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Upcoming shows: William the Conqueror... SLUG... Vera Sola... Weyes Blood... C Duncan... Jo Rose... Otoboke Beaver... The Coathangers... BC Camplight... Simone Felice... Rozi Plain... Lowly... Josh Rouse + Grant-Lee Phillips... The Unthanks... Kiran Leonard... The Essex Green... Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton... James Yorkston... The Beths... Hayes Carll... Robert Forster & Band... Siobhan Wilson... Jason Lytle... Spencer Krug... Solo Collective... Jesse Malin... The Sheepdogs... Jeffrey Lewis... Lawrence Arabia... Gratis #1: Gaygirl... Justin Townes Earle... The Burning Hell... The Stroppies... The Catenary Wires... Deerhoof... Mark Mulcahy... The Album Leaf... Jesca Hoop... Robyn Hitchcock... The Delines... BC Camplight...

When: 7.30pm on Friday 5 April 2019
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re delighted to be helping Mano McLaughlin launch his new album!

Mano McLaughlin is one of the most authentic and unique songwriters in the country. Revered and cherished by his peers but without sharing their acclaim, he is the UK’s best-kept musical secret. His songs are timeless and weave bitter-sweet pop and folk melodies with lush harmonies. His idiosyncratic lyrics tell stories, jokes, and poke sticks into wasps’ nests. Mano’s distinctive voice can deliver punches, one-liners and arrows to the heart, with a wry, distinctly northern warmth.

Previously published by BMG, Mano has been writing and releasing records for almost thirty years with bands Robinson, Babel Tree, Meadow and latterly as a solo artist. His first solo album, the critically acclaimed Peach Got Bones saw Mano tour the UK and Europe, including supports for Steve Mason and Guy Garvey’s Meltdown Festival. Mano has also been a featured artist on BBC 6 Music.

Using intimate home recordings as a foundation for his second solo album Then Lightning, Mano is joined by drummer and producer Tim Thomas, bass player Gary Hadfield and Billy Marsden on clarinet to add lush harmonies alongside banjo, clarinet, harmonica, omnichord and mellotron. This is an album full of warmth, wit, and humanity, produced with unassuming subtlety and charm.

‘One of Britain’s best songwriters’ – Guy Garvey, Elbow

Main support comes from Anna McLuckie. Anna McLuckie is a 19-year-old singer-harpist. Having grown up in Edinburgh, Anna now studies vocals at the Royal Northern College of Music. Influenced by alternative folk and indie rock music, her sound has been described as ‘hauntingly beautiful’ and ‘utterly captivating’.

Opening the show is Manchester’s own Jo Rose, who has recently been touring with his first release, Spurs. The songs from this record, bearing the influence of acts such as Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, Songs: Ohia and Smog have been played extensively around Europe at shows supporting Jesca Hoop, Jessica Pratt, Aldous Harding, Tom Brosseau, Thea Gilmore and First Aid Kit.

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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