THE WINDS OF SALFORD BLOW IN AS AWARD WINNING POET TEAMS UP WITH SHEEDY AND FROST TO PEN LYRICS FOR A NEW ALBUM IN AID OF SALFORD CITY RADIO
Simon Williams, author, poet, charity fundraiser, radio DJ and now a songwriter has turned his talents to penning six songs on a new CD, "Winds of Salford" and it has to be said he talks and writes in the voice of the streets he grew up in and still lives in.
We met up with him and he told us how it came about:
"The covid lockdown affected me badly in quite a few ways, I was due to perform some of my poetry at the 40th Anniversary of St Anthony's Heritage centre in Trafford Park, I was invited by Vincent Sheedy and Paul Frost who had heard my stuff and were presumably impressed, sadly that gig was cancelled along with the Wigan Diggers Festival this year which I was really looking forward to playing.
"I decided to write some songs and sent them off to Paul and Vincent who sprinkled their musical, magic on it and I am delighted with the finished product, and the strangest thing is, I have never met them and yet we somehow click".
As can be imagined coming from a man who has a passion for his place of birth. the songs are a love song to growing up, working, falling in love, passion, heartbreak and memories of life in Salford and can't be faulted.
There is one standout track for me, "Homeless" a collaboration with Vincent and Paul which pulls no punches and was almost used in a television documentary this year, once again the covid curse struck.
So ten tracks in total which provides a nice blend of Simon, Vincent and Paul's lyrics and an easy listening musical backup, hats doffed to everybody concerned.
Simon has had an initial 100 copies run off and has so far sold 70 copies, on it's first day of release, which is some going and if you would like to purchase a copy.
The cost of the CD is £5. and if Simon says so himself, it's ideal for a Christmas stocking filler, or for exiled Salfordians, missing 'The Winds of Salford'.
You can buy the CD, at
TGI VAPOURS 524 Liverpool Road Eccles near the little Adsa
TGI VAPOURS 38 b Market Street Heywood OL10 4LY
or Jill Bowyer at Salford City Radio.
Failing that contact Simon on Facebook and he will do the rest.
All profits of the CD, will go to our local radio station Salford City Radio 97.4FM, a community radio station that both Simon and salford.media are huge supporters of.
However here at salford.media we have a copy of Winds Of Salford which can be yours by answering this simple question:
Which radio station will not give Karl and Tony their own show?
Send your answer to SOL comments Facebook page and the first one one drawn out of our fabled lucky hat will be the winner, Winner will be announced on Saturday at 11 am.
LS Lowry could have easily painted pretty landscapes but instead he chose to paint what he saw, and that is without a doubt the most defining trait of Salford, we say it how it is, we tell it how it is and we keep it real.
So with that same spirit in heart, add local wordsmith Simon Williams to that list, he has put pen to paper to recall a vision of a Salford he witnessed himself as he grew up here, a Salford that for many is long gone, all but existing in memories.
The perfectly titled book 'My Salford: Poems From The Heart' is a collection of 40 poems that are utterly unique to us, the people of Salford and as we all know the pope is a salfordian and he endores it.
Each poem is a vivid recollection of events which have shaped our City as well as Simons life, from the gritty memories of the 'scabs' who walked through the doors during the miners strikes to a nostalgic poetical walk down Langworthy Road and remembrance of this once bustling high street.
From memories of a 5 year old Simon visiting the local sporting mecca that was once the Willows, a stadium filled with the greats who would go on to inpire Simon in later life, to the drug culture during the 80's which devastated the lives of many a Salfordian, Simon himself no stranger to their danger.
Simon has seen it all and done it all, he is an accomplished Author, an avid charity fundraiser who has raised countless thousands for local charities and causes, he also runs the 'Sounds of Salford' radio station which beat out American online stations at their own game by topping their podcast charts. He is without a doubt a Salfordian through and through, he is one of us, wears his heart on his sleeve and has the fire and passion in his heart for this City. A true unsung local hero.
Never forgetting his roots 'My Salford' is available for free on Kindle as Simon is aware how cash strapped this City is, but for those who have a few quid extra there is an old school paperback physical copy available for your personal library it is just a measly £4.82 via Amazon. It is well worth investing in as this is one of those books that in future years will be a Salford bible. Well after all, the Pope is a Salfordian.
Buy here: Click To Buy
Kersal Social Club have 2 Gorgeous Strippers and a Fantastic Drag Queen lined up to entertain you this coming August, its expected to be packed out so best ensure you get your tickets NOW so you don't miss out on the fun!!
There will also be Ann Summers and Plenty of Music!!!
For tickets contact Kelly on 07456 792882 or visit the facebook event page HERE
Businesses and community groups wanted to help turn Salford purple! Why? To co-incide with a major, international conference on the work of musician Prince being hosted by the University of Salford this month. The world's eyes will be on our city - can we give a great, purple welcome?
The conference, taking place between 24th-26th May 2017, will provide fresh perspectives on the creative and commercial dimensions of Prince’s career, re-examining the meanings of his work in the context of his unexpected death.
Purple Reign presents a timely consideration of the cultural impact, iconic status of Prince and his global legacies across many media platforms. It will examine all aspects of his creative output and the ways in which it intersects with video, performance, literature, theatre, film, digital culture, design and fashion.
We will address the issue of Prince’s significant influence and lasting appeal from a number of multi-disciplinary perspectives. We have welcomed scholars form across the globe, covering study fields of popular music and sound, gender and culture, television, film and celebrity studies, visual arts, performance studies, and digital media.
Our keynote address will be delivered by Dez Dickerson, Prince’s guitarist from The Revolution, and Prof. Sarah Niblock, co-author of Prince: the Making of a Pop Music Phenomenon.
HOME will also mark the event by screening the 1986 musical drama Under the Cherry Moon, which Prince directed and starred in, alongside Kristin Scott Thomas and Steven Berkoff.
To close the conference, students from the University’s Music programmes will perform music in homage to Prince to delegates, while art and design students will create branding and exhibit their art for the event.
For more info see http://blogs.salford.ac.uk/prince-conference/