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James Michael Rodgers
Inspired by the likes of Van Morrison, John Martyn and Drugdealer it is sure to be an uplifting, glorious night of music with his Berlin band The Hypochondriacts and the great fat mantra and The Mayans who are all members of the amazing The Hoojamamas.
AWOTT, Conspirators of Pleasure, Mark Vernon, Pavel V
Wednesday 29th May, 8pm
Tickets £8 Advance HERE or £10 on the door
Awott are an experimental postindustrial synth group form Moscow, “Awott – the Liberator, protects those who recognize it. AWOTT is ether, air, fire, water and earth. All the physical desires are satisfied through it. Knows 64 Rithms, AWOTT gifts joy to the Creator. It is pure transcendental Note and timeless. Universal for any age, shapes, size and heights. Everybody loves and respects.”
Conspirators of Pleasure were formed in 2012 by Poulomi Desai (ex Dead Jalebies) and Simon Underwood (founder member of post punk band The Pop Group). They are an improvising duo that seek to bend all the rules, question the sacred, create extraordinary soundscape performances and self-regulating sonic systems, using modified and prepared instruments. Part of their unusual musical armoury includes a prepared sitar, sonically twisted stylophones, prepared bass, modified toys, resurrected radios and visually scarred slide projections. Their compositions explore experimental terrains, twisting technology to transform organic sounds into eerie calls that flow from intense waves of abrasive, noisy, chaos invoking industrial nostalgia, to structured pulsating rhythms, to melancholic, microtonal drones.
Mark Vernon is a Glasgow-based artist whose work exists on the fringes of sound art, music and broadcasting. At the core of his practice lies a fascination with the intimacy of the radio voice, environmental sound, obsolete media and the re-appropriation of found recordings. He incorporates these diverse elements into radiophonic compositions for broadcast, fixed media and live performances.
Disrupted loops and fuzz make his guitar sound like throbbing gristle.
The Frank Burkitt Band with Backa Wolfe
Friday 24th May, 7.30pm
“I was awestruck by the command of blues, jazz, Americana, folk and swing… breadth, depth and talent.”
Rock Society Magazine, Feb 2019
“The band’s vocal harmonies are tight, spot on and a delight. Soulful music that confounds to the end.” ****
Marc Higgins, Northern Sky Magazine (UK), Dec 2018
All the way from New Zealand (via Scotland) The Frank Burkitt Band are delighted to be performing at The Old Hairdresser’s in Glasgow as part of their debut UK Tour in May and June 2019.
Following on from 4 months of shows in the antipodes, where they were announced as winners of the Vodafone NZ Music Award for Best Folk Artist 2019, the band will be travelling the UK for 6 weeks to as far north as Inverness and as far south as Falmouth.
A set with the band can be described as American roots music infused with folk, blues, country and a sprinkling of swing. Unique and profound songwriting, arranged with precision and creativity. A true genre spanning performance awaits. Add to that Frank’s rambling anecdotes and you are in for a special night that will both move and entertain.
They will be joined on their travels by the enchanting Becka Wolfe who will be adding fiddle and vocal harmony to the band’s songs as well as singing her own songs in Arabic, French and English.
Friends of The Fanzine presents THE PHOTO SERIES PT.1
Friday 31st May, 6:30pm, £3
THE PHOTO SERIES PT.1
Tommy Ga-Ken Wa
Ana da Silva & Phew
Closet Organ w/ Ex Wives and special guests.
Beth Malcolm with Dorian Cloudsley
Sunday 9th June 8pm
Get tickets HERE
Singer/songwriter Beth Malcolm and guitarist Dorian Cloudsley finish off their run of UK dates in The Old Hairdresser’s, Glasgow.
Beth Malcolm is a 21-year-old singer/songwriter from Scotland, currently based in Glasgow. Following several years developing her songwriting, keyboard playing and performing in the UK and Germany, and at festivals such as Celtic Connections and the Country2Country festival in London, Beth released her debut EP ‘Better By Noon’ in 2015. The EP is a self-penned eclectic mix of soft jazz and contemporary folk that has become Beth’s distinctive sound.
Beth met Fat-Suit guitarist Dorian Cloudsley while they were both performing at the DK Open Stage at Celtic Connections in 2017, and they have been writing and performing together ever since. Supporting the likes of Blue Rose Code among others across Scotland, the pair are set to release their first EP together during their June 2019 tour.
Zac Scott, Fox Single Launch, with Grayling & Kate Kyle
Tuesday 4th June
Fresh from announcing his debut album, “For The Love Of…” Zac Scott invites you to The Old Hairdressers on June 4th 2019 to celebrate the launch of his first single from the collection, “Fox.”
Fox is characterised by Zac’s distinctive vocals, an elegant string section and a very memorable chorus. With intensely intimate and confessional lyrics, Fox is a great taster for what is yet to come from the 25-year-old. His new music is inspired by his experiences over the last few years in the north of Scotland and the south of Iceland and was recorded in Glasgow’s Southside with producer Thomas Brumby.
With performances from Dumfries and Galloway’s Kate Kyle (“…possibly the finest songwriting I’ve heard from someone of this age” Bruce McKenzie D&G Life) and Glasgow’s Grayling (“…heart felt lyrics and melodies inspired by the music of the 60’s…”) Zac will perform his new music with a striking 7-piece band, including a string trio.
