19 Jan 2006
New tour dates for The Durutti Column 
A first news update of the year from The Durutti Column:

The first gig of the year, slated for 1 April at Manchester Academy 3, has been moved back to May to tie in with a 3-date mini-tour as follows:

May

Sat 13 - Manchester Academy 3 (tickets on sale although seetickets.com still lists the old date)
Sun 14 - Glee Club, Birmingham (tickets now on sale via www.glee.co.uk)
Wed 17 - Dingwalls, London (tickets not on sale yet)

The new album, 'Keep Breathing' will be out in the shops early February. Plus, Q Magazine will be running a special feature on Manchester music in its April issue (on the streets mid-March). BBC 6Music is also set to feature The Durutti Column around this time - details to be confirmed.

Beyond that further gigs are planned in Tunbridge Wells, Spain and Portugal later in the year.

Thanks to Phil Jones for info.

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A Certain Ratio

"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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