Monday, 2 April 2018
Easter's Not For Everyone
On Easter Sunday I took the train over to Liverpool to an event in The Merchant advertised as An Afternoon With Andrew Weatherall. When we arrived Bernie Connor and a friend were playing a set of blues, ska and dub beforehand. Weatherall played a collection of tunes that redefine eclectic- rockabilly was the starting point but it went to all kinds of other musical and geographic places during the subsequent two hours, in a nice bar to an appreciative crowd. And as the picture shows, I had my photo taken with him. There are all sorts of things you think you might say in these circumstances, all sorts of comments that could be made, to a man whose musical journey I've been following since 1989. In the end I probably just came across as a bit of a bumbling idiot. When I approached him he said 'we've met before haven't we?', which I don't think we have apart from a time in Cream back in the mid 90s when I shook his hand after he'd finished raising the roof a little. So either he mistook me for someone else or he has a very good memory for faces.
At the end of last week Weatherall was back for his monthly show at NTS, Music's Not For Everyone, which apart from the usual broadminded record selection includes a new dub he's done for Django Django and a new one from the man himself with Nina Walsh and Andy Bell (from Ride).
Acid house dj encounters continued when we got back to Manchester. We got off the train at Oxford Road and headed into The Refuge, where Richard Norris was spinning a very danceable set of cosmic disco. So...
I have to report that leaving an hour or two later we didn't bump into any further acid house djs. I was kind of hoping David Holmes or Terry Farley might be spinning records/cds as we passed some local pubs and that I could get a triptych, but it was not to be. As a day out it was all kinds of fun. Happy Easter.