The Little Kicks, ULTRAS
Saturday 27th October 8pm
Tickets £7 advance here
Emmanuelle Parrenin, Pefkin, Orion’s Belt
Wednesday 1st November, 8pm £10
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Emmanuelle Parrenin is a French folk singer who was active in the late 1960s and 1970s. Acclaimed and respected for her accomplished blending of traditional, ethereal folk styles with experimental, avant garde percussion pieces, which often draws comparisons with the likes of Brigitte Fontaine, and to a lesser extent Vashti Bunyan and Linda Perhacs. Listen
Pefkin is Gayle Brogan, a key figure in the experimental music scene since the mid nineties. She first gained recognition as one half of the remarkable duo Electroscope, mixing psychedelic pop, lofi, drones and folk. When Electroscope went on hiatus in 2000, Gayle picked up the name Pefkin, and continued on the same path, the music shifting towards freeform folk and longer drone pieces. Listen
Orion’s Belt is the new band from Lavina Blackwall of Trembling Bells. An electric six piece guitar band that play dreamy psyche with covers of Steeleye Span and Judy Collins.
Marisa Anderson, Richard Youngs
Friday 3rd November, 8pm £10
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Marisa Anderson channels the history of the guitar and stretches the boundaries of tradition. Her playing is fluid, emotional, and masterful, featuring compositions and improvisations that re-imagine the landscape of American music. Her deeply original work applies elements of minimalism, electronic music, drone and 20th century classical music to compositions based on blues, jazz, gospel and country music.
On her newest release, ‘Into the Light’ (2016), Anderson leaves Appalachia and the Delta blues behind as she journeys west, into the heart of the sun. Written as the soundtrack to an imaginary science-fiction western film, the record’s ten songs trace the story of a visitor lost and wandering on the shifting borderlands of the Sonoran desert. ‘Into the Light’ is shimmering and cinematic, the pieces built around pedal steel, lap steel and electric piano as well as Anderson’s signature guitar sound.
Originally from Northern California, Anderson dropped out of college at age nineteen to walk across the US and eventually landed in Portland, Oregon, where she currently lives. Classically trained, she honed her skills playing in country, jazz and circus bands. In 2009 she released her first solo gutiar recrod, ‘The Golden Hour’ followed by ‘Mercury'(2011) and ‘Traditional and Public Domain Songs'(2013). Listen
“Imagine Richard Youngs as the junior member of a cabal of prolific and puritanical English musician-mystics, including The Falls Mark E Smith, Van der Graaf Generators Peter Hammill, Martin Carthy and The Clangers composer Vernon Elliot, and still his nature will elude you” Stewart Lee, Sunday Times. Listen
Bad Art World Tour
Saturday 4th November 7.3opm
Read all about it here: Bad Art Leaflet
Codist, Gift Horse, Calacas and Lenzie Moss
Friday 10th November, 8.30pm £5
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LP Records artists Codist have been described as having “both feet firmly in 90’s US college rock but..some of Glasgow’s rich musical past has found it’s way into [their] DNA.” References to Pavement timings and Teenage Fanclub jangle have been made, and an EP called “Porcelain Boy” released. We reckon they are energetic, exciting and melodic. Listen to them here!
Gift Horse are a duo with David Maxwell on big drums and Audrey Bizouerne on dirty guitar with a sprinkle of psych glitter! Listen!
Calacas are double Jaguar, bass and drums, from Glasgow, and bury a misguided sense of melody in a garbage can of detuned abrasive guitars and ramshackle tones. Anachronistic skeletal noise.
Lenzie Moss is AKA Finlay Macdonald, erstwhile member of Teenage Fanclub and BMX Bandits, who will be playing solo tonight with loops and things!
A Beginner’s Guide to Populism
Wednesday 15th November | 7:30pm | £8/£10 + bf
NoLogoProductions present a dark comedy about the dangers of populism.
‘The villagers of Little Middleton are up in arms at proposals that will spell the end of the historic village. Following the announcement of plans to create Middleton Garden City, residents have launched the Save Little Middleton campaign to preserve their community and keep it out of the hands of property developers, speculators and all those who would destroy what they hold dear.
Leading the campaign is Parliamentary candidate Antonia Morgan – an odd choice, perhaps, given her previous endorsement of the proposals. But this is modern Britain and modern politics, and this is A Beginner’s Guide To Populism.
A dark comedy about the dangers of populism – Coming to a town near you soon.’
Friday 24th November | 7pm | tickets
“Armed with some of his finest songs to date, when Tom Speight finally decided to push the button he did so in remarkable style. Four Eps were released across 12 months, racking up more than 15 million Spotify plays, earning support from Radio 2 and a high profile session on Jo Whiley’s show. Desperate to play live, he chalked up more than 80 shows in less than 12 months, from London to Poland, from the Scottish Highlands to the continent.
“It’s amazing, yeah,” he admits with a smile. “We went to number one in Brazil. We were number seven in the global viral chart, and number one in their viral chart. Nothing’s changed, really. I always thought the songs were good, otherwise I wouldn’t have put them out there.”
Tom has developed a close relationship to producer Chris Bond. Working at Bond’s barnyard studio – “No phone signal, no internet… there’s not even running water!” – the pair focus purely on music, getting as close to the songs as they possibly can.
“We did all the foundations live,” he explains. “And then strings, cello, and piano we’d put over it afterwards as overdubs. I think you can hear it in the songs, that it’s not polished. It’s a human thing, which I think is missing in music.””
Rail Cables presents… BAHNHOF with Paddy Steer
Saturday 25th November, 7pm
BAHNHOF is a new monthly night brought to you by Rail Cables, with live sets from Mancunian maniac PADDY STEER, 2-piece experimental act ZORYA doing a train inspired set….and 2 piece guitar and drums duo Cassie…. Going to be a very special night.
Buy tickets £6 adv here or £7 on the door.
Paddy Steer is a Zelig-like character along the timeline of
Manchesters musical activity. Its a testament to his musicality
that he has played with such a wide range of music and artists
over the years, be it as a bass player, drummer, Hawaiian
guitarist etc. or all these roles at the same time.
Watch Paddy playing here.
His own Homelife project released six albums in recent years,
Homelife’s sound was intricate but with a warm sense of
wonder, a balance of songs and instrumentals. Many musicians
contributed to the Homelife project, brewed slowly by Paddy in
his attic before being taken out as a small orchestra for some
very unique concerts.
Never one to blow his own trumpet, Paddy quietly gets on with
developing his craft. There is something of the fairy-tale cobbler
working late into the night in order to make the finest shoes in
the kingdom, or maybe the musical elves strike up while he’s in
Recorded , Its a sometime cartoon-like music dense with
events, new textures and the colours of childrens
paintings,sounds like a Swiss cuckoo clock made of egg boxes
and horsehair, glued together by an African Moog player in a
Vietnamese iron monger’s shop.
In rejection of the notion of ‘immaculate reproduction’, live
performances err more daringly and admirably on the frontier
of chaotic abstraction, expression and focussed blunder, dice
rolling down the hill in case of duende, as from behind his
stacked array of instruments, the anarchically intrepid punk
gargles through a vocoder with his xylophone, all a-clatter
under disco lights and doilies.