In the dark and dismal early 80's, before you were born and when Britain was still in black and white, 3 men had a vision, a dream and indeed a calling. Somehow, The Thin Man, Clive Mellor and Mog decided it was their life's vocation to make people love country music.
Before Alt Country, before New Country before Americana and before a million hipsters wore Johnny Cash T shirts The Lonesome & Penniless Cowboys were formed just to let people know the truth.
Hank Williams, George Jones, Gram Parsons, The Louvins etc had a body of work that any one with a heart, a soul and a hard luck story would love.
Turned out the plan worked and after turning Chorlton Irish Club into a regular venue and packing it out every week the cowboys' reputation and alongside it the love of country music in the North West grew.
The Cowboys more or less called it a day in the 90's but realised that they enjoyed each other's company and the joy that came ( to them and audiences) from bashing out their unique blend of Country, Cajun and Western Swing so occasional gigs were played, often more by accident than design.
Since the rebirth of The Cowboys at the start of 2013, things have been eventful to say the least, they've played in a cave, a Lad's club and a Tiki Bar. The band owned The Kings on Sunday nights and the Klondyke on Thursdays. They dressed in style for Clive and Hazel's wedding, soundtracked a short film at Sounds From The Other City and even made it over to Sheffield. Along the way they also managed to pick up some fine auxiliary Cowboys and had some very special friends playing along.
"They may well be penniless, but whilst they continue to play some of the most joyful, energetic and downright danceable Western swing in the UK they won't ever be lonely." Larry Gott (James)
'People still talk about the Beatles residency at Hamburgs Star Club... Ditto the Velvet Underground regular as clock work engagements at Max's Kansas City!? Me? I'm still talking about the Lonesome & Penniless Cowboys residency at the Kings Arms Salford....AND IT'S NOT EVEN STARTED YET!!!' Marc Riley (6 Music)
Jo Rose with band
Jo Rose is an anti nu-folk Anglo-Americana singer-songwriter from Manchester, England. His music draws influence from American music giants like Jason Molina, Neil Young and even Stephen Malkmus.
He released his debut album Spurs in August 2014 and was the supporting act for the First Aid Kit 2014 tour.
Jo and his band come to play their second show after a well recieved debut gig featuring members of Cherry Ghost, The Travelling Band and the renowned pedal steel player Chris Hillman.
Kieren King (Poet)
Kieren King is a UK based performance poet, winner of the 5th annual Big Bilston Love Slam and co-host of Bang Said The Gun: Manchester. He is 1 of only 9 poets invited to compete in the 2012 UK All-Stars of Poetry slam.
As a member of the Working Verse Collective he co-wrote and performed in their critically acclaimed show "Amateur Thematics". Their first collection "The Prequel To The Sequel" is available from Flapjack Press (also available from Amazon & Waterstones).
A heathen and an anarchist, he must be approached with caution at all times. Tickling him behind the ear has been proven to soothe him