The Little Room 3 inch CDR

I’ve just released new EP which you can listen to on my bandcamp page. It’s short because I had some 3 inch CDRs to use and there are now only 4 of these left so if you want one please buy it via my Bandcamp page 🙂 It’s guitar and vocal improvisations, recorded at home. Very lo fi! Hope you enjoy. 3inch has a little lino print made by Jake Blanchard and that’s worth the fiver alone.


Composer curator, Sound and Music

Jake and I were selected to take part in this year’s Composer Curator programme with Sound and Music. This means they’ll be supporting us in new programming in Todmorden where we’ll be working with schools to showcase traditional instruments from places in the EU. They will also be supporting us in this year’s Tor Festival.

Big thanks to the team at SAM for this opportunity! We were in London last week meeting all the participants in the programme and it was so good to meet other people doing interesting creative things from across the country.


Magpahi / Rebecca Lee & Marie Thompson

Tod folk fest is upon us! That first year encountering the drunk harpist jamming in The Wetherspoons beer garden image will never leave me.. nor will the distant sounds of Morris Dancer bells haunting the air throughout the valley. I have massive respect for Esther, Ruthie and the rest of the team for putting this fine event on year after year so good luck and hope it goes well you lot.

We’re providing a pop up Tod Folk Fest event this Sunday in Tor Beers inside the Golden Lion. It starts at 5.30pm and will feature Alison Cooper aka Magpahi with a full band I believe so that’s exciting.. plus the lovely Rebecca Lee and Marie Thompson are coming all the way from Nottingham to provide us with some flute and oboe processed sounds. Is it folk though? I don’t mind if you don’t mind.

See you there my darlings x

Facebook event page – 

Sarah Angliss, Ben Gwilliam and Embla Quickbeam in Todmorden

Angliss poster lo-res

We have a new show coming up at The Golden Lion on the 6th April! Super excited to have three brilliant artists showing us their new work. Read on for details…

‘AIR LOOM: Sarah Angliss with Sarah Gabriel and Stephen Hiscock’,

Composer and performer Sarah Angliss presents Air Loom, her new album of dreamlike music, distilling a lifetime’s work with ancient instruments and extraordinary electroacoustic techniques. Centre stage is the clavisimbalum, a sonorous, fourteenth-century cousin of the harpsichord. Its plucked, soft iron strings ring with a rich, dark reverberance – a sound that hails from Eastern European folk and the Renaissance court. Angliss adds voices in close harmony, recorder, theremin, percussion and robotic carillon, an instrument she devised and built to play bells at inhuman speeds, creating a haze of delicate, metallic sound.

Angliss is joined by vocalist Sarah Gabriel and percussionist Stephen Hiscock. As they play, their sounds are deftly contorted, fragmented and recombined using Angliss’ digital inventions. Her own variant of the loop pedal stretches every strand of sound subtly as it plays. This transforms the most consonant music into something more angular as it makes beguiling musical collisions – the precarious harmonic terrain of Angliss’ signature soundworld: “Music possessed of an eerie instability…a whole universe unto itself brimming with fresh propositions and new directions…a shimmering minimalist masterpiece’ (Wire Magazine, May 2017).

Support from:


Ben will perform with super 8 projectors, Ice and homemade electronics in an attempt to amplify the space between microphone and medium.

Ben Gwilliam (1980) is an artist whose work spans sound, film, installation & performance. His work explores how the mechanics of sound media reflect & distort human perception, often manipulating the space(s) & moment of experience. His fascination drives a curiosity that forms as durational performances and installations, film & video works and writing. Ben Gwilliam (1980) is an artist whose work spans sound, film, installation & performance. His work explores how the mechanics of sound media reflect & distort human perception, often manipulating the space(s) & moment of experience. His fascination drives a curiosity that forms as durational performances and installations, film & video works and writing. He is currently completing his Phd sound and Film at the Sonic Arts Research Unit, Oxford Brookes.



Rowan Forestier-Walker is a sound and visual artist based in Todmorden West Yorkshire, She records and performs under the name Embla Quickbeam. Embla’s slow burning tapes that secrete captured unreal moments.

BUZZED FOR THIS ONE! See ya there.. tickets on door. Faceburgh page here.  Ps yes the trains are running to Todmorden again, hurray! So last train friendly times apply here.

March news


I’ve not done an update for a bit so here is one. Few things to report.

First off I’m in residency at Huddersfield Uni from now until November which is really exciting. I’m there to write a new piece for the 66 speaker surround sound set up they have for Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. I met with the other 4 women composers taking part in the programme a couple of weeks ago and everyone was so nice and supportive. Really happy to have this opportunity and can’t wait to write the piece. Read more about this here –

Few gigs coming up soon –

Best poster by Julian Bradley for Ireland shows below.


