. But they offered him something greater in return. The experience completely rewired him and left him with a newfound respect for human resilience. And along the way, he collected stories from the folks he would meet. These characters continue to show up in Parr’s songs even today.

Throughout Charlie’s music you can hear his sense of place. These are songs from the iron country. They are tales from the paper mill. You can hear the fisheries and the Boundary Waters. In Last of the Better Days you are met by someone who prizes quiet reflection over hustle and who shuns distraction for a long walk in the woods. ‘It’s one thing to be able to say that I’m not what I own or what I do,’ says Parr, ‘but it still leaves behind the original question of what am I unanswered.’

Local support comes from Jon Coley. An acoustic singer-songwriter, originally from Barton under Needwood, Staffordshire, now living in Chester and performing around the Northwest. Jon plays an eclectic mix of blues, soul and folk, mixed with fresh original songwriting, and is making a name for himself locally for his unique guitar playing and passionate vocal performances.

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When: 7pm on Saturday 21 May 2022
Where: Royal Northern College of Music Concert Hall, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD

PLEASE NOTE: This show has sold out! Watch this space for future shows by the Unthanks, however.

We’re excited to be working with The Unthanks again!

The Unthanks return to live touring after two years off the road, with the rich and colourful sound of their eleven-piece ensemble, showcasing forthcoming new album, Sorrows Away, alongside favourites such as Magpie, The King Of Rome and Mount The Air.

Since the release of the technicolour BBC Folk Album of the Year, Mount The Air in 2015, The Unthanks have both scaled up to symphonic levels with Charles Hazelwood and the BBC Proms, and stripped down to the unaccompanied singing they grew up with for Diversions Vol 5. They’ve written six scarecrow soundtracks for Mackenzie Crook’s beautiful adaptation of Worzel Gummidge, while finding time to interpret the work of female writers including Emily Bronte, Molly Drake and Maxine Peake. But projects and diversions aside, Sorrows Away is the long-anticipated follow-up to Mount The Air, and as the title suggests, promises to be a blues-buster and a step into the light for a band known more for melancholy and well, sorrow!

At the nucleus of a constantly evolving unit is the traditional upbringing of Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank and the arrangements and writing of composer, pianist, producer and Yorkshireman, Adrian McNally. Descriptions of The Unthanks range variously from ‘music that asks you to consider everything you know and un-think it’, to ‘a take on tradition that flips so effortlessly between jazz, classical, ambient and post-rock, it makes any attempt to put a label on them a waste of time’.

Using the traditional music of the North East of England as a starting point, the influence of Miles Davis, Steve Reich, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Wyatt, Antony & The Johnsons, King Crimson and Tom Waits can be heard in the band’s 14 records to date, earning them a Mercury Music Prize nomination and international acclaim along the way.

Folk music can commonly and affectionately be defined as low culture, but The Unthanks aspire to prove that the beauty and truth present in the oral history of the people, is anything but common. Their approach to storytelling makes easy bedfellows of tradition and adventure, direct social commentary and sophisticated harmony, heart-breaking empathy and glacial minimalism, earning them an army of writer and performer admirers including Mackenzie Crook, Maxine Peake, Nick Hornby, Martin Freeman, Elvis Costello, Robert Wyatt, Rosanne Cash, Dawn French, Adrian Edmondson, Stephen Mangan, Colin Firth, Martin Hayes and members of Portishead and Radiohead.

‘They run from the very root of folk music to the very tip of the branch’ – Elvis Costello

‘It’s quite a rare thing now. They’ve really got everything you could want from music. And I’m very fussy’ – Robert Wyatt

This show is a co-promotion with Manchester Folk Festival.

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When: 7.30pm on Monday 23 May 2022
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re excited to be welcoming Sweden’s Hater back to Manchester!

It’s been a quick rise for Swedish indie pop quartet Hater. The Malmö-based group signed to Fire Records and have since released double LP Siesta (2018), 7-inch Four Tries Down/It’s A Mess (2019) and EP Red Blinders (2017).

Effortless and assured, Hater drift eloquently into well-structured and stunning melodies. Sprawling guitars chime whilst slow burning grooves and classic rock rhythms amplify Caroline Landahl’s tender-hearted vocals over intelligible pop.

Touring extensively around Europe over the last few years, they’ve performed at arenas and concert halls with Ben Howard. Festival performances have included End Of The Road, Eurosonic, Ment, Roskilde and Sea Change. In 2018 they performed at SxSW, which saw them capture NPR’s attention on their ‘Austin 100’ list: ‘Their songs epitomise jangling grace as singer Caroline Landahl coos with maximum approachability.’ Following a hugely successful run of SxSW showcases, they returned again in 2019 for their first tour of America.

