Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Alabaster DePlume (plus RHAIN)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

Following 12 monthly development residency concerts and 3 viral video clips, this ruthlessly creative approach to experimental pop music delivers eastern-influenced anthems, under spoken elements that attempt to challenge and address divisive rhetoric recently prevalent in society. Ahead of an LP release on Lost Map produced by Danalogue (Comet is Coming) and Kristian Capitol K in early 2018, the show described in the Guardian as “a reminder of how vital and adventurous music can be” enjoys an emphasis on candid interaction, humility and warmth. Based in underground East London’s Total Refreshment Centre, saxophonist and spoken word artist Alabaster creates a new band each month in his development residency Peach. PRSF has funded his forthcoming 4th LP The Corner of a Sphere, following recent performances for BBC Radio 3, National Theatre and clubs festivals and theatres around UK.

“Totally unique… Very, very brilliant indeed.”
Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3

“One of the most thrilling performances I’ve seen this year; a reminder of how vital and adventurous music can be.”
Laura Barton, The Guardian

the Isle of Wight native, is a bold, powerful and honest performer, whilst her songwriting is acutely fragile, mythical and overwhelmingly melodic. 2018 sees brave new territory covered for RHAIN with adventures arrangements, ambitious production and charming lyrics.

“I saw her play a couple of weeks ago. …she’s got the most beautiful voice, reminds me of Bjork & Joanna Newsome.”
Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

“Isn’t that special!!”
Lauren Laverne, BBC Radio 6 Music

“Voice shimmers and soothes; remember her name.”
The Independent

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay craft story songs with equal measures heart (“Before the World Was Made”) and humor (“Breaking Up And Making Up Again”). Evidence: Before the World Was Made. The Austin-based songwriters’ debut collaboration spotlights celebrated troubadours in peak form (“Before We Come to Our Senses”). “These are modern day country duets à la George Jones and Melba Montgomery,” producer Gurf Morlix says, “but with very sophisticated songwriting.”

Before the World Was Made began taking shape three years ago right as Leigh’s solo high watermark The Box stirred waves far and wide. (Lee Ann Womack, Sunny Sweeney and the Carper Family have covered her defiantly traditional country songs). By that point, Leigh was well rooted in Austin, where she moved after growing up playing in a family band in Minnesota. “I was attracted to the scene in Austin,” she says. “It’s a great place to learn and get better at what I do.”

Meanwhile, McKay fronted the regionally popular McKay Brothers (Cold Beer and Hot Tamales), a band legendary songwriter Guy Clark had been championing for years. “Noel and Brennen are great songwriters,” says Clark, whose new album My Favorite Picture of You contains the McKay co-write “El Coyote.” The album went on to win a Grammy for best Folk album in 2014.

Everyday conversation suggests Leigh and McKay indeed share a single mindset. The pair simply compliment each other in every way. “Brennen’s really great at melodies,” McKay says. “She’s always kicking around a melody around the house and it’s great and she’ll attach it to a lyric idea that’s equally great. She writes characters in her songs like a novelist.” “Noel always has the line,” Leigh counters. “It’s like, How are we gonna wrap this up? How are we gonna bring it around so it makes sense? He always ties it up. He always knows. Noel’s a poet.”

“Before the World Was Made is a delicious mix: raw, retro country plus sweet irony. That’s apparently the speciality of Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay, the Austin-based duo whose debut is hilarious, sentimental and profound, usually all at the same time.”
CMA Close Up

“Before the World Was Made is a witty, heartfelt record of dusty barroom shuffles, sassy two-steps and ethereal country-folk. It’s informed by the vintage duets of George Jones and Melba Montgomery, as well as the more modern pairing of John Prine and Iris DeMent.”
Chicago Tribune

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Dallahan (plus Kate Griffin & Ford Collier)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

Dallahan call on their mixed Irish, Scottish and Hungarian heritage to create a unique and seamless musical montage, drawing in influences from jazz, funk, pop and classical music. Dallahan will push and pull you along on a musical journey, artistically transcending from tender and delicate songs from Transylvania, to relentlessly punchy Irish dance tunes littered with funk grooves and everything in between.

