Tor Bookings, new shows update!

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.

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Then just 10 short days after on the 24th October we have another great night featuring Cath and Phil Tyler, Chris Hladowski and Stephaine Hladowski.

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 Hladowski

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 Hladowski

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 

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Hope to see you at one or both of these shows!

All the best,

Sof x

www.torpress.co.uk

Tor Bookings returns to Todmorden! MXLX, Pascal Nichols and 2 Koi Karp.

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Another fine poster by the incredible Jake Blanchard which advertises TOR BOOKINGS #2. After the success of and support received for the last Tor Bookings show we are really pleased to return to the Unitarian Church in Todmorden for a most excellent evening of music. These guys can really wail… 

MXLX – London 

Aka Matt Loveridge of Team Brick and Beak> fame. This guy is a musical genius making intense and incredibly creative compositions. Everytime we’ve seen him play live he’s had a different set up and approaches the performance in a totally unique fashion building up tons of loops, drones, and interesting noise. We heard a rumour that this show might involve some saz rock outs but who knows what to expect. 

http://vimeo.com/42120037
http://hatesphere.tumblr.com/

http://kindarad.bandcamp.com/releases

Pascal Nichols – Manchester 

Pascal is one half of Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides and we’re really excited to have him in Tod for a solo percussion performance fresh from European tour and from working on a new solo album. Expect minimalist drums played using the weird contents of Pascal’s bag (and hands) which will captivate the audience into tranced out states. 

https://soundcloud.com/rayon-recs/pascal-nichols-one-word-for
http://pascalnichols.tumblr.com/

2 Koi Karp – Manchester 

New project from artists Louise Woodcock (ex-Womb, and Poppycock) and Neil VG (Gnod, Terminal Cheesecake) Think kinda freaky synth based horror with lots of atmospheric vocals and creepy tape samples. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7RQEaDtnNk&feature=youtu.be
https://www.facebook.com/2KoiKarp

£5 on the door. We’re going to be open from 6.30pm and probably start around 7pm with a curfew of 10pm which will give you lots of time to get home afterwards. There will be a bar.

Last trains: 

To Leeds – 10.45pm 
To Manchester – 10.35pm 

Cheers, Sof and Jake x
General enquires and suggestions box: info@torpress.co.uk

Gig in Hebden Bridge with Bridget Hayden

Proper excited to be playing this gig. The venue is so wonderful. I saw Colin Potter play there last month so I have proof. Bridget is one of my very favourite musicians so I’m always happy to watch her play. Plus Pascal Nichols and Joincey are both on the bill… basically, if I wasn’t playing, I’d still be going to this gig. Can not wait.

It’s hosted by the awesome Was Ist Das, who are a family I adore!

19th May, Inkfolk, Basement of Machpelah Works, Burnley Road, Hebden Bridge, hx7 8ah

Ffffffrbbbbr event: hi! 

ImageThis is a photo of me taking a stroll down a giant rabbit hole in Todmorden.

the whole weekend's activities.

the whole weekend’s activities.

Manchester show in April

Things are going rather well since I left London to live in the valley. It’s only been a week but it’s all rather nice so far. Image

 

I’m playing a gig on the 16th April in Manchester which I’m thrilled about! I’m so happy to have my dear Joincey along and a good chance that equally dear Pascal Nichols will be there too playing my songs as a kinda ‘backing band’. Expect wild keytar and drum machine solos, I feel it in my bones. 

It’s at a working art space called The Penthouse on the 16th April. Here’s some info about the other bands playing: 

TG GONDARD (fr)
GAEL MOISSONNIER (fr)

Both french artists/musicians are now living in Brussels, Belgium. Expect two very different and personal approaches of either experimental lo-fi pop and improvised experimental noise synthesis. One of TG Gondard’s latest record has been released by Not Not Fun records. G. Moissonnier’s first solo tape is due very soon on the always great looking Winebox press…

Rosanne Roberston (Manch)

Robertson is an artist working with action sound and moving image. She was recently selected as an emerging live artist and ‘provocateur’ of Manchester for Dazed Digital- the online home of magazine Dazed and Confused http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/14117/1/doodlebug-selects-rosanne-robertson the article gives a little further background to her practice.

This gig is £3 unwaged and £4 waged. 
Venue:
The Penthouse
Hilton House
26-28 Hilton Street
Northern Quarter 
Manchester
M1 1EH
(On the corner of Hilton Street and Tariff Street at the Sunshine Studios end of Hilton Street)

and here’s the FB page. 

Got a couple of other shows in March in Bradford and Manchester again but more about that later X