Help Me I’m Melting No. 16
September the 24th
2PM, Free admission
Stewart Smith of The Wire “…the best thing to happen on the Glasgow Music scene in years…..”
Tony Bevan – bare-knuckle Bass sax bruiser, plus Soprano saxophone & Vocals
Fritz Welch – Megaphone(!), vocals
Fritz Welch began singing in the Hallelujah Bacon Church at the tender age of a heathen actionist goatherd. He is a member of Asparagus Piss Raindrop, has a duo with Olivier DiPlacido, plays in FvRT with Guido Henneböhl, Lambs Gamble with Eric Boros and George Cremaschi and had a longstanding duo with the late great George Lyle.
Adam Campbell Electronics, vocals
Adam Campbell is a musician from Glasgow. He plays improvised music and occasionally works in multimedia installation and software projects. His work has been shown at places like STEIM, Talbot Rice, DCA, Cafe Oto, Counterflows.
Howie Reeve – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Acoustic Avant-pop Bass Guitarist and Vocalist
WIDT, SUE TOMPKINS, TRACT/ELA ORLEANS
SATURDAY 24TH SEPT – 7.30PM
Patterned signals…. coloured light and words…
WIDT are an audiovisual collaboration of two sisters from Warsaw, Antonina Nowacka and Bogumiła Piotrowska. Oneiric visions guided by abstract, operatic vocals floating in the jungle of psychedelic visuals, created in real time from scratch. A unique trip into the land of forgotten, avoided and as yet unexperienced.
Sue Tompkins has been involved in the Glasgow-based post-punk band Life Without Buildings and has realised performances with the group Elisabeth GO. She presently works with solo or duo performances and drawings. Her object-collage based works can contain fur, magazine cut-outs, plastic bottles, ribbons, felt-tip pen drawings and more recently textdrawings made with a typewriter, in which words slip and slide across the page with the staccato rhythm of her performances. Tompkins talks about her work in terms of editing, layering, arranging and configuring. The patterns that repeat, the overlapping of words and phrases appear as accusations, statements, commentaries, requests…. The depiction of phrases from songs that are whirling in Tompkins’ mind, or quotes from film or mass media play an important role in her text drawings. Her selections of material are made at a subjective level that lends a density to her performances and gives them permanence through rhythm and repetition. Sarah Lowndes defines Tompkins’ production as being informed by the absent real and the romantic other. Apart from this, her works recall the futurist poetry and surrealist performances that took place in cafés and bars in the early 20th century. Her reactionary practice recalls autonomy. Her drawings ask for and state autonomy – autonomy from Tompkins’ side to bring together these phrases and words, emotions and thoughts and autonomy from the audience’s side to recall, think, evaluate, digest and reject to digest….
TRACT is Ela Orleans compositions for Violin and Electronics. “…Orleans has an uncanny knack for making electronics sound organic, being one of the only artists actually worthy of the descriptor Folktronica. But this isn’t some one-dimensional concept of Joan Baez folk we are talking about, these are the folk dances of the 21st century, cold and pastoral hymns to our modern age” Mishka Bloglin
“…a funeral anthem of treble and reverb which materialises in front of you like a faded postcard from a frozen tundra beyond the fiery sea- it makes us think of Nico…” 20jazzfunkgreats
Yeah You, Dick 50, Cucina Povera
SUNDAY 25th SEPTEMBER 8PM
Newcastle-based father daughter duo Yeah You spout out noisy pop that bulges its way out through distorted configurations of often tiny mobile speakers. The layered beats set a muddied base for the groove of stream-of-consciousness style lyrics gasping and popping out. LISTEN HERE
Old Hairy favourites Dick 50 continue to build up and break down their own dream-swamp-voyage. Always a surprise! LISTEN HERE
Cucina Povera’s *new* sounds bring chanty layered vocals, ancient echoes, looking + moving forward. LISTEN HERE
Shunta Takeyari, The Dead Agants, Still House Plants
::Opening Ceremony: KYOKUJITSU Kagami-Biraki(Sake Barrel Opening)
Kagami(鏡-mirror) Biraki(開き-to open)
has a 300 years of history with Japanese tradition.
The fourth Tokugawa Shogun began this ceremony for good luck to the army in an important battle. Therefore, it represents good fortune and an opening to harmony.
KYOKUJITSU is a brand name of Sake made by Fujii Honke Sake Brewery established in 1831, in Shiga, Japan.
Alasdair Roberts & James Green Album Launch
THURSDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER – 7.30PM
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Album Launch for ‘Plaint of Lapwing’ a new collaboration between Alasdair Roberts & James Green.
