Evening Concert Line-Up
Thursday 23rd (Studio K)
The Black Tambourines
Friday 24th (Studio K)
Neil Halstead (Slowdive)
Saturday 25th (Studio L)
The Diamond Family Archive
Thirty Pounds of Bone
Thursday 23th April
Studio K, Performance Centre
The Black Tambourines
“Youth is wasted on the young” definitely doesn’t apply to the snarling, fizzing mess that lies underneath the beach-punk of this fresh-faced quartet. Loud and raw, the way all youthful endeavours should be, the relentless guitars and ragged grooves channel the endless possibilities of seaside living.
Four-piece DIY band spat out of the fermenting garage-cauldron of Falmouth. With members from Hazards, Pastel Colours, Lost Dawn & Goldtone drawing influences from 60s garage, punk, psychedelic, grunge, new wave & noise rock. Formed in October 2014, their recently released 4 track EP has picked up attention from the likes of DIY Magazine and Little Indie Blogs. They have supported the likes of Flowers and Toy. None of the members are called Isabelle.
Alternative pop songstress and producer Minko started her musical life experimenting with samplers and synthesisers however her latest project is an exploration of acoustic sound. Her haunting melodies and weaving bass lines wind themselves around peeling glockenspiels, guitars, flutes, and subtle rumba rhythms. All tied together with Minko’s distinctive voice and recorded with a low-fi sensibility that harks back to bands such as The Young Marble Giants. Her recent sequence of releases have garnered praise from the likes of Joe Muggs, Jarvis Cocker and Ruth Barnes and she has been featured a number of times on BBC Radio 3’s eclectic ‘Late Junction’
Friday 24th April
Studio K, Performance Centre
Neil Halstead: Frontman and principle songwriter of legendary 1990s shoegaze outfit, ‘Slowdive’, Neil Halstead is also a successful solo artist and arguably one of Britain’s greatest contemporary songwriters.
Slowdive broke up in 1995, transforming into Mojave 3. With Neil at the helm, the new band fused jangly alt country with psychedelic dream-pop, releasing a stream of critically acclaimed records.
Mojave 3 went on hold in 2006 but Neil continued his career as a solo artist, mining British folk tradition for acoustic sounds further inspired by his love of surfing. Neil Halstead’s first solo album, Sleeping on the Roads was followed in 2008 by Oh! Mighty Engine.
Hockeysmith are Annie & Georgie Hockeysmith, two sisters who spent most of the last 18 months living and making music while splitting their time between a caravan on a farm in Falmouth, Cornwall and Copenhagen, Denmark.
Their debut EP ‘But Blood’ came out in 2014 and saw them making a name and piquing interest for their exploratory sonic palette, hauntingly idiosyncratic songs and pulsating, strobing live shows, which has led to features and profiles by outlets ranging from The Fader and Interview Magazine to Dazed And Confused, SPIN and The Guardian
Olive Haigh is a 21-year-old singer, songwriter and autoharpist who captures audiences with her peculiar emotive voice. Likened to a Tom Waits and Nick Cave, Olive’s own brand of indie-folk is fresh and enveloping, eclectic and genuinely surprising.
Olive’s voice has uniqueness, her vocal trills and swoops rich and dynamic. Key to her music is the subject of her songs – she observes the world like a painter and writes truthfully. Her mastery of the autoharp along with subtle effects pedals allows her to evoke incredibly rich textures with a much deeper resonance than a keyboard whilst retaining the delicacy of an acoustic guitar. The autoharp is her first instrument; like her voice, this unusual focus marks her as a unique performer and songwriter. Olive has recently been working with a zealous drummer, Tom Coles, who adds a heavier dimension to the spacey atmosphere, and together, the two never cease to provide a well crafted, ecstatic performance.
Saturday 25th April
Studio L, Performance Centre
The Diamond Family Archive is the writing and recording project of Laurence Collyer.
Holed up in a converted garden shed in rural Devon finds him and friends creaking and coaxing songs from all manor of old instruments and badly maintained vintage equipment. Personal and pastoral themes are mixed with sleepy-eyed awe to create sparse and fluttering arrangements. The sounds of the rain, the old mill leat outside the door and the ever present ominous rookery in the nearby slate quarry all make it onto the recordings too.
Live, The Diamond Family Archive craft a mesmeric live-show from drums and acoustic guitars, lots of FX pedals, keyboards set to drone, tape delay, loops and bellows, bows, toys and broken cymbals. All coming together to create music which holds echos of post-rock, traditional folk, spiritual soul music, psychedelic rock and lo-fi. The Diamond Family are a unique and roving ensemble who perform either solo, as a duo or as a full band with sometimes, a small choir!
Foot-stomping, finger-picking, hollering, feedback howls vs pin-drop hush – fragile, lazy grace.
Mary Hampton is a singer, composer and lyricist looking outwards from within the English folksong tradition. She sometimes performs solo, accompanying herself on tenor guitar, and sometimes with members of her band ‘Cotillion’, interpreting material gathered from disparate quarters and placing traditional songs alongside original work or settings of literary prose and poetry.
She has toured across the UK and in Europe, America and the Middle East, and held two London residencies at Cargo and Cafe Oto respectively. Her recordings to date include two singles (Honey In The Rock and Gold Hat), two EPs (Book One and Book Two), and two LPs (My Mother’s Children and Folly). Along the way she has been championed by some of music world’s most inspiring characters: Eliza Carthy, Geoff Travis, Jarvis Cocker, and the conductor Ilan Volkov.
Thirty Pounds of Bone has been releasing his particular brand of dark, brooding alt-folk song since 2006 to consistent critical acclaim. He mines themes of loss, love, melancholy, place, intinerancy, drink and the sea. His fourth ‘The Taxidermist’ album is due for release on Armellodie Records on 23rd March this year. He draws heavily from traditional music, but wilfully misuses and abuses it via analogue synth, distortion, and a dredger-paced delivery. He was commissioned to produce work for the first international Samuel Beckett festival in Eniskillen (in collaboration with visual artist and box player Seamus Harahan) and also wrote and performed ‘The Ship’s Log’ as part of Lone Twin’s ‘The Boat Project’ in the cultural Olympiad sailing 600 nautical miles around the south east coast of England.