19 Sep 2012
Steve Morris for Musicians Without Borders 
Steve Morris takes a break from touring with New Order to play a special DJ set in Albert Square, Manchester alongside Jez Kerr's Family Bizarre on Sunday 23 September 2012. Entry is free with donations requested for Musicians Without Borders which is a Manchester-based charity supporting war and torture survivors living in the UK, Kosovo, Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Middle East. They are hosting some amazing FREE events and a fundraiser as part of Manchester Peace Festival at Manchester Food & Drink Festival in Albert Square, Manchester.

DJ Steve Morris (New Order)
DJ Tintin
The Family Bizarre (with vocalist Jez Kerr of ACR
The Oreohs

Sun 23 September
Albert Square


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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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