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New duo, Dead Captain set to release debut EP in July

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2017 by dc

Tameside duo, Dead Captain release their debut EP on 17 July 2017 via Stereokill Records.

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Dead Captain has been shaken to life by multi-instrumentalist and founding member of, The Cornelius Crane, Dan Adams. Ably assisted by writer and illustrator, Dunstan Carter.

The EPs four tracks, ‘This Old Village’, ‘Looming Moon’, ‘Who Knows’ and ‘Toddler Democracy’, give nods to 70’s Americana, late 80’s British indie music and 90’s college rock, and take a look at the division and confusion gripping Post-Brexit Britain and Trump’s America.

The Dead Captain project was born an hour after the duo found a brightly coloured shoe box outside a pub in Ashton-Under-Lyne in late 2016. Over a few beers they went through the box and found scribbled notes, old photos, drawings and grainy music recordings on old VHS tapes.

They still don’t know the exact origins of the box. At first they just thought it was the work of a weird recluse who wanted to remain unknown but leave some kind of odd little legacy. But after asking around, a couple of their friends reckon it might be the work of a man known locally as Old Scotty. A lonely old drunk who hangs around in some of the pubs in town and tells outlandish tales of a youth spent fighting in some of the world’s most notorious war zones. If it is him, the chances of getting anything out of him are supposedly nigh on impossible as half of the stuff that comes out of his mouth is indecipherable these days, and the rest is just rambling monologues about the death of the North.

One thing they found taped to the box that struck an immediate chord with duo was a blue post-it note that simply read, “do something with this”. So that’s what Dead Captain are doing – they’re inviting inquisitive people to have a rummage inside the head of a poetic Northern drunk and see what unfolds.

Dual Judit Rabóczky & Tim Garner exhibition at ARTZU in Manchester

Posted in Art, Exhibition, manchester with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2017 by dc

New works by Hungarian sculptor, Judit Rabóczky and Manchester artist, Tim Garner are coming to Manchester on Thursday 22nd June until the 15th July.

The dual exhibition entitled, Kids, marks the UK debut of Rabóczky, introducing her cut and welded mischievous enfant terribles characters alongside specially commissioned works by acclaimed urban landscape artist, Garner.

The exhibition runs alongside the Manchester International Festival and those seeking further details on the exhibition are free to email marc.parry@artzu.co.uk – in the meantime check out some of the artists exciting work below:

Judit Rabóczky:

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Judity Raboczky 1

Tim Garner:

Tim Garner 1

Tim Garner 2

Blackthorn Music Festival 2016

Posted in Festival, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2016 by dc

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Following on from the success of last year, the excellent Blackthorn Music Festival is back later this month on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th.

The festival’s idyllic surroundings at Whitebottom Farm in Etherow Country Park sit just 30 minutes from Manchester. Over three days it’ll play host to a cracking mix of well-known festival favourites, up and coming bands and slew of exciting tribute acts – all curated to put a big smile on your chops and a wiggle in your walk.

This year’s headline act is the mighty Maximo Park, and other big names on the bill include Stereo MCs, festival circuit favourites The Bootleg Beatles, Eliza & The Bear and I Am Kloot’s John Bramwell. There’s also some peerless disc spinning courtesy of Craig Charles’ Funk and Soul Club and generation spanning Manchester favourite, Clint Boon.

There’s loads of brilliant up and coming acts on the bill too. My favourites include Mancunian neo-post-punkers, Cabbage, bluesy stompers, Sittin’ Pretty, quirky garage rockers, Heavy On The Magic, and jerky noiseniks, Sly Antics (who rather brilliantly describe their sound as like being, “hit hard and repeatedly in the face with a box of stale cereal”). Four bands worth the festival’s (bargain) entry price alone.

Then there’s Slacker Shack favourites, Dub Sex and The Cornelius Crane, who’ll also be performing and ALWAYS deliver without fail.

Add to that at least another 50 quality bands, lots of tip-top scoff and booze, and Blackthorn Music Festival is a great weekend away without the hefty price tag associated with most festivals these days. Day tickets start from just £20, a full weekend ticket is just £55 and to encourage the family vibes, weekend tickets for those under 15 cost just £20 and under 6’s get in for free. What’s not to love?

The further info visit the festival site here.

Blackthorn Festival 2015

Posted in Festival, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2015 by dc

Blackthorn Festival

This year’s Blackthorn Festival in Stockport unites a line-up of glorious Manchester nostalgia and indie-rock hedonism with an abundance of exciting up and coming bands.

Set in the scenic Cheshire countryside the festival’s third year of great music, good times and top quality nosh and booze looks set to carry on its fine tradition of mixing the old and the new.

For those longing to slip on their baggy jeans and beanie hats and party like its 1990 there’s melon twisting Manchester tribute acts like Happy Mondaze and The Clone Roses. There’s even the chance to plug in your mock hearing aids and sway arhythmically to The Smiths Ltd before testing out your best Manc shuffle to the sounds of DJ Clint Boon.

Headliners, The Enemy, bring their anthemic swashbuckling sound to put a smile on the faces of those who love a foot stomping slice of indie rock to go with their pints of cider.

Other up and coming acts on the bill that are real ‘must-sees’ include The Sunshine Underground, Delamere, Gramotones, Glass Tides and festival favourites The Tapestry and Cornelius Crane.

The festival takes place on the weekend of 24th-26th July at Whitebottom Farm in Compstall, Stockport and won’t break the bank account either. It’s a cracking chance to sing along to some classics, devour some great rural grub and booze and support some cracking new bands in the process. What’s not to love?

The further info visit the festival site here.

Ian Brown portrait

Posted in Art, Music with tags , , , , , , on December 16, 2014 by dc

Here’s the latest illustration from my new ‘Manchester Icons’ series… Ian Brown

Ian Brown portrait

Check out more of my work over at Dunstan Doodles.

Mark E Smith portrait

Posted in Art, Music with tags , , , , , , , on October 27, 2014 by dc

Here’s the third illustration from my new Manchester Icon series… Mark E Smith

Mark E Smith - portrait

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Shaun Ryder portrait

Posted in Art, Music with tags , , , , , , , on October 22, 2014 by dc

Here’s the first illustration from my new Manchester Icon series… Shaun Ryder

Shaun Ryder

Check out more of my work over at Dunstan Doodles.