Terminal Jive

Creative projects by Abigail Ward

The Lapsed Clubber Podcast: Recording the memories of Manchester’s original rave community

The Lapsed Clubber Audio Map is an online platform that allows members of Manchester’s original acid house community to share their spoken word memories of clubbing and its culture during the ‘first decade’ of rave, 1985-1995.

This podcast is a conversation between the project leaders Beate Peter and Abigail Ward, interspersed with memories from anonymous clubbers and tunes from the era. Beate and Abigail also discuss their own (occasionally tragic) early clubbing experiences in Berlin and Preston, Lancs, respectively.

The Lapsed Clubber Audio Map is a crowd-sourced digital heritage project led by Manchester Digital Music Archive and Manchester Metropolitan University, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Once more into the breach

I have been awarded an Arts Council England ‘Developing Your Creative Practice’ grant. The grant is to help me reconnect with my practice as a musician, songwriter and performer. The loose plan is to get some mentoring, work with some great musicians, record and do some gigs. I’ll have some time to write and do some cool drifty thinking.

I’m really interested in collaborating with like-minded musicians/producers of all stripes. It would be nice to find a real artistic connection with someone who is on my wavelength musically. Having worked in record shops for so many years, I have a very varied collection, but in terms of how I write, it’s all about a sense of melody, melancholy and mystery.

I have made a brief mix of tunes that I feel represent a vague direction.

If you feel you may be interested in collaborating in some way, please email terminaljive@gmail.com

DJing at Come As You Are Weekender

Thrilled to be DJing at The Refuge not once, but TWICE over the Pride weekend celebrations. There are some great things happening here – take a look. 👀

DJing at Ned Doheny Live

Really happy to be DJing at the Be With Records 5th birthday party with James Holroyd, Jason Boardman, Kath McDermott, Jeff O’Toole, Wet Play crew, Be With family and Piccadilly Records

DJing at Dance Yrself Clean

Tom Quaye is one of my fave artists – his ability to capture the queer zeitgeist in ridiculous memes is second to none. So I was on cloud nine when he asked me to DJ at his ace club night DANCE YRSELF CLEAN, which is a colourful, inclusive LCD Soundsystem/DFA-inspired soiree at the PINK ROOM at YES, featuring one of the best soundsystems in MCR. Join us – it’s only a fiver. I will be playing a 2-hour marathon of pop, rave and house. Make a request at your peril!

Protest blog for People’s History Museum

Disrupt! Peterloo and Protest is the People’s History Museum’s year long programme exploring the past, present and future of protest. It marks 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre, a major event in Manchester’s history and a defining moment for Britain’s democracy.

Steel Pulse perform their song ‘Ku Klux Klan’ at the Northern Carnival Against the Nazis, Manchester, 1978. Photo: John Sturrock

To tie in with this, I’ve written a blog exploring Manchester protest music. It touches on Rock Against Racism, vegetarianism, Kinder Scout, Section 28 and more. Read it here.

Peterloo: Artivist GM commission

Still from Mike Leigh’s film, Peterloo

I’m excited to announce that I have been commissioned by Manchester Histories to create a piece of audio art that draws inspiration from the 200 year anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre and its accompanying themes of protest, democracy, freedom of speech.

I am one of ten artists chosen as part of the ArtivistGM project, which pairs creative practitioners with Greater Manchester archives. I will be working with the Working Class Movement Library, responding to their collection of minutes from the Manchester and Salford Women’s Trades Union Council 1895-1919.

ArtivistGM enables archivists and artists to collaborate in bringing a heritage collection to life, whilst creating new ways for the public to engage with the heritage of their local area.

The audio piece will be released in September.

Manchester and Salford Women’s Trades Union minutes.
Source: http://www.mswtuc.co.uk/

Field Music: live review

Field Music at the Imperial War Museum North. Photo: Bom Knights

Back in January I was given the opportunity to review a live performance at Imperial War Museum North by one of my favourite bands, Field Music. The band would be playing a specially commissioned song cycle written for the museum’s Making a New World season, which explores themes of remembrance and how the First World War has shaped today’s society.

For initial inspiration, the Brewis brothers were shown a ‘sound range’ image from the IWM archives that illustrates the very final moments of artillery fire on the Western Front.

Copyright: © IWM.

The band said, “The image shows the minute leading up to 11am on the 11th November 1918, and the minute immediately after. One minute of oppressive, juddering noise and one minute of near silence. This was the starting point for our suite of new songs. It was also the start of a new world.”

You can read my full review for Louder Than War here.

Suffragette City raises £3k for women’s charities

Suffragette City 2019 – the basement. Photo: Rina Ladybeige

It was a real joy to co-curate and DJ at second Suffragette City event at The Refuge. What a riot! It was rammed all day and night, upstairs and down, illustrating just how much appetite there is for women-led DJ events. I really enjoyed playing in the bar early on, and will post my mix soon.

second Suffragette City event at The Refuge. What a riot! It was rammed all day and night, upstairs and down, illustrating just how much appetite there is for women-led DJ events. I really enjoyed playing in the bar early on, and will post my mix soon.

The idea for the event started when Manchester Digital Music Archive put on a photographic exhibition at The Refuge celebrating women across all aspects of Manchester music. To close that show, we put on an all-women DJ party with help from Electriks and The Social Service, and it was a huge success. We raised a few quid for Women’s Aid and MDMArchive while we were at it.

Suffragette City 2019. Photo: Clare Angel

This year, we wanted to raise more, and so The Social Service team produced a set of specially designed t-shirts to sell, and these alone raised £965 for the Women’s Asylum Seeker’s Trust in Manchester. We raised a further £2k on the door of the basement party, which featured DJs Kath McDermott (BBC 6 Music), Kim Lana, Rina Ladybeige (The Social Service) and Danielle Moore (Crazy P).

We hope to make this an annual party! Thanks to everyone who supported, donated, promoted, danced, deejayed and wore a t-shirt.

DJ Emma Joyce. Photo: Clare Angel

DJing for Doves

I am honoured to be opening for Doves, along with Kath McDermott, at their first gig in ten years at Warrington Parr Hall.

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