Manchester Weekender ’13 at Manchester Craft & Design Centre

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Manchester Weekender 2013 ~ Manchester Craft & Design Centre

It’s back. This October, the Manchester Weekender, Manchester’s celebration of art and culture returns to the city for its fourth year. As ever, it offers a weekend-long snapshot of the best the city has to offer, from Jeremy Deller at Manchester Art Gallery and Steve McQueen at IWM North to an Un-convention along the Corridor. Vogue comes to town for its Fashion Night Out, Cornerhouse does Double Indemnity, and Manchester District Music Archive is at The Lowry.

In between are secret gigs, pop-up ‘zines, subcultural football, and A Highland Romance. It’s a weekend of what we do best in Manchester: the informed, the strange, the cultured and the unforgettable.

Naturally, any weekend that highlights the culture & creativity of Manchester would be incomplete without the inclusion of the Northern Quarter and as such Manchester Craft & Design Centre is delighted to be part of the annual creative celebration. As part of this years programme MCDC introduces a four-day illustration exhibition along with a weekend of fantastic acoustic music, design, and all round crafty goodness, hosted in one of the most unique buildings in the city.

Matthew Raw, MCDC

Live music takes place on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th October alongside the exhibition, live outdoor graffiti by Chris Dorning and all the other goodness that goes on in the Manchester Craft & Design Centre and is all FREE to enjoy. Performing over the weekend will be;

Emily ‘String’ Street
Emily ‘string’ Street is a singer songwriter from the North West. Her key influences range from Blondie to Damien Rice via the Spice Girls.  Emily’s witty observations of everyday life and unique humour identify cleverly with her audiences, exploring love, life and everything in-between. She draws you in with a combination of intriguing lyrics, beautiful melodies combined with sarcastic undertone.

Bear Around Your Neck
The Bear Around Your Neck is lyrically complex and poetically potent with wordplay inspired by Bob Dylan. Storytelling of the grittiest and darkest kind is one of the great strengths of Nathaniel Scott and this, combined with his unconventional vocal style creates a rather dark, honest and misanthropic mood to the overall tone of his music.

A man, a piano, a one bedroom flat, a laptop, a small collection of microphones, musical trinkets, and songs. FirstnameFrank is a simple new project from Frank Beaver, past-time band leader of a six piece vaudeville punk troupe, star27, and long-time teacher of piano, music, and media. Full-time reader, part-time painter, real-time drinker. FirstnameFrank’s debut album Flat Sounds was originally recorded in 2011 and has since been completely re-recorded twice. No versions of the album have ever been released. FirstnameFrank is currently working on the fourth version of Flat Sounds to be released in January 2014.

Richard Lomax
Richard Lomax is a solo performer, based in Manchester, who plays guitar and sings (mainly) though is partial to the odd Omnichord – comparisons drawn have been wide and varied including Nick Cave, Frank Black, Bowie, Jeff Lewis, Lee Hazlewood, Scott Walker and Jonathan Richman.

“Richard Lomax is a madman. As he sings his drunken, manic, sea-shanty style songs, his eyeballs roll into the back of his head, his face distorts into scowls and frowns and he wails unexpectedly, becoming more than just a mouth-piece for the songs but at one with the despair the song depicts… compelling, screwed up and brilliant.”Melissa Davey (Drum Media)

Literature Thieves
Literature Thieves are a Manchester based female trio made up of Angela Hazeldine, Amy Clarkson and Cassie Elwood. Formed in 2011, they are a close knit group with tight harmonies and melodic simplicity. Self taught and displaying an urge to play plenty of live shows; they have frequented the Manchester scene for the past eighteen months. The trio have built a devote local following and are surprised by their ever expanding audience.

“All beautiful harmonies, gently strummed mandolins and plenty of heart-bruising lyricism, this was less a grand statement of intent from one of Manc music 2012’s most amazing new bands, and more a cosy campfire sing-along with three bessie mates you’d yet to make.”City Life

Mathew Gray & The Awful Truth
Mathew Gray is a songwriter from Burnley now based in Manchester.  His influences are the most lyrical of songwriters (Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Jake Thackray) and his songs are intelligent, comic and emotive. Now joined by The Awful Truth, with the most accomplished percussion, melodeon, harp and double bass players, they create a fantastic sound and has been playing throughout the summer including Festival No.6 in Portmeirion.

Songs For Walter
When it comes to family, many of us keep things close to our chests. But rather than keeping his kin hidden in a old dusty photo album, Songs For Walter’s Laurie Hulme is more likely to be found making a song about them. In particular his late grandfather Walter. One listen to the Songs For Walter EP and what you’ll hear is a stunning memoir of one extraordinary fellow and his strangely wonderful world. Walter was a living, breathing story himself. From his much-loved caravan holidays in Scotland and Wales brilliantly depicted by Ukulele song ‘Tin Can‘, to the bittersweet romance of lead-track ‘Meet Me At The Empire’ – a tale of Laurie’s grandparents’ first date to the Empire theatre – each song is like a yellowing polaroid taking you further into another chapter of Walter’s life.

“Songs that you feel have always been with you and remind you of all your favourite memories…life changing” – Jacob Graham ‘The Drums’

Jessica Turrell, MCDC

Manchester Craft ~ Illustrated & Unplugged / 10th – 13th October 2013 / FREE
Manchester Craft and Design Centre / 17 Oak Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 5JD