Dawn Landes 
JF Robitaille & Lail Arad
The Basement, York
Tuesday 16th October, 8pm

 Dawn Landes is a Kentucky born singer-songwriter who has spent many years living in Brooklyn, NY.

‘I was lucky enough to work with the legendary producer Fred Foster for my new record. Fred has been making hits for most of his 86 years. Not only did he produce Dolly Parton's first record (what?!) but he also produced Roy Orbison's biggest hits and some of my favorite Kris Kristofferson songs. I learned so much working with Fred on this record and I'm so very proud of it. We recorded everything in Nashville with the heaviest hitters around... Charlie McCoy, Steve Gibson, Bobby Wood, Eddie Bayers, Russ Pahl, Larry Paxton and more.’

Here's a glimpse of the star power in the studio during our sessions, live at Sound Emporium. Dawn Landes teamed up with Country Music Hall of Fame producer Fred Foster for her new album "Meet Me at the River" which will be released in August 2018.

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As a recording artist she has released four full-length albums to date and five EPs. In support of her releases, Landes has toured extensively in the US, Europe and around the world, often sharing the stage with artists such as Ray Lamontagne, Feist, Andrew Bird, José González, The Weakerthans, Midlake, Suzanne Vega, and Sufjan Stevens.

As an instrumentalist, she has toured as part of New York City American roots music band Hem. and Sufjan Stevens' touring band. A producer and engineer, she worked at Stratosphere Sound in New York City and at Philip Glass' own personal recording studio. In 2007 Landes helped found Saltlands Studio in Brooklyn, NY. She has collaborated with contemporaries like Justin Townes Earle, Will Oldham and Josh Ritter in the studio.

Her songs have been featured in commercials, popular films and TV shows, including The Good Wife and House. Landes has performed with The Boston Pops, NYC Ballet and recently at the TED Conference in Vancouver, BC, highlighting her forthcoming musical Row.

JF Robitaille & Lail Arad

A musical correspondence between London’s Lail Arad and Montreal’s JF Robitaille led to a tour of Italy, which led to some co-writing, which led to recording, which led to international radio-play, which led to 42 dates across the UK, Europe and India, which led right back to the studio, which led to The Photograph — the stunning new single from the highly acclaimed songwriters’ forthcoming duo album. In other words, they’re rolling with it.

'You really should take the opportunity to go and see them, it’s such a special combination and a great, great opportunity... Superb stuff.'

John Kennedy, Radio X

'Excellent words in there, antihistamine and Harold Pinter in the rhyme scheme, that’s very good indeed!'
Clive Anderson, Loose Ends, BBC Radio 4

'Two of our favourite songwriters team up for a series of gorgeous summer-y duets.'

End Of The Road Festival


Lail Arad’s second album “The Onion” (The Vinyl Factory, 2016) received UK radio play from the likes of Lauren Laverne (BBC 6 Music), John Kennedy (Radio X), Jarvis Cocker (BBC 6 Music) and Robert Elms (BBC Radio London). Press coverage included The Financial Times, London Evening Standard, Paper Mag and Clash. The album also recieved extensive coverage in France and Germany. In 2016 Lail was awarded Women Make Music funding from PRS Foundation.

'A brilliant lament about 16 million cases of heartbreak by the wonderful Lail Arad.'

Billy Bragg

'I’m all about this woman’s new album.'

Lauren Laverne, 6 Music

JF Robitaille has long been celebrated as one of the most engaging songwriters in Canada. His 3rd album “Palace Blues” (Sparks/Universal, 2016) and single “Missing You” (feat. Julie Doiron) reached #4 on the CBC Radio 2 national charts. He's opened for the likes of St.Vincent, Jonathan Richman and Sean Lennon and has toured extensively throughout Canada and Europe.

'Robitaille is quite the pop tune-smith whipping off hook-laden numbers that feature smart lyrics, written from the perspective of the last romantic out there.'

Montreal Gazette 

Tickets for this show are £10 in advance.
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.


Tom Robinson & Band
perform 'Power In The Darkness'

Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Tuesday 16th October, 7.30pm

We're delighted to be working with Tom again as he returns to Leeds to perform the politically charged 1978 classic album in full and more.

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Born in Cambridge in 1950, Tom Robinson first became known in the late 1970s as a musician and LGBT activist with the Tom Robinson Band (TRB) who were early supporters of Rock Against Racism and Amnesty International. In 1977 their Top 5 debut release 2-4-6-8 Motorway became one of the landmark singles of the UK punk era. Other hits included Glad To Be Gay, Up Against The Wall and the band's debut album Power In The Darkness which went gold in the UK and Japan.

As a solo artist Tom had further solo hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio, and co-wrote songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John and Dan Hartman.  His 14th studio album Only The Now was released in 2015 featuring guests such as Billy Bragg, John Grant and Ian McKellen. Recent festival dates include Latitude, Green Man and headlining the Left Field stage at Glastonbury 2016.

As a radio broadcaster Tom hosts three shows a week on BBC Radio 6 Music, is a member of the Ivor Novello Awards committee and in 2016 was awarded a fellowship of LIPA to recognition his support for new music artists through BBC Introducing.

To mark the 40th anniversary of 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Tom pays tribute to the original TRB by performing his entire Power In The Darkness album with a classic four-piece lineup. His incendiary live quartet features Faithless drummer Andy Treacey, Richard Ashcroft guitarist Adam Phillips and keyboard virtuoso Jim Simmons plus Tom himself on bass and lead vocals.

Tickets for this show are £20 in advance.
You can get tickets in person from Crash Records and Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.


Lisa O'Neill
The Tenmours
Oporto, Leeds
Wednesday 17th October, 7.30pm

On her way to heaven, Lisa O’Neill hit “a pothole in the sky.” And so it begins, a perfect way to start this tale, this journey, this album. Because all great things and all great art usually stem from a bump in the road, or a pothole in the sky. This is Lisa O’Neill from Cavan’s third album, following a witty and charming debut (This Is An Album By Lisa O’Neill), and an altogether more cohesive follow-up (Same Cloth or Not) that marked her a serious artist, a contender, a voice, a forked tongue.

