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.
Angus Munro, Andy Lucas, Urvanovic
September 28th, 7:30pm, £7 advance
tickets available HERE
Angus Munro is a piano singer songwriter with a multi-faceted 4-octave vocal range that can break glass. Coupled with a songwriting style that has unlikely bedfellows in comparisons to Jeff Buckley and Cole Porter. One that’s used whilst flipping piano stools and mic stands in his dynamic live stage shows.
“A voice like you wouldn’t believe…I don’t know how big his range is but it’s bonkers.” – The National
Andy Lucas is a pianist and singer from UK. He has released his first album, ‘Weekend Millionaire’ full of wit-laden songs, self-depreciating humour and melancholic charm. His lyrics rummage around through the turmoil of love, loss, despair, elation, falseness, achievement, envy, revenge, regret and what-ifs. The songs are smart, catchy and intriguing, the type of music that makes you listen with a wry smile.
Urvanovic pronounced ‘Er-van-o-vitch’ – are a seven-piece variety bucket of strings, synths, vocals, percussion and other noises. Catchy pop with a mixture of sweet and harsh sounds and intertwined vocals.
Alan Wilkinson/Andrew Cheetham Duo, Burghead (Expanded), Lea Cummings
Saturday 30th September, 8pm
F.R. DAVID launch issue 14, ‘Recognition’
Monday 9th October, 7pm, free entry
The 14th issue of F.R.DAVID entitled “Recognition” is concerned with bodies, ecology, empathy, gazing at the world, and reading (environments) from non-anthropocentric POVs—nonetheless described and written by humans. Animals, birds, and trees feature heavily.
“Copernicus told us that the earth was not the center. Darwin told us that man is not the center. If we listened to the anthropologists we might hear them telling us, with appropriate indirectness, that the White West is not the center. The center of the world is a bluff on the Klamath River, a rock in Mecca, a hole in the ground in Greece, nowhere, its circumference everywhere.
Perhaps the utopist should heed this unsettling news at last. Perhaps the utopist would do well to lose the plan, throw away the map, get off the motorcycle, put on a very strange-looking hat, bark sharply three times, and trot off looking thin, yellow, and dingy across the desert and up into the digger pines.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, A Non-Euclidean View of California as a Cold Place to Be (1982)
*At the launch, Scott Rogers’ will perform ALPTRUTh: Techniques for Situational Awareness, centred on backcountry (off-piste) skiing, and the inextricable relations of gear, body, and environment that model notions of risk and adventure.
Co-published since 2017 by uh books and KW Institute for Contemporary Art—F.R.DAVID is a typographical journal, dealing with the organization of reading and writing in contemporary art practices.
Pega Monstro, Prawn Oil Auxiliary
Thursday 12th October, 8pm
Pega Monstro are sisters Julia Reis (drums) and Maria Reis (guitar), both sing! The duo’s name translates as ‘catch the monster’, perfectly countering the band’s striving dream-punk sound. Video!
The name ‘Pega Monstro’ also references a novelty toy in the shape of a jelly hand on a string, which children have been throwing at each other in delight for many generations in their native country.
Born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal, Maria and Julia have been playing music together since they were 15 and 17 respectively, in other groups first before resolving on becoming a duo. Back in 2010, both sisters started a record label, along with some of their musician friends, called Cafetra Records to document Portugal’s garage punk scene. Cafetra represents a community of like-minded musicians who all help each other, making music that they’d want to hear, powered by enthusiasm.
Prawn Oil Auxiliary… Amazing support comes from a rejigged Banana Oil (Joe Howe, Sham Gate, The Modern Institute, Golden Teacher)!!!
Brigid Mae Power, Sound of Yell
Saturday 14th October, 8pm £10
Get tickets here.
Brigid Mae Power is an Irish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who, like Judie Sill, Micky Newbury or Linda Perhacs before her, paints her songs in dreamily expansive strokes, transporting earthly compositions into universal and exultant realms. Her self-titled debut on Tompkins Square is a majestic suite of reverb-swathed laments for voice, guitar, piano, accordion, and harmonium, recorded at the Portland studio of key musical foil Peter Broderick. Themes include transformation, change, motherhood, acceptance, strength, courage and trust. In the words of Power, the album is about “trusting if you lose yourself or your way — you can come back”. Watch / Listen
Live, Brigid can encapsulate the timeless magic of her songs either solo or as a duo with Peter. Thus far she has toured throughout Ireland, UK and the US together with artists including Lee Ranaldo, Richard Dawson, Alasdair Roberts, Peter Broderick and Ryley Walker.
‘Mantrically strummed guitars, pianos, hovering strings, pump organs alongside a startling voice, at once fluttery and steadfast, that has come out the other side of something, touching transcendence on the way‘ – The Guardian
Sound of Yell
El Hombre Trajeado co-founder and erstwhile Arab Strap and RM Hubbert collaborator Stevie Jones, taking the spotlight with a mesmerising collective of his very own…
His versatility and fluency across several instruments place him among the most sought-after collaborators in Scottish music, but with his alchemical debut album under the monicker Sound Of Yell Stevie Jones steps out of the wings into centre-stage. Herein lies a series of routes paved with genres with which Jones has a long and fecund history – acoustic psychedelia, folk, jazz, improvisation – yet so sinuous, interwoven and undulating as to leave the listener at liberty to choose their own pace and terminus. Watch /Listen
“Wonderfully eccentric acoustic music, composed and performed by Stevie Jones with a supporting cast of Glasgow’s alternative music luminaries. Absorbing, original and moving.” fROOTS
“Sound of Yell sound like nothing so much as the lost soundtrack to a slightly unsettling 1970s European children’s programme.” The Scotsman
“Invigorating, innovative and addictive.” The Quietus
Sound of Yell are based in Glasgow and can number as many as twelve. The debut album Brocken Spectre is out now on Chemikal Underground Recordings.
RED Album Tour: The Preview
Hannah Trigwell reveals her debut album ‘Red’ – track by track. Performing an intimate version of each song, this acoustic evening will be the first place to hear the album in it’s entirety.
Emmanuelle Parrenin, Alex Rex, Pefkin
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
Alex Rex is the alter ego and new solo project of Alex Neilson form Trembling Bells. The album is a heady mix of electric Dylan and the British folk that Trembling Bells have twisted into new psychedelic knots, Alex’s voice out front and full of raw emotion. 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
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
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