A Paean to Wilson
15-17 July 2009
Pavilion Theatre, Festival Square, Manchester
World premiere 15 July 2009
In 1978, Vini Reilly’s Durutti Column became the first band to be signed by Tony Wilson to his fledgling Factory label. Three decades after Reilly’s first Factory releases and nearly two years after Wilson’s death, MIF09 was proud to premiere A Paean to Wilson, Reilly’s very personal tribute to his former friend and mentor. Reilly was joined by longtime Durutti Columnists Bruce Mitchell, Poppy Morgan and Keir Stewart for these intimate concerts, moving eulogies to the man who defined musical life in the city.
‘A very personal, emotional and often warmly funny tribute’ The Guardian
Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival.