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Upcoming shows: Advance Base... Group Listening... Laura Gibson... Buke and Gase... Man of Moon... Dylan Rodrigue... Mugstar... You Tell Me... Ólafur Arnalds... Kristin Hersh... Tiny Ruins... Mano McLaughlin... CC Smugglers... Dan Mangan... Skinny Lister... Steve Gunn... Liela Moss... Holy Moly & The Crackers... William the Conqueror... Vera Sola... C Duncan... Weyes Blood... Otoboke Beaver... BC Camplight... Simone Felice... Rozi Plain... Josh Rouse + Grant-Lee Phillips... The Unthanks... James Yorkston... The Beths... Hayes Carll... Robert Forster & Band... The Sheepdogs... Lawrence Arabia... The Burning Hell... The Stroppies... Mark Mulcahy...

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 – plus special guest Stuart McCallum!

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

Special guest is Stuart McCallum. A guitarist of considerable facility and creativity, Stuart McCallum rose to prominence playing with the Cinematic Orchestra on Ma Fleur and Live at the Albert Hall, but it is with his own music that confirms his reputation as one of the most vital, creative and soulful guitarists of his generation. His new solo guitar EP, Solitude, explores the subtleties and emotive nuances of the acoustic guitar in a breathtakingly beautiful way.

‘Master guitarist McCallum’s music is heaven sent. Beautifully crafted, warm blooded, folk and jazz inspired magical stuff’ – Written in Music

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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