A Paean to Wilson, by the Durutti Column

The Durutti Column’s A Paean to Wilson is being performed at the Lowry at Salford Quays, to launch their new album of the same name. Originally performed as part of Manchester International Festival’s 2009 line-up, this album is a tribute to Manchester’s famous son, Anthony Wilson, who died in 2007.

The Durutti Column is led by Vini Reilly and he is joined by long-time regulars, drummer Bruce Mitchell, bass player Keir Stewart and pianist Poppy Morgan, string player John Metcalfe and trumpet player Tim Kellett.

Back in 1978, they were the first band to sign to Tony Wilson’s Factory label and  this performance is Reilly’s personal tribute to his friend and mentor. The show was described in the Guardian as “A very personal, emotional and often warmly funny tribute.”

This musical eulogy was performed in July over three nights, as part of MIF, but this Lowry gig is likely to be very intimate and emotional.

I think it’s fitting to say that, on the eve of December 31, 2009, that Tony Wilson’s influence on the city as a whole will continue into the next decade.

This concert takes place from Sunday, January 24 at 8pm.
Tickets are £18.50.

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