Palm – The Castle Hotel, Manchester – 7:30pm
Art rock and prog meet as this affected NY quartet play ‘rock music backwards’. Rhythmic, alien guitar parts leave room for the drummer and bassist to meander. Strange, upside-down music influenced by sounds form the world over, for fans of Abe Vigoda and other guitar-pedal mis-users.
Skeltr – Kazimier Garden – 7pm
Tipped by Jazzwise magazine as ‘ones to watch’ in 2018, Skeltr is a sax/drums duo that comes from a spiritual jazz persuasion, utilising sampling and electronic elements to create a dense musical bed upon which they live-perform drum patterns and soaring saxophone lines. Stylistically the pair takes in emotional balladry, punk funk and effect-pedal manipulations in real time. Recently toured with Californian jazz-funk polymaths Knower, another duo whose member Louis Cole described Skeltr as ‘hot as hell’.
Anda Union – Philharmonic Music Room – 8pm
‘AnDa’ means blood sibling in Mongolian; the musicians in this ‘union’ are all blood brothers and sisters of some kind. Exploring the folk musics of their varying nomadic ethnicities (the 9 members come from different Mongolian tribes united by Genghis Khan), Anda Union presents a first for Inner Mongolian traditional music in a project that utilises traditional string instruments, harps, bagpipes and percussion particular to the vast, far Eastern area.
Africa Oyé – Sefton Park – 12:30pm until 9:30pm
The best free cultural event in the city and the UK’s greatest celebration of the African diaspora & its music marks its 26th year with sure-to-be stand-out performances from Orchestra Poly-Rythmo (Sunday) and Mim Suleiman (Saturday).
The Psychedelic Furs – o2 Academy – 7pm
The last band to play Eric’s and a post-punk staple for many today, The Psychedelic Furs return to Liverpool to headline this central venue’s main room, with support from Richard Strange. https://www.facebook.com/events/148841525914345
Pardon Us, Don Blake, Rat Bit Kit, Katy McGrath – Maguire’s Pizza Bar – 7:30pm
Four live music acts ranging from pop-punk to squeeze-box-punk, including an acoustic set from the Snakes Everywhere frontwoman.
Klezmer-ish – Princes Road Synagogue – 7pm
This RLPO offshoot project performs four-piece iterations of pieces from the Klezmer, Gypsy Jazz, Irish Folk and Tango traditions. Clarinet, piano accordion, double bass, guitar and violin come together for pro interpretations and arrangements of rousing sounds from the world’s travelling communities.
Mai Mai Mai, Branton Mawdsley & Metcalfe, Gunnther – 81 Renshaw – 8pm
The city’s best guitar player arranges another mid-week concert delight for us to enjoy, serving up Italian synth noise from genreless musician Toni Cutrone, alongside an appearance of Luke’s new quasi-improv trio with Nick Branton and Michael P Metcalfe of Dead Hedge.
Looking ahead: Friday 29th
Manchester Collective: Rakhi / Katya – Invisible Wind Factory – 7:30pm
“Intimate sonatas” is the tag-line as the augmented string quartet leads arguably their most ambitious project to date onto the ground floor of IWF – literally wheeling a Steinway into the industrial venue’s Main Hall for an unforgettable night of violin and piano.