4 May 2010
Gabrielle's Wish Rob Gretton Tribute night 
On 14 May, Gabrielle's Wish headline an evening of music to celebrate the life of one of Manchester's genuine music pioneers, Rob Gretton. Rob worked furiously to promote music from Manchester and the North, and dicovered the likes ofJoy Division, Sub Sub / Doves, and of course, Gabrielle's Wish.

The evening is being held at the old 'HQ' of Robs Records (and top notch boozer), the Briton's Protection public house in Manchester.

Tickets are priced at £5 and are available from Butterfly Records, or on request from the Gabrielle's Wish MySpace. More info at the Facebook group for this event.

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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)

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