I travelled up the M62, and beyond the other day, to see some bands that I had never seen before, and a poet extraordinaire. Well, my journey wasn't wasted, because I had a brilliant night listening to some spectacular music, in a what felt like a cellar in Oldham. The gig was back in March, Saturday the 22nd to be precise and after winding my way down a ginnel I got drawn in by the music that I could hear from the cellar, below my feet. The venue was Jackson's Pit which is off Barn Street, Oldham.
The band that opened was Porter's Forces, and a very impressive opening it was too. An eclectic mix of music was the supplied by all the bands and performers that evening, in bucket fulls.
The band were playing in their hometown of Oldham, Manchester.
Porter's Forces are a four piece band and describe themselves as Brit rock.
The front man is Niall Buckley, lead guitarist - James Fearns, James Ashurst - bassist and last, but not least, the drummer in the line up is Paul Limer.
You can find the band on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Soundcloud, and their website
There was an amazing set where both The Moods and The Joint joined forces, and there were three drummers drumming. Two on full drum sets, whilst the third played what to my eyes was a bongo. The result of this combination was an electric set that made you hold your breath. It was also a pretty tight number considering how many band members had an input in to it. The number that they played together is one of The Joint's called The Flow of the River.
The Moods are a five piece band from Manchester, and the band was originally formed in early 2000. Since that time the line up changed a little, but has been the same since 2009, and consists of Mark Cunningham on vocals, Paul Holmes on drums and keyboards, Philip Horrocks on drums and keyboards, Chris Barrett drums and finally Dave O'Rourke on bass.
Once again they provided an eclectic range of music from reggae, dance, indie and beyond. They certainly had me tapping my feet and dancing around, and I wasn't alone either.
I particularly loved the piece Kids Carry Guns, and look forward to hearing this band again very soon.
You can find them on Twitter, Facebook, and reverbnation
If you get the chance, go and see these lads play, they are amazing.
The Joint were the other headliner band at this event, and once again they had everyone rocking and dancing where they stood, sign of a good night in my books. Another band with an eclectic style. The band are a three piece band from, ( yes, you guessed it - Manchester), that set up in 2009. Their line up is John Horrocks on guitar and vocals, Gary Horrocks on bass, and finally, Adam Cunningham on the drums. They site their influences as being - everything! Once again they had us up and dancing, till our feet hurt, well mine did as I couldn't keep still.
One of the very different performers on this night was Explicit, Explicit is a Hip - Hop /Rap artist from Manchester ( sensing a theme here!), with a hard hitting line of rap, that needs to be heard.
As poets go JB Barrington is a poet extraordinaire and well worth listening to, with his insightful poems about issues in day to day living. He is described as a performance poet and hails from Salford ( as do I). He is also an Amnesty International Poetry Slam winner, and after listening to him I know why. He can pull at your heart strings or make you laugh out loud, a proper Salford lad. He is a working class lad with a heart and a bloody brilliant sense of humour too.
JB Barrington AKA Words Escape Me can be found on Twitter, Facebook, on his website. His poem about Barton Moss is pretty important to me as I live close by Barton Moss. Get over to his website and read The Battle of Barton Moss.
Once again I have to thank the amazing photographer Trust A Fox for the absolutely fabulous photographs
You can find Foxy here on
and his website here
My next review will be a little different as it will be a review of a Burlesque Show I attended in Manchester recently so keep your eyes peeled