27 Feb 2006
New live dates confirmed for The Durutti Column 
With their new album now in the shops and receiving rave reviews, The Durutti Column have confirmed two more dates for 2006. The new gigs in Norwich and Falmouth mean that nine (count 'em) dates are already in the diary. Here is the full schedule:

Manchester Academy 3 - 13 May 2006
Glee Club, Birmingham - 14 May 2006
Dingwalls (aka Lock 17), London - 17 May 2006
Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 18 May 2006
Arts Centre, Norwich, 2 June 2006
Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Saturday 3 June 2006
Cox's Yard, Stratford-upon-Avon, Saturday 10 June 2006
Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, 16 September 2006
World Guitars Festival, St Georges, Bristol, Thursday 2 November 2006

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"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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