Creative projects by Abigail Ward

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New Reform Radio Show

DJ Abigail Ward takes you on a magic bus ride of selectors’ soul, disco, house, techno and pop, with a few squalid bog breaks along the way. But what HAS she been up to since last Friday? Featuring a guest mix by Manchester’s increasingly ubiquitous enfant terrible, Sulky Giro.

Vince Montana – Warp Factor II
Sam Dees – What’s It Gonna Be
Robert Palmer – Keep In Touch
John Martyn – Smiling Stranger (Instrumental)
Sade – Give It Up
Tornado Wallace – Today
ACR – Spirit Dance
Rheji Burrell & The Utopia Project – Destiny
Richard Wahnfried – Schwung
Eurythmics – Here Comes The Rain (Extended Mix)
Voilaa – Pas Bon
69 – Desire
Kerri Chandler & Joe Clausell – Escravos De Jo
Satoshi Tomiie & Arnold Jarvis – And I Loved You
Dubtribe Soundsystem – Do It Again
Martin Brodin – Badabing (Diskjokke Mix)
Kelly Lee Owens – CBM
Nami Shimada – Sunshower (1992 Version)
Avalon Emerson – Rotting Hills
Fort Romeau – Kingdoms
JS Zeiter – Radium
Scuba – This is For You (Luke Slater Short Version)
Zoo – Hard Times
Thin Lizzy – It’s Only Money
Solat feat. Billy Jones – You’re Gonna Miss Me
Johnnie Taylor – What About My Love?
Super Furry Animals – Northern Lites
Yazoo – Midnight
Womack & Womack – MBP (Missin’ Persons Bureau) (Paradise Ballroom Mix)

New show for Reform Radio

DJ Abigail Ward takes you on a magic bus ride of selectors’ soul, disco, reggae, house and pop, with a few squalid bog breaks along the way. But what HAS she been up to since last Friday? Featuring a guest mix by Manchester’s increasingly ubiquitous enfant terrible, Sulky Giro.

Oddisee – The Carter Barron
Oneness of Juju – African Rhythms
Little Beaver – Groove On
Feater – Blood Moon
Prince – Mountains
Jackie Mittoo – Wall Street
Dr. Alimantado – Born for a Purpose
Linton Kwesi Johnson – Inglan is a Bitch
SW2 – All 4 You
Bryan Ferry – Don’t Stop the Dance (Special 12” Mix)
Westbam feat Richard Butler – You Need The Drugs
Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Hard Boiled Babe (Charles De La Sale Mutant Disco Edit)
Brian Eno and David Byrne – The Jezebel Spirit
Soccer 96 feat Alabaster De Plume – Children Will Dance
Deepchord presents Echospace – Ghost Theory
Raven – Feeler
Burial – Street Halo
Raze – Break for Love
The KLF – 3am Eternal
Bass Line – Decay
Crazy P – Love on the Line (Unabombers Vox Mix)
Krink – Voices
Depeche Mode –World in my Eyes
Rui da Silva – Earth
Starion – Mind Funk

Gay Rave For Weight Loss

Last July I did a gig at Dance Yrself Clean at YES – a colourful queer dance party celebrating LCD Soundsystem, DFA Records, 80s pop, Chemical Brothers, Simian Mobile Disco, Robyn and the environs. It was nice for me to play outside of my comfort zone (i.e. melancholy soul that makes everyone want to cry and go home). A practice mix that I did for the night came up on shuffle recently and I ended up doing a protracted, ungainly dance-based work-out to it that I’m glad only my houseplants bore witness to.

I thought I’d share the mix with all you fitness freaks and newly-minted runners.

It starts off really big, daft and cheesy and gets quite nasty and menacing at the end – like all the best parties.

