Kabarett Spielraum Presents:
The MUSAION Antifolk Special
Wednesday 13th February
7.30pm - 11pm
SOLO ACOUSTIC MUSIC FROM...
TOM MAYNE (David Cronenberg's Wife)
FILTHY PEDRO (The Carthaginians)
PAUL HAWKINS (Thee Awkward Silences)
3 Blind Mice, 5 Ravey St (between Great Eastern St and Leonard St), Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4QW. Nearest tube is Old Street.
Infoline: 07961 028844
A rare opportunity to see no less than three of the leading lights from the antifolk scene on one bill. Often backed by their respective bands, here is a chance to see them up close and intimate.
TOM MAYNE [http://www.myspace.com/davidcronenbergswife]
After an undisclosed past in Stockport, songwriter Tom Mayne moved to London and formed David Cronenberg’s Wife in 2005. He started David Cronenberg's Wife 'to sing about themes that haven't been much covered yet: loving an anorexic girl, the urge to jump in front of trains and women dying in child-birth...'
Often regarded as part of the antifolk movement, Tom, along with Filthy Pedro, organises a once-a-season antifolk festival at The 12 Bar, in London’s famous Denmark Street.
"Tom Mayne is a stunning lyricist who peels back the skin of humanity to reveal its pustulating bleeding sores while leaving piss stains on your trousers with his sardonic wit. The observational skills of a novelist. The lo-fi 2 chord soul of rock n roll." [Sgt Buzfuz]
Time Out Critics' Choice for DCW at Kabarett Spielraum in August 2006: 'Morally outrageous backwoods folk singer leads this excellent regular antifolk session.'
FILTHY PEDRO [http://www.myspace.com/thefilthypedro]
Originating from an unpronounceable rural outback of Anglesey, and rumoured to possess mysterious druid-like powers, Filthy Pedro would be the first to admit the limits of his musical talents.
But antifolk isn't about technical prowess, it's about telling your story, with whatever musical accompaniment you can muster.
And with just his voice, guitar and considerable charm, Filthy's songs explore his obsessions with ancient history, dirty sex and the inner workings of libraries with wit, humour and surprising poignancy.
PAUL HAWKINS [http://www.myspace.com/theeawkwardsilences]
Paul Hawkins is a singer-songwriter most noted for his 'endearingly out of tune' [Godisinthetv] singing voice, his intense on-stage persona and the dark fantastical nature of his lyrics.
Typical subject matter includes a teenage boy who throws himself into a nuclear reactor in the hope of gaining superpowers and a lonely outsider who gets his kicks from donning a medical coat and hanging around hospitals, operating on unsuspecting patients.
Paul is a key figure in the UK antifolk scene and has frequently been compared to Nick Cave, Daniel Johnston and 'a drunk British Tom Waits' [indiefolkforever].