32 episodes

Drummer Simon Wolstencroft, dubbed 'Funky Si' by Johnny Marr has worked with Ian Brown, John Squire, Andy Rourke, Terry Hall, Jez Kerr, Neville Staple and Craig Gannon to name but a few. He was the drummer in The Fall for 11 years.

Every week he brings you tales of his exploits from more than 40 years on the Manchester music scene and beyond.

His memoir 'You Can Drum But You Can't Hide' was published to wide acclaim in 2014. He says the inspiration for the book came when a contestant on Mastermind correctly identified him as the original drummer of The Smiths.

Funky Si's A-Z of Manchester Jackie O'Malley

    • Music
    • 5.0 • 39 Ratings

Drummer Simon Wolstencroft, dubbed 'Funky Si' by Johnny Marr has worked with Ian Brown, John Squire, Andy Rourke, Terry Hall, Jez Kerr, Neville Staple and Craig Gannon to name but a few. He was the drummer in The Fall for 11 years.

Every week he brings you tales of his exploits from more than 40 years on the Manchester music scene and beyond.

His memoir 'You Can Drum But You Can't Hide' was published to wide acclaim in 2014. He says the inspiration for the book came when a contestant on Mastermind correctly identified him as the original drummer of The Smiths.

    Bonus Episode 6 - 2024 so far

    Bonus Episode 6 - 2024 so far

    It's bonus time again. This time Simon Wolstencroft talks about the lost tapes for the Eilidh Bradley Project: EP, his old friend Andy Rourke and an update on the House oF All.

    Pre order below for limited vinyl ep, delivery August
       
    eilidhbradleyproject.bandcamp.com

    You can find this weeks playlist on Spotify here: https://cutt.ly/EeaO2PUh

    Produced and edited by Jackie O'Malley. Post production by Karl Svenson at Tadah Media Ltd. Artwork by Lee Dyer. Music by Colin McGrath, Joe Brown, Johnny Smale and Simon Wolstencroft.

    Find out more at https://funky-si-s-a-z-of-manchester.pinecast.co

    • 24 min
    Bonus Episode 5 - House Of All

    Bonus Episode 5 - House Of All

    It's bonus time again. This time Simon Wolstencroft talks about his new band House Of All, how it all started , life in the recording studio and what the future holds.

    You can find this weeks playlist on Spotify here: https://cutt.ly/Dwa3JMBz

    Produced and edited by Jackie O'Malley. Post production by Karl Svenson at Tadah Media Ltd. Artwork by Lee Dyer. Music by Colin McGrath, Joe Brown, Johnny Smale and Simon Wolstencroft.

    Find out more at https://funky-si-s-a-z-of-manchester.pinecast.co

    • 44 min
    Bonus Episode 4 - Funky Si's Fashion Favourites

    Bonus Episode 4 - Funky Si's Fashion Favourites

    It's bonus time again. This time Simon Wolstencroft talks about his fashion favourites including; his Man Utd bobble hat, his mum's sheepskin coat and the Hawkins Astronaut boots he bought off the cock of the school Gaz Smith.

    You can find this weeks playlist on Spotify here: https://cutt.ly/ZBRZZvY

    Produced and edited by Jackie O'Malley. Post production by Karl Svenson at Tadah Media Ltd. Artwork by Lee Dyer. Music by Colin McGrath, Joe Brown, Johnny Smale and Simon Wolstencroft.

    Find out more at https://funky-si-s-a-z-of-manchester.pinecast.co

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Bonus Episode 3 - Mark E Smith

    Bonus Episode 3 - Mark E Smith

    It's bonus episode time! Simon Wolstencroft looks back over his time in The Fall and his friendship with Mark E Smith in what would have been his 65th year. He talks about the tours, recording albums and just hanging out with Mark in the various pubs of Manchester and Salford.

    You can find this week's playlist on Spotify here: https://cutt.ly/UAjKUVf

    Produced and edited by Jackie O'Malley. Post production by Karl Svenson at Tadah Media Ltd. Artwork by Lee Dyer. Music by Colin McGrath, Joe Brown, Johnny Smale and Simon Wolstencroft.

    Find out more at https://funky-si-s-a-z-of-manchester.pinecast.co

    Bonus Episode 2 - Funky Si's Festive Fives

    Bonus Episode 2 - Funky Si's Festive Fives

    It's bonus episode time again. Simon talks about his favourite films, the best cities he has visited and his definitive Fall line-up.

    You can find this week's playlist on Spotify here: https://cutt.ly/TUnciZ8

    Produced and edited by Jackie O'Malley. Post production by Karl Svenson at Tadah Media Ltd. Artwork by Lee Dyer. Music by Colin McGrath, Joe Brown, Johnny Smale and Simon Wolstencroft.

    Find out more at https://funky-si-s-a-z-of-manchester.pinecast.co

    • 49 min
    Bonus Episode 1 - Funky Si's Festive Fives

    Bonus Episode 1 - Funky Si's Festive Fives

    It's bonus episode time. Simon talks about who he would have in his definitive Manchester band lineup, his favourite tv theme tunes and his favourite gigs attended as a punter.

    You can find this week's playlist on Spotify here: https://cutt.ly/iUtrQqA

    Produced and edited by Jackie O'Malley. Post production by Karl Svenson at Tadah Media Ltd. Artwork by Lee Dyer. Music by Colin McGrath, Joe Brown, Johnny Smale and Simon Wolstencroft.

    Find out more at https://funky-si-s-a-z-of-manchester.pinecast.co

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Boozhead ,

Gaggin for more PLEASE

Is Si Wolstoncroft the funniest Mancunian ever? Deffo Up, has me cracking up everytime

Dazzla! ,

Tales of the unexpected ;)

Si & Jackie - Thank you so much for this series. Every single one has been great! Please do something else together - you’ve really kept me going through some tough times.

Great stories week in week out. I never want these to end Si. Everything is talked about with great affection and not an ounce pretension! This has become a weekly staple for me... what will we do when they’re over!?

The book which accompanies these stories is also a definite top read too.

gg pcc ,

Simon Wolstencrofts A-Z Of Manchester

Simply the highlight of my weekend -his stories are told with great warmth and he knows his stuff. Simon combines with Jackie perfectly ! I’m going to miss this loads-come back soon!

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