‘ST. ANTHONY: AN ODE TO ANTHONY H WILSON’

WATCH THE VIDEO FEATURING Steve Coogan, Iggy Pop, Christopher Eccleston, Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert, Mike Garry, Joe Duddell, Rowetta, Terry Christian, Richard Madeley, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Shaun Ryder, Johnny Bramwell, Paul Morley, Mark Radcliffe, Vini Reilly,  Andrew Weatherall, John Cooper Clarke, Peter Saville & Philip Glass…

VISIT THE WEBSITE:  saint-anthony.co.uk

“I first heard St. Anthony the day before our Jodrell Bank gig in July 2013. I thought it sounded fucking great.“Bernard Sumner, New Order

Skinny Dog Records are proud to announce the release of ‘St Anthony: An Ode To Anthony H Wilson, a touching tribute to Factory Records legend Tony Wilson. The single is released on the 14th of August 2015 and features artwork by the great Peter Saville a personal photo of Tony Wilson taken by Hacienda architect, Ben Kelly and a remix by Andrew Weatherall

The poem was written by Mancunian poet and lifelong Wilson fan Mike Garry who took it to music composer Joe Duddell (New Order, Elbow). On the first read, Duddell immediately heard elements of New Order’s ‘Your Silent Face’, completely unrealised by Garry, and decided to base the music on that song.  ‘St. Anthony: An Ode To Anthony H Wilson’ was born.

‘When Anthony H Wilson died in August 2007, I knew the world would never be the same.  Tony Wilson built the modern Manchester.’ Mike Garry

Wilson launched Factory Records in 1978 and he went on to establish the label by signing the likes of Joy Division, New Order, and The Happy Mondays. He became known as Mr Manchester for his work throughout his career promoting the city. He was immortalised on film by Steve Coogan in 2003’s 24 Hour Party People and again in the Joy Division biopic Control, this time played by Craig Parkinson. After a long struggle with cancer, Tony Wilson died in 2007 in Manchester’s Christie Cancer Hospital. All profits from the single will go to The Christie Charitable Fund.

‘St. Anthony: An Ode To Anthony H. Wilson’ will be available to download and buy on CD and white vinyl 12”, all featuring the Weatherall remix, on Friday 14 August.  Skinny Dog Records is a label formed by members of I Am Kloot and Elbow.

To celebrate the release of St. Anthony, there will be a launch party at the old Granada Studios on 14 August. Mike Garry and Joe Duddell & ensemble will be performing the single live, there will be some very special guest DJs alongside a screening of the video as well as previously unseen, exclusive interview footage from the shoot.  For more information and to buy tickets please go to www.stanthony.tickets . All proceeds from the event will go to The Christie Charitable Fund.

The newly launch website designed by Retro Fuzz at saint-anthony.co.uk allows you to explore the places, people and stories which make up the lyrics — helping to see the full picture of Wilson’s impact. Playing on the poem’s repeated refrain of ‘Talk to me of…’ the website allows you to send messages from your mobile phone direct into the site to join the conversation.

PRE ORDER THE SINGLE: http://saintanthony.tmstor.es

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http://radi.al/StAnthonyEP

TEXT YOUR DONATION: FACT65 £ followed by the amount to 70070

BUY TICKETS TO THE EVENT:    www.stanthony.tickets

WEBSITE: saint-anthony.co.uk

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/StAnthonyMCR

TWITTER: twitter.com/stanthonyMCR

LABEL: skinnydogrecords.com

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For further information please contact Liam at Ask Me PR on liam@askmepr.com 

Louis Barabbas and The Bedlam Six – Waiting For Bad News

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IMPACT DATE: 11th November

LABEL: Debt Records

Former mime-artist and street sweeper Louis Barabbas, frontman of the Bedlam Six, has played the villain for too long. And now he’s filled with regret. Or is it just his character?

And yet Waiting For Bad News is an pause – a tender moment for reflection. And it’s the band’s best song yet: a pure emotional growl of love, longing and hope.

While Waiting For Bad News is a wonderful musical progression for Louis Barabbas and the Bedlam Six, it’s an encouraging step for the “Louis Barabbas” character, who has written many songs about lust and loathing – but this one is finally the repressed yelp of love.

“Bad guys are always more interesting. In any given situation there is usually one way of doing the right thing and infinite ways of doing the wrong one. But I’ve played this character too long for him to be a bad guy.

“No one can be the villain in their own story… for the first time I found myself really concerned about how people would perceive my character.

“It was really important to me that the narrator, whilst so often an object of ridicule or disdain, is never one of outright hatred.”

