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The March Violets announce the first round of dates for the Made Glorious Tour in Oct / Nov!

These gigs are confirmed, more to be announced, so, diaries at the ready...

Ted Hughes Festival

Saturday October 26th

The Trades Club

Holme St Town Centre, Hebden Bridge HX7 8EE

Tickets on sale soon

Supports TBC

Tough Life Boogie - John Peel week, The Dark Side of Peel

Sunday October 27th

The Continental,

South Meadow Lane, Preston, Lancashire PR1 8JP

Tickets on sale soon

Special Guests: Flesh For Lulu, John Hyatt (Three Johns), The Inca Babies.

That is correct.

https://www.facebook.com/events/406821436094484/

DV8

Sunday 3rd November

The Coliseum

Victoria Place, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO21 1EZ

Tickets on sale soon

Special Guests Partly Faithful

RFTK Promotions Newcastle

Sunday 10th November

Trillians

Princess Square Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8DE

Tickets on sale soon

Supports TBC

O2 Academy2 Islington

Friday 22nd November

N1 Centre 16 Parkfield St, Islington N1 0PS

Tickets on sale soon

Supports TBC

Brudenell Social Club

Saturday 23rd November

33 Queen's Rd Leeds LS6 1NY

Tickets on sale soon

Supports TBC

Published in News
Sunday, 19 May 2013 09:12

19.5.2013 - New blog interviews!

Two new blog interviews / reviews about the launch of The Palace of Curiosities – and how long it's taken to get here.

First up: Tim Diggles - Legend – Rosie Garland (aka Rosie Lugosi)

‘What has always amazed me is that you have so many different aspects to your work. You write in your name Rosie Garland; you write and perform as your alter-ego Rosie Lugosi; you are the lead singer of The March Violets; you are a Goth icon; a legend in the world of burlesque; star of Woman’s Hour and women’s magazines; are there any other facets we don’t know about?’

Read the full interview here - click this link

Next up: Yatterings - More than a sideshow – Rosie Garland's The Palace of Curiosities.
  • 'An assured and magical novel. Her poetic output provides the writing's lyricism and her involvement in cabaret and Goth gives her an eye for the strange.'

Read the full interview here - click this link

Published in News
Friday, 14 December 2012 15:59

The Violet Vaults

I've been busy uploading images and info to 'The Violet Vaults' section of the website - there's a lot of old March Violets scrapbooks to trawl through. And it's sparking off a whole heap of memories as I do so...

Today I have been posting the singles from 1982-1984. Check them out!

Yes my dearest Evadne, they were all pressed on 7" and 12" vinyl now that you ask.

Published in News
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 13:31

Homecoming Gig poster - 2007

PRESS RELEASE -


THE MARCH VIOLETS - HOMECOMING -

ONE OFF SHOW - SAT 8TH DEC 2007 - 8PM -

After a two and a half decade hiatus, three original members of The March Violets have decided to get back to the source...

Si Denbigh, Rosie Garland and Tom Ashton are preparing a choice feast of classics and new material in order to serve it to you at Leeds Metropolitan University Union on Saturday the 8th of December.

There will be an exclusive cd of new material...only available to ticket buyers, some special guests and some special happenings and also an aftershow party licensed until 3am. We want to celebrate this and we want to do it with all our fans both old and new. Oh, and did we mention that the resulting mess will be filmed for possible future release? We just did.

Tickets will be on sale within the next 24 hours and we will send out an event invite to all our friends here, so keep an eye on your inbox. You will be able to buy tickets directly from this page...which will probably be the cheapest option and also from Leeds Met on their website and other local outlets tba.

Published in 2007 Homecoming
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 13:39

Reunion 2010 - press release

REUNION GIG

O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON LONDON, 13.11.2010

Back from the dead, the March Violets have reformed for a rare event.

Saturday 13th November at the 02 Islington Academy London, and then straight over the road to the Slimelight for a 3 floor purple Aftershow Party that goes on till 7.30am, and all for £15!

Featuring the original explosive line-up of the Violets, performing a selection of their classic tracks that are still rocking the darker dancefloors and made them a top ten Indie band back in the 80s (when Indie meant Independent). Expect Snakedance, Walk into the Sun, Crow Baby and some new material from the Brand New Album they are currently creating.

To make this a night to remember, The Violets have gathered a suitably chaotic mix of friends and Very Special Guests:

Support at the Academy will be Ulterior, described as Primal Scream meets the Stooges with a drum-machine.

