24 Jul 2006
Vini Reilly and Helen Farley-Jones to play charity gig 
Big Benefits and MCRLIVE present a night of music at the Waterside Pub in Sale on 19 September 2006 to raise money and awareness for Big Benefits and member charities. Vini Reilly and his cousin Helen Farley-Jones (last seen singing vocals for The Durutti Column at selected recent gigs) will be performing exclusive new material.

Tickets priced 12.00 GBP (which includes 2 free drinks) are available from the Waterside pub, by telephone on 0870 046 6655 or online at www.bigbenefits.org

19 September 2006
20:00 til late

The Waterside Pub
Unit 7
Waterside Plaza
Sale
Cheshire
M33 7BS

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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)

The Durutti Column