This one, however, is the recording Lisa O’Neill needed to make. It’s a recording of “the voice”. The Voice is everything for the folk singer – a conduit for the words, the emotion, the thought process. And if, like me, you ever felt a record needed to be made of an artist’s voice, about her voice, so beautifully focused on, centred on, honed-in on and in love with the voice, then this, friends, is the fucking record. Excuse my French.

This is achieved by the utterly brilliant and stark accompaniment. The drones that underlay the voice seem to egg her on. The doomed dance of the double bass-line grows and growls. The piano trickles manically, spinning in circles like a possessed children’s toy. And that casual drawl starts to sound more like a cracked, wracked, wrought plea full of desperation and fear. And you realise that this is no ordinary record.

O’Neill’s voice goes to all sorts of places throughout the course of this album, and the music provided by Mossy Nolan, Emma Smith, Joseph Doyle and Seamus Fogarty follows her like a dark swirling storm, often bringing to mind the loose impressionism of the Dirty Three. On ‘’Planets’’ O’Neill delivers her most extraordinary vocal and lyrical performance to date. It is remarkable and on this form she could go toe to toe with Nick Cave at his most fire and brimstone. Except O’Neill’s prose is elemental and mysterious, not angry.

Tickets for this show are £10 in advance.
You can get tickets in person from Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.


The Coathangers

DITZ + Crumbs
Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
Thursday 18th October, 7.30pm

With their new live album, entitled simply "LIVE," out June 1st via Suicide Squeeze, Atlanta garage punks The Coathangers have announced a UK tour for this September.

To celebrate, they have shared a brand new live video for "Hurricane"; lead single from their 2011 album "Larceny and Old Lace" and a main-stay favourite of their high-octane live show. The clip finds The Coathangers at their visceral and frantic best as they tear through the performance with a wild, unshackled energy - a taste of what to expect from their forthcoming shows.

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In their thirteen years of existence, Atlanta’s tireless garage punks The Coathangers have cranked out five full-lengths and well over a dozen singles, splits, and EPs. Considering the band’s initial aspirations to merely hang out and play a few house parties, their relentless touring schedule is perhaps the greatest testament to the lasting power of their scrappy hook-laden records and the infectious energy radiating from their live shows. And while every Coathangers record has captured their buoyant turbulence and jagged euphoria, there is always some degree of magic that inevitably gets lost when bands go into the studio.

Perhaps it’s the energy transference from the audience that’s missing or maybe it’s the push-and-pull of the musicians playing together in a volatile environment. Whatever the source of that inexplicable magic, The Coathangers have always wrangled a rowdy replication of that sweaty and sticky live feeling, but the time had come to properly document it.

Their quest for enchantment prompted The Coathangers: 2 Nights of Magic, a free two-night stand at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, California replete with magicians, tarot card readings, burlesque dancers, palm readers, and a giant papier-mâché rabbit for photo-ops. And out of those shows came ‘LIVE’, the first Coathangers release to document the band in their natural habitat.

“It’s kinda trippy, this record,” says guitarist/vocalist Julia Kugel. “It’s like our anthology… our entire career in 38 minutes.” Sure enough, ‘LIVE’ spans everything from the slow-burn pop of “Captain’s Dead” from last year’s ‘Parasite EP’ to the rabblerousing rocker “Tonya Harding” from their self-titled debut.

The boisterous magic was successfully captured by Dylan Ely and front-of-house engineer Eric Huff, with Kugel’s husband Scott Montoya handling the mixing in their new home studio. Now Suicide Squeeze is proud to offer ‘LIVE’ to the world on June 1st 2018 via digital formats and a limited pressing of 1500 copies of tri-color vinyl.

Tickets for this show are £9 in advance.
You can get tickets in person from Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.



Say Sue Me
Sewage Farm

The Crescent, York
Friday 19th October, 7.30pm

Gullivers, Manchester
Sunday 21st October, 7.30pm

Say Sue Me are a Surf inspired Indie-Rock/Pop act from Busan, South Korea and cited as one of 2018's ‘break-out bands'. Childhood friends Jaeyoung Ha (Bass) and Byungkyu Kim (guitar) met drummer Semin Kang and played in bands together since winter of 2012, when they met Sumi Choi at a tea shop in Nampo-dong. They liked her speaking voice and immediately offered her a spot as the vocalist in a new band that would become Say Sue Me. Sumi turned out to be a natural at songwriting. Semin sadly suffered trauma from a fall. New drummer Changwon Kim stands in while they await Semin’s recovery.

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Following showcases at SXSW in 2018, the band released their sophomore album “Where We Were Together” and a RSD covers EP which won praise from Pitchfork, NPR, Billboard, i-D, The Independent, Stereogum, Paste, MTV, Uproxx. Fader, DIS, The 405 & more.
Three tracks were playlisted on BBC 6Music where Lauren Laverne, Tom Ravenscroft, Gideon Coe and Don Letts have championed the band as well as Elton John on Beats1 and KEXP.

‘The most famous Korean Indie band in the world’
GQ Korea

‘…jangly indie-pop, handclap-rich girl-group classics and the lightly rumbling sounds of early surf-rock. At once stylish and timeless…’

‘…its vibrant and catchy instrumentation does so much work, “Old Town” suggests less the ache of being alone in a city than it does the tingly feeling that accompanies a life-changing milestone.’

‘…jangle-pop hooks, stunning vocal melodies, and intricate guitarwork that stands up proudly against some of their influences like Yo La Tengo and Pavement…’

‘…an addictive amalgam of sugary indie pop and gritty surf that showcases a finely-tuned sense of melody and technical skill… Nary a song on Say Sue Me isn’t a total ear worm.’
Bandcamp Daily

Tickets are £7 in advance in York and £8 in advance in Manchester.

Tickets for the York show are available from our friends at Earworm Records and online from here. Tickets for Manchester are available online from here.


King Brothers
Black Mekon + Bones Shake

The Fulford Arms, York
Monday 22nd October, 7.30pm

The Fulford Arms, Please Please You and Behind The White Door are all joining forces to bring back the insatiable King Brothers!