And for The Aftershow Party, Sigue Sigue Sputnik will be getting their Love missile out! Faderhead will be catering to the more electroid. James Ray's Gangwar have agreed to reform and lurk in the darkness and the latest gothic new sensation from Leeds, Black Moth, will be dancing round the lights.

More Aural Pleasure will be provided by DJs Danny IV from Ladytron, Ashley Casselle (Global Underground/Wall of Sound/Paper Recordings), Dead Matty, Heartlander Quiff Boy and Grandmaster of the dark turntables Martin Oldgoth.

To lubricate the party spirit will be the launch of a brand new drink, PSYDWR, somewhat mental Welsh Cider with Wormwood (yep, the Absynthe stuff). The first pressing of the drink "Grooving in Green" will be released at the Aftershow Party in the Slimelight. This has to be a first.

Published in 2010 Reunion
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 13:36

Reunion gig, 02 Academy London, Nov 2010

Really pleased to have an interview & feature in The Skinny this month!

It's free to pick up in venues round Liverpool & Manchester during October, or click on the link below and go to 'current issues'.

The Skinny - main website

Published in 2010 Reunion

Two new blog interviews / reviews about the launch of The Palace of Curiosities – and how long it's taken to get here.

First up: Tim Diggles - Legend – Rosie Garland (aka Rosie Lugosi)

‘What has always amazed me is that you have so many different aspects to your work. You write in your name Rosie Garland; you write and perform as your alter-ego Rosie Lugosi; you are the lead singer of The March Violets; you are a Goth icon; a legend in the world of burlesque; star of Woman’s Hour and women’s magazines; are there any other facets we don’t know about?’

Read the full interview here - click this link

Next up: Yatterings - More than a sideshow – Rosie Garland's The Palace of Curiosities.
  • 'An assured and magical novel. Her poetic output provides the writing's lyricism and her involvement in cabaret and Goth gives her an eye for the strange.'

Read the full interview here - click this link

Published in 2011 Little Punk Thing
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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 14:01

2012 - The March Violets - the year in review

'MADE GLORIOUS': THE MARCH VIOLETS RECORD THEIR FIRST FULL ALBUM AND ANNOUNCE A 5 DATE UK TOUR

Legendary 80s Leeds Drum Machine Band THE MARCH VIOLETS return in the 21st Century with their original Post Punk energy intact. In 2011 founder members Si, Rosie and Tom, with new bassist Jo, headlined various European festival stages to critical acclaim, signifying the start of a New Era for THE MARCH VIOLETS. They received some perceptive and very positive reviews.

“Snakedance has been a guaranteed club floor-filler for over twenty years, and more than any other factor it's probably the reason why THE MARCH VIOLETS can stage a comeback now, in the twenty-first century, and find an audience waiting for them. Anything is possible, everything is to play for, and the omens are good.” – Nemesis To Go

“The imagery is pierced with the first burst of sound from the drum machine, guitar and bass.... With dual vocals from Si’s deep, masculine tones and Rosie’s eerie soaring voice the band had certainly retained their Gothic credentials but it was the quirky and dark punk attitude that made the gig.” – Dominion Magazine

“The unmistakable Violets sound and energy had not been lost and had tapped into a scene experiencing a rebirth with a whole new generation to perform to.” – Lenore Gwyn, NEP

In 2012 THE MARCH VIOLETS recorded their first Album financed solely by fans through Pledge Music. To accompany its release to these special fans the Violets played some of the new material as well as old classics at the following venues:

8th June 2012 – Eddie’s Rock Club Birmingham
9th June 2012 – Manchester Academy
10th June 2012 – Classic Grand Glasgow
16th June 2012 – O2 Academy Brixton/Slimelight Aftershow London
1st July 2012 – DV8 Festival York

Garnering a great review from John Robb in ‘Louder than War’

Manchester Academy: 9.11.2012
“Reformed a few years ago the March Violets are still built around three original members- Ashton - fantastic, post punk shrapnel guitar from founder member Tom Ashton, the bearded and sonorous frontman Simon Denbigh and the strikingly, scarey, esoteric beauty of Rosie Garland- whose operatic tones contrast perfectly with Denbigh’s gutters growl. The songs clatter and grind around the drum machine and their powerful fug fills the rooms.

