See: Mike Garry & Joe Duddell ST ANTHONY – An ode to Anthony H. Wilson

I first heard St. Anthony the day before our Jodrell Bank gig in July 2013. I thought it sounded fucking great“ – Bernard Sumner, New Order.

Anthony H. Wilson. Do you really need me to say anymore? As a TV presenter he championed many up and coming bands that wouldn’t have got a chance if he hadn’t been around. Founder of Factory records, he introduced the world to such delights as Joy Division, New Order, The Happy Mondays to name but a few. As manager of the Haçienda, ‘the most famous nightclub in the world‘, he paved the way for a whole new scene and helped to put one of the North of Englands greatest cities well and truly at the top of the cultural map, earning him the well deserved title of ‘Mr Manchester’

When Anthony H Wilson died in August 2007, I knew the world would never be the same.  Tony Wilson built modern Manchester.’ – Mike Garry

St Anthony: An Ode To Anthony H Wilson’, is a personal, heartfelt  tribute to the legend and legacy of Tony Wilson. Written by Mancunian poet and lifelong Wilson fan Mike Garry, the poem has been set to music by Joe Duddell (New Order, Elbow), who immediately heard elements of New Order’s ‘Your Silent Face’, and decided to base the music on that song.

In 2007, after a long battle against cancer, Tony Wilson sadly passed away at  Manchester’s Christie Cancer Hospital. All profits from the single will go to The Christie Charitable Fund.


The video features – Steve Coogan, Iggy Pop, Gillian Gilbert, Mike Garry, John Robb, Joe Duddell, Rowetta, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner, Elliot Rashman, Mike Pickering, Christopher Eccleston, Johnny Jay, Leroy Richardson, Terry Christian, Richard Madeley, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Shaun Ryder, Johnny Bramwell, Paul Morley, Mark Radcliffe, Larry Gott, Vini Reilly, Miranda Sawyer, Andrew Weatherall, John Cooper Clarke, Peter Saville & Philip Glass and is a fitting tribute to a man who’s life touched many people, not only those that had the privilige to work and socialise with him, but also the many people who have taken pleasure and inspiration from what he helped create, and of course the people of Manchester, who for ever and a day will be indebted to what he did for their city…

The single is released on the 14th of August 2015 and features artwork by the great Peter Saville and a remix by Andrew Weatherall.


All profits from the single will go to The Christie Charitable Fund.


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