Iain Matthews and Ian Clayton Words & Music Tour | The Red Shed | Woodstock

Iain Matthews and Ian Clayton caught in the Devil’s bargain on their Words & Music Tour at The Red Shed, Wakefield. Ian reads a short extract from Iain’s memoir Thro’ My Eyes followed by a stripped-down performance of ‘Woodstock’ by Iain. Recorded on 27th September 2019.

It was the perfect moment at iconic Red Shed, Wakefield’s Labour Club. The story shows that it was because of the Union that we got the Matthews Southern Comfort ‘Woodstock’ in the first place. It’s a song that strives for a new utopia, but it’s this version that spread the ideal beyond the hippies and dreamers to the kitchens, bedrooms, youth clubs, factories and paint shops of the masses. And this is a beautiful performance by Iain. At one point, he’s singing the notice board (Toulouse / To lose)

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Bad Language

British Story British Tour at Bad Language, The Castle, Manchester. January 2015. Listed at No.3 in the undeniably cool things to do in Manchester that week.

Michael Nath reads a passage on the two plagues of King Lludd, as told by Arthur Mountain. ‘It’s a legend, Sire. You may shake your head.’

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The Beast Inside Tour

Tom Hingley and The Lovers [Steve Hanley (Fall) Paul Hanley (Fall) Kelly Wood and Andrew Tarling] will be performing the Inspiral Carpets 1991 Top 5 UK chart position, second album The Beast Inside at a variety of O2 venues in early September 2012

The Majority of these songs haven’t been heard since the albums debut in 1991, the record was considered dark and brooding to some, but has always had a special place in the heart of Inspirals Fans. So while the Inspirals are out packing out big venues playing all the hits with their pre-1989 Singer Stephen Holt, Tom has decided to take a high road and celebrate the the fans obscure ‘lost album’.

Supporting Tom will be Rochdale’s finest new band The Brightsparks – whose combination of harmonies aggression and pure pop sensibility, akin to the Libertines at their best and Rory McKee a singer-songwriter from Omagh whose song writing abilities combined with a rich baritone make him a good choice by Mr Hingley for first support.

Thursday 6 September – Newcastle O2 Academy2 £7Tickets
Friday 7
September – Glasgow O2 ABC2 £7Tickets
Saturday 8
September – Liverpool O2 Academy2 £7Tickets
Sunday 9
September – Birmingham O2 Academy3 £7Tickets
Monday 10
September – Birstol O2 Academy2 £7Tickets
Tuesday 11
September – Cardiff clwb ifor bach £8 Tickets
Thursday 13 September
– London O2 Academy2 IslingtonTickets
Friday 21 September
– Manchester Ruby Lounge£8Tickets

Tom Hingley’s Inspiral Carpets memoir Carpet Burns is published by Route.

Some Girls Mothers News

Some Girls’ Mothers are back on tour and the book is now available in paperback, eBook and audio book.

‘Touching, wounding and humbling.’Simon Armitage

Wednesday 9th June
Lancaster Literature Festival
The Storey Creative Industries Centre
Performance, 7:45pm

Monday 21 June
Trafford Word Fest
Workshop – 2pm

Sunday 1st August
Artsmill Gallery, Hebden Bridge
Performance – 5pm

Click here for more details on the book and dates.

Best friend or bete noir? How does the mother/daughter relationship colour women’s lives? In Some Girls’ Mothers six authors share their stories.

By popular demand, SOME GIRLS’ MOTHERS will be touring the UK throughout 2010 until spring 2011 with a series of readings, discussion and workshops about the themes raised. Last year’s tour was a great success, revealing a level of emotional engagement and audience response unprecedented for tours of this nature.

‘Adept in the use of metaphor (they) portray the peculiar dance of independent daughters trying to guide their mothers towards truthful communication… recommended’
Diva magazine

‘Beautiful writing. A lovely mix of poignant and funny material, it will touch so many chords with so many mothers and daughters.’
Polly Thomas

‘Great book, but the performance added a whole new dimension. A brilliant evening. Thank you.’ Audience Member

‘It was stunning and people were either laughing or in tears. The writers performed with a great deal of heart and the writing was very honest… .we could have filled the places 2 or 3 times over. The workshop was great – and demand for another event like this very high.’Rose Ryan and Libby Tempest, Manchester

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