Trappist Afterland / Moongazing Hare / Bell Lungs
Saturday 15th June. 7.30pm
Trappist Afterland make folk music using vocals, various acoustic stringed instruments; tabla, percussion, harmonium and tanpura drones. They explore psychedelia and chanting amidst folk songs. Although the influence of folk music from various sectors around the world can be heard in Trappist Afterland’s music (The British folk revival, 70’s acid folk, Gamelan music, Middle Eastern music, Indian raga) they still maintain a unique and almost otherworldly quality, that sounds unlike anyone else. With lyrical explorations delving into Gnosticism, Christian mysticism and other esoteric themes, Trappist still manage to keep their music firmly grounded in the present while maintaining a timeless quality.
Hailing from Malmö, Sweden, Moongazing Hare make mystical sounds sculpted out of the tranquil world, evoking drone folk landscapes.
Dream drones, radiant harmonics, and singular field recordings are just some of the elements that sonic investigator, Bell Lungs, blends together in performances both elemental and celestial in their nature. A relentless disassembler and collaborator, her journeys into kaleidoscopic post-folk dimensions have seen her work with poets, scientists, kinetic sculptures, artists, dancers, film and theatre-makers across Europe and North America. Layers of electrical chords, avian swoops, and warped strings are all anticipated.
Thursday 20th June, 7:30pm
Suggested donation: 3£
Zoviet France, O Yuki Conjugate, JD Twitch and Fergus Clark DJs
Saturday 22nd June, 8pm
Two pioneering groups of the industrial ambient sound will perform for us in the intimate setting of the Old Hairdressers attic. Starting their musical journeys in the heyday of the post-punk era and experimenting with tape loops, synthesizers and various acoustic instruments, both Zoviet France and OYC are responsible for some of the most innovative records of their type. Tailored, immersive visual accompaniments will also be utilised during each of their performances.
DJ support from JD Twitch and Fergus Clark
£10 tickets / £6 unwaged. Get tickets HERE
Zoviet France is an idiosyncratic collective of anonymous postindustrialists, dronologists, and pseudo-ethnomusicologists. Their investigations have taken them into fictional cultures where nothing is easily located and reality often slips into the hypnagogic. Having secluded themselves in Newcastle, England since their inception in 1980, Zoviet France have developed a radical relationship with the cheap technologies of old-fashioned tape recorders, homemade acoustic instruments, primitive looping and sampling devices, and basic dub trickery.
O Yuki Conjugate is an English post industrial/ambient musical group founded in 1982 in Nottingham by Roger Horberry and Andrew Hulme. Their music has been variously described as ambient, fourth world, ethnic, tribal and darkwave. In truth it is none of these and the band prefer to call it ‘dirty ambient’. They are currently in their fourth incarnation with just the two original members. Their approach is eclectic but always atmospheric, they play electronics but also found instruments. Their music was inspired by the spirit of post-punk but moved into ambient, pioneering their own brand throughout the 80s when no one else was interested in it. Their debut album ‘Scene In Mirage’ (a mission 1984) perfectly encapuslated their position: one half was beat driven and ‘electronic’, the other ‘organic’ and made of ambient soundscapes.
Ian Nagoski (Canary Records) with Ellen & Kevin Mitchell
Sunday 23rd June, 7pm
Tickets £6 HERE or £8 on the door
Don’t Let Me Be Lost To You: Early 20th Century Near Eastern Musics in New York City
At the height of immigration to the United States 100 years ago, a wave of people from the collapsing Ottoman Empire and settled in the U.S. At the same time, the burgeoning record industry in an around New York City radically hastened the distribution of dissemination of musical cultures and documented thousands of performances by performers from present-day Turkey, Syria, Armenia, Lebanon, Egypt, and Greece within the U.S. And then, for a half-century, those recordings were neglected. Who were these musicians? Where did they go? How did their work affect America?
Ian Nagoski’s talk-and-record-listening conference illuminates a world-within-a-world of a musical culture as it developed over two generations, reveling in the specific and presenting little-heard masterpieces. It is an exploration of the details of artistic expressions of immigrants and the social realities of a “nation of immigrants” and its ambivalences concerning who matters and who gets remembered.
Watch a short film ‘To What Strange Place’ about Ian’s 78 record collecting.
Ian Nagoski is a music researcher and record producer in Baltimore, Maryland. For more than a decade, he has produced dozens of reissues of early 20th century recordings in languages other than English for labels including Dust-to-Digital, Tompkins Square, his own Canary Records, and others. His enthusiastic talks have been hosted at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens Greece, the University of Chicago, the Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa Oklahoma, and New York University, and he has presented his work in installation at the Museum fur Naturkunde in Berlin Germany, the Wellcome Center in London England, and the Peale Center in Baltimore Maryland. A fragment of his work is included on the MoonkArk, the first object to be permanently installed on the moon, in 2020.
“Nagoski is a Walter Benjamin visionary, using his collection of 78s to hallucinate a history that actually happened but which remains hidden beneath official dogma and nationalisms.” – Marcus Boon, the Wire