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Upcoming shows: Saint Sister... Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert... The Travelling Band... Chew Magna... The Once... Irma Vep & Band... Odetta Hartman... The Wave Pictures... John Metcalfe... Beans on Toast... Poppy Ackroyd... Advance Base... Group Listening... Laura Gibson... Buke and Gase... Man of Moon... Mugstar... You Tell Me... Kristin Hersh... Tiny Ruins... CC Smugglers... Dan Mangan... Skinny Lister... Steve Gunn... Liela Moss... William the Conqueror... Otoboke Beaver... Josh Rouse + Grant-Lee Phillips... The Unthanks... James Yorkston... Robert Forster & Band...

When: 7.30pm on Friday 1 February 2019
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be working with John Metcalfe for the first time!

Producer and arranger to the likes of U2, Coldplay, Peter Gabriel and Blur, New Zealander John Metcalfe is one of the most sought after musicians in the business. In addition to collaborations with a huge range of artists from Morrissey to George Michael and his work in radio/TV, he tours and records as violist with the renown classical Duke String Quartet. He was a member of cult band Durutti Column and, alongside Tony Wilson, launched the pioneering Factory Classical on Manchester’s legendary Factory label. He also performs and records with the Max Richter Ensemble.

Metcalfe’s gorgeous fourth solo album, 2015’s The Appearance of Colour – described as ‘effervescent, divinely beautiful’ by Clash magazine and ‘staggeringly beautiful’ by Mary Anne Hobbs on BBC 6 Music – beautifully unites the disparate strands of his kaleidoscopic musical world. Within the album are powerful rhythmic strings evoking the world of systems music, moments of transcendent solo piano, shimmering electronics and guitar, elements of drum and bass, and of chamber music.

For his live shows Metcalfe has assembled an incredible line-up of musicians from the worlds of post-classical, electronica and folk: the crisp, jazz-influenced beats from master drummer Richard Spaven (Cinematic Orchestra, Flying Lotus), deeply felt groove from Red Snapper’s bassist Ali Friend and the exquisite voice of Rosie Doonan.

Metcalfe’s latest studio album Absence is out now on Berlin’s Neue Meister label.

‘Stunning.. one of the UK’s best, most consistently brilliant artists’ – Drowned In Sound

‘Very beautiful’ – Lauren Laverne Headphone moment

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from the bar (no booking fee), Vinyl Exchange, WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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