James, who runs the site, says "Manchester has played such an important role in the history of British rock & pop music, and I am particularly keen to hear music fans memories of the 60’s and from people who there at key moments like Bob Dylan’s concert at the Free Trade Hall in ’66. "
John Kirkham memorial concert at Austerlands Cricket Club
One of Oldhams most talented musicians John Kirkham, died on August 15th this year aged 71.Well known in the Greater Manchester area,
John was an extremely accomplished drummer and singer who,over a career spanning 6 decades,played in rock and roll and jazz groups in the late 50's,early 60's and later in resident bands at nightclubs in the 70's as well as touring with pop stars of the 60's and 70's such as Billy J Kramer and Jimmy Helms.During this time,he was also the driving force behind many local bands in Oldham,such as Snookie and friends,Ecoute and Dark Horses.
Many of the musicians who played with these groups over the years will be playing at a charity concert in his memory on Wednesday,23rd of September at Austerlands Cricket Club,starting at 8.00p.m.
There will be no admission charge but a collection will be taken during the evening,proceeds to be split as per Johns wishes,between the F11 ward at the Royal Oldham hospital and Dr. Kershaws.
Sad to hear of the passing of Roy Lowe, bass guitarist of The Stylos and eldest of the 3 Lowe brothers who were part of the group.
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For one night only come and join us at The Lantern Theatre Liverpool for the amazing tribute act of Leonard Cohen, where each song has been stripped back, desolate and sensual.
Performed by the talented Keith James who will be performing Cohen's classics as well as Poems by Federico Garcia Lorca and Leonard Cohen that Keith himself has set to music.
Future Bubblers Salford Launch 13th May 2015 @ The Islington Mill
Following on from the launch event in Nottingham last month, Brownswood Music and Gilles Peterson’s new talent discovery and development big idea, Searching For The Perfect Beat: Future Bubblers' is back with more live music vibes and the official Salford launch of the project on Wednesday 13th May at one of the UK’s leading independent Art Hubs, The Islington Mill.
Performances on the night from Free Wize Men, El Statiko, Contours and Pareidolia plus an introduction to the project.
If you’re a musician, producer, beat maker or songwriter, head along to find out what it’s all about and how to become a Future Bubbler. If you can’t attend then head online and find out more www.futurebubblers.com
For those who have forgotten how HUGE Herman's Hermits really were, in a period of just 4 weeks they had three hits in the US Top Ten - two No.1's and a No. 2.
To celebrate, here's HH with a film trailer for their film Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter. Lots of options on Youtube to see the whole film.
Go and see Herman's Hermits - still touring, great harmonies and a great show full of hits.
Info courtesy Natalie at BBC Radio Manchester - our thanks
It just screamed out for an understated Daily Mirror (northern edition) headline: " Manc Men Massacre Merseyside! Man U or City vs Liverpool or Everton? Nothing so trivial or transient - though it was a hat-trick. Fifty years ago this month (and into May), three Manchester rock/pop outfits, one after the other, soared to No. 1 on the U.S. charts ... besting the Beatles, punking Gerry and the Pacemakers, scragging the Searchers. So to speak.
Freddie and the Dreamers (maybe Britain's lamest band of all time) debuted it with "I'm Telling You Now;" Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders followed with "Game of Love;" Herman's Hermits wrapped up the stunning run with "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter." Brit-side, for a clean sweep, the Manchester-area (Stockport) Hollies (clinical, over-polished, emotionless, white-boys-can't-dance) were at No. 1 for three weeks with "I'm Alive." Though it was hard to tell.
On a personal, for-what-it's-worth (probably not much) note, my stepmom got to know the chatty Freddie Garrity years later, at the greengrocer's in Gatley. They were both shopping for cauliflower. She thought it was one of my old mates: "He looked so familiar."
I was introduced to the totally gracious Wayne at Manchester hotspot Blinkers one night. A glassy-eyed George Best was slowly sliding under the other end of the table.
Peter Noone lived a few miles away when I was a teen (while down the road were the decidedly low-rent premises the Gibb family had vacated for Down Under).
Hardly seems like 50 years. But, uh, time is fleeting, madness takes its toll ...
Latest bits from the Manchesterbeat office
Just adding some of John H. Warburg's fine research (sorry for delay, still got LOADS to do).