There’s an under-appreciated Annie Lennox track on there, some old DFA stuff, a track that sounds a bit like a George Michael B-side, but isn’t, some Thunderdome rave and a slice of Soulwax that I played on my 30 birthday. Back then it sounded absolutely mental – a new adventure in digital weirdness. Not sure it’s stood the test of time, but all ruddy good fun. Perversely I forgot to play any LCD!

ALL LIVE, NO JIVE!

Big Strings Attached Vol. whatever

Last year I was a given a novel called Nod by a friend. It’s a dystopian affair that tells the story of what happens in society when suddenly, over night, almost everyone loses the ability to sleep.

The blurb says: after six days of absolute sleep deprivation, psychosis will set in. After four weeks the body will die. In the interim, panic ensues and a bizarre new world arises in which those previously on the fringes of society take the lead.

When I look around me at the moment I see so many elements of Nod’s hallucinatory chaos and despair.

Nod was written by a bloke called Adrian Barnes (born in Blackpool). In an author’s note at the end of the book entitled ‘My cancer is as strange as my fiction’ he confides that as the book approached publication, he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour.

He says, ‘As both the disease and my novel progressed I began to notice eerie similarities between the two, even down to the physical similarity between the eye on the book’s cover and an image of the tumour itself, with its vein-like tendrils spreading out across my brain […] I began to see the end of everything. I was going to slowly lose the people I love, as Paul [the protagonist] did. Insomnia made the world insane to Paul, just as my damaged brain has made the world insane to me.’

In the final paragraph of the novel, the character Paul says:

So this is my final entry. Time to say goodbye to it all, to the world and all of the words I’ve loved so much. Goodbye to it all.

I go to my bed and lie down flat on my back.

Goodbye to chocolate and puppies and hard ons and old running shoes and used books and Christmas morning and crisp newspapers and babies and Coca Cola and sunburned skin and white cotton sheets and bad moods and late night eating and high speed internet and Charlie Brown and ice cream and Beatle music and Beach Boys harmonies and fruit smoothies and thrift stores and black and white photos and favourite books and cold beer and snow storms and heavy rain and meals in restaurants and arriving and departing and exhaustion and the need to piss and tiredness and bicycles and cars and kisses on the neck and stretching and arguments and water and salt and painting and shade and Dickensian waifs and waxy pine needles and hot sand and the smell of cedar and every line Shakespeare ever wrote and shaving and sore muscles and crunching ice cubes and mail boxes and popcorn in movie theatres and pay cheques and the smell of limes and

[Ends]

But what has this got to do with the mix of music below?

Just a feeling.

Marcus Hamblett – Vibraphone Piece

Raphael Doyle – I Come From Ireland

myageisdigital – Vanish

New Tutenkhamen – Tutankhamen Theme

Jospeh Malik  – Love Bound

Chrysta Bell & David Lynch – Swing With Me

Isabelle Mayereau – Orange Bleu

Penguin Cafe – Chapter

Jon Hassell  – Dreaming

Corinna Repp – Release Me

Unity is Strength: Manchester & Salford Women’s TUC and other stories



This is a podcast about rebel women of the trade union movement. It’s inspired by the recent discovery of a set of minutes books that tell the story of Manchester and Salford Women’s Trades Union Council from 1895 to 1919.

It will introduce you to some trailblazing, risk-taking women who fought hard to improve pay and conditions for poor female workers in the early 1900s and contrast their triumphs and challenges with those of young female trade unionists today.

You’ll hear about the Women’s TUC organising secretaries Eva Gore Booth and Mary Quaile, and a contentious resolution put to the Council by Christabel Pankhurst.

Produced and presented by Abigail Ward.

Featuring: Bernadette Hyland (Mary Quaile Club), Sarah Woolley (BFAWU), Claire Trevor (Unite), Alison Surtees (Bectu), Mary Sayer (Unite) and Michael Herbert (Mary Quaile Club).

Image: Mary Quaile, 1925.

