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Thirty One

Thirty One Songs is out now, have you seen out around? 😉

The digital video above will be playing at Revolution bars and train stations across Manchester, thanks to JCDecaux. We’ll have billboards proudly advertising the album going out soon too, again thanks to the generosity of JCDecaux and Cestrian. And look out for Thirty One at Beached Festival, Eurocultured, Castle Park Party, Park Life, MCR Pride, Camp Bestival, Rossvegas, Boomtown, Shambala, Croissant Neuf, and even more to be confirmed…

Esther O’Callaghan, OBE, has pulled together an album of 31 tracks from Manchester artists, including Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Elbow, I am Kloot, Everything Everything, Delphic, Bad Lieutenant and Mr Scruff, with the aim of getting CALM’s helpline running 7 days a week.

An amazing woman and what a brilliant idea!  Not only that, the album is now ready, live and selling! You can order your copy today at

Thirty One is a collection of tracks from Manchester UK, featuring rare and exclusive songs from both established and emerging acts. The album has been curated and compiled by DJ/Writer Dave Haslam for The Factory Foundation. Thirty One also features art direction from Peter Saville (in collaboration with LOVE Creative) and photography from Thomas Cockram. All profits from the release will go to CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably) a registered charity with its roots in Manchester. The ambition of Thirty One is to raise sufficient funds to enable CALM to run their national freephone helpline service every night of the week, every day of the year.

Thirty One is an amazing snapshot capturing the undeniable quality of the Manchester music scene. It features brand new material by artists with careers stretching back to the post-punk era.

Tracks include:

  • ELBOW Lippy Kids (Live from Pinkpop – an exclusive UK release)
  • NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS Let The Lord Shine A Light On Me (from the band’s second single)
  • -I AM KLOOT Bigger Wheels (reworked exclusively for Thirty One)
  • -EVERYTHING EVERYTHING Carry Me Home (Gloworm Cover)
  • -DURUTTI COLUMN Requiem Away (re-mastered from FAC244)
  • – JEZ KERR Reason I Feel Like An Alien (a stripped back version of the track from A Certain Ratio’s bassist/vocalist)

Other tracks come from established acts such as Delphic and Mr Scruff, the inimitable psychedelic songwriter Jim Noir and bright new hopes Airship. Thirty One also features BBC 6 Music favourites Plank! and a remix of Manchester stalwarts The Whip’s “Secret Weapon”. It is an album much like the city from which it originates: rich in musical variety. It ranges from the bass heavy sounds of Murkage, to the delicate stylings of Sara Lowes and the stunning, original new talent of Ruby Ann Patterson. All of the songs have been donated by the artists for Thirty One, which is not just a compilation reflecting successful music-making in the city, but presents one of the highest quality charity albums of recent years.

Album released by The Factory Foundation in aid of CALM

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One Response to this article

  1. Nice album. Lovin disc two.

    Great buy for a great cause!

    Tom Powell 21st September 2012 at 11:51 pm

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