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The Cornelius Crane are a collection of musicians from East Manchester. At the bands core are 3 main
protagonists – Stephen Wilson (Vocals / Guitar), Dan Adams (Drums) and Mark Adams (Bass).
Combining Superb musicianship, with lyrics which have been described as ”eloquent with
an abrasive realism”, and by paying a heartfelt homage to their US influences, The Cornelius Crane
have crafted a sophisticated and laid-back sound which is quite unlike anything we’re sure you will
ever have heard before ; their very own tongue-in-cheek genre – “ManCana” – a
Northern English slant on the early 70s west coast sound of America …

“The Cornelius Crane have the potential to turn into the next big thing.” … Vents Magazine

‘Don’t Break This Heart of Mine’ – (From EP Too)

“If Neil Young had come from Milnrow (Rochdale), he would’ve sounded like this” … Mike Raven, The Gig

Formed in 2010 (after Steve was asked to support OK GO!) the band draws from a pooled experience
and musicianship ; having had, in their previous incarnations, record deals with Sony, and Fiction
Records ; and having recorded and gigged extensively with bands such as Little Feat, Big Country,
The Wedding Present, Alabama Three, Steve Harley, The Beautiful South, The Divine Comedy, The
Frank and Walters, and Imogen Heap – to name but a few. With the OK GO! Tour having been a
successful first outing for The Cornelius Crane, the band set to work on recording their first EP – “EP
Received with critical acclaim, the band continued from strength to strength with “EP Too”, which was
released to further rave reviews. Their third EP is about to be unleashed to the appreciative masses,
and currently being recorded at their own studio complex and rehearsal rooms – Canalside Studios –
The Cornelius Crane debut album is due for completion in Autumn 2014 and will feature a number
of friends and musicians whom they know and respect.


Oklahoma & Me – Ruby Music – release date June 2 2014

This release delivers all the hallmarks we have come to expect from this band & as with previous releases they add a little more.

‘Oklahoma & Me’ is a firm live set favourite & despite its promise of the wilds of America has its subject matter firmly routed in central Manchester, the core being a curio shop frequented by front-man Steve Wilson & his son Thomas.

‘Philistine Blues’ delivers a more reflective mood, a mellow acoustic opening complemented by a gentle embellishment of pedal steel guitar. Wilson’s Northern roots often show in his lyrics ‘Egg & chips for a Thursday lunch, outside the house we’re a happy bunch’ &  ‘Philistine Blues’ I hear you …. ‘ When you find it, you don’t want it, you don’t need it but you have to get along. Maybe I’m wrong’.

‘Cage’ is the closing tune on the EP & is my favourite offering on this release. The band embrace the whole Americana sound then seamlessly meld their undeniable British influences into the mix. Wilson’s angst-laden Neil Young-eque vocal delivery (that’s for those of you who need a point of reference) complimented by backings vocals which nod at both The Beatles & 70’s era Bowie. The harmonies from this band are second-to-none.

The band goes from strength to strength with each release & I frequently see & hear them referenced by various media voices which bodes well for their future.  They deserve some serious success. More please.

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From Stereokill Recordings comes the 3rd track to be released from the “lost” Paris Angels album, Eclipse. The Paris Angels, of course, reunited after the untimely passing of beloved drummer, Simon Worrall (“Big Si” to his friends & family). The Distant Drums compilation was a masterful compilation put together in Worrall’s memory and featured Sleeping With the Radio On – a slab of Madchester that reintroduced the world to the band’s brilliance. Last summer’s release of Door to Summer was, well, an anthem for summer. In other words, a hazy reflection of summertime fun. The full album hasn’t materialized yet, but the new track to be lifted from Eclipse is a funky tune that feels modern, though it dates from the early 90’s. A killer bass riff, uplifting vocals – it all culminates in a chorus that you’ll be singing along to after hearing the song just once…

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Manchester band Paris Angels release a single ‘Shake’ on May 28. The song was recorded for the bands second album ‘Eclipse’ back in 92 & remained unreleased until now. What you get here is a pure taste of that late 80’s early 90’s period created in the moment rather than a modern diluted interpretation.  The song may have been recorded 22 years ago but sounds incredibly fresh & vibrant & just like summer should be. An unearthed classic.

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New single from Paris Angels - release date May 28 2014

New single from Paris Angels – release date May 28 2014



One of the best festivals in the country returns for it’s 9th year & what  line-up. For the uninitiated this is a small but perfectly formed festival run by very nice people. It’s not for profit on a safe great site at Manchester Rugby Club Cheadle. The line up is always great with the theme being music & bands inspired by the music of Joe Strummer & The Clash. The camping is secure & it’s totally cool for families. What more can I say other than check out the line-up & get yourselves down there.

Simon Collier