The Fall legends drop in for a chat on Manchester radio show

Two legendary drummers for The Fall are dropping in to the Church Of The Fall Show on Fab Radio to talk about their life in music.

Simon Wolstencroft and Paul Hanley are visiting the internet radio station in Manchester on Friday December 8 and 15 at 9pm to chat to host Stephen G. Titley, a comedian and writer from Grasscroft.

The Church of The Fall discusses and plays all things The Fall plus groups related to The Fall by musical marriage, civil partnership and co-habitation over the 41 years of the group.

Simon Wolstencroft at a recent book signing

Stephen explained: “The Fall are often called a cult band but their music is a ‘broad church’, there is something for everybody.

“I do the show as much to introduce younger music lovers to The Fall. The Fall are the greatest group of all time. The Fall are my Beatles.”

On Friday, December 8 is the visit of Simon Wolstencroft, eleven years in The Fall but also a drummer for Ian Brown and Johnny Marr among others and famed as the man who turned down the drum seat in The Smiths.

He will be talking about his life in music as captured in his book ‘You Can Drum But You Can’t Hide’, which Ian Brown described as “Manchester. Music. Mayhem. A top story! Si tells it as it was”.

Then on Friday, December 15 is Paul Hanley, five years a drummer in The Fall as half of a legendary drum and bass rhythm section with brother Steve is nowadays touring with his brother and Brix Smith-Start in Brix and The Extricated.

Route have recently published his book ‘Leave The Capital’ which is a history of Manchester music in 13 recordings.

Paul Hanley in the studio

Read about Strawberry and Pluto studios in Stockport where producing genius Martin Hannett oversaw early Factory recording including Joy Division and artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Herman’s Hermits, The Fall, Neil Sedaka, The Stone Roses, The Smiths. 10 cc and St Winnifred’s School Choir!

Paul will be talking about key recordings, including The Fall’s ‘Perverted By Language’ LP, and how they were part of the studio’s pivotal contribution to Manchester music.

To listen to the shows at 9pm on December 8 and December 15 go online:

The Church of The Fall show continues at 9pm every Friday into 2018, with more guests from the Manchester music scene including Tom Hingley former lead singer of The Inspiral Carpets.


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