Tonight they coax a great reaction from the audience with a mixture of their own standards and newbies- all driven by the sweating drum machine which could have done, like the whole band, with being a bit louder and more incessant. Their relentless assault and the swooping vocals of self styled ‘lesbian vampire poet’ Rosie set the atmopshere, an atmosphere that the band very successfully deal in. Simon strokes his beard looking like one of the great rock eccentrics, his eyes twinkle with the dark humour of it all and the band’s timeless sound echoes through the decades.

After their initial success they changed line ups into a sleeker more pop version that sold records but lost the original following. Now back to where they started they are enjoying their weirdness and off the wall kooky behaviour and two releases in are becoming staples on the dark side circuit with age suiting them and their oddly timeless sound very well indeed.

This is a successful comeback, a reaffirmation of what made them good in the first place, a twisted eccentricity that the late, great John Peel loved about them and as the set ends the band float out of the building having tickled the erroneous pleasure zones of the rather black clad audience.”
http://louderthanwar.com/march-violets-manchester-academy-live-review/

Published in 2012
Friday, 28 October 2016 15:45

As In Judy

Now available!
Rosie Garland’s new collection of poems, ‘As In Judy’.

Flapjack Press, 2016

I wish to express heartfelt gratitude to Char March for her generous editorial input, without which this collection would be far weaker.
And to Ruth Fainlight, for her inspiring suggestion that ‘As In Judy’ would make a great title.

‘The reason I love Rosie’s work so much is that she provides food for thought. She addresses issues that need addressing, and imagines the inner and outer landscapes we all inhabit with eloquence and grace. Shed your light, Rosie.’ David Hoyle 2016

 

 

  A poem from the collection:

 
 
When You Grow Up

At night, she leaps and does not land. Spreads her arms and soars
above the fenced and neatly weeded garden. Her dreams
are practice sessions where she lifts cars, sees through walls, fights

dragons. She is a pirate captain, a queen, a horse. She is neither girl
nor boy: the distinctions are irrelevant when her small body encompasses
male and female; human, beast. A turbulent child figure-heading

the prow of her beaked ship, she buckles on armour, rescues
princesses from charming princes and spinning wheels,
fearless of the shapes beneath the bed. Too soon

she hears the summons: Breakfast! Now!
Blinks this world into focus. Hushes battle cries,
sheathes her sword between the pages of her book.

Every bedtime her mother tucks in
the sheet of marriage, husband, children: tucks it in tight.

© Rosie Garland 2016

 

Published in Poetry
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 13:39

2013

The March Violets 2013

2013 saw the Made Glorious tour of the UK and Europe – to celebrate the successful PledgeMusic album 'Made Glorious'.
In 2012 THE MARCH VIOLETS recorded their first Album financed solely by fans through Pledge Music. To accompany its release we played some of the new material as well as old classics at the following venues:

26.10.2013 Hebden Bridge – The Trades Club, headlining the Ted Hughes Festival

27.10.2013 Preston - The Continental, as part of John Peel week / Un-Peeled & Dark Peel. With Special Guests: Flesh For Lulu, John Hyatt (Three Johns), The Inca Babies.

1.11.2013 London – Club Antichrist at Club Colosseum, Halloween Party http://clubantichrist.com/ac/

3.11.2013 Whitby Goth Weekend / DV8 - The Coliseum
Special Guests: Partly Faithful, Luxury Stranger.

8.11.2013 Corallo Rock Club, Scandiano, Italy: with many thanks to Grotesque productions & Ascension magazine!

10.11.2013 Newcastle – Trillians. With special guests Berlin Black and Jordan Reyne.

15.11.2013 Nottingham – Spanky Van Dykes. Thanks to DV8 promotions! Special Guests: Simon York (from Luxury Stranger), Jordan Reyne, Witch Hunt. Batronic Aftershow till 2am with DJ Heathen and DJ GlitterHawk

17.11.2013 Edinburgh – Bannermans. Special Guests: Dead Eyes Opened.

22.11.2013 02 Academy, London. Special Guests: The Last Cry

24.11.2013 The Brudenell, Leeds – with very special guests Chameleons Vox plus + Witch Hunt + Free Aftershow

Published in 2013

News and Events

  • Feb 2021 - short story featured in 'Queer'
    Feb 2021 - short story featured in 'Queer'

    I can safely say I never expected to share an anthology with Sappho & Oscar Wilde!
    So I’m thrilled my story ‘You’ll Do’ is featured in ‘Queer: LGBTQ Writing from Ancient Times to Yesterday’ edited by Frank Wynne.
    https://headofzeus.com/books/9781789542332