All the way from Japan, the live show of King Brothers is something you don't want to miss! The last time they played here, one of the guitar players spent more time crowd surfing than he did on his feet! Their music is an intense sonic assault of trashy garage punk, played with ferocity and flamboyance. This is then cunningly mixed with traditional blues scales, to form their own genre altogether, the aptly named "Jet Blues." This show really is something to see with your own eyes. You will have never seen blues played like this before!


In support, we have two bands.

Black Mekon are supporting King Brothers on their tour, so we have the pleasure of having them on this lineup. The band has toured in Japan and has also played at the infamous SXSW festival. They describe their genre as "THE Blues" and part of their bio reads "Not soaring or melodic. We play everywhere. Really short songs. Sexy. A bit old."

Opening up the event, we have the chaos that is Bones Shake from Manchester. A twisted trio. Trashy, whisky-drenched gospel blues, with added megaphone use. Enough said. 

Tickets for this show are £6 in advance.
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.


The Crescent, York
Tuesday 23rd October, 7.30pm

 More info shortly!

Tickets for this show are £10 in advance.
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York or online from here.


Kiran Leonard
The Crescent, York
Thursday 25th October, 7.30pm

We're delighted to be bringing Kiran back to York along with his full band back to York. He has announced a brand new album to be released in October and its lead single "Paralysed Force" is up to stream here now.

Kiran Leonard: ""Paralysed Force" is about how insecurities you should settle within yourself often get transplanted onto other people you know. Projecting the question towards another allows you to shirk responsibility for your own wellbeing, but all this does is suspend the issue at hand, and prolong an inevitable falling back.

"There's also a sort of compulsiveness, a wanting to be suspended, that's involved in it all, because sometimes it feels good not to have to think about yourself. I suppose the song's about being caught between those two points -- basically, that even if you know you're being irresponsible (and possibly daft), there's still a desire to give yourself up."

The album Western Culture marks a huge sonic progression due, in part, to the involvement of his venerable live band (Andrew Cheetham on drums, Dave Rowe on bass and Dan Bridgewood-Hill on guitar, synth and violin) on record for the first time. It is also the first Kiran Leonard album to have been made in a professional studio.

"It was nice not having to spend 2+ years recording an LP in drips in my front room," says Leonard. "It was mostly smashed out over nine days or so makes it a lot more focused than my long-ass records usually are. I think it’s both more accessible and more peculiar than my other records. There’s a nice Bon Jovi solo at the end of the seventh track."

Kiran Leonard is a 22 year old musician from Saddleworth, Greater Manchester. Debut album proper Bowler Hat Soup (2014) and follow-up Grapefruit (2016) were both recorded at home, with Kiran playing virtually every instrument himself. Derevaun Seraun (2017), a concept album in five movements inspired by five pieces of literature and arranged for piano, strings and voice, was an ambitious departure from his usual sound.

Kiran Leonard has also just announced UK and Ireland headline dates for October / November, as well as a London date at The Victoria on 29th August which will serve as a warm up for their appearance at End Of The Road Festival the following day.

Kiran Leonard on ‘Western Culture’:

The starting point for writing Western Culture was a preoccupation with how language affects the way we perceive problems in the real world. That is, the structures that carry out the worst acts of violence in our communities (social hierarchies; borders and nationalisms; global finance) are all legitimised within a certain discourse; in this sense, the words we use have a funny sort of position, both as a feeble opponent to real-life violence, and as the critical foundation for that very violence.

I say this because my intention with the record was not to make a self-absorbed, “How-can-art-respond-to-these-problems” sort of gesture, because to me the problem is a lot wider than art. It’s to do with basic communication: it is impossible to understand or confront a brutality that we can’t articulate. So, these songs are mostly about this sense of missing the wood for the trees, and trying to stress the existence of connections between all these obstacles, past, present and future.

I think this thematic cohesion is matched by an effort to make the music on the record more compact and distilled. This is the first proper LP I’ve made at a recording studio (the excellent Low Four in Manchester), and the first record I’ve made with my live band (Dan Bridgwood Hill [dbh]; Andrew Cheetham [Jane Weaver, Easter, Yerba Mansa, Desmadrados Soldados de Ventura], Dave Rowe [Plank]). Leo from Cult Party, and Rosa and Jenny from Let’s Eat Grandma, and Elle Mary, and the guitarist Jon Collin, and Laurie Hulme (Songs for Walter) also lend a hand.

Tickets for this show are £9 in advance.
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.


Chuck Johnson
Fletcher Tucker
FortyFive Cafe, York
Friday 26th October, 7.30pm

 Delivered in conjunction with Stirling’s premier evening of outsider music, Golden Hum.

One of only three UK shows from these incredible guitar and electronics based experimentalists.

Chuck Johnson will be playing selections from his recent albums, including 2017’s landmark LP ‘Balsams’. Described by Pitchfork as a ‘fully realized sonic world’ and a ‘universe unto itself’, the album is a series of meditative soundscapes fashioned on pedal steel guitar and effects into diaphanous worlds of sound. Akin to Brian Eno’s ambient compositions, this is music that will transport you – ethereal, serene and magnificent.

Fletcher Tucker makes experimental folk music inspired by the natural environment of California’s Big Sur. Where his ‘deep inhabitation’ of the wild landscape gave rise to uniquely textured songs inspired by creeks, mossy groves and misty mountain paths, all culminating in critically acclaimed debut album ‘Cold Spring’ for Gnome Life Records.

‘Rich music that feels infinitely expressive… his guitar’s gentle twang sounds more like a desert with wafting tumbleweeds than a sky with drifting clouds. You can feel air moving, sand sifting, and sun baking as Johnson’s guitar chords gradually stretch across the horizon.’
8.1/10 Pitchfork

‘Graceful contemplations overflow… ethereal, emotionally expressive, painterly, intimate yet vast.’
‘Best of 2017’ Tiny Mix Tapes

‘Loops of pedal steel guitar that rest on the edge of dusk, just when the tumult of day subsides and seeps into the soul’s reflection.’
‘Best records of 2017’ NPR

‘Johnson epitomised and transcended the adventurous spirit of the New American Primitives scene, Balsams being a solo pedal steel record with an ambient bent that made it as close to Daniel Lanois’ work on Eno’s Apollo Soundtracks as it did any notional folk tradition.’
‘Best albums of 2017’ 8/10 UNCUT

Tickets for this show are £8 in advance.
You can get tickets in person from the venue or online from here.