Music: Jennifer Reid, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Electrelane

Special thanks to: Working Class Movement Library, Manchester Histories and Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

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

Not Going Shopping: audio documentary

This audio documentary was created to mark the 30th anniversary of Manchester’s anti-Clause 28 march, 1988. Attended by 20,000 people, the protest was a seminal moment in UK LGBT+ history. The piece seeks to evoke the sounds and emotions experienced on that day through interviews with marchers, fragments of archival material and music.

It was also conceived as a tribute to the LGBT+ activists who organised and took part in the demonstration.

The title comes from the chant, “we’re here, we’re queer and we’re not going shopping”.

Section 28 or Clause 28 formed part of the Local Government Act 1988.

Section 28 of that act stated:

(1) A local authority shall not:

a) intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality

b) promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship

Contributors:

Angela Cooper
David Hoyle
Kath McDermott
Louise Wallwein MBE
Luchia Fitzgerald
Paul Fairweather

This piece was commissioned by Manchester Pride and Superbia.  Special thanks to Greg Thorpe and all who contributed.

It forms part of the Queer Noise exhibition for MDMArchive:

Produced by Abigail Ward.

Abigail Ward is a curator, musician and DJ. Her work explores the place at which music, politics and protest meet. For 10 years she has been documenting the history of LGBT+ music and club life in Greater Manchester through her digital heritage project, Queer Noise. She is a co-founder of Manchester Digital Music Archive.

New show for NTS

For me, two of the most important components in music are mystery and melancholy. This is my latest Big Strings Attached show for NTS Live and it has oodles of both.

Shigeru Umebayashi – 2046
Bernard Herrmann – Theme from Taxi Driver
Brigitte Bardot – Contact
Shawn Lee and Bei Bei – East
Marissa Nadler – Drive
Henry Mancini – An Experiment in Terror
Max Richter – Genesis of Poetry
Kokoroko – Abusey Junction
Bettye Swann – Tell Me Goodbye
Baxter Dury – Prince of Tears
Beak> – The Brazilian
Anna Domino – With Day Comes Dawn
Biting Tongues – Meat Mask Separatist
Kadjha Bonet – Remember the Rain
Sebastien Tellier – Fantino
Julia Jacklin – Body
Mythical Beasts – Communicate
Los Chicharrons – Love Magic
Lady Wray – Guilty
Lalo Schifrin – The Danube Incident
Stelvio Cipriano – Too Risky a Day for a Regatta
François de Roubaix – Le Samourai
Penguin Café – Solaris
Jim Capaldi – It’s All Up To You
André Perry, Louis Delacour – New Life

New radio show for NTS

Advert for NTS radio show

My latest radio show for NTS is now available on playback.

The Fall – Lost in Music
Sisters of Transistors – The Don
Wynder K. Frog – Mercy
Soundcarriers – Last Broadcast
LEVELZ – Jazzface
X-O-Dus – See Them-A-Come
Bryan Ferry – The Right Stuff (Dub Mix)
Quando Quango – Atom Rock (Mark Kamins New York Mix)
Only Child feat. Veba – Addicted
John Ellis – Unidentical Twins
The Weather Station – Transmission
James & Brian Eno – Wah Wah
[EXCERPT: SLUMS]
Lonelady – Little Fugue
Sub Sub – Lost in Watts
[EXCERPT: ORDSALL]
Tim Burgess – Oh No I Love You
Graham Nash – Chicago
John Kongos – He’s Gonna Step On You
LeonXLeon – Acid Disco
Charles B – Lack of Love
Denis Jones – 3333
Ludus – Breaking The Rules
Ill – Hysteria
The Montgolfier Brothers – The World is Flat
The Durutti Column – Sketch For Summer
Jon Kennedy – Boom Clack (Martin Brew Remix)
Primal Scream – Screamadelica

https://www.nts.live/

L-R: Denise Johnson (Ged Camera), X-O-Dus (Shutterbug), Gonnie Rietveld of Quando Quango (City Life).

NTS-line-up

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