Daniel Bachman, Magpahi, The Bins Live in Todmorden.

Tor Bookings are once again returning to Todmorden Unitarian Church for an evening of amazing music!



Bachman is known predominantly as a guitarist operating in the American Primitive style, often drawing comparisons to the likes of Jack Rose and John Fahey. His music can be riddled with blues and longing but can also turn to meditative and even psychedelic at times.



Magpahi is the solo project of Alison Cooper, also a member of Sam & The Plants and N.Racker who played a stunning show at the church last year. She plays delicate acid folk songs exploring traditional territory with her own style. Beautiful, elegant folk songs.



Collaborative project of Irma Vep and Suk Ninmyo, expect keyboards, guitars and a healthy dose of improvisation, maybe?


Plus Was Ist Das? Soundsystem (DJ) will be playing some tunes between sets!

£5 entry.

Hope to see some of you lovely folks there. S & J x

Tor Bookings #3 Report.

Here are three photos I took at the latest Tor Bookings show in Todmorden starring Cath and Phil Tyler, Stephaine Hladowski and Chris Hladowski. It was a truly fantastic night for all involved! Big thanks to everyone who came along and for ongoing support for this project. We’ll be back in the New Year with even more quality gigs. Cheers. www.torpress.co.uk

Video of SC solo show

Hello all,

Hope things are going well where you are in this big world. This is my first winter back in the north west and I’d forgotten how sporadic the weather is here. I spent a lot of time at university carrying a coat around because it was cold when I left the house but would get really hot in the afternoon. I’d also be able to tell how much rain had fallen that day by looking at how far up the back of my flared jeans the water had soaked in. I’m really not into this whole rain/hot/cold thing so ten years on I own something magical called “waterproofs”, which helps, but I have been missing the consistency of London weather, anyway…

I played a gig on Friday in at St. Margaret’s Church in Whalley Range supporting Duane Pitre. I met Duane and played trombone in his drone orchestra a couple of times in 2008 so it was an absolute pleasure to see him again. He’s a really talented musician so try and catch him on tour if you can!

My friend did a video recording of my set which you can watch here or here:

In other news I finally have a release date for my new tape Labyrinth on Exotic Pylon records which is the 14th November.  Jonny did a news bulletin on his website which has all the details. I’m getting copies but I’ve already dished them out to folks so best to buy directly from Exotic Pylon if you want one.

I don’t think I’m going to be playing live before 2014 now. I’ve got so much family stuff on and I’m out of the country for most of December. I’ve got a couple of shows brewing in London and Leeds but more details about that when I know. I’m open to suggestions for 2014 gigs at the moment so drop me a line if you have any thoughts: sofiesea@gmail.com. 

Tor Bookings shows. We have one on Thursday this week in Todmorden – Faaaacebleurghbook page here. Cath and Phil Tyler, Chris Hladowski and Stephaine Hladowski. I’m really looking forward to it especially having such an excellent time at the recent N.Racker, Pascal Nichols & 2 Koi Karp show we hosted. Thanks to everyone who has been so supportive of these shows so far. Again, I don’t think there’ll be another this side of the NY but we have a few ideas for 2014 cooking already.

I’ve got a picture published in this months episode of The Wire mag which I’m sure my old photography tutor ‘Darkroom Dave’ would be pleased with! I’m chuffed to say the least. It’s a photo I took (and published on this blog) of my pal Ellen Mary McGee and her mate Nick Johan Davies next to the article about Woolf Music.

That’s all for now I think. Hope your shoes are water tight.

Sof x

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.


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 




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

All the best,

Sof x


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



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. 



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. 


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. 


£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
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