More sad news. Tony Manton passed away and will be cremated at Carleton Crematorium, Stocks road, Carleton near Blackpool. Fri 20th March 11am. Funeral directors are CT Hull Poulton le Fylde. (please note the change of time). RIP.
Karen, his daughter, would welcome old friends of Tonys to attend.
The Pressmen will reunite again and this time, their 53rd anniversary of the bands original formation. In aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust the event takes place at the Miners Welfare Kirby Road, Leigh WN7 4EF on March 28th 2015.
The band are recommending buying tickets in advance as there is a limit of 300 tickets and last year was sold out with many people unable to gain entry.
Support comes from ex Twisted Wheel and Beachcomber D.J. Bob (Bobby Dee) Derbyshire.
This time sadly there will be one band member missing as one of the bands vocalists, Tommy Perry, sadly passed away last December with Cancer and the evening will be dedicated to him.
The Rumble Fat Band are privileged to have been asked to play a massive Soul/Northern Soul/Motown event at The Printworks in Manchester - August Bank Holiday. This is looking like a huge event.
Just too good not to include. Those of us who played in groups would remember the occasional quiet nights. My worst? FINALLY ... top of the bill at New Century Hall but the quiet Saturday between Christmas and New Year - plus thick fog - meant the place was half empty. Mind you, hard not to be top of the bill when the only group on.
I digress. Have a look at the group. Merseyside based, bass player appears left handed. Not great quality but certainly identifiable. Goes to show we can all have quiet nights!
The vinyl revolution returns to
MANCHESTER RECORD FAIR.
GEORGE CARNALL LEISURE CENTRE. Junction 9 of the M60 – next to the Trafford Centre. SUNDAY 8th FEBRUARY.
With vinyl records on a comeback, music fans, in the North West, are in for a treat at the beginning of February when the UK’s biggest Record Fair organiser returns to the area.
Take a massive sports hall, fill it full of buyers and sellers of records, cds and memorabilia and you have the VIP RECORD FAIR.
Visitors will be able to browse through the biggest selection of rare and deleted vinyl, laid out on over fifty tables. In addition, CDs, books, and memorabilia will be on sale!
At the VIP RECORD FAIR, all genres are on sale from prog to Presley, punk to Pink Floyd and soul to the Sex Pistols - the wholespectrum of rock, pop and dance music.
To look at as much retail music you would have to travel thousands of miles around the world. On this unique occasion music fans only have to travel to this one, easy-to-find venue. Furthermore, the show boasts Internet prices without postal hassles and gives buyers a rare chance to meet expert sellers face to face.
Based in Davyhulme, the George Carnall Leisure Centre is a perfect location for the VIP Record Fair visitor. Situated next to the motorway system (junction 9 of the M60), it’s easy to get through from the North West and beyond. The fair takes place in a large, bright hall with easy access for buyer and seller alike. FREE PARKING for all visitors and an all day Record Fair café!
VIP Events began Record Fairs in the early 1980s and were solely responsible for promoting regular events such as the mind blowing Electric Ballroom in Camden and the TUC Hall off Tottenham Court Road, in London.
The 1990s saw VIP develop major shows at the NEC, SECC and WEMBLEY – the latter seen by many music fans/collectors as the best fair of it’s type.
Back to the late 1980s, VIP was the first organiser to remove ‘Record Fairs’ from it’s title (!) and add ‘Music Fairs’. A bold move but one which reflected the divergence of music formats arriving for sale. This year the MD, Rob Lythall, reverted back to VIP Record Fairs!! Again, a bold move but one which truly reflects the resurgence of vinyl records now on sale at the VIP Fairs around the UK.
VIP RECORD FAIR
Admission – £3.00 Doors open 10am.
26/1/15 It is with great sadness we have learnt of the passing of Pete Oliver. A man who has had such a great impact on so many people - he will be sorely missed.
This is evidenced by over 40 emails in just a few hours advising of the sad news.
Just added a new section under FEATURES - the package tour. Many of us would have been drawn to the local Odeon to experience 6 or more acts, thrown on stage in a 90 minute show, twice nightly. Sadly I missed out on the fabulous tour show with Otis, saw Stevie Wonder at the Palace and even two tours with Gene Pitney. A bit later I caught Sparks, Hot Chocolate and Pilot on a bleak theatre stage in Liverpool and George McRae with Linda Carr and the Love Squad (there's a story there) in Chester.
I do have some stuff, scattered around the site, which I will add to the pages but would love you to add your memories. Just go there to add your memories.