Singing Moondog are an open membership choir who meet weekly to share songs of all traditions. During the Sound Shape gallery residency they have kindly agreed to collaborate with me on a sonic exploration of consonance and dissonance, the results of which along with some Moondog, will be presented at this special Strange Attractor. Also Emma Snellgrove mover in all ways and no stranger to this event will present pinhole zoetrope work, Fiona Hermse, resident artist at St. Margaret’s house and currently exhibiting in Galleries 2 and 3 will give us some insight into her process, ringmasters Sven Werner and Graeme Miller will come through from Glasgow to play hypnotic music using horses tail hair woven into piano strings and naturally Sink will Sink throughout. This is going to be a good one.
The performance will take place in Gallery 1 on the third floor of St. Margaret’s House, 151 London Road, EH7 6AE on Sunday 1st of March 7pm.
Tickets are £7 on the door.
The Strange Attractor event is the culmination of the Sound Shape gallery residency which will be running from now until the 1st March. I will be there most afternoons. Admission for the residency is free. Please come along and play.
Here’s a video of us performing Paris Metro in the beautiful library of the Mining Institute in Newcastle earlier this year. We’ll be playing there again this Thursday 9th October, supporting Kate in the Kettle.
We’re hitting the road this October, bringing you a whole host of shows up and down the country …
All the details:
Wed 01 Oct :: Adelphi Club, Hull :: with This Is The Kit It’s the legendary underground venue’s 30th birthday! 8pm – £10 advance tickets 89 De Grey Street, HU5 2RU
Thu 02 Oct :: Mello Mello, Liverpool :: with Dead Hedge Trio Sink and Kate Stables will join the Dead Headge Trio for an evening of spontaneous sounds. 8pm – Free
Fri 03 Oct :: Antwerp Mansion, Manchester :: with Kate Stables & Pascal Maconese
It’s here: Rusholme Grove, off the Curry Mile, Wilmslow Rd M14 5AG
Sat 04 Oct :: Wildgoose Space, 228 Mina Rd, Bristol BS2 9YP :: with Orkney Cavalcade Glistening solstice celebrations on the Isle of Egilsay gave rise to the Orkney Cavalcade, a small collective of musicians who will delight with their peculiar harmonies and entrancing tunes.
PLUS a special showing of ‘Son of a Sea Turtle’, a film about Moko and Loupe, two friends who are not gay they are just French. In an insane world their lives of coincidental happy abandon start to seem like the veriest sense. With live soundtrack by sink. 7pm – £5 suggested donation
Sun 05 Oct :: Cafe Kino, Bristol :: with Kate Stables Kate Stables joins Sink downstairs at Cafe Kino. 7pm – £5 on the door
Mon 06 Oct :: Dungeness :: Sound Mirror Guerilla Gig The Sound Mirrors are three enormous air raid early warning systems built in the early 20th century which were designed to amplify the distant rumblings of the Luftwaffe. If you’d like to join us on our sonic pilgrimage just turn up some time in the evening. Find out more.
Kate in the Kettle embraces old customs with new ideas, merging sounds from different places and weaving them into their own tune. Whilst drawing upon past folk music traditions, the songs written by Scottish singer and instrumentalist Kate Young are driven by her passion to cultivate public awareness connected to many environmental issues. Help us celebrate the release of Kate in the Kettle’s debut album, ‘Swimmings of the Head’. 8pm – Suggested donation £7 Facebook event page here
Fri 10 Oct :: Inverleith House, Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh :: with Kate in the Kettle
A return to home and another Strange Attractor, this time in a magical corner of the Royal Botanical Gardens. Help us celebrate the release of Kate in the Kettle’s debut album, ‘Swimmings of the Head’. This very special evening will take you on a journey of plantlore, musical folklore and other magical things. Dress like your favourite plant or mythical creature.
8pm – Suggested donation £7 Meet by the WEST GATE of Royal Botanical Gardens at 8PM. :: NO LATE ADMITTANCE ::
Kate Stables (This is the Kit) has a beautiful voice. Rozi Plain has a beautiful voice. Kate and Rozi are beautiful and they make beautiful music. Sink are beautiful too in their own way. All on one bill together at the Pleasance in Edinburgh on 23rd May and the Mining Institute in Newcastle on 24th.
Die-hard fans of Sink will tell you that back in the day, 4 years ago, the very first Strange Attractor took place in St. Cecilia’s Hall, Niddry Street, Cowgate. It is hard to believe that such a fantastic acoustic venue can continue to be so well hidden in the heart of Edinburgh. In honour to the goddess of music from which the oval hall takes its name, members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus will open the proceedings with part of Benjamin Britten’s setting of W. H. Auden’s poem Hymn to Saint Cecilia.
Two composer violinists with markedly different, not to say extra-ordinary, styles will follow: Misha Doumnov, frontman of Edinburgh big guns Bobok will present improvised work that springs from his twin taproot of impossible rhythmic constructions and augmented tonality and Kate Young aka Kate in the Kettle will play and sing wild melodies of her own devising with a giant lampshade on her head.
Along with improvised material accompanied by feedback visuals Sink will present a performance of ‘I AM IT’ written for them by Kate Young which will necessarily be a one-off given that their interpretation of the indeterminate elements of her score must be different each time it is played.
Richard Pinner, a Yorkshireman living in Japan, internet permitting and if his alarm succeeds in waking him up at 5am, will join us live via skype in the guise of his alter ego, ‘poet, environmentalist and fuckwit’, Stephen Prime.
Finally, John Raymond, for many years curator and tuner of the extensive collection of antique harpsichords and pianos at St. Cecilia’s, has very kindly agreed to elucidate J. S. Bach’s preferred (not equal) keyboard temperament as delineated by Bach in what for hundreds of years was dismissed as a decorative squiggle at the top of the frontispiece of a manuscript of his Well Tempered Clavier.
This one is not to be missed – tell your friends. Tickets are a snip at £5 on the door from 7pm. The concert is at 7.30pm Sunday 4th of May St. Cecilia’s Hall, Niddry Street, Cowgate.