    Queer is an unabashed and unapologetic anthology, drawing together writing from Catullus to Sappho, from Rimbaud to Anaïs Nin, and from Armistead Maupin to Alison Bechdel, translator Frank Wynne has collected a hundred of the finest works representing queer love by LGBTQ authors.
    Queer straddles the spectrum of queer experience, from Verlaine's sonnet in praise of his lover's anus and Emily Dickinson's exhortation of a woman's beauty, to Alison Bechdel's graphic novel of her coming out, Juno Dawson's reflections on gender and Oscar Wilde's 'De Profundis'.

    Written on Thursday, 01 April 2021 12:49
  • 16.11.2020: Guardian Poem of the Week - Rosie Garland
    16.11.2020: Guardian Poem of the Week - Rosie Garland

    Thrilled that 'Now that you are not-you' is Guardian Poem of the Week!

    "A very modern, secular kind of elegy reflects on death with a surprising lightness" - Carol Rumens

    "This week’s poem is from What Girls Do in the Dark, the latest collection by the multi-talented Rosie Garland. It stands alone, while extending the narrative of the short poem that immediately precedes it, Stargazer. The setting of Stargazer is a hospital bedside, where the dying patient’s visitor must navigate “the vertigo tilt / of old words like spread, outlook, time.” That poem ends with the metaphors that will be reconfigured in Now that you are not-you. “Doctors / murmur the names of new constellations / - astrocyte, hippocampus, glioblastoma – and calculate / the growth of nebulae; this rising tide of cells that climbs / the Milky Way of the spine to flood your head with light.”

    Read the whole article here...

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2020/nov/16/poem-of-the-week-now-that-you-are-not-you-by-rosie-garland

    Written on Monday, 16 November 2020 15:28
  • 12.11.2020 - ‘What Girls Do in the Dark’ launch event – ONLINE
    12.11.2020 - ‘What Girls Do in the Dark’ launch event – ONLINE

    7.30pm GMT

    Join us to celebrate the launch of What Girls Do in the Dark by Rosie Garland, with guests Tania Hershman & Ian Humphreys
    About this Event
    Join Rosie Garland, plus guest writers Tania Hershman & Ian Humphreys to celebrate the publication of Rosie's new poetry collection What Girls Do in the Dark.
    Thursday 12th November 7.30pm (GMT)
    This event will be streamed live & can be viewed now, through the Nine Arches Press YouTube channel.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9Z7yq1Ey_U&feature=youtu.be

     

    Written on Thursday, 05 November 2020 15:48
  • Cover reveal for 'What Girls Do In The Dark' (Nine Arches Press)
    Cover reveal for 'What Girls Do In The Dark' (Nine Arches Press)

    I thought it wasn't possible to feel any more thrilled about joining Nine Arches Press
    - then I see the stunning cover of my new poetry collection, 'What Girls Do In The Dark'.
    Out October 2020
    https://www.ninearchespress.com/publications/poetry-collections/what-girls-do-in-the-dark.html

    Written on Tuesday, 14 July 2020 13:31
  • April 2020 - The Night Brother, Must-Read Manchester
    April 2020 - The Night Brother, Must-Read Manchester
    Manchester Confidential chooses The Night Brother as a must-read Manchester novel!

    Dystopian classics to modern crime - Nine must-read Manchester novels

    “Fantasy, romance, sci-fi, comedy…we’ve got a genre for everyone
    There’s a very good reason Manchester is a UNESCO City of Literature, as we highlighted before its bid to join the prestigious network in 2017. Innovative publishers, diverse bookshops and a lively events scene make it an unrivalled literary melting pot.

    Rosie Garland’s The Night Brother is our historical highlight
    Ever the entertainer, Rosie Garland sung in post-punk band The March Violets and now performs ‘twisted cabaret’ as Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen. But she’s also a literary maverick with an array of essays, short stories and poetry to her name (much of which she also reads at spoken words events citywide) and three acclaimed novels. Her latest, The Night Brother, navigates themes of gender and identity through two siblings in Victorian Manchester. Rich and Gothic, it’s a must for fans of Angela Carter.”

    https://confidentials.com/manchester/dystopian-classics-to-modern-crime-nine-must-read-manchester-novels

    Written on Thursday, 16 April 2020 18:18