Alt - folk and rhythmical dark guitar music are the offerings this month as we treat you to a triple bill of some of London's finest emerging talent.
Doors open at 6pm
Tickets: £5 in advance, £8 on the door
‘A master class in pocket-sized, minimal drama-folk’
- Snipe Magazine
‘Mature and excellently crafted alt-folk’ -Tickle My Ears
Victoria has been writing and performing an odd kind of poetic, ballady alt-folk for many years, whilst also working as an arts manager and curator in the NHS. She has released two albums and two EPs and collaborated with many other artists and musicians. She performs with lots of amazing musicians, including (on this occasion) Quinta (saw/viola), Josh Geffin (guitar), Andy Hamill (double bass), Chris White (sax), Hutch (trumpet).
Last year she wrote Delirium: an hour-long song cycle about hallucinations in critical care, funded by the PRS for Music Foundation. The performance (with Quinta and Christopher Reed) premiered at the Old Operating Theatre, London, before travelling to the Green Man Festival, conferences in Bristol and Manchester and London, and the Vortex.
Landing, Victoria’s last album, was released January 2012. It took three years and now seems a complicated bunch of songs, but despite its humble, label-less release still managed to get a bit of BBC6 Music radio play. Lauren Laverne once called it ‘really beautiful stuff’, causing a freakish spike in bandcamp listens, and possibly one sale.
"some of the most dark and interesting guitar music this side of The Microphones...a surprisingly successful attempt to make one of the most satisfying rhythmic sections around...the sweetest soul of 2014 soothing himself with his own songs"
- SPUTNIK MUSIC - 02.02.14
“Scatter, released on WW Records, marks the debut solo release of a musician that has been collaborating openly over the past few years, though much of it beneath the mainstream radar. Various projects have seen him write, perform and exhibit in Europe, Asia, Africa and the U.S., but this current incarnation as a guitar/vox/drums two-piece is without doubt the most personal, defining a new pathway that we can expect a lot more from. The writing is raw and yet the sound refined: carefully crafted guitar and drum parts weaved with laid bare voice, followed by driving beats hammering guitar lines and tender song.
Live, the solo guitar is sent into three amps, bass/acoustic/boutique distortion, and Sam balances this with volume pedals creating a full and textured sound that supports his constructed guitar tunings.
It's as much an instrumental record as it is a collection of songs; intrepid vocals and raw production take you through landscapes of still and intimate sculpted guitar parts with intrinsic voice, through to moments of driving drums and distortion, acoustically made but electronically inspired, all combining to tell it. You know you are listening to a record where all the pieces have been carefully put together and you can relax, sit back and let it happen.”
-WW Records Press release (Dec 2013)
Duchess are a London and Edinburgh-based band, influenced by pop, baroque, Scottish folk, fado, flamenco and chanson, with nods to Leonard Cohen, Bjork, Kate Bush and Nancy Sinatra.
“Duchess’ songs roam between a pure vastness of space, bleak wastes full of crystalline longing, and the warm interiority of a playworld with fantastical premonitions embodied in toylike objects, words and pictures. In such a delicate probing of intimacy-liberty, sensuality-decorum, nostalgia-desire, the voice quests high and low as it carries the lyrics over bittersweet harmonies, expertly tempered and withheld, and an uncluttered structure. The violin supplies glorious flashes of poignancy. Romantic, literate, and thrilling.”
-Lorna Scott-Fox, Writer and Translator