Celebrated Manchester poet Mike Garry releases his first ever collaborative album

The writer of St Anthony: An Ode to Anthony H Wilson will release the new project this week

By Natalie Rees | Last updated 11 October 2023

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Award-winning Mancunian poet Mike Garry has announced the release of his latest project – and it’s a unique moment for the acclaimed lyricist.

The writer, who is a frequent stage mate of bard of Salford Dr John Cooper Clarke, has produced a first-of-its-kind album with long-time collaborators The Cassia String Quartet.

Whilst the two have been creating together for over a decade, new LP ‘Handwritten Miracles’ is a unique offering, marking the first time an award-winning poet has collaborated with a classically trained string quartet on an album. 

It is the first official release for the classical group since St Anthony: An Ode to Anthony H Wilson in 2015, which featured Mike Garry on vocals performing his poem about the former Factory Records boss. We’d highly recommend giving it a watch if you haven’t already – check it out here.

Made up of 11 tracks, the album showcases Mike Garry’s lyrical mastery and the musical talents of The Cassia String Quartet musicians Tory Bickerton, Andy Crick, Laurie Dempsey and Amy Welch.

The quartet, formed in 2009, are all former students of the Royal Northern College of Music, which is based on Oxford Road in Manchester.

‘Handwritten Miracles’ will be released on October 13 and you can pre-order the album here. In celebration of its release, a special launch event, as part of the Beyond The Music festival, will take place on the same night at Hallé St Peter’s. You can buy tickets for the launch event here.