Dela Derbyshire Day

Ailís co-founded Delia Derbyshire Day in 2012 and produced the first Delia Derbyshire Day 2013 which took place at Band on the Wall, Manchester, England.

Delia Derbyshire Day (DD Day) is a Manchester-based organisation which pays homage to Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001). Their work is centred around the Delia Derbyshire Archive which is held at John Rylands Library in Manchester, UK.

The event included a screening of Kara Blake’s award-winning documentary The Delian Mode, panel discussion with esteemed Delian experts and debut performances of 3 new music commissions by founding members Ailís Ní Ríain, Caro C and Naomi Kashiwagi plus DJ Tukatz and live visual accompaniment by Kara Blake. A UK tour followed to sell-out audiences in Liverpool, Sheffield, London and Newcastle.

Delia Derbyshire Day 2014 had a fresh format and took place in 2014 at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester followed by touring events in Hebden Bridge, London, Bristol and Norwich. We presented new artist commissions (Daniel Weaver & Andrea Pazos) and a 45 minute audio visual collage of Delia Derbyshire archive material.

DD Day 2016 took place on 17 January 2016 at HOME in Manchester with hands-on workshops for families, a special music and visuals arts programe and live pop-up music performance filling the HOME building with Delia-n spirit. Delia Derbyshire Day (DD Day) is now a registered charity with registered Charity Number 1164959.

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Ailís Ní Ríain  – “The Consequences of Falling” (2013)
Performed on the 2014 tour by classical trumpet player Brendan Ball and double-bassist Geth Griffiths. Ailís’ Delia Darlings commission The Consequences of Falling is dedicated to the memory of Delia Derbyshire and loosely based on Delia’s ‘Pot Au Feu’ (1968).

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