On Thursday 16th May we hosted a BBC Radio Manchester live broadcast last week attended by over 100 people. Former Salford Lad Mike Sweeney and Jack Ranson presented the programme, “ Mad For It” which was part of Mental health awareness week. Andys Man Club and Mind were represented and the 3 hour programme linked comedy from Smug Roberts and Chris Washington and conversation.
Yesterday we had the annual Mozarmy visit by Manchester Music Tours. The weekend event attracts visitors from all over the world and this weekend was no exception with fans from New York, Los Angeles Mexico, Germany, France, Spain as well many from the UK. We also had a small display of Happy Mondays original album covers donated by the family of the late Derek Ryder which is part of a donation of material which we will display later this year.
On Sunday we held our first vinyl record fair in the main gym while upstairs in the concert hall Bands FC put on their quirky exhibtion, if bands were football teams…. Our good friend Tim Burgess was here and Tim and Dutch Uncles did a stint of Djing from the concert hall stage. Thanks to everyone who came along, over 450 people dropped in between 10 – 6 We hope to hold a second event in 2019.
One of the great friends of the club, Craig Gill of Inspiral Carpets has died aged 44. Craig Gill was part of the cities incredible musical heritage but he was also a genuine nice guy who promoted everybody else’s heritage too. I feel proud to be called a friend of Craig, I got to know him over the last 14 years when he brought musicians, radio presenters, film crews, tourist bosses , journalists and thousands of music fans to Salford Lads Club. Last year we made SLC T shirts in City blue and United red , I thought Craig who was a true blue, would only wear the blue one, but the following week on his tour there he was leading his team of visitors in our red T shirt! He was equally in awe of the clubs history and volunteer team: last Saturday when we were short staffed he was pleased to help, making tea and coffee for his bus full of visitors from around the world.
Music Students from Loreto Sixth form College in Manchester were given an indie music tour of the city today led by Inspiral Carpets drummer Craig Gill. Craig is a regular visitor, the Smiths Room being one of the highlights of his weekly Manchester Music Tours.
The music fundraising gig on Saturday raised over £300 for the club. It was an amazing evening organised by ”impresario” Steven Lindsay. The audience were entertained by a fantastic range of talent headlined by The Lonesome & Penniless Cowboys and singer songwriter Vinny Peculiar. We hope to hold another event next year. More pictures on our facebook page.
Our Heritage Weekend provided two attractions, the first chance to see the restored main gym and opportunity to hear a six piece Ukulele band live in the concert hall. The gym restoration project which was funded by the Booths Charities has given the club an amazingly light space that matches the concert hall, restored in 2009. The concert hall was also the venue to hear some wonderful banjo and ukulele playing by six members of the Grinners & Strummers ukulele band from Swinton.
Our famous front doorway and the Smiths room feature in two BBC programmes about The Smiths this weekend. Tomorrow 6 music’s Liz Kershaw accompanies Craig Gill on a Smiths Tour and on Sunday Tim Samuels chats to Stuart Maconie as part of a BBC 2 Culture Show special.
We have a special open day for music fans on Saturday 18th May, from 12 -5.30pm. It includes 2 live music performances organised by RNCM IN THE CITY 40th year celebrations. The music is by a band called NUDE, who are all students of the RNCM Access for music course, they will be performing at 2pm and 4pm. The band are: Inigo Ford ( vocals) Jonny Smale (lead guitar) James Paul (rythm guitar) Frank Morgan (bass guitar)and William Jaquet ( drums) The 45 minute set will include tracks from The Smiths, Joy Division, Oasis and New Order.
Tickets are free but you need to reserve these by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org stating number of tickets, and 2pm or 4pm performance.
Its Morrissey’s birthday on the 22nd May so we will also have the smiths room open to visitors as well as Moz themed refreshments and Salford Lads Club merchandise.
This is not football! Street dance troupe Ant Pharm, MC Madrush and MC Skittles lit up the main gym recently to launch the DARE fund. Grants of up to £500 are on offer to help local 16 to 24 years with training, education, voluntary work or employment. The fund is from Salford housing provider Salix homes.