8pm, Saturday 2nd April.
£6 at the door (£5 cheap list entry by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org)
BYOB! All Ages! Free Homemade Powan Chocolate Cookies! Homemade cakes!
Old St Paul's Church Hall on Jeffrey Street
Two Wings build on the classic British folk-rock canon to create music that manages to sound warming and familiar whilst stretching the collective imagination into new dimensions and directions. Borne of a song-writing collaboration between singer/multi-instrumentalist/visual artist Hanna Tuulikki (Nalle, Scatter, The Family Elan) and guitarist/singer Ben Reynolds (Baby Dee, Trembling Bells, Alasdair Roberts, Tompkins Square Records). Two Wings channels the experimentations and explorations of both artist's previous projects into some of the most beautiful, melodic, harmonious and progressive songs to be heard this side of the 1970's.
The band have recently completed recording their first full length album together with the help of John Cavanagh (Phosphene) and will be previewing some of that material for us in Edinburgh on the night.
Expect vocals spanning Kate Bush, Grace Slick and Stevie Nicks, guitar solos straddling Richard Thompson, Peter Green and Lindsey Buckingham, harmonies a la Crosby, Stills and Nash and Wings, and a rhythm section which may be the missing link between Steeleye Span and Led Zeppelin.
The Family Elan
Krzysztof (Chris) Hladowski will be bringing the latest incarnation of his extended clan Elan back to Caledonia to bathe us in their Eastern European infused psych-folk jams. The Family Elan has been the vehicle for Chris's own musical endeavors outside of his collaborative work (A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Nalle, The One Ensemble, Scatter) over the past decade. After releasing their debut album on Locust Music (Sir Richard Bishop, Josephine Foster, Henry Flynt, Espers). The Family Elan presented us with their second LP 'Bow Low Bright Glow' last year drawing new musical constellations that follow the gypsy trail from India through Asia Minor and into outer space.
'When Hladowski achieves instrumental levitation, the ghosts of Comus, Jan Dukes De Grey and The Incredible String Band might be hovering over his shoulder; there's a similar sense of acid-spiked, dervish abandon. Like the latter, he references ethnic music - Indian ragas, Balkan gypsy dances, Greek rembetika - but with a rare feeling and finesse, and not a trace of whimsy.'
'The Family Elan reveals the right combination of dexterous playing and unstudied feeling to qualify as a success.'
We will be opening the show with a short film screening followed by a set from Auld Reekie's own drone lord Red Death lining our eardrums with thick-synth mantras.