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Dutch Uncles and Delphic put Marple on the music map
Dutch Uncles
Dutch Uncles are one of three bands from Marple making musical waves

Marple isn't the first place you think of when you consider Manchester's musical history, but it soon will be.

The rising stars of Dutch Uncles, Delphic and Egyptian Hip Hop have changed the usual view of the town.

All three bands are from the Stockport town and its recent successes are being celebrated by a gig from Dutch Uncles.

Lead singer Duncan Wallis said they were holding the show as "it dawned on us that we haven't yet played a 'proper' gig in Marple."

Having made the decision to hold the show, the band invited their fellow Marple alumni to join them at the Navigation Hotel to make it an extra special homecoming.

We're probably the perfect distance away from Manchester to know what to contribute to the 'scene'
Duncan Wallis

Unfortunately, Dutch Uncles' former school mates, Delphic, are away on tour in Europe, so had to send their apologies, but Egyptian Hip Hop will be joining them in the shape of band side project, Aldous Birdlife, as will local punk veterans, The Blimp.

Also on the bill are Airship, who hail from nearby Glossop, another of the towns in the shadow of the Peak District that has something of a burgeoning reputation for new music.

Duncan said that he wasn't certain why the area was producing great bands at the moment, but he admitted it could simply be a combination of hard work and location.

"Out of the three [Marple] bands currently making something out of music, the first thing we would all point out is how long we've spent practising and writing and experimenting in other bands previous to our incarnations we're currently in.

"But that being said, we're probably the perfect distance away from Manchester to know what to contribute to the 'scene'."

Dutch Uncles, Delphic, Airship, Jo Rose and Everything Everything
Dutch Uncles, Delphic and Airship were all on the debut Love & Disaster EP

Dutch Uncles are in the process of recording their second album and Duncan said that it was during their studio sessions that the idea of the gig came up.

"Whilst we've been recording over the summer, it dawned on us that we haven't yet played a 'proper' gig in Marple since we started the band.

"We found what we think is a good space to play and our friends Airship and Egyptian Hip Hop have turned the line up into something quite unreal indeed."

Quite how much more great music Marple will be responsible for remains to be seen, but don't ask Duncan, as he admitted that as far as the town is concerned, his finger is off the musical pulse these days.

"Are there any other acts waiting to break out of the town? I don't know.

"We've all been in living in Manchester for a while now."

Dutch Uncles, Airship, Aldous Birdlife and The Blimp play the Navigation Hotel in Marple on Sat 14 Aug. Tickets are £5

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