Tor Festival 2019

Tor fest poster web

less than 3 weeks away..! This year’s amazing Tor Fest 🙂 Only a few weekend tickets left now so grab one quickly here – TICKET LINK 

Tor Festival returns to Todmorden, West Yorkshire once again for the sixth iteration of the eclectic underground music festival. This year to be held over three days at The Golden Lion from 30th August – 1st September.

Friday night will take place in the intimate live room with performances from experimental sound artist Lee Patterson, Afro futurist and winner of this years Oram award, Lady Vendredi and a special party set by Game_Program, the solo project of Jon Nash (Cowtown, Nope).

Saturday will be all day and held across two stages plus a special pop up space for the Mammoth Beat Organ led by Graham Dunning and Sam Underwood. Gnod will be bringing their usual brand of improvised psych and they’ll be inviting a group of special guests to join them on stage (Slomo, Aidan Baker, J.Charms & S.Cooper). French folk legend Emmanuelle Parrenin will be back at The Lion for another unforgettable performance. Natalie Sharp aka Lone Taxidermist will be performing her new piece ‘Body Vice’, her shows are always something to behold. Other highlights include drone doomers Nadja, an experimental bagpipe and electronics set from Vasco Alves, free folk explorations from Divil A’ Bit (Woven Skull / United Bible Studies), ambient synth voyages from Simon Fowler, stunning hypnotic viola by Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh, Exploratory electronic excursions from Helm, and a stack of amazing local performers- Dead Sea Apes, Marlo Eggplant, Plank, NikNak & Jo Kennedy all capped off with a DJ set from the awesome Space Afrika!

On Sunday we’ve invited Willie Stewart of Woven Skull to curate Floor Tom Fest, a day of pushing floor tom based music in new and weird directions, he’s invited a stellar cast of performers to drum their way through the day- Fritz Welch, Het Hek (Guttersnipe), Andrew Cheetham, Kathy Gray, Natalia Beylis, Graham Dunning and Sam Mcloughlin.

This years festival is in part sponsored by Sound & Music’s ‘Composer Curator’ Program.

Tickets available from Skiddle- https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Oldham/Golden-Lion-Hotel/Tor-Festival/13559292/

Weekend tickets- £30

Plutonic Shine ~ The Slowest Lift

New album out today! Listen to it on bandcamp or buy a tape 🙂

This is the third release from The Slowest Lift who are a West Yorkshire based band comprising of Sophie Cooper (Tor Festival) and Julian Bradley (Vibracathedral Orchestra).

This record is being self-released by The Slowest Lift on limited edition cassette and on digital download. There will be a vinyl version coming later released by Feeding Tube Records.

New album – Plutonic Shine, The Slowest Lift

Julian and I are self-releasing our latest The Slowest Lift album called ‘Plutonic Shine’. It’s available on pre-order at the moment so click on our bandcamp link above to purchase one. The record is due a vinyl release later on this year so keep your eyes open for that. There are 2 tracks you can hear now and the rest will be up on the 2nd August which gives us time to dub the tapes.

I’m still obsessed with The Slowest Lift and constantly blown away by what can be artistically achieved through working with another human on a project like this. I couldn’t do this without Julian, it’s so unique to our collaboration and that’s really a special thing to have going on. I encourage new collaborations constantly so I hope this is inspiring to read, find a like minded friend to make something new happen, it’s a wild process.

Bong and Sat Nav Tod

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New incoming… 19th July

Last time I saw Bong play with Bridget Hayden the lads from Bad Guys were crowd surfing and that’s quite impressive when the music is really slow –

Bong with Bridget Hayden

Stoner Doom legends Bong will be joined by Bridget Hayden, this is a rare chance to see them play together! If you caught their collaboration at Supernormal a couple of years ago then you’ll know this is not to be missed! Bong will be bringing their own brand of heavy droned out doom with Bridget bringing her signature feedback infused fuzzy blues guitar and haunting vocals.

Sat Nav Tod

A new collaboration from Roy Claire Potter and Sophie Cooper, exploring themes around travel and place through improvised trombone and spoken word.

Tickets- https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Oldham/Golden-Lion-Hotel/Bong-with-Bridget-Hayden-Sat-Nav-Tod/13569515/

“New Weird Britain”

I wanted to wait until all the shows were available until I posted about my great friend Alannah Chance’s amazing achievement called New Weird Britain which is a 4 episode documentary series on BBC Radio 4. Alannah has worked really hard on this series which involved doing a ton of research into the UK DIY and contemporary music scenes today. The shows are only half an hour each so obviously not everything can be covered but I think these shows do a fantastic job capturing a bit about what’s happening out and about. I hope people listening will be encouraged to do a bit of research themselves after hearing them and will perhaps do something like visit us at Tor Festival in Todmorden, our little corner of this weird island, which is discussed in the second episode. Anyway, great job Alannah, keep at it!

Click hear to listen to all the shows. 

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.

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Composer curator, Sound and Music

http://soundandmusic.org/projects/meet-2019s-composer-curators

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 –

https://www.facebook.com/events/2335293103422112/ 

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 GWILLIAM

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.

and

EMBLA QUICKBEAM

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.