with Simon Buckley and Michael Walsh

Immerse yourself in the memories of artist Simon Buckley and musician Michael Walsh, through spoken word, film, soundscapes and music. This intimate and personal show will explore stories of childhood, growing up and our relationships with the adults that seek to nurture us.


Simon often visited his grandparents in their terraced house in Stoke-on-Trent as a child. His nana had been born there, and didn’t leave until late in her life. It was also where his dad spent his childhood. Through these visits, Simon not only discovered aspects of his own self, he also came to know his father by understanding the environment in which he had lived as a boy, and how both of them had perhaps been similarly shaped by the surrounding, tight-knit neighbourhood.

At the centre of these trips to Stoke, was Macclesfield, whose station became an emotional landmark, signifying the crossover between home and away.

Simon will be joined by musician Thurston Thomson, sound artist and producer at Courtyard Creative, a showcase for up and coming singer songwriters.

Michael Walsh, grew up in Manchester and Stockport has, and has, through his critically acclaimed album, Quarehawk, explored the last three years of his Irish father’s life. The music and poetry of this work examines his relationship with his dad and the strong Irish roots that governed family life. It also explores how Mike has come to terms with his death, and has subsequently found his own voice.

Michael Walsh is an Irish flute player, and his album Quarehawk, which features such talent as Mike McGoldrick, Bryony Griffith and Mike Garry, has received critical acclaim, with Irish Music Magazine saying “This album moved me like no other”. He recently performed at Sadler’s Wells and was the finale of this year’s Not Quite Light Festival.

For this performance Mike will be joined by musician Liz Hanley.

Simon Buckley’s Not Quite Light project examines themes of transition using the half-light of dawn and dusk as inspiration. His award-winning annual festival, inspired by the themes of Not Quite Light, will next take place in Salford at the end of March 2020.





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