Still going strong after 15 years

Fanfare Ciocrlia
Fanfare Ciocrlia

A CLUB which has brought music from around the globe to a High Peak town is still going strong after 15 years.

Great international musicians including Desmond Dekker and The Aces, Fanfare Ciocarlia and Newton Faulkner, as well as a whole array of stunning African performers, have turned out for the Glossop-based Lift Global Music Club, which this year will celebrate its 15-year milestone.

Newton Faulkner

Newton Faulkner

And its success has been down to the unstinted passion of the many volunteers from the town to extend the live music opportunities beyond the usual pub rock experience, as Rick Williams, who has been involved with The Lift Global Music Club since it started, explained: “When we began there was no live contemporary music in the town. The Blues Club had finished as a great live venue.

“Finding a group of like-minded music fanatics to revive the live music scene was and still is the secret of The Lift’s success and many local people have been involved over the years. The age range of our current volunteers also shows the inclusive nature of our organisation - from 18 to 73.”

Financial support from the National Lottery, the Arts Council, High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council has enabled the club to not only realise its dream of bringing established international artists to the town, but also to run school and community-based workshops.

Rick added: “Glossop today has a thriving live music scene and surely must be unique for a town this size, having three great established venues - our home The Globe, The Moon and Sixpence, and The Oakwood. Hopefully we will also see the return of the Town Hall where so many memorable concerts and Lift festivals have taken place.”

The Lift Global Music Club begins 2012 in style on Saturday January 21 when exciting new Manchester-based band Torn Sail appear at The Globe, High Street West, Glossop, from 8.30pm until late.

Their last 12” single Birds was heralded in the national press and was record of the week at Piccadilly Records in Manchester. Their sound has been compared to Crosby Stills and Nash among others.

Tickets, priced £6 in advance or £8 on the door, are available from Bay Tree Books or The Globe, High Street West, Glossop, by calling 01457 853821 or 01457 866357 (day), 01457 862808 (eve), or emailing liftrick@aol.com. For more information, visit www.liftglobal.com.