23 Mar 2007
The Durutti Column March on Stage, 29 March 2007 
As part of its March On Stage season in aid of Nordoff-Robbins music therapy, The Durutti Column will play a special gig at the Hard Rock Café, Manchester on Thursday 29 March 2007.

Doors: 19:00
Show: Time: 21:45
Cost: 12.00 GBP (General admission), 30.00 GBP (VIP)
Venue telephone: 0161 831 6700
All ticket monies going direct to the Nordoff-Robbins music therapy charity.

Meanwhile, thanks to Webbo who's posted a YouTube video clip of Pottsy and Hooky's gig at the same venue as part of the same concert series on Wednesday 21 March.

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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