Goat Girl

The Crescent, York
Saturday 27th October, 7.30pm


Rough Trade Records have just released the self-titled debut album by Goat Girl. Produced by Dan Carey (The Kills, Bat For Lashes, Franz Ferdinand) in his South London studio, the record already has the press hot under the collar and has helped the four piece secure a rather sweet US tour with Parquet Courts and a bunch of fine festival slots in the summer.

Across 19 tracks in 40 minutes, Goat Girl’s debut creates a half fantasy world out of a very dirty, ugly city reality. In the groups words: “Simply put, it’s an album that comes from growing up in London and the first-hand experience of our city’s devolution. We wanted to think of it as this place seen not necessarily just through our eyes, but someone who can’t get past the abnormalities and strange happenings that exist in our city. We think this gives the freedom lyrically and musically to explore unspoken truths and emotions that we all as humans feel.”

This world is populated by creeps and liars, lovers, dreamers and wonderful lunatics. It’s a very English album -- sharp-eyed observations like The Kinks, louche rage like The Slits -- but it’s also full of swampy swaggering guitars and Lottie’s filthy drawl. “It wasn’t exactly intentional to have this warped country sound, but I think that was initially what we were all drawn to and inspired by, bands that existed in a lo-fi,dissonant, scratchy context.”

Goat Girl belong to a burgeoning, close-knit south London scene, born in venues like The Windmill and including bands like Shame, Bat-Bike, Fat White Family, Horsey, Sorry, and many more. They’ve built up a strong live following over the last year, headlining their own UK tours and supporting The Fall, Moonlandingz, and Parquet Courts.

Goat Girl are: Clottie Cream, Rosy Bones, Naima Jelly and L.E.D.


‘Goat Girl are ready to turn indie music on its head and rip its guts out’
The Guardian

‘Goat Girl are the whip – smart, politicized young Londoners breaking into the big time’


Ian Felice
(The Felice Brothers)
Plus special guest

Nick Panken
(Spirit Family Reunion)
The Winning Post, York
Saturday 27th October, 8pm

‘In The Kingdom Of Dreams’ is the debut solo album from Ian Felice of The Felice Brothers. The album was recorded in his childhood home of Palenville NY, with his brother Simone Felice on production duties. Simone produced and co-wrote recent hit albums from The Lumineers and Bat For Lashes. On the album, Ian was joined by the original Felice Brothers line-up of James Felice on keys, Simone Felice on drums and Josh Rawson on bass.

Ian has been the lead singer and songwriter for The Felice Brothers for over a decade. The band has put out nine records and toured ceaselessly throughout the world. Born and raised in the Catskill Mountains he moved to New York when he was 18 to study art and soon after began writing songs and performing with his brothers Simone and James. The Felice Brothers was conceived in 2006 after the recording of Iantown, a 10 song album of Ian’s first songs recorded in one night in January of 2006. In the weeks and months that followed, The Felice Brothers began playing bars, restaurants and busking street corners and subways, joined by their friends Josh Rawson on bass and Greg Farley on the fiddle. They continue to play and work as a band after 12 years of prolific song writing and performance and the creation of some 9 albums of original material.

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‘Ian Felice’s solo masterpiece’
No Depression

‘American folk-rock sibling goes it alone with impressive results.’
**** Q magazine
‘In The Kingdom Of Dreams largely returns us to the crepuscular atmospheres – the imminent dusk and spidery twilight – of their second Loose album, 2008’s The Felice Brothers, in the opinion of many a career highlight, and songs on it like “St Stephen’s End”, “Murder By Mistletoe” and “Wonderful Life”.’
8/10 – Uncut magazine

Tickets for this show are £15 in advance.
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.


The Crescent, York
Sunday 28th October, 7.30pm

A co-promotion with Dirty Heads Ruin Fidelity.

Ace duo return to York with their hypnotic, psychedlic krautrock.

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Like a hazily remembered dream, U.K. duo the KVB blend reverb-soaked shoegaze with minimalist electronic production to create their delicate and ephemeral sound. Formed in 2010 by Nicholas Wood and Kat Day, the KVB got started with a number of limited cassette and vinyl releases before their first full-length, Always Then, arrived in 2012. Two more albums, Immaterial Visions and Minus One, arrived the following year, Minus One being a proper release of material that had surfaced before in the form of digital downloads and extremely limited cassettes.

In 2014, the duo ventured to Brian Jonestown Massacre mastermind Anton Newcombe's Berlin studio to track what would become their Out of Body EP, released later that year on Newcombe's own A Records label. This session would mark the KVB's first recordings made outside of their own home studio as well as the first time they'd work with drummer Joe Dilworth, best known for his work with Stereolab.

Keeping up their busy schedule, the KVB collected some of the more experimental output they recorded in 2014 on Mirror Being, which Invada released in June of the following year.  The duo continued to move in a more experimental, heavily electronic direction on 2016's Of Desire, which the KVB recorded with vintage synths from Invada head Geoff Barrow's collection.

Tickets for this show are £8 in advance.
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.


Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert
The Crescent, York
Thursday 1st November, 7.30pm

‘Here Lies the Body holds a sweeter and more sentimental Moffat than one might expect. Some of these songs could be parallel universe versions of Arab Strap tales; the scenes quite similar, but the perspective lightened, finding tender humor in human intimacy that’s tart but not bitter.’
8.5/10  TLOBF

‘While there might be a pleasing inevitability to their sonic tryst--and even to its shagging-and-dying trajectory--there is nothing predictable about Here Lies The Body.’
8/10  The Quietus

‘It's droll, evocative and occasionally moving.’
8/10  Uncut Magazine

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“The album title has a dual meaning – sex and death.” These are common themes from Aidan Moffat; since his early days with Arab Strap, he has explored these subjects with a grace and grit that plunges deep into the human soul. But this is no re-hash of the past, rather a further leap forward for Moffat, now teaming up with fellow Scot, singer and guitarist extraordinaire, RM Hubbert, for this new project.