Following the release of their debut album ‘When The Day Is On The Turn’ in 2014, which was highly praised by audiences and critics alike, described by fRoots magazine as “the most exciting Irish music I’ve heard in a long time…Lunasa for the new generation” ­the band toured extensively in North America and Europe, establishing themselves internationally as one of the most enthralling live shows, captivating audiences at such prestigious international events as Milwaukee Irish Fest, Celtic Connections and countless others.

The following year, 2016 saw the Dallahan’s continued ascent with the release of their second album, ‘Matter Of Time’, and a most intensely busy touring schedule, playing 103 gigs across 7 countries, including travelling to Kathmandu, Nepal to on behalf of the British Council to collaborate with Nepalese band Kutumba at the British/Nepalese bicentenary celebrations. In 2016 their second album was shortlisted for ‘Album of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards and they were awarded ‘Instrumental Cut of The Year’ at the LiveIreland Awards 2016.

“Some of the most exciting trad musicians to emerge in recent years.”
Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

Kate Griffin and Ford Collier are a contemporary duo fusing folk genres from around the world. Driving and intricate Clawhammer banjo tunes and heartfelt, powerful songs are thrown in the melting pot with solid, subtle Celtic guitar, dexterous Irish Whistle and the spellbinding Tabla drums of North India.

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Three Cane Whale ‘At The Pictures’

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

A return booking for this acclaimed multi-instrumental acoustic trio and their magnificent film project, which involves the band performing live to 12 specially-commissioned short films made by 13 filmmakers and visual artists in response to 3CW tunes of their choice – including cutting-edge animations, lo-fi shadow-puppetry, alfresco contemporary dance, and slowly shifting landscapes. Last year’s sell-out performance at The Wardrobe Theatre was one of only two in 2017. This year, the band are taking the project out on the road, from Dartmoor to Edinburgh, and this is its only Bristol performance.

Paul Bradley – acoustic guitar, miniature harp
Pete Judge – trumpet, rotary-valve tenor horn, dulcitone, harmonium, glockenspiels, chimes, lyre
Alex Vann – mandolin, bouzouki, tenor banjo, bowed psaltery, zither, hammered dulcimer

“Impressively original.”
The Guardian

“Their delicate acoustic constructions combine ancient folk and contemporary classical ideas to weave an entirely original new musical tradition.”
Bristol 24/7

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Martha Tilston (plus guests)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

“Martha Tilston has carved her niche with sharp, original songs that dissect the modern world. It is an engrossing set.. She captures both the harshness and enchantment of life, with the salt of sea air almost palpable.”
The Guardian

Includes special screening of The Clifftop Sessions: Eight musicians and a camera crew collide with guitars, a grand piano and a roaring fire; The art of song captured like never before on film. Watch the film and be taken away to this spine-tingling night in Cornwall, followed by performances from Martha & guest musicians from the film including Nuala Honan, Clayton Blizzard and many more.

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Young Waters (plus Spindle Ensemble)

Young Waters’ twisted neo-folk is a tapestry of emotionally powerful vocals, stirring harmonies, lyrical strings and finely mastered acoustic guitar. Their exhilarating rhythms and intricate melodies, coupled with a repertoire that combines startling original material with traditional folk songs, makes for a captivating stage presence. 2017 has seen the band record a full length album at Peter Gabriel’s legendary Real World Studios which will be released in April 2018 to coincide with their UK tour.

“Energetic, original … excellent stage presence and varied, enchanting material … extremely deserving winners of the Bath Folk Festival New Shoots Competition 2016.”
Bath Folk Festival

Spindle Ensemble are an experimental instrumental quartet from Bristol’s music collective ‘Bloom’. They perform original compositions by Daniel Inzani that hover cinematically somewhere between jazz, folk and classical idioms, taking inspiration from artists such as Moondog, Eric Satie and Mulatu Astatke. Their debut album, Bea, was released as a luxury gatefold vinyl edition via new label Adderwell Music in Nov 2017.

