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Formed in Rochdale just north of Manchester in the late 60s by the nucleus of Jim Milne, guitar , bass and vocals and Steve Clayton, drums, percussion bass and keyboards. Originally called The Way We Live John Peel chose the new name Tractor for them. John Peel who had a strong affinity with Rochdale having worked in a cotton mill there, signed the band and financed their studios Dandelion Studios Rochdale and Tractor Sound Studios Heywood ( now the site of a blue plaque).Peel also helped finance their PA company and music shop Tractor Music and this would lead to the Kenion St Music ... Read more

Formed in Rochdale just north of Manchester in the late 60s by the nucleus of Jim Milne, guitar , bass and vocals and Steve Clayton, drums, percussion bass and keyboards. Originally called The Way We Live John Peel chose the new name Tractor for them. John Peel who had a strong affinity with Rochdale having worked in a cotton mill there, signed the band and financed their studios Dandelion Studios Rochdale and Tractor Sound Studios Heywood ( now the site of a blue plaque).Peel also helped finance their PA company and music shop Tractor Music and this would lead to the Kenion St Music Building in Rochdale ( also the site of a blue plaque) which would house Tractor Music, Cargo Studios and Suite Sixteen and would play a major part in the career of Joy Division and Factory Records and a few generations of North West bands including OMD, Teardrop Explodes, Inspiral Carpets etc.Tractor also included souns technicians John Brierley , Chris Hewitt and Alan Burgess who made many of the recordings in Rochdale and North West England. Bass player Dave Addison joined in 1976 and Tony Crabtree wandered in and out on additional keyboards and guitar and Dave Goldberg ( Rumours of Fleetwood Mac and Merseybeats) also guested on keyboards. The band and in particular Steve Clayton,Dave Addison and Chris Hewitt were instrumental in setting up the 1976 Deeply Vale Festival- Glastonbury/Stonehenge of the North and by 1978 Chris Hewitt was in charge of a major Deeply vale festival stage for six days having convinced Nik Turner, Steve Hillage, The Fall, The Ruts and Durutti Column to come and play to an estimated 20,000 people.
After several studio albums ( all now released on Ozit Morpheus Records) Tractor started playing live again as a two piece in 2001 and gigged through until 2008 whilst also recording new material. they took part in their own DVD film of a couple of concerts, a dvd about John Peel's Dandelion Records and a dvd about Deeply Vale Festivals. A couple of new albums are on their way in 2011.website www.tractor-ozit.com

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Formed in Rochdale just north of Manchester in the late 60s by the nucleus of Jim Milne, guitar , bass and vocals and Steve Clayton, drums, percussion bass and keyboards. Originally called The Way We Live John Peel chose the new name Tractor for them. John Peel who had a strong affinity with Rochdale having worked in a cotton mill there, signed the band and financed their studios Dandelion Studios Rochdale and Tractor Sound Studios Heywood ( now the site of a blue plaque).Peel also helped finance their PA company and music shop Tractor Music and this would lead to the Kenion St Music Building in Rochdale ( also the site of a blue plaque) which would house Tractor Music, Cargo Studios and Suite Sixteen and would play a major part in the career of Joy Division and Factory Records and a few generations of North West bands including OMD, Teardrop Explodes, Inspiral Carpets etc.Tractor also included souns technicians John Brierley , Chris Hewitt and Alan Burgess who made many of the recordings in Rochdale and North West England. Bass player Dave Addison joined in 1976 and Tony Crabtree wandered in and out on additional keyboards and guitar and Dave Goldberg ( Rumours of Fleetwood Mac and Merseybeats) also guested on keyboards. The band and in particular Steve Clayton,Dave Addison and Chris Hewitt were instrumental in setting up the 1976 Deeply Vale Festival- Glastonbury/Stonehenge of the North and by 1978 Chris Hewitt was in charge of a major Deeply vale festival stage for six days having convinced Nik Turner, Steve Hillage, The Fall, The Ruts and Durutti Column to come and play to an estimated 20,000 people.
After several studio albums ( all now released on Ozit Morpheus Records) Tractor started playing live again as a two piece in 2001 and gigged through until 2008 whilst also recording new material. they took part in their own DVD film of a couple of concerts, a dvd about John Peel's Dandelion Records and a dvd about Deeply Vale Festivals. A couple of new albums are on their way in 2011.website www.tractor-ozit.com

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Formed in Rochdale just north of Manchester in the late 60s by the nucleus of Jim Milne, guitar , bass and vocals and Steve Clayton, drums, percussion bass and keyboards. Originally called The Way We Live John Peel chose the new name Tractor for them. John Peel who had a strong affinity with Rochdale having worked in a cotton mill there, signed the band and financed their studios Dandelion Studios Rochdale and Tractor Sound Studios Heywood ( now the site of a blue plaque).Peel also helped finance their PA company and music shop Tractor Music and this would lead to the Kenion St Music Building in Rochdale ( also the site of a blue plaque) which would house Tractor Music, Cargo Studios and Suite Sixteen and would play a major part in the career of Joy Division and Factory Records and a few generations of North West bands including OMD, Teardrop Explodes, Inspiral Carpets etc.Tractor also included souns technicians John Brierley , Chris Hewitt and Alan Burgess who made many of the recordings in Rochdale and North West England. Bass player Dave Addison joined in 1976 and Tony Crabtree wandered in and out on additional keyboards and guitar and Dave Goldberg ( Rumours of Fleetwood Mac and Merseybeats) also guested on keyboards. The band and in particular Steve Clayton,Dave Addison and Chris Hewitt were instrumental in setting up the 1976 Deeply Vale Festival- Glastonbury/Stonehenge of the North and by 1978 Chris Hewitt was in charge of a major Deeply vale festival stage for six days having convinced Nik Turner, Steve Hillage, The Fall, The Ruts and Durutti Column to come and play to an estimated 20,000 people.
After several studio albums ( all now released on Ozit Morpheus Records) Tractor started playing live again as a two piece in 2001 and gigged through until 2008 whilst also recording new material. they took part in their own DVD film of a couple of concerts, a dvd about John Peel's Dandelion Records and a dvd about Deeply Vale Festivals. A couple of new albums are on their way in 2011.website www.tractor-ozit.com

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