Rather beautiful show coming up here, tickets are already selling fast so I'd get in on the action soon.
Actually can't believe I didn't make a thread for this show earlier.
Doors at 7.30pm, Tickets are £9 in adv from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/93963 and you can check the facebook page here http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=148147908537515 or you can go on our website here www.miemusic.co.uk
MIE is honoured to present to you an evening of beautiful traditional folk music by Alasdair Roberts, Cath & Phil Tyler and Jozef Van Wissem.
To listen to Ali Roberts sing his first song of a set is akin to reading the opening page of an engrossing epic - you know there will be monsters, romance, and death ahead, all brought alive by a master weaver of myth, melodies and moralities.
Roberts' repertoire is made up of his own compositions and jewels from the treasure trove of timeless Scottish folk songs he regularly plunders, delivering songs with his own deftly intricate guitar playing and a voice both bold and subject to fragility.
Scottish folk singer Alasdair Roberts is an anomaly. His appropriation of antique songs calls to mind the prospecting of Daniel Day-Lewis's oilman in There Will Be Blood: he performs the subterranean, hardscrabble toil of research, then plunges his drill down deep, coming back with black gold. - The Independent
Cath & Phil Tyler
2008 saw Anglo-American duo Cath & Phil Tyler release their debut album 'Dumb Supper' to great critical acclaim across all divides of the modern folk landscape - as Plan B rightly noted, "Dumb Supper is one of those rare modern folk albums that will find a home both in the longstanding 'traditional' music community and among those attracted to the form's more experimental and lo-fi possibilities".
And so it was that they were feted by a bewilderingly multilateral mix of critics from The Wire to Mike Harding to Brainwashed to Bob Harris (for whom they recorded a session too). Fiona Talkington of BBC Radio 3's Late Junction was especially ardent, even arranging their performance at the Royal Opera House, this similarly contrasting with their underground UK tour in the company of Finnish jouhikko player Pekko Kappi.
Cath & Phil released their second cd, 'The Hind Wheels Of Bad Luck' in March 2010 (released digitally December 2009), yet further enhancing their reputation for finding ancient jewels in treasure troves such as the Anne & Frank Warner Collection and the Sacred Harp songbook, adding their own accompaniment and creating new magic.
Their delivery is tantalisingly sparse, Cath's earthen voice oft backed by little more than Phil's virtuoso guitar or banjo playing, Cath occasionally replying with deft fiddle.
Jozef Van Wissem
Composer-lute player Jozef Van Wissem is renowned for his unusual approach of the Renaissance and Baroque lute, probably the most unlikely instruments in the world of contemporary music. He cuts and pastes classical pieces, reverses melodies, adds electronics and processed field recordings The unusual wedlock of composition and improvisation creates an unheard amalgam of contemporary, folk and early music Van Wissem has accomplished the strange feat of bridging the idiom of seventeenth century lute literature and twenty-first century contemporary music. Although he uses subtle electronic sound manipulation, he has largely stayed faithful to the particular timbre, resonance and playing technique of the lute.
"Van Wissem seems to breeze across musical boundaries with an effortless fluency" - Pitchfork Media