“Beautiful sounds, definitely a band to watch.”
Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3, Late Junction

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Little Unsaid

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

Echoing the melancholic power of Leonard Cohen or Nick Cave, The Little Unsaid specialise in “songwriting of a real rich quality, all held together by an intensity of approach” (Clash). Having spent the last year touring Europe and garnering critical acclaim, the band are touching down at The Wardrobe for an intimate night of “extraordinary music” (Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2) that harnesses rock, folk, electronica, jazz and lead man John Elliott’s powerful vocals.

“Entrancing… songwriting of a real rich quality, all held together by an intensity of approach, by a focus on the emotional weight music can carry.”

“Extraordinary music. This is an amazing act.”
Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Martin Carthy

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.

Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums, of which the much anticipated “Waiting for Angels” was the latest. Whether in the folk clubs (which he continues to champion), on the concert stage or making TV appearances – there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn’t played.

“Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all.”
Q Magazine

“Carthy is a master of the ballad of substance, songs that tell stories, whether they are traditional, his own or from contemporary writers.”
The Telegraph

An Evening with Gecko

Expect songs about Tooth fairy admin, long haired folk heroines, ignored characters from Italian renaissance paintings and lots of animals. Gecko has taken two successful shows to the Edinburgh Fringe and appeared at Glastonbury, Bestival, BBC Radio 1 & BBC 6 Music.

“It made me instantly happy.”
Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

“Guaranteed to put a smile on even the grumpiest of faces…an absolute favourite.”
Gary Crowley, BBC London Introducing

“Raising a laugh and a lump in the throat all at once is a good trick – possibly the best. Gecko makes it look easy. A gifted young comic songwriter with charm and style to spare…what sets him above many of his contemporaries is his restlessly inventive approach to character. One song offers what may well be the defining chorus of a generation.”
★★★★ Broadway Baby

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)


Thursday’s performance will be accessible to blind and partially sighted audiences
(see below for details)

Experimental live music and Baroque-pop mash-ups; gender-twisting visuals and gothic storytelling: this new work is an exploration of ‘the Doppelgänger’ – devised and performed by a pair of real life doppelgängers.

With an uncanny blend of European 1630s-inspired retrofuturism and 1930s wrestling, DoppelDänger explores the boundaries between self and other, gig and theatre, and questions representations of femalehood on stage.

Eugénie Pastor and Shamira Turner are associate artists of award-winning Little Bulb Theatre. After years of being mistaken for one another, they decided to lean into it, heavily. Together, they are interested in blurring the territories of theatre and music, extravagant multi-tasking, and reclaiming what it means to be two women on stage.

“The highlight comes in She Goat’s DoppelDänger, two artists linked and the limbs and singing… strange compositions, like Björk’s dissonant combinations of simple vocal melodies laid out with humour over complex sonic productions.”
The Wire

“Doppeldänger at BAC is… kind of indescribable. Proper open-mouth-smile-all-through brilliant.”
Twitter: @piglungs

“I loved the synth-baroque flair of #DoppelDanger @battersea_arts yestereve. Uncannily captivating…”
Twitter: @GregHarradine

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre
Supported by & developed at Camden People’s Theatre
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Thursday 21st June’s performance will be accessible to blind and partially sighted audiences:
– We are offering a free pre-show Touch Tour at 7pm (20mins): you can feel the set, props, costumes and musical instruments and familiarise yourself with the voices of the performers.
– There will also be an Audio Described introduction just before the show at 7.40pm (15mins).
– Guide dogs are welcome in the theatre.
– Just let the box office know of any special seating requirements when booking your ticket.
For more information and to reserve your place on the Touch Tour, please email info@shamiraturner.com