The Local presents:
The Sleeping Years be playing this as a duo with acoustic and cello only in this very intimate venue (capacity 50!). TSY will be on stage at 8.45pm. Also playing that evening will be The Miserable Rich.
The Sleeping Years
The Sleeping Years is the new project from Dale Grundle, formerly of the Catchers. Now signed to innovative indie-label Rocketgirl and French label Talitres, the debut album "We're becoming Islands One by One", is a gorgeous exploration of melody and melancholy. A gifted lyricist, Dale's exquisitely crafted songs tell of people trying to stay connected in a world seemingly designed to keep them apart.
Drowned in Sound: 'a record that only Bon Iver's 'For Emma, Forever Ago' has really rivalled in recent months. 'We're Becoming Islands One By One' could be remembered as one of 2008's best of its kind in years to come'. 8/10''
BBC: ''beautifully understated... one of Grundle's great strengths is his lyrics'
The Word magazine: 'Grundle is emerging as one of our great off-centre songwriters'
Stuart Bailie (BBC Radio): 'Just as Sufjan Stevens has been moved to celebrate the quirks and character of the United States, so Dale Grundle is devising his own charts, full of wonder, dread and reverie. Can't wait to see where he takes us next.'
Subba Cultcha: ''A truly lovely piece of work chock full of joyful instrumentation and evocative imagery. 4.5 out of 5'
The Miserable Rich
Back in 2006, cellist and pianist Will Calderbank joined James de Malplaquet to form the Grape Authority, a live band playing the songs the latter had written under the name James Grape. De Malplaquet had a deal as a solo folk/electronica project, but while recording and developing a live band version, the two became frustrated with the traditions of indie, folk and electronica, and decided to turn what they had done on it's head.
Taking the name from an experience they'd had playing at the wedding of two ultra-rich aristocrats in Rome, and musical inspiration from "Say you don't mind" by ex-Zombies singer Colin Blunstone and the Balanescu's super-cool orchestral covers of Krafwerk, James and Will decided to form The Miserable Rich - a chamber quintet to play their modern songs.
There is a facebook event page for the show here:
**Please be aware that this venue is very small indeed - capacity is only 50 - so we would advise that you buy advance tickets**
The Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3BL
Tube: Farringdon station