Crushing Death & Grief graciously lays on:
JAMES BLACKSHAW + FAMILY UNDERGROUND + TWENTY THREE HANGING TREES
10th Mar @ CB2, Norfolk St, Cambridge
8pm - £5
When James Blackshaw plays his 12-string guitar, something spiritual takes place. Performing and recording since 2003, his name is frequently mentioned alongside the likes of Jack Rose, Steffen Basho-Junghans, Sir Richard Bishop and Glenn Jones as one of the most foremost modern pioneers of solo acoustic guitar music. Now at the age of 25, Blackshaw, an untrained musician born and still residing in the suburban environs of Greater London, draws as much inspiration from early religious music, South-Asian folk music and composers such as Arvo Part, Simeon Ten Holt, Steve Reich and Charlemagne Palestine as he does from John Fahey, Robbie Basho and the early Takoma Records roster, constantly breaking boundaries in what could be conceived as a somewhat limited medium. In his part improvised and part written songs, Blackshaw makes expert use of Eastern and Western scales, chord changes reminiscent of European classical music and incredibly intricate fingerpicking patterns to make a sound that is both challengingly minimalistic, yet warm and approachable to anybody who might hear it, with a rare sensitivity that conveys both immense beauty, hope and sadness.
Formerly known as F.L.O.W.E.R, Family Underground are Denmark's consummate masters of immersive free-psychedelia, bending and twisting waves of monochromatic noise into amorphous, reverb soaked sound tunnels. Psychedelic drone for those who want to be down forever.
TWENTY THREE HANGING TREES
Guitar drones and loops from the frontman of Cambridge's Fuzzy Lights.