and a review from this month’s Wire mag by Byron Coley:
Jake Blanchard and Hellvete split also on bandcamp..
As promised, a new tape out just yesterday on the great Tor Press label. This one is a split with Ignatz who is an awesome musician I’ve been slightly in awe of for a while now so this tape really means something to me, so pleased it’s come out. I’ve called my side ‘Landscape at Large’ named after a collage by Paul Nash. As ever lots of love and thanks to Jake, Bram and Andie for making it happen x
This tape is kind of a duel release on Tor Press. It’s ideal partner, which has came out on the same day, is a split by Hellvete and Jake Blanchard. I’m playing a bit of trombone on one of Jake’s tracks. You can buy both from the Tor Press website by clicking on the picture below. It’s also available at Norman Records.
Here’s an update on two Tor Bookings gigs we have coming up in Todmorden.
MXLX has unfortunately had to pull out of playing the show we have booked on the 13th October. But, the show must go on and in an exciting twist, our friends the incredible, N.RACKER, will be headlining this show.
Here’s a video Sam sent me this morning:
I saw N.Racker play at Bradford’s Recon Festival last weekend and they were one of my favourites of the whole event and I’m so happy they are able to perform at the church. N.Racker work as an in-sync duo collaboratively producing an eerie sound even John Carpenter would be creeped out by. Long, droning dark synth tones from homemade instruments, strings and fractured vocals make for an unique experience. The live show is so impressively PRO, I wouldn’t miss seeing them if I were you. Oh and they are local to Todmorden.
Cath and Phil Tyler
Cath & Phil Tyler play Anglo-American folk music using guitar, banjo, voice and fiddle. Cath was a member of the band Cordelia’s Dad in the 1990s when she lived in Massachusetts, USA. Phil, from Newcastle upon Tyne has played in various folk, rock and ceilidh bands for many years. Coming together musically through a shared love of traditional narrative song, full voiced sacred harp singing and sparse mountain banjo, they have performed on stages as diverse as the Royal Opera House in London and a dank tower in the old city walls of Newcastle. Taking a more minimal approach to their material than some, they have been described as ‘one of the most compelling musical partnerships on the scene’, their music being ‘a highly concentrated and intimate musical experience that penetrates to the very rawest essence of folk tradition’.
Stephanie is a vocalist known for her take on traditional folk singing. Her style often reminiscent of the 60’s folk revival. Her music is raw, emotive and deeply affecting. Both her EP on Singing Knives Records and her recent collaboration with C Joynes have been met with critical acclaim.
Chris is best known for his band and chief project The Family Elan. A truly talented and effortless Bouzouki and Saz player, most of his music is inspired by the traditional songs of Eastern Europe and the middle east. Amongst other projects he’s played in A Hawk And A Hacksaw, Nalle and The One Ensemble as well as collaborating with musicians from Southern Asia and Pakistan.
Another great poster by Jake Blanchard
Hope to see you at one or both of these shows!
All the best,
I’ve been off work this week and had a lovely time sorting the house out, walking up very cold hills, barbecuing, drinking cocktails and seeing friends. Music wise, I’ve been writing a new song and did a bit of trombone on one of Jake’s new pieces which sounds ace! I’ve also had a bit of news about the two releases I’ve got due out but will write more when I have dates/times/places and all that.
The news of the day is that I’ve been offered a slot supporting the one and only Flower Corsano Duo up in Cragg Vale! (I don’t know where it is either but I’m told it’s not far from Hebden Bridge) There’s a FBOOK event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/251842751607351/ with all the details on. I’ve got a full band with both Joincey and Pascal playing with me so should be an awesome evening.
Poster by the incredible Jake Blanchard.