24 Jun 2006
Unforgiving, Unrelenting, Unforgettable 
The Purcell Room presents Endymion featuring Steve Martland – conductor and James Woodrow – guitar for a special performance on Wednesday 5 July. The programme includes five Martland pieces: Kick (1996), The Thistle of Scotland (1996), Beat the Retreat (1995), Damian Rees Saffron for solo electric guitar and tape (1999) and Martland Eternal Delight (1997)

Wednesday 5 July 2006
7.45pm (no interval)

Purcell Room
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX

Tickets: GBP 16/12 (concessions 50% off)
Available from the South Bank Box Office on 08703 800 400 or via www.rfh.org.uk

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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."

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