Former Smiths’ Drummer Mike Joyce will talk to Edge Hill students

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The Smiths’ world-renowned drummer Mike Joyce is visiting the Edge Hill University campus to deliver a talk to media students.   Mike was a member of The Smiths from its inception to its demise. Formed in Manchester in 1982, the rock group was fronted by vocalist Morrissey, with guitarist Johnny Marr and bassist Andy Rourke. Critics have hailed The Smiths as the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s.

Following the band’s split, Mike has worked with big artists including Sinead O’Connor, Suede, The Buzzcocks, Public Image Limited, Julian Cope, and P. P. Arnold. He is now a DJ on BBC Radio 6Music.   Mike will be at the Ormskirk campus on 21st May to talk about his experiences as a musician and how to maintain a presence in the music scene.   The talk is part of the Media Department’s ‘Week 13’, a programme of employability-enhancing events for students celebrate the end of each academic year that include talks and screenings.

Dr Richard Witts, Reader in Music and Sound at Edge Hill University, knew Mike in the 1980s post-punk scene and has invited him to visit the University.

He said: “The Smiths played a well-remembered gig at Edge Hill University in 1983. The music sector is a difficult industry to crack so who better than Mike to talk to our students about how he has carried on successfully despite the splitting of this iconic band.   “We’re delighted to have Mike and other industry guests along during our ‘Week 13′ celebrations, which has been set up to provide students with the opportunity to showcase their work, participate in careers sessions and work placement briefings and receive an introduction to future subjects and study modules.”

Also during the week there will be a presentation from Matt Wanstall, regional director of the Musicians’ Union, on 20th May. The Musicians’ Union is a globally-recognised organisation which represents over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors of the music business. Matt will talk about regional careers in music and the daily life of the working musician, and he will answer whatever questions that may arise from his talk.

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