FREE Daylight Music At Union Chapel, London Sat 18th Dec - SHADY BARD + THE MALADIES OF BELLAFONTAINE + AIDAN SMITH
Why not shun the London Christmas shopping crowds this Saturday lunchtime (12-2pm) and take a diversion to the musical warmth of Daylight Music at the Union Chapel in Islington?
This weekend promises another fine line up for the last event before the Christmas break so pull up a pew, treat yourself to a bacon roll and homemade cake and settle back for the FREE musical delights of...
Their debut album, From The Ground Up, was released in the UK on Static Caravan and in Japan on XTAL.
Described as 'wonderful' by Word and 'dazzling' by the Sunday Times, the album also received praise from the likes of Drowned in Sound (9/10), Q, Music Week, Organ (album of the week) and Uncut as well as radio plays from Steve Lamacq, Phill Jupitus, Marc Riley and XFM. Their arrangments combine pianos, guitars, strings and horns, building from fragile folk-pop to cinematic post-rock crescendos. Over the past year, their music has been regularly featured on ABC’s award-winning Grey’s Anatomy, winning the band a new following in the US. Tracks have also been used by the BBC and by MTV, who selected Treeology to soundtrack their climate change campaign broadcast across the world.
The Maladies of Bellafontaine
Way back in 2006 a coquettish little Welsh girl and her swarthy Spanish lover rustled up a blueprint which appeared to provide a solution to the world’s insipid musical malaise. Acoustic assistance was required and so the pair hopped atop the nearest hillside, bellowing to the heavens their request for likeminded hairy helpers. The clarion call was responded to by a quintet of tousled troubadours and The Maladies of Bellafontaine were forged...
"With so many young British singer-songwriters rushing to adopt a self-consciously 'urban' voice, Aidan Smith blows in like a fresh breeze." Uncut
"Eccentric, profound and very human, Aidan Smith’s Allotments are fertile ground indeed" Subba-Cultcha
"he waltzes through his second LP with a lightness and grace that is quite beguiling" The Fugitive Motel
"this is as close as it comes to being the type of personal, fearless statement of a great artist that are too infrequent today. 8/10" Foxy Digitalis