New The Slowest Lift photo by the fabulous Nic Chapman (who took that photo of me on the hill a couple of years ago. Nic rules)

Slowest 12 B&Wweb

Last bit of news for now is I got asked to write about working for Rhythm Time and how working with music and young people has had an impact on my musical practice for The Wire mag. It’s part of an issue called ‘The Great Learning’ and I suggest you get a copy because it’s really interesting.


ta, me duckies x

Tor Bookings: Bonnacons of Doom


This elusive and constantly-evolving Liverpool collective harness the ritualistic and cathartic power of repetition, monstrous riffs and squalls of atonal noise in their unique take on rhythmic heavy psych. Blending vocals that range from hypnotic mantras to explosive psychic outbursts with brutal rhythmic pummelling and glacial electronics.

Bonnacons have been making waves in the UK underground through a series of explosive festival shows and site-specific performances.

Their debut album will be released on Rocket Recordings in 2018.

“Liverpool’s black caped & mirror-masked Bonnacons of Doom incorporate death trombone drones into their massed mantras and psychic wailings” (Mojo)

“Taking more of a Swans approach to sonic worship than swirling acid trips, the Bonnacons are monolithic in delivery” (Dazed)

“As far as occult AV freak-outs go, Bonnacons Of Doom are hard to beat. If GOAT swapped in their feral acid-afrobeat for lurid drone and crushing motorik drum-fire, and traded tribal feathers for hooded capes and reflective masks, you might be part way there… vocal outbreaks erupt like the gothic exorcism of Patti Smith’s ghost.” (Clash)

“Volume. Exhilaration. Sensory overload… This is molten heaviness at its most graceful… versatile enough to survive collaboration with Liverpool Cathedral choir, yet packing a muscular punch that’s guaranteed to leave you reeling” (The Skinny)

plus support from SHERBET TRIPOD

New energetic trio from Leeds comprising of members of Guttersnipe, Cow Town and Beards. “Sherbet Tripod is a troublesome twirlybird triage of fulminating femmes armed with chromatic clank, siren-shrill syrupvox and particle accelerated sandbox-jamboree camouflage cartoonality, always ready, never prepared, a three headed harpie sputtering raver-coherent conversation, each climbing in front of the other, but to build a pyramid of neon hoo-hah! Tread softly!”

Downstairs at the Golden Lion, entrance is free but donations of around ÂŁ5 would be appreciated to pay the bands.

2018 end of

Hello everyone…

I wanted to write a little sum up of my musical activities this year in a blog form so here we go. I’ve had a good time generally which is pretty good considering my zen has been seriously messed with by politics. I was happy to spend a bit of time performing in Europe while it is still possible and easy to do so.

I had a great time this year performing other people’s music which is something I use to do a lot of when I was younger so it’s been brilliant to get back into the swing of it. Performing in ‘Landscape’ by Trevor Wishart and Mick Banks was really fun as was playing trombone and singing in my first opera (a micro one!) for Rebecca Lee and Nastassja Simensky (see pic below). I also had an amazing time joining a few people in Leeds for a one off show covering songs from 1968 for The Scalarama Film Festival. Turned the sax solo in Donovan’s ‘Get thy bearings’ into a way better slide trombone version.

24.11.18 - Five Verses on Six Sacks of Earth Day 2-19

I was invited over to Rotterdam’s Worm to lead an Iron Maidens workshop, as always, I was amazed by what the group could produce in one day. Teaching for Rhythm Time has been as fun as ever! I’ve been working in Sure Start Centres teaching pre-school aged kids basic music theory and it’s fascinating what they can pick up. I also worked with teenagers at the Sound and Summer school for the second year running as assistant composer for the cross cultural composition group. Hear a podcast about the school here if you’re interested.

Delphine Dora and I released ‘Divine Ekstasys’ in April, played two shows in The Netherlands and were lucky enough to perform with Wolf Eyes in Paris – crazy evening.

Had a wild time with The Slowest Lift involving much time in a car. Our mini tour with Richard Youngs and Noel Meek was really fun. Think my fave gig with Julian this year was at The Spit and Sawdust skate park in Cardiff. We have 2 gigs booked for next year and a record almost completed.

Solo music wise, I’m back on the guitar song writing and am working on a new record with the working title ‘Goodbye Gemini’. Hoping to have that finished before summer.

Tor Festival at The Trades Club was a blast, hoping to do something there again next July. Tor FM continues each month on Camp Radio..

Can’t think of anything else right now. Cheers for reading, coming to gigs we do as Tor Bookings or any I play round the country.. and if you’ve purchased anything from me this year thanks for that as well. Have a lovely, stress free, holiday season.

Sof x