11 Feb 2008
Nun that got away 
Apologies for letting something this important slip under the cerysmatic Factory-dar, but it would appear that ex-Vanilla Sound Corps, ex-Happy Monday, X-Factor Rowetta Satchell has just completed a UK tour of The Songs Of Sister Act.

The Juxtaposed Production featured Rowetta (dressed in full nun regalia) starring alongside Three Degree Sheila Ferguson and had "the audience dancing in the aisles to songs including ‘Oh Happy Day’, ‘Joyful Joyful’, ‘Shout’ and ‘Aint No Mountain High Enough’."

Those dates in full:
Friday 1st February - Grand Theatre York
Saturday 2nd February - The Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow
Monday 4th February - Bristol Hippodrome
Wednesday 6th February - Alexandra Theatre Birmingham
Friday 8th February - Palace Theatre, Manchester
Saturday 9th February - The Grimsby Auditorium
Sunday 10th February - Sunderland Empire

"I can't remember the last time I was this excited about touring," Rowetta tells the Manchester Evening News, "I've decided to proper tour bus it with the choir, because I've not done that since the Happy Mondays."

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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."

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