Here Alasdair explains how the record came about:
Mayday 2012: an email from James Green in Sheffield reached me in Glasgow. I knew James a little not particularly well; we had met a few times over the years and had collaborated a little too (I’d sung on a couple of songs on the album Folk Songs 2 by his group The Big Eyes Family Players). I understood that he played the harmoniflute, an instrument somewhere between a harmonium and an accordion, and seemed very enamoured of it. His email read: had an idea about approaching you with… an ep or few songs (trad or otherwise) accompanied by my harmoniflute, and nothing else… just an idea once the dust has settled, maybe….
The dust was not long in the swirling before coming to rest upon both of our past endeavours, and shortly we set to work on the project which became Plaint of Lapwing. My initial thought was to concentrate on just four pieces I’d just recorded the Drag City LP/CD A Wonder Working Stone and had some songs left over from that. In a process which James was later to characterise as ‘surreal’, I started emailing him recordings of my disembodied voice; in response I would eagerly await, tracks featuring aforesaid voice with James’ harmoniflute accompaniment.
The project gradually, almost imperceptibly, developed in scope and complexity over two years. I began sending James more vocal takes as well as other sonics I’d generated, for a variety of original compositions and some by other authors (including a song by the Perthshire folklorist Hamish Henderson, an arrangement by Benjamin Britten of a piece by the Irish poet Thomas Moore, a lyric by beekeeping Cornish film maker Timothy Neat and a setting of a work by the Angus poet Violet Jacob). James in turn increased his instrumental palette to include drums, guitars and all other kinds of musical things.
As the project developed, so did a wonderful friendship blossom between James and myself. I found I was sending vocal tracks attached to emails detailing current grievances in my personal life, as if envisaging James as some kind of agony aunt. James, in return, sent completed tracks and, apparently regarding me as some kind of sounding board, emails venting his strident opinions (invariably in line with my own) on whatever political matter ruled the day. Before we knew it the disembodied sounds had become incarnate and James and I found we had an LP’s worth of material – an LP featuring beautiful artwork by Frances Castle which you, dear listener, now have the opportunity to welcome into your own home.
DOA: A Rite of Passage + Scalarama Closing Party
FRIDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER
Doors at 7pm. Cans of Red Stripe only £2.50!
For one night only, the Old Hairdressers will be turned into the toilets of CBGB’s for a Transatlantic night of film, live music and DJs in the spirit of Malcolm McLaren’s Midnight Special. A unique cinematic experience, this will also be the Scalarama Glasgow closing party so come along and celebrate a great month of DIY Cinema.
To begin, Matchbox present a rare cinematic screening of Lech Kowalski’s lost punk treasure DOA: A RITE OF PASSAGE, one of the greatest punk films ever made, featuring live performances from The Sex Pistols, X-Ray Spex, The Dead Boys, Generation X, Sham 69 and more, with music from The Clash, Iggy Pop and Augustus Pablo.
Shot on 16mm the film follows the Sex Pistols 1978 American Tour which ended with the group’s demise, in a way it’s the perfect companion piece to D.A Pennebaker’s 1973 Ziggy Stardust film which ended with the death of Ziggy. Johnny Rotten was the pissed off mutant son of Ziggy and here we are 5 years later, in a rock and roll shitstorm of our own creation.
But don’t think this is just a Sex Pistols film or only for punks, it’s so much more than that. It goes deep into the roots of the invasion, focussing more on the fans, behind the scenes, on and off stage, going further into the culture clashes of the time, whist also exploring the other bands and ingredients that made up the movement. It captures something truly special in all it’s rawness and danger. Come and peek backstage behind the curtain, through the lens of a handheld camera as it all unfolds, it’s not so much a documentary as a ride, and it’s never felt more relevant, even if it was dead on arrival, it lives on to tell the tale.
Pre-screening there will be specially curated music and visuals.
Post-screening, there will be live music + DJs ’til late.
FULL LINE UP ANNOUNCEMENT! on the night we will be joined by Asian Babes, TWIN MIRRORS and The Animal Mothers! three bands who, in the spirit of Punk, and in the spirit of Matchbox, are outsiders and refuse to be pigeonholed. With DJ sets from Tigermask (Shake Appeal / The Jackhammers) and Dead Beet Records.
Screening is by arrangement with Revolt Cinema, proceeds from the event will go towards the restoration of DOA: A RITE OF PASSAGE.
FRIENDS OF THE FANZINE PT.5
Civil Elegies & Britney
Bruce Mack, SwatPaz, The Serious Moonlight, Bovine, Sean Mulvenna, David Turner, Ryan Drever, Richard Stevenson, Culloden Robertson, Veracious Illustration, Kim Grant, Hannah Dunigan, Erin Stevenson, Oddly Normal, Nafi Wurqi, Lee Boyce
Friends of the Fanzine is a collective of artists, musicians and promoters.
