The Rainband – Rise Again

Impact Date: OUT NOW

Rise Again is the new single from The Rainband and is released in tribute to MotoGP legend Marco Simoncelli on 17 June with profits going to the charitable foundation named in his memory.

With a live tribute to Simoncelli already in mind for their June gig in front of 60,000 race fans at Silverstone, The Rainband were approached by the newly formed Marco Simoncelli Foundation and agreed to write a song to help raise funds to build disabled care homes across the world, a cause close to the racing hero’s heart.

The Rainband were booked to play at Silverstone after event organisers got in touch following the band’s sell out hometown show at Manchester’s HMV Ritz at the end of last year.

Martin Finnigan, lead singer of The Rainband, said
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“Being invited to open the British and Italian MotoGPs is a big honour for us. When we met Marco’s dad Paolo he talked about his vision for the Foundation. I agreed straight away to donate everything from the single to the work of the Foundation. It’s a great cause, in the name of a great man and I am proud we are involved. MotoGP champion and friend of Simoncelli, James Toseland plays keyboard on the single, another huge honour. It’s also wonderful that so many sport and music personalities have agreed to get behind the track including; Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Jensen Button, Bradley Button, Guy Garvey, Elbow, Johnny Marr, Mike Joyce, Ocean Colour Scene, James, Kaiser Chiefs, Simple Minds…”

Ten – Various Various (inc Elbow, Doves, Liam Frost, Cherry Ghost

Release Date: 4th April 2011

makonline.org

Twitter: @McrAidKosovo
Facebook: Manchester Aid to Kosovo

Album launch gigs: Manchester – 4 April 2011 at Deaf Institute, London – 7th April 2011 at Union Chapel

“We have always been proud to be associated with MAK (Music Aid to Kosovo). Aside from the great work they do in Kosovo, they have brought together Manchester’s music community on many occasions. MAK events are always a document of the times”. – Guy Garvey, Elbow

Early in 2001, the release of Manchester Aid to Kosovo‘s compilation, ‘Cohesion’, gave many music fans outside of this rainy Northern city the first chance to hear the then little known group Elbow. The band donated the sublime ‘Scattered Black and Whites’, whilst other emerging Manchester legends, Doves gave the track ‘Valley’. In the intervening years both bands plus a host of other notable names included on that first album at the start of their careers (such as I Am Kloot, Badly Drawn Boy, Mr Scruff) have supported MAK in helping recovery from ethnic cleansing in the Balkans. Check out makonline.org for more information about the work of the charity.

10 years on and follow up compilation ‘ten‘ sees the now familiar voices of Guy Garvey and Jimi Goodwin surrounded by a new group of emerging Manchester artists. This 18 track album, curated by The Travelling Band‘s Jo Dudderidge, demonstrates how the poetic grandeur from the likes of Garvey, Goodwin, Frost et al has influenced a u-turn in the city’s musical output. Where the grey, overcoat of ‘dancemiserabilism’ h as been cast aside, not to reveal a post-Oasis hangover, but in fact a deep, warmly humorous and slyly experimental slew of artists intent on reclaiming the Manchester music scene for themselves.From the skittering, heart stopping afro-folk of Josephine Oniyama’s ‘Fun In The Dark’ through to the gorgeous slow-core balladry of The Travelling Band’s ‘Hindsight’, ‘ten’ is littered with countless gems, each a gateway to understanding how Manchester found a new voice for itself in the late 00’s.

Manchester Music has funded much of the work of MAK (approximately a third of its total income) enabling MAK to create the 22-acre Manchester Peace Park in N.E Kosovo at the request of children medically evacuated to Manchester. One of these children, Jehona Bogujevci, who survived the massacre of her family, went on to study graphics in Manchester and the artwork for ‘ten’ is Jehona’s first commission since her graduation.
MAK is involved in art, education, ecology, sport and human rights, as well as the Peace Park and music projects. The new republic of Kosovo remains the poorest country in Europe, and its young people lack the freedom to travel. So in 2009 ‘The Travelling Band’ became one of the first British bands to perform in Kosovo, playing at the Peace Park, in theatres, cafes, on the streets and even on horse drawn wagons, with the aim to inspire. Kosovo musicians around them to get out, go public and make it happen.

It’s hoped the album will both facilitate more projects and encourage creativity.  MAK has proved that linking recovery and creativity creates strength, opportunity and of course, great music.

Check out Elbow‘s Some Riot (Live at Abbey Road), which appears on ‘ten‘ here:

To mark the release of ‘ten’, there are launch events in Manchester and London featuring, MAK Patron Badly Drawn Boy, Liam Frost and many other artists featured on the album:

Mon 4th April – Deaf Institute, Manchester

tickets and line-up http://bit.ly/dSxCo6

Thurs 7th April – Union Chapel, London

tickets and line-up http://bit.ly/en8fRq

CD and ticket bundles are available from http://www.makonline.org/ten

John Cooper Clarke – 2011 UK Tour!

The legend that is John Cooper Clarke gets back on the road for some high profile UK shows, leading up to Christmas 2010. Finishing at the Scala in London, the tour takes in 9 cities. JCC is getting back to his roots, doing what he knows best. Live Entertaining!

His career has recently taken a massive upturn. Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys, Plan B and Richard Hawley all name checked him as a major influence. JCC plays a cabaret performer  in Plan Bs new movie and he is still talking about making a new album with Mr Hawley.

Not only headlining Latitude, The Green Man and Beautiful Days festivals in 2010, but JCC has been presenting his own unique shows on 6Music, sitting in for Jarvis Cocker and Guy Garvey (negotiations about his own shows on the station are ongoing).

Catch John Cooper Clarke Live:

February 2011

Sat 12th          Globe                                                       Cardiff

Sun 13th Sub 89                                                     Reading

 

March 2011

Thurs 31st The Railway                                             Winchester

April 2011

Fri 1st Cheltenham Poetry Festival                  Cheltenham

Town Hall

Sat 2nd Princess Pavilion                                    Falmouth

Sun 3rd Phoenix                                                      Exeter

Sat 9th De La Warr Pavilion                               Bexhill on Sea

Sun 10th Rose Theatre                                             Kingston

Sat 16th Dylan Thomas’s Boathouse                  Laugharne

Sun 17th Dylan Thomas’s Boathouse                  Laugharne

Tue 19th Ashcroft Arts Centre                                 Fareham

 

May 2011

Sat 14th Guernsey Literary Festival                        St Martin

Fri 27th The Foundry, Sheffield Uni                     Sheffield

Sat 28th The Ctiadel                                                    St Helens

Sun 29th 53 Degrees                                                    Preston

 

June

Sat 18th The Junction                                              Cambridge


 

 

*John Cooper Clarke is available for interviews. Contact liam@askmepr.com