Rob St. John & Dean McPhee in Lancaster (with David A Jaycock) and Newcastle (with Cath and Phil Tyler) next week
Two shows to announce for those in the North next week. Hope to see some of you there.
Mon 2 July. Rob St. John, Dean McPhee, David A Jaycock, Yorkshire House, Lancaster, 8pm. https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/417868911590809/
Tues 3 July. Cath & Phil Tyler, Rob St.John, Dean McPhee, Morden Tower, Newcastle, 8pm. http://www.wegottickets.com/event/172332
ROB ST JOHN
Lancastrian Rob St John plays drawn-out and ghostly songs underpinned by the creaks and drones of the harmonium, musical saw, fiddle, skittering drums, analogue synth and field recordings. Backed by a talented cast of collaborators and co-conspirators he released his first album ‘Weald’ on 12” LP through Edinburgh DIY label Song, By Toad in November 2011, on which kraut, drone and psych influences are held together by peals of British folk guitar and wheeling gusts of rich, cryptic vocals.
“should be championed as something truly great” – The Liminal
“surprising and utterly magnificent 9/10”- This is Fake DIY
“Weald proves a consistently strong and challenging record. Each of its eight tracks blend emotional girth with an exquisite musical craft that stretches far beyond the reaches of many of today’s young singer-songwriters 8/10”- Drowned in Sound
”Weald is a strangely compelling and absolutely engrossing listen from a promising new talent” – The Line of Best Fit
Dean McPhee is a solo electric guitarist who currently lives in West Yorkshire, UK. He plays a Fender Telecaster through a valve amp. He is a self-taught guitarist and his influences are drawn from a broad range of music including British Folk, Dub, Krautrock, Post Rock, Moroccan Trance and Modal Jazz. Dean released his debut album "Son of the Black Peace" at the end of last year on the Blast First Petite label. This followed his debut EP Brown Bear which came out in 2009. Dean has played across the UK supporting artists such as Michael Chapman, Emeralds, Tall Firs, Charalambides, Josh T. Pearson, Xela, Lichens, Meg Baird and Stephen Basho-Junghans.
"Son of the Black Peace is a 37 minute gem of an album” (The Wire Magazine)
“A startingly original sound…enough to establish McPhee as a serious new six string force **** ” (Record Collector Magazine)
“A record of quite astounding clarity and restraint… Seriously wonderful stuff” (Drowned in Sound – Ambient Sounds, Articulate Silences)
“Dean McPhee’s debut conjures pellucid, iridescent worlds with little more than a Fender Telecaster, a tremelo pedal and a litany of liquid runs and baroque, improvised figures **** ”. (MOJO Magazine).
CATH AND PHIL TYLER
Cath & Phil Tyler play Anglo-American folk music using guitar, banjo, voice and fiddle. Cath was a member of the band Cordelia's Dad in the 1990s when she lived in Massachusetts, USA. Phil, from Newcastle upon Tyne has played in various folk, rock and ceilidh bands for many years. Coming together musically through a shared love of traditional narrative song, full voiced sacred harp singing and sparse mountain banjo, they have performed on stages as diverse as the Royal Opera House in London and a dank tower in the old city walls of Newcastle. Taking a more minimal approach to their material than some, they have been described as 'one of the most compelling musical partnerships on the scene', their music being 'a highly concentrated and intimate musical experience that penetrates to the very rawest essence of folk tradition'.
DAVID A JAYCOCK
David A. Jaycock is a highly individual artist who has released music on respected labels such as The Great Pop Supplement, Blackest Rainbow, Red Deer Club and Devon Folklore Tapes. He has a very unique sense of melody and an experimental and engaging approach to sound. He is currently based in Devon although he lived in Manchester for many years. His most recent work has found him experimenting more with vocals and song structures and his album "Ten Songs" will be released on the Static Caravan label later this year.
“While drawing subtly from classical, folk and blues techniques (and the extended, experimental style established by Fahey and carried on by the likes of Jack Rose and Ben Chasny), Jaycock colours his take on acoustic guitar’s traditional warmth with an edge of thoroughly chilling British oddness. Listen close, and you’ll hear the ghostly textures of hauntology pioneers Broadcast or Belbury Poly; the sinister regularity of a Hawksmoor church; the inevitable, fateful ending of a folk tale; the clash of reason and superstition that gives tension to a Victorian ghost story; and always, somewhere, a sense of quite beautiful unease…” (Frances May Morgan, Editor, Plan B Magazine)
"David A Jaycock is a musician whose music I've admired and loved for many a year. He is a valued collaborator and a quiet genius." (James Yorkston - Fence Collective/Domino Records)
"For the best part ’presets’ is warmly cosy toed and tranquil and this despite its oft subtle undertow of skewed melancholia, the melodies like opining spectral prairie hymns dimpled with Tacoma trimmings softly entrance to woo and weave amid a ghostly haze". (Losing Today)