POLISH SCHOOL OF POSTER EXHIBITION
SUNDAY 23RD OCTOBER – THURSDAY 4TH NOVEMBER
Play Poland Film Festival 2016 is coming to Old Hairdresser’s with a special exhibition presenting selected highlights from the Polish School of Poster. The making of artistic posters has been long-lasting tradition in Poland and furthermore internationally appreciated by filmgoers and filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg. This exhibition is the first and only substantial collection of Polish film posters in Glasgow. The event will be attended by special guests- Urszula Jurzyna- aspiring Polish film director and David Galletly- Glaswegian illustrator and graphic designer.
WEDNESDAY 26TH OCTOBER
Following the exhibition we will arrange a special screening composed by short movies made by former and current students from Polish Film Schools. The screenings will be followed by a Q&A with Urszula Jurzyna – awarded Polish film director- whose movie “Black Hole” will be opening the programme.
MONDAY 3rd OCT, 8PM £5
Sloth Racket is a quintet of UK improvisers led by baritone saxophonist Cath Roberts, with Anton Hunter (Beck Hunters, Article XI) on guitar, Sam Andreae (Trio Riot, Silence Blossoms) on tenor saxophone, Seth Bennett (Metamorphic, En Bas Quartet) on bass and Johnny Hunter (Nat Birchall, Johnny Hunter Quartet) on drums. The group play Cath’s compositions, combining written fragments with graphic notation to explore the balance between freedom and structure. The results range across musical territories from fiery free jazz, to minimal improv textures, to deep grooves.
Listen to Sloth Racket HERE
Consider this an important contribution to the debate about spontaneity versus form.’
– Daniel Spicer, Jazzwise ****
‘The Sloth Racket sound is broadly comparable to that of Tim Berne’s Bloodcount, the mid ’90s New York quintet with the same instrumentation, or the earthier, brawnier sound of Chicago as filtered through Peter Brötzmann’s Tentet.’
– Tim Owen, Dalston Sound
‘an agreeably spicy goulash of free improvisation, grumpy riffs and bluesy themes’
– Stewart Smith, The Quietus
Jer Reid/ Raymond MacDonald/ Catriona McKay/ Dougal Marwick/ Una MacGlone
A quintet four of who know each other from the Glasgow Improvisors Orchestra. Jer is the only one to play with Dougal. The only one who isnt Dougal that is. Dougal has done lots of great things in theatre, film soundracks and celebrating Weir’s Way with Wounded Knee. All the others have done quite a bit of different things!
THE DEAD AGENTS
Graeme Miller and Graham Mack. Expansive atmospheric guitar improvisations with dynamic synths adding frequencies from floor to ceiling.
Tristan Honsinger, Bravest Boat, Richard Youngs
SATURDAY 29th OCTOBER 8pm
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Tristan Honsinger started improvising in Montreal more than forty years ago, prior to his decisive move to Europe, where he’s been at the centre of improvised music activity ever since. So this group represents an oblique sort of homecoming. Their rapport is obvious, the results a satisfying mixture of musical empathy and creative conflict. Tristan plays with characteristic daring from his reserves of readymade tune fragments and shards of poetry and into the protean unknown that is the foundation for the best group improvising. Josh Zubot,and Nicolas Caloia don’t merely follow him there, but provoke him and each other in ways that are, by turns, subtle, assertive, and irreverent. A superb encounter.
Bravest Boat are a collective based in Glasgow and Bradford exploring structured improvisations, loose composition and prepared spontaneity. Some written bits, some not. Emerging from a series of concerts of varying line ups led by the idiosyncratic twin guitars of Stevie Jones and Jer Reid, the personnel eventually settled down to form this group, also including Aby Vulliamy (viola, voice), George Murray (trombone) and Rafe Fitzpatrick (violin). Bravest Boat, all voracious collaborators, have a background of working together within Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, Sound of Yell, The One Ensemble and Sycamore with Friends, as well as within countless other contexts; with film makers, dancers, artists, theatre makers, community projects, and music therapy. Stewart Smith described this extended scene in The Quietus as more of a rhizome than a family tree.
Richard Youngs; Since the release of a solo album, Advent, and a collaboration with Simon Wickham-Smith, Lake, in 1990, Richard Youngs has appeared on well over 100 releases on labels as small as his own and as big as Jagjaguwar. His collaborators include Jandek, Acid Mothers Temple’s Kawabata Makoto, Vibrecathedral Orchestra/Astral Social Club member Neil Campbell, and Skullflower’s Matthew Bower. He runs No Fans, his second label, from his kitchen table, and he masters records by his friends.