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Words: Jessie & Andrew Mills, Curvy Sounds

We run a crazy little musical instrument shop in Heaton called Curvy Sounds. Our shop is a little Aladdin’s cave of musical treasures from around the world; stringed, wind and percussion, with an eclectic collection of vintage and second-hand guitars. We have held on through lockdown mainly due to Andrew’s hard graft, fretting away in his booth, repairing guitars.

Until we reopen fully, we are currently in the shop from 12pm-5.30pm Tuesday to Friday, so you can knock at the door and we will serve you on the doorstep. You can also buy on our website, make an appointment via Facebook, email [email protected] or ring 0191 4474342.

We will reopen on Tuesday 20th April and look forward so much to seeing everybody from our incredible, brave and resilient musical community. Here are just a few of our favourite tracks.

Henge – Indigo Dust

We have just recently discovered this crazy band from Manchester. Their music is bouncy, uplifting and hilarious and their insane outfits are a joy to behold! This tune has become our favourite tune to boogie to in lockdown. Our kids know all the words to Demilitarise and sing along in the back of the car.

Khruangbin – Evan Finds The Third Room

This band is utterly unique, each member has such a distinctive voice of their own.

Jane Weaver – The Architect

Amazing motorik artist with great texture of sound, constantly creating forward thinking music!

Vince Giraldi – Little Birdie

He is at the heart of our family listening. His music makes everything feel homely and happy.

Broadcast – Come On Let’s Go

This is beautiful – it’s one of life’s great crimes that singer Trish Keenan died so young. Broadcast are possibly Andrew’s favourite band!

Maxïmo Park – Feelings I’m Supposed To Feel

This is from Maxïmo Park‘s latest album and it’s amazing piece of work that they largely produced in lockdown.

Martha Hill – Grilled Cheese

This local musician and one of our much loved customers, has made it onto BBC 6Music playlists, and is we think is destined to go far. She has an amazing voice with brilliant lyrics and a great urgent and energetic sound.

Paddy Steer – Omni Peanut Puppet Master

A psychedelic one-man-band, dressed as a robot, who creates intricate tunes of mental, compelling, dance music. We danced like nutters at Cluny 2 before lockdown (thanks to Wandering Oak for putting it on!) We have often dreamed of that night of wonderful, sweaty abandon, dancing on a crammed dance floor…we long to dance together again.

Courtney Barnett – Elevator Operator

Her lazy sleepy voice and funny lyrics are little stories that paint moments in life with great attention to detail. An inspiration to young women to pick up a guitar!

This Is The Kit – No Such Thing

This is a record we could listen to everyday. It reminds us of the light filtering through the leaves of the trees, in musical form. A sense of light, movement and nature, just what is needed right now.

Poor Moi – Tiny Circles

Ben Fitzgerald’s distinctive voice, great lyrics and guitar combine in this great band, complete with luscious lap steel, keyboard, a great shuffle on the drums and check out that bass!

Niles Kreiger and Bertie Armstrong – Here’s The Tender Coming

An amazing folk duo who make the hairs on our arms stand on end and fills our hearts with a sense of longing! Magic!

Balter – Erica’s

An exquisite tune which is beautifully crafted by this quartet of extremely talented folk.

Archipelago – Howzat TV Session

Archipelago are a great and fantabulous jazz trio who always excite and delight the ears. Their performance on Howzat TV was a highlight.

George Welch and Christine Jeans – Heart of Saturday Night

Always so entertaining and beautiful to listen to, this is their take on the Tom Waits song.

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