Words by Ian Pennington

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling the effects of a busy weekend, so let’s start the week with a mellow fellow at The Castle Hotel on Monday 12th. Ethan Johns to be more precise, whose country-folk introspections should help to soothe any lingering hangover.

By Tuesday 13th you may or may not be fresh as a daisy and ready to step up several gears. If not, stick to gentle indie poppers Teleman at Deaf Institute.

If so, the unapologetically ostentatious North American jazz trio Snarky Puppy will be showing off their virtuosity on bass, keys and drums at Band on the Wall, which is where they’ll be sticking around for a second show on Wednesday 14th in case you can’t make it on 13th.

Elsewhere on Wednesday 14th there’s an oldie and a newie. The former is a shoegazing sing-along with 80s-made Scousers Echo & The Bunnymen at The Ritz. The latter is a buzz electronic act Tourist, playing selections from his two EPs to date at Soup Kitchen.

Next up is a rarely seen one on Thursday 15th. The revamped Central Library the venue for a Hey! Manchester show in its reading room as part of the Museums at Night and they’ve invited The Montgolfier Brothers along to perform.

If that one sounds like a good-natured affair, then the gig over at Manchester Cathedral on the same evening will be anything but. The Fall will be preaching from the altar.

Following in the footsteps of their fellow Scouse psychedelic forefathers Echo & The Bunnymen, The Sundowners also make the trip down the M62 – they’ll be providing the sounds at Night & Day Café on Friday 16th.

Or over towards Oxford Road on the same night head to the Anthony Burgess Foundation. The former mill venue is hosting the avant garde piano experimenter Hauschka.

As the weekend springs into view on Saturday 17th, so does Bon Iver backing vocalist and drummer S Carey. He takes the limelight at the RNCM that evening.

In more artistic surrounds that night, you can catch Denis Jones performing his fusion of acoustic guitar with sampling and warping gadgetry at Kraak Gallery for the onefiveeight exhibition aftershow.

If you were quick enough to snap up a ticket before it sold out, then you’ll be looking forward to spending the afternoon of Sunday 18th in front of a screen, when cult TV series Garth Marengi’s Dark Place celebrates 10 years at Gorilla featuring a live Q&A with the show’s creator, Matthew Holness.

For those still with ears primed for live music, try US folk duo Hiss Golden Messenger at Soup Kitchen.

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