“It can be read as romantic surrender, but of course it’s also a phrase you’ll find on a tombstone,” Moffat elaborates. Equally multidimensional is the music contained within, weaving beautiful, spidery guitar work, haunting piano lines, lush strings, delicate percussion, fizzing 808 beats, synth pop, samba, and moments of jazz, while Moffat’s rich voice carries the narrative in rich grumbles, hushed whispers, and revealing spoken word.

The album begins with first single Cockcrow and a chance encounter of two old flames as they enjoy hen and stag parties in Blackpool – the album follows their story as it moves forwards (and backwards) with wit and wisdom, exploring themes of love, family, fortune telling, deceit, death, Schrodinger’s cat, the multiverse … and marshmallows. The narrative was influenced, Moffat says, by “an article I read about mothers who abandon their families, and how that still remains a pretty taboo subject in our times. When marriages break down, it’s almost always the man who leaves.”

The video for Cockcrow was directed by Paul Fegan, who made 2016's 'Where You’re Meant to Be' Scottish folk doc with Moffat and is based solely around a performance by Dundee ballet dancer Jack Webb. "It was inspired by a dance piece I saw performed last year by Scottish Ballet. Aidan, Hubby and Siobhan's song felt both tender and cold, vulnerable and hopeful. Jack Webb, Julian Schwanitz (Cinematographer) and I decided on a simple one-shot idea based on these conflicting emotions. Something dream-like. And we wanted to include a bed given it's a prominent element in the singles cover art. Bridging a traditional music video and a performance piece, it's lit in a way that makes the dancer appear like a living painting, specifically an old master, obscured by time - but fierce." Says Fegan.

Tickets for this show are £13 in advance.
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.


John Smith
Rachel Newton
The Crescent, York
Sunday 4th November, 7.30pm

Born in Essex and raised in Devon, John Smith has gained a reputation through relentless touring as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and singer-songwriters. With five album releases in 11 years, his reputation now extends far beyond the UK folk scene, as reflected by sideman credits including Joan Baez, David Gray, Lisa Hannigan and Lianne La Havas.

Compared as a singer to John Martyn and Ray Lamontagne, Smith has evolved his own transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide techniques, switching between acoustic and electric guitars in various tunings. His uniquely intimate take on love, loss or even a mythic murder ballad, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following, made up of people willing to take part in the communion of a song.

He returns this Autumn for a 34-date UK / EU tour.

'The future of folk music'

John Renbourn

'He’s a magician'
Ben Howard

Time Out 

Rachel Newton

Singer and Harpist Rachel Newton specialises in reinterpreting traditional folk songs in both English and Scottish Gaelic alongside her own compositions. BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Musician of the Year 2017 and founding member of The Furrow Collective and The Shee, Rachel's solo album Here's My Heart Come Take It was shortlisted for the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award and described by the Observer as 'A beauty'. Her new album West is the result of a solo recording trip to her family's native Wester Ross in the Scottish Highlands.

Tickets for this show are £15 in advance.
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.


Seamus Fogarty
Oporto, Leeds
Sunday 11th November, 7.30pm

Irish songwriter Seamus Fogarty and his band borrow something from every genre from krautrock to traditional balladry and everything in between, mixing conventional instrumentation with found sounds and live electronics, all fronted by Fogarty’s plaintive vocal and songwriting.  His latest album ‘The Curious Hand’, released on Domino Records and co-produced with Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Wild Beasts), has received rave reviews across the board with the Guardian awarding it 5/5 (a ‘stunning, mercurial album’ ) while The Irish Times, The Observer, Q Magazine and Mojo all awarded it 4 stars.  

Since releasing his first album in 2012 on legendary Scottish label Fence Records (King Creosote, James Yorkston), Fogarty’s profile has risen steadily.  His songs have featured extensively on both BBC Radio 3 and 6Music while earlier this year he performed a live session for Mark Radcliffe on his BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. 

On the live front, 2018 has seen Fogarty and his band perform in the Main hall of The Barbican, tour the UK with This Is The Kit and play headline shows at Kilkenny’s Rhythm & Roots Festival, Galway Arts Festival and Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.  In January he bought his band over to Holland for a series of shows at Eurosonic Festival while this summer he’s played on the main stage at Green Man Festival, Haldern Pop in Germany, Larmer Tree Festival and Deershed.  Closer to home, he’s been named as one of the first artists to perform at the next instalment of the legendary Other Voices in Ireland in September. 

Having toured the UK on the release of The Curious Hand last October, he’s excited to present a mix of new and old material on this Autumn Tour.


‘Constantly unwinds and uncoils, taking us on magical journeys through fable and modern life and back again, often in the same song’

***** The Guardian

‘The Curious Hand is that rare thing in folk: original, self-contained and unencumbered by the genre’

**** Mojo Magazine

‘The Curious Hand is a treasure trove of noises and stories from a man with plenty to say’ ****
The Irish Times

‘An understated gem of an album’

Herald Scotland

Tickets for this show are £8 in advance.
You can get tickets in person from Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.


 Part Chimp
 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Sunday 18th November, 7.30pm

 Having mostly laid dormant since 2009, London noise-rock titans Part Chimpfinally returned in 2017 with a new album Iv, released via Rock Action.

Ivfollows three acclaimed studio albums, a live record, compilations and split singles and EPs alongside artists including Torche and Hey Colossus, sharing stages along with the way with the likes of Melvins, Deerhoof, Harvey Milk and Isis, as well as headlining last year’s Raw Power Festival.

Since their formation in 2000, Part Chimp have carved their own place in the archives of heavy music, with their fuzz-laden seismic rock. With Iv, the band have recorded their most precise piece of work to date, perfectly balancing crushing and intense riffs with undeniable melodies.