Hailed as Stereogum’s Best New Bands Of 2017, their latest album saw support from Bandcamp who loved their ‘winning indie pop’, along with BBC 6 Music, Radio 1 and huge backing across US college radio.  Currently working on their new album due to be released in 2022, you can listen to their latest single Bad Luck now.

Hater are Caroline Landahl, Måns Leonartsson, Frederick Rundquist and Rasmus Andersson.

Local support comes from Chew Magna. Chew Magna are an indie rock, kraut rock, punk rock, post hardcore, shoegaze band from Manchester. Their self titled debut album is out in summer 2022.

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When: 8pm on Monday 23 May 2022
Where: Night & Day Cafe, 26 Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JN

PLEASE NOTE: This show has been cancelled, with refunds available from the point of purchase. Watch this space for another His Lordship show in the near future.

We’re delighted to be working with His Lordship for the first time!

His Lordship, the new project from guitarist James Walbourne (The Pretenders, The Pogues, The Rails) and Kristoffer Sonne (Chrissie Hynde, Willie Nelson) have announced their first UK tour, taking in 11 cities across the UK, including a Manchester headline debut at Night & Day Cafe on 23 May. Already having made an indelible mark on London’s live scene, His Lordship is the sound of Walbourne unleashed as a frontman; a furious riot of raging guitar and perverted drums from another dimension.

In addition to the tour, the duo also announce their debut EP, a one-take collection of rock ‘n’ roll covers, which came together in one evening after a long day of recording original songs (also coming soon). Deciding to let loose, they kept the tape rolling and filmed a set of rock ’n’ roll tunes they like to play. They didn’t even rehearse them. The finished EP is a first-take 15-minute set of Stuff They Like: Gene Vincent, Jack Scott, Link Wray and The Killer.

The EP will be released on 16 April digitally, with a vinyl release to follow on Psychonaut Sounds.

‘Makes The Cramps sound like yacht rock’ – John Niven

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When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 25 May 2022
Where: St Michael’s, 36-38 George Leigh Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 5DG

We’re delighted to be welcoming Lambert back to Manchester!

OPEN the new album by the extraordinary Berlin-based composer and pianist Lambert will be released on 13 May by Mercury KX.

‘There is a chance. Being open can lead the way. It is contradictory that someone wearing a mask is telling that, but still that would be a bad reason for disagreeing.’

Lambert is a singular talent whose bold vision and compositional flair is informed as much by pop music and wider culture as it is by any classical repertoire. From 2017’s stunning Sweet Apocalypse, a masterful collection of orchestral works concerned with locating moments of beauty amid the dystopian future humanity is fast racing towards, to acclaimed True album (nominated for an Opus Klassik award in Germany) and the haunting, delicate Alone and Alone II EPs, and his mysterious False album, Lambert has created his own, spellbinding sonic language that stirs the soul and inspires the mind.

In parallel Lambert’s live shows have become essential events, evenings of mystique, humour and wonder as Lambert’s trio’s dazzling musicianship is performed while wearing matching horned Sardinian masks. By turns hypnotic, sombre, and enchanting, he excels at creating moods and mesmerising the listener; a deep sense of drama often gives way to an enigmatic playfulness, colourful melodies skipping lightly through his songs.

This will be one of the first public concerts in St Michael’s since its recent re-opening, having been closed since 2004. The Roman Catholic church was founded in 1859 and became the heart of the Little Italy Community in Ancoats.

AGE RESTRICTION: This show is 14+. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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When: 7.30pm on Monday 30 May 2022
Where: YES (Pink Room), 38 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7DB

PLEASE NOTE: This show has sold out! Watch this space for future TFS shows in Manchester.

We’re delighted to be welcoming Tropical Fuck Storm (TFS) back to Manchester!

Australian post-apocalyptic acid punk disco scuzzheads Tropical Fuck Storm (TFS) are coming to the UK and Europe for the first time since 2019. For the last two years they’ve been holed up in a bush bunker pursuing their sonic experiments which have produced 2021’s Deep States album, and feature film Goody Goody Gumdrops.

Tropical Fuck Storm members Gareth Liddiard, Fiona Kitschin Erica Dunn and Lauren Hammel will be bringing their wild, destructive and unstoppable chaos to the Northern Hemisphere stages, performing songs from A Laughing Death In Meatspace (2018), Braindrops (2019) and Deep States (2021).

