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!
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.
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.
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 –
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).
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.
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 –
- 21st March – The Slowest Lift in Arcade Coffee, Huddersfield
- 26th March – solo guitar show at The Golden Lion, Todmorden
- 13th April – The Slowest Lift and Kelly Jayne Jones at The Roundy, Cork
- 14th April – The Slowest Lift and Kelly Jayne Jones at Jigsaw, Dublin
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)
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