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A page for all music matters related to Middleton. Whatever type of music you are into, contribute your information to this page.

Raised on Radio

Raised on Radio "RAISED ON RADIO" are a Middleton duo consisting of Rich Kenna (vocals/percussion) and Chris McDonagh (guitars/backing vocals)and perform a "HITS OF THE DECADES" set that includes songs from:- Bryan Adams, Robbie Williams, The Monkees, Rolling Stones, The Who, Ronan Keating, Dion, Take That, Primal Scream, Eddy Grant, Van Halen, The Kinks, Kaiser Chiefs, Bon Jovi and many more......

...BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!.... The second half of the show consists of a rollercoaster ride through the fantastic "GLAM ROCK" seventies, and includes artists such as Sweet, T.Rex, Bay City Rollers, Slade and Queen. Performed in full glam costumes (including numerous changes to replicate the artistes of the era) and a fabulous light show, this set is loved by young and old alike!.

For more info and full gig listings, check out our 'raised on radio' Facebook page or visit www.raisedonradio.biz

Middleton Musical Society

The Middleton Musical Society was founded as far back as 1772 here in Middleton and perform at various venues around town. Check the events page for the latest. If you would like to contact them for more information, please telephone their Musical Director, Graham Marshall, on 01706 642139 or email him at pizzicatoman@sky.com.

Middleton Band

Middleton Band logo In 1876, Joe and Jim Waterhouse and four of their friends purchased a one key flute and a drum, founding the Middleton Perseverance Drum and Pipe Band. The first outings by the band were to local pubs where they played in exchange for ale or lemonade (some of its members were not of drinking age). This earned the band the nickname "The Pop and Ale Boys".

Soon after, the boys joined forces with former members of the Rhodes United Brass Band and reorganised themselves into the Middleton Perseverance Brass Band. In 1884 the band competed under the name Middleton Public Brass Band and in 1886 again changed their name to Middleton Borough Brass Band. In 1974 the band became Middleton Band and in 1976 acquired a new band club in Water Street, thanks to the John Willie Lees Brewery.

For a wealth of information about Middleton Band, visit their own website middletonband.com/

Manchester Beat

The Manchester area has nurtured thousands of musical acts, ranging in styles as diverse as Freddie and The Dreamers and Oasis.

Although many have been adopted on a national scale, others have managed to stir only local interest before their eventual demise. Despite their lack of national commercial success, they were part of the tremendous Manchester area music scene that played such a major part in our lives.

Proudly based in the sixties, these pages salute the groups, disc jockeys and clubs in the Manchester area that gave us all such a great time!



The County Palatine of Lancashire or Lankyland is located between two of the most famous landmark rock 'n roll musical cities in the UK - Liverpool & Manchester. A small geographical area in the UK where a major and most vitally important role was played by hundreds of rock 'n roll bands in the most iconic and glorious popular musical era of all time: The late 1950's, the early 1960's and well beyond...

I hope you enjoy your visits to lankybeat.com

Dave Turnbull

Dave Turnbull Musician Dave Turnbull initially started his musical life playing guitar in the local bands of his home town of Middleton. However following a visit to a friends house where he was introduced to the work of the saxophone player John Coltrane, Dave put aside the guitar and picked up the saxophone and so began a relationship of captivation.

The Tenor Sax fascinates him as much now as it did then. As his musical ability continues to grow so does Dave's fascination with the saxophone. In his own words "I have played more sessions, depps and guest spots with more bands in more venues and more countries than I can remember but my thirst for musical challenges and live performance will never diminish".

Read more about Dave and his work at his own websites below:


The Peter Cowap Music Festival 2010

Following a successful day, read more about it and see pictures. Click here.

The Powerhouse

A tale of young Middleton lads who reached for the stars (by John Firth). Click here.

Music in Middleton

A nostalgic look at music through the years and you can listen to the music! (by Danny Hardman). Click here to find it in the nostalgia section.
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Joe Meek

The Middleton connection (by Danny Hardman). Click here to find it in the nostalgia section.

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