The Bedlam Six have played to packed-out venues in the UK and across Europe and their mix of rumbustious, theatrical vaudeville music and unbeatable rock showmanship (Louis occasionally swings into position on the stage via a rope, pirate-style) having found a rabid audience.

It’s this musicianship/showmanship combination that has lead to The Bedlam Six sharing the bill with such disparate acts as MotorheadI Am Kloot, Eliza Carthy, The Blockheads, Emmanuel Jal and The Buzzcocks.

Waiting For Bad News is plucked from their new album, Youth – and is out on 11th November.

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THE MINX – Hey! Mr Warden EP

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IMPACT DATE:  5th August 2013
LABEL: Queen Street Records

The Minx have been effortlessly selling out venues in their home town of Manchester for months – and each gig has been bigger and better than the last.

It’s for a good reason! The Minx don’t sound like the Mancunian bands you’d expect, but have still connected with the youth in the manner you’d hope.

Word of mouth has spread the news about The Minx’s gigs quickly around town, their young acolytes packing shows to the rafters. (Word has also reached as far as Los Angeles, where Mike Davies has played them on his BBC Radio 1 show.)

And kids have found kindred spirits in The Minx. They’re lads you’d like to meet in the pub: smart, sharp-dressed, unpretentious and fun… but with the wit, brilliant pop tunes, snappy lyrics and infectious enthusiasm that have filled dancefloors citywide.

Echoes of fellow Mancunians The Buzzcocks & pop-punk pioneers The Undertones shoot through their short ‘n’ sweet paeans to the joys of real life.

Chris Haddon, singer and guitarist, says that there’s no huge secret to The Minx’s successful recipe of pop-noise:

“We’re just five best mates from Wythenshawe interested in all the cultures around us and everyday life – we all love Punk, Reggae, Soul, New Wave, and Pop, and it all comes out in the music we make. It’s Frank Sinatra meets Joe Strummer with a good backbeat!”

They’re a gang, not a band, he says. Right now, the gang is growing fast.

“I listened to [The Minx] one more time, decided I liked it and bought it”­ – Mike Davies, BBC Radio 1
“The most exciting new band I have heard in years; a ferocious live proposition”­ –Pete Jobson, I Am Kloot
“The Minx – the best thing to come out of Manchester since Oasis”­ – Sabotage Times
“Their star will continue to rise over the next 12 months”­ – John Robb, Louder Than War

Who are The Minx?

Chris Haddon – Vox / Guitar
Paul Robinson – Guitar / Vox
Steven Stuttard – Bass
Kieran McIntyre – Keys / Vox
Andy Evans – Drums

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Alex Hulme – There Was a Boy EP

 Release date: 29/8/11 (Cityscape Records)

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20 year old Alex Hulme has been been turning heads all across his native North West. He is a student at Paul McCartney’s LIPA in Liverpool and is already poised to release his second EP There Was A Boy, co-produced by Tom Knott (KT Tunstall, I Am Kloot) on  Cityscape Records. Mixing his use of unusual tunings- inspired by the likes of Nick Drake, Fionn Regan and Foy Vance – with realtime multilayered looping of guitars and vocals (which have to be seen to be believed), Alex creates immediate pop songs with catchy melodies and rich folk guitar. His prolific gigging over the past year has seen him support artists such as Avi BuffaloEmmy The Great and The Travelling Band, as well as being championed by BBC Lancashire’s Introducing show with Sean McGinty.

Alex’s second EP introduces darker subject matter to his acoustic pop song writing. Title track There Was A Boy follows the aftermath of one of his closest friends losing his mother.

Listen to There Was a Boy:

Bones looks into the deep rooted and often uncontrollable desires we can feel for people .

Listen to Bones:

Forests transports the listener to a forest at day break where you can feel the world wake up around you.

Listen to Forests:

Closing track Dare ends the EP with a moving acoustic lament to daring to be more in life.

Listen to Dare:

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

Release Date: 4th April 2011

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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

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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

Ask Me PR works the Mercury Music Prize 2010!

    

From M-People’s 1994 win with Elegant Slumming, Badly Drawn Boy in 2000 through to local heroes and 2008 winners Elbow, Ask Me PR have been charged with making sure all shortlisted albums and the competition itself are featured on regional radio. This is no mean feat considering that from Cornwall to Orkney, and Norwich to Aberystwyth there’s around 400 radio stations to service!

Today, this year’s nominees for ‘Album of the Year’ were announced, and competition looks to be even fiercer than ever. North West music fans will be pleased to see the inclusion of Mancunian veterans I Am Kloot on this year’s list. Check out the shortlist below or go to the Mercury Music Prize website;