Sound of Music coming from Mossley

CONTINUING our series of submissions by members of Mossley Writers’ Club, Bonnie Meekums gives an insight into Mossley’s thriving music scene.


RIGHT now in someone’s bedroom, a year nine student from Mossley Hollins is practising the guitar, drums, keyboard or voice, getting ready to be the next Cabbage. 

In case you do not know, Cabbage is a band from Mossley who are making waves on the music scene. 

But did you know that hot on their heels are local bands like Afghan Sand Gang, Ambiere, Freeda and Proletariat?  

Three of these played at Saddleworth’s 2018 Cotton Clouds Festival and they went down a storm.

Ambiere opened the Spinning Room with an innovative set featuring Amber Lane-McIvor on vocals, Jake Blythe on guitar and Oliver Lamb on keys and electronics. 

Amber’s soaring vocals more than filled the space as she strutted around the stage. 

Since the festival, Ambiere have headlined at Manchester’s Deaf Institute and released an EP to an enthusiastic welcome.

Cotton Clouds festival

Next up were Afghan Sand Gang with Patrick Neville on vocals and guitar, Matthew Burgess on vocals, synth and drum machine, and Will Owen on bass. 

Once more I was blown away by the fullness of a sound made without a drum kit in sight. This year they also supported Cabbage at Manchester’s Ritz.

Freeda is a five-piece band with Sean Rowles on vocals/acoustic guitar, Callum Hignett on lead guitar, Cameron Meekums-Spence on rhythm guitar, Adam Barton on bass guitar and Adam Jackson on drums. 

They were the first band (after two solo acts) on the main stage and looked like they owned it as the crowd danced and sang along.  

Since then, they have played Manchester’s Gorilla and released their second single Go Home in video and audio formats, to acclaim by bloggers and on radio.

While many of these musicians have known each other since their own days as year nine hopefuls, the bands have only been together for a year or two at most. 

Yet all are writing and performing their own highly sophisticated material and making a big impression on the Manchester music scene and beyond. 

If you get a chance to see any of them, do! You will not be disappointed. 

To find out more about the bands featured here go online: 

• Afghan Sand Gang: @AfghanSandGang, and also on Soundcloud and Spotify

• Ambiere: @ambiereoffical, and also on Soundcloud and Spotify

• Freeda: @FreedaBand, and also on Soundcloud and Spotify.

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