Tor Festival 25th – 27th July, Todmorden West Yorkshire

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After one whole year of promoting really amazing shows in Todmorden, Jake and I have decided to organise a festival which will take place on the anniversary of the first one! (total coincidence by the way)

It’s called – TOR FESTIVAL

This idea started as an all dayer in our usual venue of The Unitarian Church but somehow one day didn’t seem enough work and we decided to put on a couple of extra events at our two favourite watering holes in Tod, namely the Three Wise Monkeys (observant readers of this blog will remember a jumble sale I organised there last year) and Bare Arts on each side. So we have an evening at the monkeys on the Friday, an all-dayer at the church on the Saturday then a casual afternoon by the canal at Bare Arts. It’ll be special.

Here’s a line up (so far, a few extra on the way plus a couple of surprises):

Friday: Bbblood, Debbie Sharp, Electric Knife Melody Boa Band 

Plus: General party vibes 🙂

Saturday: United Bible Studies, Delphine DoraBare Bones Lay Low, The Five Star Family Elan, Bridget Hayden, Pascal Nichols & Kelly Jayne Jones (aka Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides), These Feathers Have Plumes, Lobster Priest + one more special guest.

Plus: an art installation, food and booze tent, various stalls selling wares n that, a psychedelic light show, after show party.. the works!

Sunday: Two special guests – TBA

Plus: afternoon ale drinking and a pub quiz!

In a nutshell this thing is going to be mint.

Costs: 

£15 which makes sure you get into all three events, there are only 30 of these golden tickets because of capacity at the two venues.

£12 for the Saturday plus afterparty invite.

To buy tickets nice and in advance please visit our Kickstarter page – click here don’t delay!

There are also a few extras on there if you’re feeling generous or if you’ve always dreamed of a customised song by me (subject of your choice but within reason) now is your chance!

For more info including where to stay please visit the Tor Press website: click here… 

Get in touch if you have any questions/ideas/suggestions/comments etc. your views are important to me xxx

PS COME TO THE FESTIVAL!!!

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
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