With nods to boundary pushing artists from the 60s to the present - from MC5 and Sabbath, to Big Business, Earth and Harvey Milk - it’s clear Part Chimp are not content to simply be labelled as one of the UK’s loudest bands. In everything the band create, songcraft is as important as the volume at which is played. This has never been more true than now.


"Iv proves, if proving was needed, that Part Chimp are masters of us all”

The Quietus

"This isn't a return to form, merely a continuation of an already extremely high one”

Drowned In Sound

“A must hear for fan of glorious, horrible noise”

Classic Rock

Tickets for this show are £8 in advance.
You can get tickets in person from the venue, Jumbo Records, Crash Records and online from here.


Holy Moly & The Crackers

w/ The Buffalo Skinners
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Friday 23rd November, 7.30pm

w/ The Buffalo Skinners
 The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Saturday 24th November, 7.30pm

  w/ Dan Webster Band
The Crescent, York
Sunday 25th November, 7.30pm

We're dead chuffed to be helping our Geordie buddies on their biggest ever UK headline tour in the autumn with shows in Leeds, Manchester and York. Tickets for all three are available online from the links above.

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Newcastle’s Holy Moly & The Crackers are one of the country’s hardest working bands.

You might call that a cliche, but how many others can you name that have covered the thousands of miles and played the amount of shows that HM&TC have, in just two years? Oh, and they’ve managed to write, record and release a critically-acclaimed album and start their own record label in that time too.

Lead singers Conrad Bird and Ruth Patterson met when they were teenagers in 2008 and Ruth was in the midst of adapting to a diagnosis of chronic arthritis. Ruth, at one stage cited for an orchestral career on the violin, had not played for two years. But, encouraged by their mutual passion for music, she battled through the new limitations to relearn her instrument and discovered a love and skill for singing.

Not long after the couple met costume designer and accordion player Rosie Bristow they started to perform Irish, American and Balkan folk songs together at open mics and dive bars. They were cutting their teeth, learning the ropes.

By 2015 the trio had moved to Newcastle and met jazz/funk bass player, Jamie Shields, and Tommy Evans - who would give Keith Moon a run for his money - on drums. The gang began to blend their love of the folk tradition with a contemporary rock sound, influenced by a wide range of artists - from Cold War Kids to Gogol Bordello and Jack White.

Since then the bombastic folk rockers have been on what seems like a never-ending tour,; playing over 300 shows, 60 festivals (including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness, Boomtown and Bestival) and tearing through trips around Italy, the Netherlands, France, Portugal and Germany. Wowing their raucous and ever-expanding fan-base with instrument-swapping, squeezebox-growling, fiddle-shredding, brass-howling hoe-downs, the group have been able to hone a sound that is organic and invigorating - forged in the sweat and heat of the live show.

In 2017 Holy Moly & The Crackers stepped up a gear. They signed a deal with Wipe Out Music Publishing and, working with producer Matt Terry at the legendary rock studio VADA, recorded and released Salem - a record that’s been described as “a new kind of sonic madness” by music magazine and long time supporters, Narc.

The album has taken them to new heights, and has seen the band’s idiosyncratic blend of folk and contemporary rock playlisted across Spotify, clocking up close to a million streams in the process*, as well as receiving rotation on BBC Radio and RadioX. The album’s hooky rabble-rousing lead single ‘Cold Comfort Lane’ has been featured internationally on adverts and TV shows, including E4’s ‘Tattoo Artist Of The Year’.

Now it is 2018. 22-year-old Nick Tyler has joined on guitar. Classically trained but influenced by psychedelic and DIY punk in equal measure, he is the final piece of the multifarious puzzle that is Holy Moly & The Crackers - the final Cracker, as it were.

This year HM&TC will release two stand-alone singles, recorded by Matt Terry and mixed by Dan Austin (Pixies), and back the songs up with with major international festival appearances, including a main-stage appearance at Beautiful Days and Colours Of Ostravia in the Czech Republic, before embarking on their biggest UK headline tour to date in November.

They will also head back into the studio to record their next album and continue their relationship with Matt and Dan, both of whom use dynamic formulas combining tight, pop sensibility with the naturalism of garage rock and folk/roots.

The last two years have been a whirlwind and you might think that it’s time to take a breather. But HM&TC are not that kind of band. The road is their home and they’ve got their foot to the floor.


“One of Newcastle’s finest bands have upped the game on their new album”
The Crack

“This is one of the most original sounding albums doing the rounds at the moment”
God Is In The TV Zine

“A cauldron of swirling dark rock potions”
R2 Magazine

“Turn it on and turn it up. This one’s a rager”
No Depression (USA)



Vashti Bunyan
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Monday 26th November, 7.30pm

The British song-writer Vashti Bunyan was discovered by Andrew Loog Oldham in 1965. She recorded a single for Decca (written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards) – ‘Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind’ - which was mostly unheard in its own day.

Further recordings of her own songs were similarly un-noticed. Vashti then walked away from London for a life on the road with a horse, a wagon, a dog and a boyfriend, heading for some islands off the west coast of Scotland where their friend Donovan intended to create an artists’ colony.

Along the way she wrote the songs that would become her album ‘Just Another Diamond Day’ – produced by Joe Boyd and released in 1970.

Again her music found no audience and so Vashti left the music industry behind altogether and instead made a life bringing up children and – as she now calls it – ‘living on wit’.

Rediscovered in 2000 after the re-release of ‘Just Another Diamond Day’ (which became a cult classic that made #53 in the Observer Music monthly’s ‘top 100 British albums of all time’) - she started to write music again. After a gap of 35 years her second album ‘Lookaftering’ was produced by Max Richter, released in 2005 and this time received a lot of attention and much critical praise.

Vashti then started to tour for the first time ever and performed in the UK, USA, Australia, Japan, Singapore and all over Europe.

In October 2014 her third album ‘Heartleap’ was released by FatCat in the UK and DiCristina in the USA. It was written, played, edited, arranged and recorded largely by Vashti herself in her Edinburgh home studio over the past 7 years.