‘A Tropical Fuck Storm gig is like putting your brain in a blender for an hour straight’ – Beat Magazine

‘Beyond such vivid, often thrilling caricatures, however, the acrid smoulder of The Donkey, the mysterious haunt of Legal Ghost and the nuanced pop of New Romeo Agent prove that Tropical Fuck Storm have yet to succumb to glib nihilism, and that tenderness and poetry are still within their grasp’ – Mojo

Tour support comes from DEADLETTER. Hailing from Yorkshire, now South London rooted, DEADLETTER channel the droll fury of The Fall and the lopsided rhythms of LCD Soundsystem into a strain of vehement post-punk, exploring the darker side of existence through a lens of narrative-driven levity. With members being firm friends from birth, there is an instinctive understanding of movement and danceability to their music worth its’ weight in gold, whilst never cheapening the nuance and grit of their sound.. With four singles now under their belt, the only way is upwards for DEADLETTER.

‘DEADLETTER are one of the most exciting new acts out there’ – DIY

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When: 7.30pm on Monday 30 May 2022
Where: Band on the Wall, 26 Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JZ

We’re delighted to welcome The Wave Pictures back to Manchester!

When The Purple Emperor Spreads His Wings is the new double album from The Wave Pictures. The title means ‘spring’ – that day when all the butterflies burst into life. A new beginning. As songwriter, singer and guitarist David Tattersall explains: ‘There is always a strong sense of time and place in The Wave Pictures’ songs. It soon became natural to group the songs that I was writing by season. The album has 4 sides: one for each season. The songs “take place” lyrically within that season. The album begins in Summer and ends in Spring, to represent the cycle of life.’

While some tracks were recorded before the pandemic, others were written by David during the enforced lockdown – working prolifically as ever, writing a song a day when no one could go out, and The Wave Pictures couldn’t play music together. On fire with inspiration, with the spirit and fearlessness of William Blake in mind, the result is a collection of songs that celebrate poetry and the album-as-album form itself. David says: ‘The seasonal/annual track-listing relates specifically to the year we lost from our lives due to COVID. As is often the case in The Wave Pictures’ songs, a small moment in time gets drawn out over three minutes. This is because in memory a fleeting moment, a millisecond, can sometimes be stronger and more important than a whole year.’

Whether written pre or post lockdown, the songs on the album are an effort to make pop music, Wave Pictures style. When The Purple Emperor Spreads His Wings packs in a record number of songs under three minutes on a Wave Pictures release than ever before – and that’s no accident! But just because the songs are the length of classic smash hit singles, you still get a whole lot of Wave Pictures – Dave’s legendary guitar solos, acoustic picking and solid gold song-writing, plus country harp, mandolin, blues harmonica and more. All of the band, David, Franic Rozycki (bass) and Jonny ‘Huddersfield’ Helm’ (drums) love rock and roll, classic country, 70’s rock, soul and folk, and this album celebrates a little bit of all their musical loves, some rediscovered during extra lockdown listening time.

Indie legends Guided By Voices snippet pop song mania, in particular, showed how The Wave Pictures could take their classic influences and allow them to harness the power of pop more than ever before. The band entertained themselves playing Dave’s poetically inspired songs while thinking about all kinds of records they were listening to: Sun Rockabilly, African guitars, Neil Young country, and plenty of the sounds of the 60’s golden age of British music: the crazy fun of The Who and the creepiness of The Yardbirds. This is the perfect album for those people who still wonder who is better, The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. The answer is really secret option C: The Wave Pictures!

After recording 2018’s two albums – Brushes With Happiness and Look Inside Your Heart – on reel to reel tape in the tiny Booze Cube in Stoke Newington, and in the case of Brushes, not rehearsing and then improvising the songs while recording them, the band returned to Rochester to record the new album at Ranscombe Studios. Both their 2016 album Bamboo Diner In The Rain and 2015’s collaborative effort Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon with Wild Billy Childish were recorded there, as well as David and Franic’s surf-garage-rock-super-group The Surfing Magazines, featuring Charles Watson of Slow Club, whose second album Badgers Of Wymeswold was released in 2021 and was recorded between sessions for The Wave Pictures own album. In contrast to The Wave Pictures’ aforementioned albums recorded quickly at The Booze Cube, When The Purple Emperor Spreads his Wings was recorded and mixed in ten days, although started in 2020 and not finished until after the final lockdown was lifted, it was actually recorded over an even longer period of about ten months.

