Saturday February 16th 2008
The Yorkshire House, 2 Parliament Street, Lancaster, LA1 1DB.
Doors 8pm, Entry £5
Advance Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/location/LAWM
LAWM presents the fantastic Devon/Brighton-based Drift Collective - as part of their UK tour.
The Drift Collective specialise in evocative, rustic, twisted folk
Three Drift acts (Mary Hampton, Thirty Pounds of Bone & The R.G. Morrison) play tonight!
...With special guests 7 Hertz (Leeds) and Balkanic Eruption (Lancaster)
Perhaps the best known member of the Drift Collective (and personally perhaps my favourite voice to ever grace the LAWM stage when she supported Alasdair Roberts last year). Mary Hampton picks away on her four string tenor guitar and works out startling songs, and reinterprets old folk songs. Her shrill folk English voice is certainly one of the best and most captivating in the UK today. Sometimes singers can pull you in and give you the impression of depth, but in Hampton's case the songs are genuinely perceptive and literary.
"a stately clarity" The Times
"bewildering...spine-thrilling attic folk" Time Out
"a woman who appears to have spent much of her life attempting to imitate the shimmer of wind-chimes. The effect is mesmerizing" The Guardian
THIRTY POUNDS OF BONE
Johny Lamb aka Thirty Pounds of Bone produces atmospheric occasionally and subtly Irish tinged drone folk.
"There is much to savour on this accomplished collection of plaintive laments, of which the title track and drone like uyeasound are exceptional." Q Magazine.
"With its tattoo-style artwork depicting a storm-tossed sea, and snapshots of the band in archaic suits clutching pints of Guinness, it's clear that this album isn't going to fit the clichés of many of the recent 'weird folk' trends." WORD magazine.
"Thirty Pounds of Bone like to dwell on shit. Heavy shit. The songs interlink via juxtapositions that create a wonderfully morbid and equally petrifying narrative." PLAN B Magazine
The RG Morrison, who started the Drift label after suffering an acrimonious split from his fiancée and tapping a previously undiscovered talent for dusty, despairing piano chords, Morrison's songs and sounds are reminiscent of the likes of Brendan Parry, Mark Kozelek or Nick Drake.
"Raw and vital" - Wire Magazine
"Recalls that of Nick Drake, Elliott Smith and Nick Cave and like the aforementioned contains great songs treated exquisitely by accomplished artists. the debut release from both the band and their label, drift collective, are names to watch out for" - Rough Trade Shops
LAWM loves 7 Hertz. This will be the 3rd appearance by the Leeds quartet. It's something of a coup to have them play. 7 HERTZ are essentially an incredible improvisational ‘orchestra’ of beautiful sounds, a four piece which includes cello, viola, clarinet, double bass and then some. Difficult to pin down their sound encapsulates contemporary classical, folk, jazz, free improv, klezma - but the most important thing is that it sounds beautiful! They have also collaborated with Mary Hampton before. Prepare to be reduced to a revered hushed silence.
Balkanic Eruption are a brilliant local 7 piece band specialising in eastern european folk styles and will be the perfect kick off to the night.
FURTHER QUOTES ON THE DRIFT COLLECTIVE:-
"Inventive, imaginative and different; long may they collect together" - Record Collector
"The Drift Family provide a near-miraculous glimmer of frail, reflective humanity in a bullshit-filled world" - The Word
“as gorgeous as it is quirky” - Observer Music Monthly
"fantastic" - Time Out
"Smart" - The Observer
"gently eccentric" - Mojo
Drift Records have assembled a strong roster that manages to embrace the past while retaining an ironic distance, forging new paths out of the acoustic tradition. - Is This Music?