Tickets for this show are £22.50 in advance.
You can get tickets in person from Jumbo Records and Crash Records in Leeds or online from here.


The Crescent, York
Friday 30th November, 7.30pm

Blending wiry post-punk with unpredictable art-rock, Drahla have established themselves as a formidable and distinctive band across their two sold out 7” singles and the ‘Third Article’ EP. So far they have earned support from a litany of radio shows, magazines and tastemakers, including the likes of BBC 6 Music, DIY, and Loud & Quiet. Formed in late 2015, Drahla quickly found their identity in Yorkshire’s fertile music scene with their minimal yet robust bass-heavy sound. Their reputation as a fervent live act is ever-growing, typified by them being asked to share stages with the likes of Parquet Courts, The Cribs, Buzzcocks, Dream Wife, Menace Beach and more.

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Drahla’s most recent release, the ‘Third Article’ EP, Produced by Hookworms’ MJ, was released at the end of last year on the band’s own Blank Ad label. Drahla followed the release with their first European tour, supporting Metz and the trio will be joining Ought on their UK tour in April. The band are currently working on new material for release later this year.

Tickets for this show are £6 in advance.
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.


 The Burning Hell
Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
Sunday 2nd December, 7.30pm

The Burning Hell is the alter-ego of Canadian songwriter Mathias Kom, and the band has been on the road in one form or another since 2007, playing everywhere from the chaos of Glastonbury to the loneliness of the Arctic Circle, popping up in bars, festival tents, living rooms, abandoned bunkers, and a mental asylum in rural France along the way. Musically, the lineup and sound of the Burning Hell has been ever-changing, running the gamut from introspective folk to hyperactive rock and roll. This means both that no two Burning Hell records sound alike, and that the band can adapt to its surroundings like a karma of anthropomorphic chameleons, taking the audience on a supermarket-cart ride through hooky, upbeat pop songs, dark ballads about pet euthanasia, and anthems for barbarians, economic conferences, and love.

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‘Kom’s writing is a breath of fresh air, and I can think of few songwriters I’d rather spend the apocalypse with…’
Folk Radio UK

‘The wordy songsmith behind Canadian quintet The Burning Hell, Mathias Kom has a dry wit and sharp eye that elevate indie-rock tunes into offbeat storytelling treats.’
Uncut Magazine

‘Those who love The Burning Hell really love them, and can't wait to share their respect for creative driving force Mathias Kom's hyper-literate, warm, and witty stories...Kom’s rapid fire lyrics contain deep emotional depth and wide narrative breadth while keeping a common touch.’
The Digital Fix

Tickets for this show are £9 in advance.
You can get tickets in person from Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.


 Lætitia Sadier Source Ensemble
 Marker Starling
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Wednesday 16th January, 7.30pm

 Lætitia Sadier Source Ensemble

Laetitia Sadier and her Source Ensemble [Emma, Nina and Xavier] are heading back out on the road to promote their Drag City released album 'Finding Me Finding You’.

‘With its crashing together of narcotic pop, serialism and motorik rock, Find Me Finding You is in a similar mould to Sadier’s compatriot Pierre Henry’s concrète pop nugget Psyche Rock. Or, closer to home, Stereolab.’
8/10,  The Wire

‘Throwing down a persuasive gauntlet, opener Undying Love For Humanity is all breezy percussion, percolating synths, chiming vibraphones and complex, wordless backing vocal arrangements--a sunny, tropicalia-like setting for Sadier's typically liquid delivery of lyrics.’
4/5,  Mojo Magazine

Marker Starling

After recording and performing for many years under the name of Mantler, Toronto’s Chris A. Cummings changed his band name to Marker Starling in 2012. A solo performer for much of his career, Cummings was frequently seen playing Melancholy Party Jams on a Wurltizer electric piano, with drum machine accompaniment.

Cummings has collaborated with the German band Von Spar, contributing vocals and lyrics to four songs on their album STREET LIFE. His song “Deep Background” was recorded by Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier and appears on her most recent solo record FIND ME FINDING YOU.

Tickets for this show are £10 in advance.
You can get tickets in person from Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.


The Wave Pictures
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Monday 21st January, 7.30pm

 The Wave Pictures return with the promised second album of the year, Look Inside Your Heart - a warm, joyous record celebrating friendship, happiness and drunken party times. Like the first album they released this year, the more contemplative Brushes With Happiness, this one was recorded late at night whilst inebriated back at the tiny Booze Cube Studio in Stoke Newington, live to reel-to-reel tape with no computers of any kind. The album is peppered with giggles and chatter, which adds a sense of spontaneity and place.

You can hear the first fruits of the new album here!

Praise for Brushes With Happiness:

‘Dreamlike, bluesy and unique.’
The Guardian

‘A hushed, spectral delight.’
Uncut Magazine

‘As his Tom Verlaine guitar tones drip forth like liquid gold, you can't help falling ever deeper beneath this record's spell.’
Mojo Magazine

Tickets for this show are £11 in advance.
You can get tickets in person from Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.


Laura Veirs
 The Crescent, York
Wednesday 6th February, 7.30pm

 A prolific songwriter for nearly twenty years, Laura Veirs proves the depth of her musical skill on her tenth solo album, The Lookout. Here is a batch of inimitable, churning, exquisite folk-pop songs; a concept album about the fragility of precious things. Produced by Grammy-nominated Tucker Martine, Veirs’ longtime collaborator, The Lookout is a soundtrack for turbulent times, full of allusions to protectors: the camper stoking a watch fire, a mother tending her children, a sailor in a crows nest and a lightning rod channelling energy.

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“The Lookout is about the need to pay attention to the fleeting beauty of life and to not be complacent; it’s about the importance of looking out for each other,” says Veirs. “I’m addressing what’s happening around me with the chaos of post-election America, the racial divides in our country, and a personal reckoning with the realities of midlife: I have friends who’ve died; I struggle with how to balance life as an artist with parenting young children.”

