6.00pm Doors + Album / Ticket collection
7.00pm Event starts on-stage
8.00pm Album signings
9.00pm Finish + Store Closes
Though best known as the architect of a string of pearlescent pop gems with Lightning Seeds, Ian Broudie’s list of musical achievements predates the lifespan of that group by more than a decade. Alongside Holly Johnson, Jayne Casey, Bill Drummond and Budgie, he was founding member of the mythical Liverpool group Big In Japan. With The Wild Swans’ Paul Simpson – Ian also numbered half of the critically acclaimed art-pop duo Care. Around the same time, he was intimately entwined with the early development of Echo & The Bunnymen, producing their debut album Crocodiles and 1983’s breakthrough album Porcupine. As a producer, Ian has also worked with Wah!, The Pale Fountains, Shack and The Fall.
Indeed, it was partly thanks to the encouragement of Mark E. Smith and Brix Smith that Ian stepped into the spotlight with Lightning Seeds – and, much to his surprise, found he had a world-wide radio hit on his hands with Pure. What began as a studio project, gathered momentum throughout the following decade, thanks to hits such as The Life of Riley, Sense, Marvellous, Lucky You, Perfect, Change, Sugar Coated Iceberg and You Showed Me. With the Lightning Seeds, Ian also collaborated with David Baddiel and Frank Skinner to record the most successful football song of all time, Three Lions – which to date has reached number one on four separate occasions.
By the early 2000s though, Ian decided to park Lightning Seeds and return to production work after he heard demos by two promising young Liverpool bands The Coral and The Zutons. While working with those groups in Liverpool, Ian found himself penning the fragile, reflective ruminations which would end up on his debut solo album Tales Told. Partly inspired by a series of turbulent events in his own life, the songs on Tales Told took shape with the help of the young musicians Ian was there to produce, forging friendships which remain to this day – indeed, members of both groups were present alongside the likes of Ian McCulloch and Terry Hall at the 2014 concert which saw the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra accompany Ian on a string of his best-loved records.
Fifteen years after its original release on the Deltasonic imprint, Tales Told finally gets its maiden vinyl release on Pete Paphides’ new Needle Mythology label, which comes with a four-track seven-inch EP of rare and unreleased songs. The new CD comes with the same extra songs. Both versions come with lyrics and new artwork. Ian continues to tour with Lightning Seeds and he is presently working on a new album, the group’s first since 2009’s Four Winds.
Since stepping away from the founding line-up of Duran Duran 40 years ago, Stephen Duffy has quietly amassed an extraordinary body of work which distinguishes as one of his generation’s most accomplished songwriters. Following a brief spell of pop stardom, during which he scored a worldwide hit with Kiss Me, he formed The Lilac Time and released several albums of exquisite bucolic folk-pop, among them Paradise Circus (1989), Astronauts (1991) and Looking For A Day In The Night (1999).
In the 1990s, he also made time to release three extraordinary solo records: the psychedelic baroque brilliance of Music In Colors (1993), the sun-dappled jangle pop of Duffy (1995) and his confessional masterpiece I Love My Friends, which is set to receive an expanded vinyl release on Pete Paphides’ new Needle Mythology label. I Love My Friends was written during a turbulent but unprecedentedly creative time in Stephen’s life – as borne out by the 12 track CD of almost entirely unreleased songs that comes with the CD reissue of I Love My Friends. After its release, I Love My Friends was awarded five stars by The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis, who enthused, “witty and affecting rather than self-indulgent, loaded with elegant melodies 1998's I Love My Friends is – like virtually everything Duffy has released – an overlooked marvel.
Another fan who obsessed upon I Love My Friends was a certain Robbie Williams, who loved these songs so much, he asked Stephen to collaborate with him on Robbie’s multi-platinum 2005 album Intensive Care. Since taking a year out to tour that album, Stephen has recommenced work with The Lilac Time alongside his wife and keyboard player Claire Worrall and brother Nick Duffy. A new album Return To Us will be released later this year.