Lost in Manchester Tourin America is the second book by N.J Cartner. Im not able to tell you much about the book as I only received my copy on Saturday. Like his first book Nigel held a launch party in Manchester this event was at a great bar called the Lions Den on Deansgate.
The bar has a large outdoor area which was perfect to chill on a warm evening, the bar despite not being too large was well stocked however the action tonight was on the first floor. The first floor has a good sized stage, dance area, seating area and sound desk at the back. The venue had a list of upcoming events which looked very interesting.
Unfortunately, I arrived too late for the first set and so my apologies to Neil Gaw. I was pleased to arrive for a great set by Gary Taylor who I had photographed and listened to on many occasions with his previous band. It was great to hear his voice and range are still as special as the first time I heard him. Look out for Gary on the socials as Im sure he will be putting out plenty of great music in the future.
Nigel read an exert from his book and it seemed to include the references to music which is becoming his trademark, its not just any musical references but the ones that make you want to dig out the cd/vinyl/tape and enjoy it all over again.
Matt Fryers is another artist that I have been listening to for a long time. Matt has been performing regular online which was a great way to get your gig fix during lockdown. He is now back out performing and well worth catching. His set included several of my favourite songs and he sounded even better live than on the livestream. Also good to see Stacey Knowles who created the amazing artwork for the book and promotional material.
The room was now full with people enjoying the music and catching up with friends. It was great to see so many familiar faces including many that had recently attended Firestorm festival.
Nigel took to the stage for a final time to thank all involved in this book. there were a lot of people involved and it was interesting to hear the background to this book.
The final band Bite the Dust took to the stage and hit us with classic tracks which it was impossible not to join in with.
Im now going to put my new cds from Matt Fryers and Mohawk Radio on and have a read of Lost in Manchester Tourin America.
Thanks to N.J Cartner for inviting me to shoot his book launch. The Lions Den is definitely a venue I will be returning to, thanks to owner and staff for making me feel so welcome. All the artists played great sets and reminded me how good it is to listen to music live. Finally thank you to all my friends old and new for being great company and also tolerating me getting in the way and then photographing them.
Now go buy the book.