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Review of Vinny Peculiar at The Castle

Overall rating: 5 Verified review

A wonderful gig by Vinnie Peculiar promoting his excellent new album, assisted by a great little band and armed with a back catalogue of wonderfully eclectic songs. A true British troubadour who I always liken to Ray Davies. In fact he's a national treasure to those of us who are lucky to have discovered his music and words. It was my first visit to The Castle and fond it to be a very friendly place, good beer and a wonderfully compact and atmospheric 'Music Room'. I'll be back. Oh I nearly forgot to say I really enjoyed the opening singer/songwriter, Steve Roberts.

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Review of Vinny Peculiar at The Castle

Overall rating: 4.5 Verified review

Great couple of hours begining with Steve O'Donoghue followed by Vinny plus band showcasing tracks from his latest album While You Still Can - from the back the sound came over a treat the bass and drums addition to what I have previously heard from Vinny's duo stage show of guitar / keys was a thumping tour de force for the 'rock out' numbers - but had a subtlety that was turned on and off as required - was more than happy that the people in attendance were appreciative with not much talking over the quieter numbers and a pretty raucous reception following each track played - the room was pretty much comfotably full a few more could have been crammed in - well worthy of a larger audience...just not too large...

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Review of Vinny Peculiar at The Castle

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The 200 year long story of The Castle Hotel is woven not just into it’s bricks and mortar, its Victorian tiles or its mosaic floors. It’s a feeling that you can’t put your finger on. It’s in its people. In its memories. And in the layers of history built up over centuries of experience.

The Castle Hotel started life in 1776, although records show that there has been a dwelling on the site since the 1400s. Over the course of a century the pub changed name several times, trading first as The Crown and Sceptre, then The Crown and Anchor and later The Clock Face. In the late nineteenth century the pub was acquired by Kay’s Atlas Brewery and started a new chapter as The Castle Hotel; which is probably when the current tiled fašade and bar were added. In the early 1930s Frederic Robinson took over Kay’s Atlas Brewery and, consequently, The Castle Hotel.

The pub’s now deeply cemented relationship with the city’s music scene probably began when it was a stopping off point for people on their way to Band on the Wall.

In 1979, a now legendary John Peel interview with Ian Curtis took place here, weaving The Castle further into the fabric of Manchester’s musical heritage. Sadly, The Castle fell on hard times and closed it’s doors in 2008. This cherished public house was not to remain closed for long though, and in 2009 friends Jonny Booth and Rupert Hill took over The Castle Hotel and set about bringing the decrepit building back to life.

After a period of restoration which saw the infamous leaky roof replaced and the pub’s entire interior sympathetically brought back in line with it’s rich heritage, the renovation was completed in October 2010 with the grand unveiling of the new Music Hall and Theatre at In The City 2010.

So that’s the story so far. And now The Castle Hotel is ready for it’s next chapter; one which will see this historical drinking house continue to evolve at the beating heart of Manchester’s creative communities. So come along, pull up a stool, and become a part of our story.

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Name: The Castle Hotel

Phone: 0161 237 9485

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Address: 66 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE


Type of venue: Live

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