Words by Ian Pennington

Now that we’re steaming through to the festive season, the themed events are beginning to roll in. Keep an eye out for a few of our  picks across independent Manchester below.

There’s a reminder of the sad news about Nick Talbot aka Gravenhurst, announced by Warp on Thursday, with Monday 8th having been scheduled for his Manchester show, but make sure you check out his back catalogue which has just been reissued.

But the show must go on, and a good bet will be Stereolab singer Laetitia Sadier, who’s paying a visit to Deaf Institute.

Take a breather on Tuesday 9th with either the soul-fuelled bar DJing at Fallow Café selected by Flyin’ Easy’s Joe in Ohio, or settle down for a film with the Manchester Film Co-op, who’re screening the political doc ‘The Light Bulb Conspiracy’ at the Work For Change Co-op in Hulme.

On Wednesday 10th, few can claim to be more technically gifted on six strings than virtuoso DBH and he’ll be entertaining at the Eagle Inn, Salford.

The first of this week’s Xmas-themed shows takes place on Thursday 11th. Acclaimed local singer songwriter Ren Harvieu takes the reins of a full band for her show billed as a Christmas Concert at The Ruby Lounge.

Elsewhere on the acoustic folky front, Sweet Baboo and Pictish Trail embark on a cross-Celtic collaboration by intertwining their Scotch-Welsh tunes at Gullivers.

Speaking of collaborations, there’s another that might catch your eye at Academy 2. Run The Jewels features El-P and Killer Mike, who’re touring their second album as a pairing.

This week’s Warehouse Project pick has to be the ubiquitous Jon Hopkins performing live. Jamie XX and Modeselektor are among the supports on Friday 12th.

The Ritz hosts a clubnight with added cheese that night – Ultimate Power’s inflatable instruments may well touch on the nativity as well as Santa and the reindeer. Fancy dress will be encouraged.

Into the weekend, sibling singers Angus & Julia Stone are performing a large show at Albert Hall, while a smaller crowd will fit through Kraak’s doors for prog rockers Trojan Horse’s album launch gig – both on Saturday 13th.

The brilliant Norvun Sunday returns for a Xmas Special at Roadhouse after a hiatus. Expect free mince pies and chess with live music selections by the folks who helped GoGo Penguin en route to their Mercury nomination.

Finally, film screening specialists RAD have picked out National Lampoon’s Xmas Vacation and Jingle All The Way for the occasion of their monthly Sunday slot at Gorilla.

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