Written and produced on the heels of Veirs’ acclaimed album with Neko Case and kd Lang (case/lang/veirs), The Lookout integrates the fluency of collaboration with Veirs’ notorious work ethic. The twelve songs on the album are the result of a years’ worth of daily writing in her attic studio in Portland, Oregon.

“Twenty years ago when I was just starting out with my punk band, it never occurred to me to write five versions of a song,” says Veirs. “I’ve learned to see how malleable lyrics and melodies can be. I have more tools as a musician so I write many versions of songs until I find the right fit.” Such range is demonstrated on the operatic vocals of “The Meadow” and the intricate finger picking on “Watch Fire.” “The Lookout,” the album’s title track, is an ecstatic anthem to trusted relationships.

The Lookout draws on the talents of a time-tested crew of musicians: Karl Blau, Steve Moore, Eli Moore, Eyvind Kang and Martine. Says Veirs, “These guys are a good hang, ego-free and wonderful players who just want to serve the songs.” Sufjan Stevens and Jim James provide guest vocals.

For Martine, who fell, almost two decades ago, for Veirs’ unique sound after listening to a tape cassette she’d sent him in the mail, this album reflects a bar that keeps getting raised. Both familiar and strange, The Lookout gets better with repeated listens, warming to the skin like a cherished saddlebag, critical for the journey ahead.

Tickets for this show are £17.50 in advance.
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.


James Chance & Les Contortions
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Thursday 14th March, 7.30pm

A key figure in No Wave, Chance has been playing a combination of improvisational jazz-like music and punk in the New York music scene since the late 1970s, in such bands as Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, James Chance and the Contortions, James White and the Blacks, The Flaming Demonics, James Chance & the Sardonic Symphonics, James Chance and Terminal City, and James Chance and Les Contortions. His music can be described as combining the freeform playing of Ornette Coleman with the solid funk rhythm of James Brown, though filtered through a punk rock lens.

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Tickets for this show are £15 in advance.
You can get tickets in person from Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.


Kristin Hersh
(w/ Rob Ahlers (50 Foot Wave) + Fred Abong (Throwing Muses)

Left Bank, Leeds
Thursday 21st March, 7.30pm

St. Philips Church, Salford
Friday 22nd March, 7.30pm

Kristin Hersh will be touring the UK in Spring 2019 with Rob Ahlers (50 Foot Wave) on drums and Fred Abong (Throwing Muses, Belly) on bass.

“Sometimes the most subversive thing I can do musically is adhere to standard song structure, sometimes the creepiest chords are the ones we’ve heard before, twisted into different shapes, and sometimes a story is lived a thousand times before we can ride it like a roller coaster. Nothing wholly unfamiliar is gonna make you look twice. When you can describe a record as being “deceptively” anything, you’re hinting at the sociopathic nature of music. Something I love. Imagine truly buying your own sunshine and charm, but also your darkness and violence; the two sides of your psychology showing each other off in relief. Songs can do that...we can’t, really. Darkness we’ve seen. Dark sunshine? Still cool.

I usually play all the instruments on my solo records - essentially the sound of having no friends - but sociopaths can’t realize their potential without people to work out their grievances on and this record is a freakin’ sociopath. So I invited my friends to the party I wanted to hear. Not a live record but an alive record.

Because a lot of live records don’t sound live, just poorly recorded. And self-conscious musicians can’t let fly. I wanted to recreate the impact of a show. Unpretentious, with a muscular song body running through the room. This entailed seriously messing with both extremes of the sonic spectrum: the fundamentals (basics, rhythm section, roots) but also with the detail (percussion, high end, effects). These two strata asked to sound eccentric: atonal and arhythmic. So when the song body runs through the room, it’s not wholly unfamiliar, just dressed oddly enough to make you look twice. Dark sunshine, still cool. Hopefully, anyway.

My friends helped me make a nice party noise, a goofy sociopath. Everyone who stopped by the studio was asked to make some noise and they pretty much did. A party that lasted for a few years, it’s only now dying down. A friend called this morning asking when the bus was leaving. A rickety, squealy, squeaky bus...none of us want to miss it.”

Kristin Hersh, July 2018

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Throwing Muses’ lynchpin, Kristin Hersh’s prolific career has seen her heralded queen of the alternative release. Her tenth studio album, ‘Possible Dust Clouds’ is a highly personalised sociopathic gem delivered as a futuristic rewriting of how music works, a melodious breeze with a tail wind of venomous din.

Enveloping the juxtaposition of the concept of ‘dark sunshine’, a brooding solo record created with friends to expand her off-kilter sonic vision; a squally, squeaky mix of discordant beauty.

Feedback and phasing gyrate from simply strummed normality, imagine Dinosaur Jr and My Bloody Valentine cranking up a Dylan couplet.

‘Possible Dust Clouds’ is a glorious return to form for one of alternative rock’s true innovators.

‘She's still as powerful a presence as she ever was.’

‘The prodigious output and commitment to quality is pretty staggering, but then Kristin Hersh is a very, very special musician.’
The Quietus

‘Throwing Muses became a byword for college-rock feminism in the late 80s, largely because of Hersh’s uncompromising impressionist poetry of emotional anguish, subjugated womanhood and mental illness.’
The Guardian

Tickets for these shows are £20 in advance.
You can get tickets for Manchester here and for Leeds here.


Terry Riley
& Gyan Riley
Riley Smith Hall, Leeds University Union
Friday 12th April, 7.30pm

 It’s possibly hard to do justice in words to the influence of Terry Riley on so much adventurous music that has emerged over the past half century. Take his legendary In C, a simple piece of musical genius that still resonates as loudly in impact today and perhaps achieving more widespread influence than ever currently since its first recorded appearance in 1968. Add in his sublime minimalist keyboard recordings such as Shri Camel and A Rainbow In Curved Air, his early tape work, his collaborations with Pandit Pran Nath, John Cale, La Monte Young.

Terry will perform in a duo with his son Gyan, who has a growing discography of his own that includes releases on labels such as John Zorn’s Tzadik and has worked with Zakir Hussian, Dawn Upshaw and many others.

Tickets for this show are £25 in advance.
You can get tickets in person from Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.