I have just completed working on the Tram Tracks project for the Bridgewater Hall.

This project was a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Metrolink and the 21st of the Bridgewater Hall. There are 93 stops on the Metrolink network and a team of musicians lead by Creative Director Sarah Atter created a song or poem for each stop. Some were written in collaboration with community groups, others were commissioned pieces.

I worked on 11 stops - here are some examples, and for the full list of works, visit the BWH Tram Tracks site.

'Victoria' by Gemma Ashcroft, Sarah Atter, Eve Harrison and Aidan Jolly

The piece is designed to represent the quiet of the early morning before boarding the tram and travelling to the busy transport hub and interchange at Victoria station. The piece begins quietly with drone-like backing and interweaving lines by the performers. Rhythmic movement builds alongside distant siren calls on the trumpet. The guitar then introduces a riff based on the rhythm of ‘Eccles’. The other three performers move through a series of rhythmic cells devised from the names of each of the tram stops at the end of the line: Eccles, Manchester Airport, Altrincham, Bury, East Didsbury, Rochdale Town Centre and Ashton-under-Lyne. Based on Terry Riley’s minimalist piece ‘In C’ performers move through the rhythms at their own rate, but trying to stay within two phrases of each other. The music increases in dynamic and rhythmic drive towards the end as everyone reaches Victoria.
Clayton Hall - Commission by Aidan Jolly

'Welcome Comes Again' was created as a commissioned piece by Aidan Jolly. The Hall is a unique moated building dating back to the 13th Century. It’s hidden away in a busy part of East Manchester. Aidan spoke to Lynn, Dennis and Shirley of the Friends of Clayton Park, who told him its history and showed him round. The song imagines the lives of all the people who have lived and worked there, seen as ‘friendly ghosts’ as you move from room to room, and out into the garden. The hall is well worth a visit - more information is available on www.claytonhall.org
Oldham Mumps - Public songwriting session
‘Years Turn’ was created at one of BWH’s ‘public days’ by Karen Dyson, Steve and Liz Perryman, working with Aidan Jolly. It reflects on the history of Oldham, which is built on mills and migration, and how that history is hidden, in the same way that the streams that meet under the area now known as ‘Mumps’ have been built over. The origin of this wonderful and curious word is obscure, but appears to come from the saxon ‘Ga Mumpi’, meaning, where two streams meet. ?
News and links....
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Rosa Luxemburg's assassination
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
RISE! got together last Sunday to create this song about Rosa Luxemburg, socialist, feminist, political theorist, revolutionary and more relevant than ever today....see the main page or click on the link above

1,000 Places - getting ready for the tour!
1,000 Places - getting ready for the tour!
Monday, October 22, 2018
2 people, 8 instruments...in rehearsal for 1,000 Places, imagine what's going to happen when Jaydev joins us. But at least we know we can fit into the Library spaces

Monday, August 06, 2018
Catch this great show about the history of trade unions! Touring all Autumn and beyond: www.bannertheatre.co.uk

Monday, February 12, 2018
We're currently lining up gigs in Manchester, Mossley, and Birmingham. Full details coming soon. We have also posted a couple of live recordings from Manchester on our Soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/aidanjolly/sets/rise-full-tracks

Monday, February 12, 2018
We'll be performing as part of the Sounds Like This Festival, and Sounds Human Conference. More details on the Stone Flowers page

Thursday, November 23, 2017
Great event from my friend and co-member of Virtual Migrants Kooj Chuhan at Manchester Central Library, 6th December 2018.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Please sign this Musicians' Union petition calling for the Prime Minister and Parliament to support free movement for musicians after Brexit...many of us work abroad or benefit from European musicians working here - click on the title above to go the petition

Stone Flowers at Bridgewater Hall this Saturday
Stone Flowers at Bridgewater Hall this Saturday
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
4pm - free - ALL WELCOME!!

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Lots of exciting things to listen to - some new recordings (works in progress) as I begin to get my head around a new album - and some songs from the Tram Tracks project at the Bridgewater Hall - enjoy!

RISE! video online
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Members of the band talk about the music - click on the picture to watch it

50th Anniversary of the Colonels' Coup in Greece
50th Anniversary of the Colonels' Coup in Greece
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Greece solidarity Campaign & Anti-Fascist Action for Greece presents this event marking 50 years since the fascist dictatorship in Greece. Iris (from RISE!), Kostas Voros and myself are doing are couple of songs. 6-8.45pm Friday 28 April 2017, Diskus Room, 128 Theobalds Rd, London WC1X 8TN

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Announcing our May tour:
Stoke Thursday 11th May 7.00pm  Oldham Friday 12th May 7.00pm  Manchester Saturday 13th May 7.30pm  Leeds Sunday 14th May 8.00pm  Information for all gigs:  bit.ly/RISEmaytour

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
You can now buy my albums 'State Of Hysteria' and 'System Fault' direct from the 'Recordings' page using Paypal. To listen before you buy, just click on the headline of this post.

Happy New Year...
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Greetings for 2017 - thanks to everyone who come to the fantastic Solidarity Social on the 17th December. Collectively we raised over £800 - thanks to Caro C for organising. Here's a photo (thanks Pari!), there are more on the RISE FB page.

Welcome to my new site!
Thursday, December 08, 2016
long overdue....hope you like it....if you find something that doesn't work, please let me know

RISE! - epic songs for epic times
RISE! - epic songs for epic times
Thursday, December 08, 2016
Our next gig is on 17th December - details on the flyer

Aidan Jolly

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