Shoosmiths advises on musical tribute to Manchester icon

Shoosmiths advises on musical tribute to Manchester icon


Author: Kara Shadbolt

National law firm Shoosmiths has advised celebrated classical composer, Joe Duddell and renowned Mancunian poet, Mike Garry, on the release of their record 'St Anthony: an ode to Anthony H Wilson'.

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Carol Isherwood & Laura Harper

The record is in memory of former Factory Records boss and broadcaster, Anthony Wilson.

Joe Duddell, who has previously collaborated with a broad range of musicians from Elbow and Richard Hawley to Nero, is also the composer in residence at Festival Number 6. Mike Garry is an award-winning poet, currently touring with John Cooper-Clarke.

Joe has created a composition based on the New Order record 'Your Silent Face' which accompanies Mike reciting his poem, 'Ode to St Anthony'. The track will be released on independent label Skinny Dog records on August 14th and is scheduled to receive airplay on a number of radio stations including BBC 6 Music from Monday 10th August. Proceeds from the sale of the record, will go to The Christie Hospital in Manchester - where Wilson received treatment for renal cancer before passing away in 2007.

The video of the single, includes appearances from musical luminaries and actors who knew Wilson, including Iggy Pop; New Order; Steve Coogan; Christopher Eccleston and Shaun Ryder: watch it here.

Shoosmiths creative industries associate Carol Isherwood advised on and negotiated the licence agreement with New Order's then publisher Warner Chappell in respect of the use of 'Your Silent Face' in the record, in addition to in addition to advising on the ownership rights of the 'St Anthony: an ode to Anthony H Wilson' composition.

Composer Joe Duddell, said: 'Tony was a character who transformed the music scene in Manchester, and in turn, made a huge impact on Mancunian culture. This record celebrates his achievements. Those whose careers have been touched by him have wanted to become involved in this musical eulogy to his life.

'Laura and Carol have done a great job of pulling this together for us in a legal sense - and we are delighted to be working with them again.'

Head of creative industries at Shoosmiths, Laura Harper, said: 'We have enjoyed working with Mike, and with Joe again, after providing legal advice on his collaboration with the BBC Philharmonic and Grammy Award winners, Clean Bandit, which was broadcast on Radio 1 last year.

'It has been a privilege to work on a project that pays tribute to the life of Tony Wilson.'

Tony Wilson worked with some of Manchester's most successful bands, such as Joy Division, New Order, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Happy Mondays. He was one of the co-founders of Factory records, and was the founder and manager of the infamous Haçienda nightclub. Wilson was known as 'Mr Manchester', for promoting Mancunian culture throughout his career. Wilson was depicted by Steve Coogan in Michael Winterbottom's 2002 film, 24 Hour Party People.

Shoosmiths IP & creative industries team act for a broad range of music business clients, ranging from independent labels, producers, artists and managers.