Released in stages, the first full season to be made available from the album will be autumn, available on 10 December. The season starts with ‘Samson’ a Yardbirds-style psychedelic garage rocker, named after the Samson rolling tobacco, the strongest around and with a picture of a lion on the package. Inspired by Robert Bresson’s film Pickpocket, this song tells the story of a lonely man having a midlife crisis when he learns by telephone that his father has died.

This Heart Of Mine was the first single from the album, an autumnal country song about time travel, space travel, and memory, musically inspired by Neil Young.

Lead singer David Tattersall associates Autumn with the horrors of going back-to-school after the joyous nothingness of summer holiday. In Douglas, all the horrible playground routines play out – we are always just one move away from Lord of the Flies. Musically, this song was inspired by The Who.

Autumn is also a time for romance, as exemplified by Jennifer, musically reminiscent of Zimbabwean groups such as The Four Brothers and The Bhundu Boys, and sung by The Wave Pictures’ dreamy and romantic drummer, Jonny ‘’Huddersfield’’ Helm. The ‘dream a little dream’ coda brings to mind Walt Disney’s Cinderella, when all the little cartoon birds flutter around her: that’s how romantic Jonny Helm is.

And finally the end of Autumn is upon us. With its double tracked vocals, squealing, ripping, lead guitar, Smell The Ocean is set by the sea as winter approaches and the days are getting short. Played as if by Lou Reed backed by Crazy Horse.

Winter follows shortly.

Local support comes from Granfalloon. Granfalloon is the principal project of Richard Lomax, a Manchester-based songwriter and producer who has been constantly creating since 2003. After spending some time making avant-garde music in the north of England, where he made his creative home, he cut his teeth fronting surf rock bands and the anarchic folk collective Johnny5thWheel&thecowards, then Lomax moved to Manchester in 2013.

Granfalloon was conceived after an operation in 2017 left Lomax with temporarily limited mobility. While in recovery, he recorded the debut Granfalloon album, with lo-fi drum machines, an Omnichord, and a guitar. Now with a full band, Lomax continues the work of third album Positive Songs and is recording a fourth album: a double (possibly triple) album focussing more on traditional songwriting and not quite traditional storytelling to chisel out small, beautiful moments. Bee on a String is one of the early fruits of these recording sessions and definitely points towards the warm sound of 70’s folk rock with a dose of Richard Lomax’s customary nods to surrealism and whimsy. The song has picked up support with Chris Hawkins at BBC 6 Music and Jim Gelatly at Amazing Radio.

This is a 10+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 31 May 2022
Where: The Stoller Hall, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1DA

We’re delighted to be working with Hania Rani for the first time!

Hania Rani is a pianist, composer and musician who, was born in Gdansk and splits her life between Warsaw, where she makes her home, and Berlin where she studied and often works. Her debut album Esja, a beguiling collection of solo piano pieces on Gondwana Records was released to international acclaim in April 2019 including nominations in five categories in the Polish music industries very own Grammys, the Fryderyki, and winning the Discovery of the Year 2019 in the Empik chain’s Bestseller Awards and the prestigious Sanki award for the most interesting new face of Polish music chosen by Polish journalists. Rani also composed the music for her first full length movie I Never Cry, directed by Piotr Domalewski, and for the play ,Nora directed by Michal Zdunik. Her song Eden was used as a soundtrack of a short movie by Malgorzata Szumowska for Miu Miu’s movie cycle Women’s Tales.

Her follow-up album, the expansive, cinematic, Home, was release in May 2020 and finds Rani expanding her palate: adding vocals and subtle electronics to her music as well as being joined on some tracks by bassist Ziemowit Klimek and drummer Wojtek Warmijak. The album reunites her with recording engineers, Piotr Wieczorek and Ignacy Gruszecki (Monochrom Studio) and the tracks were again mixed again by Gijs van Klooster in his studio in Amsterdam and by Piotr Wieczorek in Warsaw ( Ombelico and Come Back Home). Home was mastered by Zino Mikorey in Berlin (known for his work on albums by artists such as Nils Frahm and Olafur Arnalds).

For Rani, Home, is very much a continuation of the work she started on Esja, ‘the completion of the sentence,’ as she puts it. The album offers a metaphorical journey: the story of places that become our home sometimes by chance, sometimes by choice. It is the story of leaving a place that is familiar and the journey that follows it. Home opens with the fragment of the short story Loneliness by Bruno Schulz, which can be seen as a parable of a journey that does not necessarily mean going beyond the physical door but can signify going beyond the symbolic limits of our knowledge and imagination.

The Stoller Hall is a new, high-spec concert hall situated within Chetham’s School of Music in the centre of Manchester.

This is an all ages show. Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

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