Snapper Tim is changing rhythms for Saddleworth music devotees

Saddleworth’s musical scene will be irrevocably linked to brass bands.

Twisted Sisters

But an Uppermill photographer is among a growing number of entrepreneurs trying locally to change the sound of music.

Tim Simpson’s decision to organise an appearance at the Civic Hall by punk demi-gods, the Buzzcocks, has been rewarded with a sell-out show on July 22.

Then he’s changing direction by booking 2 Tone influenced Manchester Ska Foundation at the same venue on July 28.

With supporting DJs, Twisted Sisters, spinning the best in Northern Soul, R and B, Reggae and Ska tunes, then expect the dance floor to be permanently filled.

“This is where my musical roots come from and I know people round about here who will put on a good ‘do’,” he explained.

“I don’t think there has been anything like this around Saddleworth. I live here and I guess I have always felt there has been a cultural void for lots of young kids.

“Brass bands are fine because it’s part of the heritage. But I feel some of the other types of music, maybe with guitars in them, have not been well received.

“That is definitely changing and I am hoping this is the start of getting something going.

“Ideally, I’d like to get local bands on as well to support these bigger, more well known acts and to give them a window of opportunity.”

He’s particularly pleased to see Cotton Clouds Festival taking place at Saddleworth Cricket Club on August 12.

“What Max and Rick (Lees) are doing is brilliant,” he said. “I used to manage called The Wires and I put them and the Children on at the Civic Hall about 10 years ago.

“I guess it’s just eaten away at me that we should be doing more of the same.”

Tickets for Manchester Ska Foundation cost £10 from Uppermill Post Office, or online.


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