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This show has been postponed until 29th of November and moved to another venue, XOYO. The new ticket price is £8.50, please contact your ticket outlet for a refund of the difference of the original price if you’d like to come to the new show.
Apologies to those who were looking forward to coming to see the band this weekend.
ERLAND AND THE CARNIVAL were formed by singer/guitarist and Orkney islander Erland Cooper with ex-The Verve/The Good, The Bad & The Queen guitarist Simon Tong and drummer David Nock. Together, they produce a sound described by Tong as “Pentangle meets Ennio Morricone meets Love meets 13th Floor Elevators meets Joe Meek.” In other words: folk-tinged, psyched up, fuzzed-out brilliance.
Some history: Erland grew up on the Orkney Islands, where passing musicians and troubadors were a common sight. In his early teens, The Verve and Bert Jansch inspired him to swap the fiddle for the guitar. Later, having moved to London, Erland sang at Tong’s What The Folk club night in Portobello Road, where he was introduced to the former Verve man by the producer Youth. “It wasn’t a regular folk night where people are quiet and stroke their chin,” says Tong. “It was a more raucous affair where the acts – as many as 15 a night – had to quieten a noisy baying audience by being good. Erland definitely got people to shut up and listen.”
Resolving to form a band, Nock, Tong and Cooper took their name from Jackson C Frank’s My Name Is Carnival, a cover of which appears on the album. The band’s progression since has been fairly unorthodox: they’ve played gigs at miniature railway stations and their debut EP was individually re-recorded for each of its limited run, meaning no two copies are the same. All the while, they’ve been developing that bewitching sound.
Going from strength to strength, Erland and the Carnival enjoyed packed out shows at The Old Blue Last and Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, and have just posted 2 new cover versions – Tunng and Envy – on their website http://erlandandthecarnival.com.
ALESSI’S ARK is the musical project of Alessi Laurent-Marke (born june 30, 1990), a singer-songwriter from Hammersmith in West London. Her new album ‘soul proprietor’ represents the 1st fruits of her new deal with bella union and shows that this precocious singer songwriter and contemporary of Laura Marling, Johnny Flynn and Noah and the Whale’s Charlie Fink continues to mature at an astonishing rate. Her haunting breathy vocals weave intricately between rich layers of orchestral strings and generous use of harps and violins, and seem to have found its distinct character; warm and bewitching it inevitably conjures associations with the likes of Kate Bush, Joanna Newsom, Laura Marling and Cat Power. However Alessi stands out from the well-worn canvas of the folk-pop storytelling, inviting us into the enthralling and mystical realm where the mundane is turned into exquisitely crafted poetry.
DUKE GARWOOD is a nomadic wanderer, who has contributed brass to Archie Bronson Outfit’s live set, and played in the Woodsmen. Garwood is completely content to exist and create on his own terms, and as Garwood picks his blues and murmurs his songs, time vanishes as he transports you to a world sound tracked by sparse plucking, gentle percussion and his deep, thoughtful vocal. Though steeped in the blues and deeply influenced by his hero Thelonious Monk, Garwood never becomes distracted into reverential homage. There’s a fractured, lo-fi feel to what he does, an unconcern with rigid adherence to tradition that makes his music all the more exciting.
Though Nottingham isn’t an obvious place for a 60s baroque pop revival, such is THE SOUNDCARRIERS‘ attention to detail – split stereo, Joe Meek reverb – you’d be forgiven for entirely revising that opinion. Here, the presence of a harmonium updates some lava lamp pyschedelic freakouts, David Axelrod’s jazzy grooves and the feathery female harmonies of The Free Design, whose Chris Dedrick provides sleevenotes for the vinyl. Uncertainty consequently recalls Broadcast, albiet less aloof, while Let It Ride sounds like Portishead if they’d jammed harder on Third – Eden Parke – Uncut Magazine – June 2009
POSTPONED – contact ticket outlet for refund
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