ONE of Salford’s most distinctive voices will be celebrated at The Lowry in March during an evening dedicated to Mark E Smith and The Fall.

Hacienda DJ, author and music journalist, Dave Haslam will discuss the many highs and lows of the band in a conversation with former members Paul and Steve Hanley, along with personal friend of the Broughton-born lyricist, Graham Duff as part of Words Weekend Salford.

“Mark actually used to work at Salford Docks as a shipping clerk and I think the Lowry is more or less where he worked so it seems fitting to be back there 40 years later and celebrating his band,” said Dave.

Formed in 1976, The Fall went on to be one of the most influential bands to emerge from the punk movement with Smith’s caustic lyrics and unique vocals central to their cult appeal until his death in 2018. “Whenever Mark was interviewed and people started talking to him about Manchester he would correct them and say ‘Salford’,” said Dave.

“He knew they were two very different places and he liked the slang he’d hear in Salford.

“I remember him telling me that his favourite bus was the one that went to Boggart Hole Clough.

“He liked the sound of the language which is similar to another Salford-born writer Shelagh Delaney. They both appreciated the language of the Salford streets.”

The Fall released 32 studio albums and their sheer longevity alone affords them a place in British music’s canon.

“Mark was a contradictory character which is often the mark of a genius,” added Dave. “He loved and hated Salford and there was always an edge with The Fall.

The Fall: Inside and Out is at The Lowry, Salford Quays on Saturday, March 28. Tickets: thelowry.com / 0343 208 6000