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The weekend what-to-do: Jan 21-23

Suprercharge reform; Whisky Galore and Arthur Russell on film

Published on January 24th 2011.

The weekend what-to-do: Jan 21-23

Supercharge are back
LIVERPOOL legend Albie Donnelly brings Supercharge back to the area for two rare homecoming gigs this weekend.

Supercharge were massive at one time, and still are in some places. As B. B. King said: “Supercharge is Europe’s finest rhythm ‘n’ blues Band.”

Albie, Liverpool- born singer/saxophonist - and for our money, one of the world's finest - formed the infamous live act in 1973. The band’s blend of R ‘n’ B. and funk plus their wild on- (and off) stage-show made them a sensation on the British 70s club scene.

In the 80s the band signed with Virgin Records, who tried to turn them into popstars. They toured extensively in GB and all over Europe with such names as Ray Charles, Fats Domino, B. B. King, Chuck Berry and Queen – culminating in the Hyde Park concert in front of more than 100,000 people.

The darlings of Monte Carlo, they even played Christine Onassis's wedding at one time.

But they haven't just vanished into their dotage. No. Supercharge still sell out massive venues in Germany, where Albie, dad of actor Warren Donnelly, is now based.

Albie is back together with musician/actor Ozzie Yue and other well known faces for a rare Supercharge gig tonight in Liverpool and one in Chester on Sunday.

Not just for old musos, but for anyone who likes their live extra larger than life. See you there!

*Supercharge, Liverpool Marina, Fri 22 Jan 2010. £10 on the door. Call 07950 012 994 for advance tickets.
*Supercharge, Alexanders Jazz Cafe, Chester, Sunday 24 Jan 2010. £10 on the door – £8 adv.

Down in one
WHAT better way to salute Burns Night than with a wee dram of malt. Or, if you can't get an NHS dentist and need a tooth removing, a full litre of Teachers.

Bottles of whisky made famous in the comedy Whisky Galore are going on show at Merseyside Maritime Museum.

The SS Politician ran aground off the west coast of Scotland on 5 February 1941 with 28,000 cases of malt whisky aboard. She had been bound for Jamaica and America.

People came in small boats from near and far to help themselves to the whisky – a rationed wartime luxury.

The story of the wreck and subsequent looting of whisky by islanders is legend and was immortalised by Ealing Films in 1949.

Now as the 70th anniversary of her last voyage approaches, two bottles of scotch salvaged from SS Politician are going on show. Amazingly one still contains whisky. The whisky was acquired recently by curators UK Border Agency Museum.

Other artefacts from the Harrison Line vessel will be on display including a wage book and deck log recording the stranding.

Dawn Littler, curator of Archives at Merseyside Maritime Museum, said: “SS Politician was a famous Liverpool ship. We are very excited to be telling her story because everyone remembers the film about her grounding.”

*Whisky Galore (or a bottle of it anyway), Now. Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool.

Thank you for the music
Wild Combination is a visually absorbing portrait of the influential avant-garde composer, singer-song-writer, cellist and disco producer Arthur Russell. before his untimely death from AIDS in 1992.

Arthur created music that spanned an extraordinary diversity of styles and his collaborators and ardent supporters ranged from Philip Glass to Allen Ginsberg.

This film features performances and behind the scenes footage. It will be introduced by BBC radio presenter Roger Hill and will also feature a Q & A with the film's director Matt Wolf, via Skype.

*Gay Sunday, Wild Combination, 23 January, 3pm-5pm, FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ.

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