CIAN NUGENT & THE COSMOS + GARETH DICKSON + C JOYNES

Sun 27th April @ The Corner House, Newmarket Rd, Cambridge
Doors 7:30pm, £7 adv from here

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CIAN NUGENT & THE COSMOS

Cian Nugent is a guitar player from Dublin, Ireland whose music combines personal passions, such as suburban/coastal blues, traditional music, 1960s & ’70s singer-songwriters, psychedelic rock,critically jazz ambitions and 20th century composition. 

Born With The Caul is his first full length with 4 piece-band The Cosmos and follows his acclaimed 2011 solo effort Doubles. Like that album, Caul is comprised of a few expansive, developed pieces (three, to be exact). Led by Nugent’s guitar playing - always inviting, subdued and unpredictable - the band takes these songs into darker, richer territories opening a whole new galaxy for this young guitar player to explore.

http://ciannugent.bandcamp.com/

GARETH DICKSON

Based around the acoustic guitar, Gareth Dickson’s songs employ analogue delay and reverb in an attempt to recreate something of the modern ambient/electronic musical landscape as well as referencing some of the well known fingerpickers of the past. Sometimes entirely instrumental, sometimes with sparing vocals, the sometime accompanist to Vashti Bunyan always is exploring and finding new possibilities for an age old instrument.

http://www.garethdickson.co.uk/ 

DUANE PITRE

Crushing Death in association with KESH
Wed 23rd Oct @ The Unitarian Church, Emmanuel Street, Cambridge
Doors 8pm
Tickets NOW AVAILABLE £7.50 in advance (£6 NUS)

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Duane Pitre is an American avant-garde composer, performer and sound artist from New Orleans. Kesh + Crushing Death & Grief are delighted to host him live in Cambridge on Wednesday 23rd October.

Feel Free was released to critical acclaim last year on Important Records and his new album Bridges, released in June, pushes his sound into a fuller and deeper musical environment. This New Orleans resident and ex-pro skateboarder frequently utilizes alternate tuning schemes that explores unaccustomed intervallic relationships and focus on microtonality.

Pitre’s work focuses on the interaction between electronic sound and acoustic instrumentation, chaos and discipline, as well as site-specificity. His split LP with electronic minimalist Eleh on Important Records,Origin on Root Strata, and the Monolithic Youth cassette on the Sonic Meditations label are also outstanding releases. A debut LP from a new collaboration with Eleh, under the moniker PITRELEH, is to be released later in 2013.

Support comes from Support comes from Simon Scott and C Joynes.

Apologies for the change in support - circumstances beyond our control.

BY THE SEA + FUZZY LIGHTS + PLANTMAN

Tue 16th Jul @ The Portland Arms, Chesterton Rd
Doors 8pm, £6 adv from here

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BY THE SEA

The Wirral’s premier haze-pop group, By The Sea, have been putting some of the finest dreamy melodies onto a series of sold-out 7”s for The Great Pop Supplement over the last few years.Their debut, eponymous, album came out at the end of last year and is full of swooning, introspective tunes that owe much to early 80s indie great like The Go-Betweens, R.E.M., and the Cocteau Twins. Expect shimmering synths, nostalgic harmonies and widescreen melancholia.

http://www.bytheseabythesea.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/bytheseaband

FUZZY LIGHTS

Fuzzy Lights were formed in Cambridge in 2004, and it has been a long journey since the release of their near-instrumental debut album ‘A Distant Voice’. In 2010 they released their second album, the critically acclaimed ‘Twin Feathers’, weaving together elements of pastoral psych-folk and noise-rock. This year the band released “Rule of Twelfths”, an album which carries with it the ghosts of pop songs past and is their most direct statement yet.

www.fuzzylights.com

PLANTMAN

Endlessly blue tunes and TFC/Go-Betweens/Flying Nun style straight-up indie rocking from Southend.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Plantman/156044171114788

HLADOWSKI & JOYNES + NICK JONAH DAVIS

Fri 28th Jun @ Cambridge Unitarian Church, Emmanuel Rd
Doors 8pm, £6 adv from here

In advance of their appearance at the 2013 Cambridge Folk Festival, Hladowski & Joynes make a special appearance at the Unitarian Church.

HLADOWSKI & JOYNES

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We at CD&G have been big fans of C Joynes for years, and we were particularly excited to discover in 2011 that he would be doing some collaborations with singer Stephanie Hladowski - a sometime contributor to A Hawk And A Hacksaw, The Family Elan, and Scatter - for BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction. Following this session, they reconvened in Haslingfield to record ‘The Wild Wild Berry’ (Bo’Weavil Recordings), an album of traditional English songs and tunes arranged from field recordings selected from the library at Cecil Sharp House. On its release the album received extensive critical acclaim, Mojo including it in their Top 5 Folk Albums 2012 and  fROOTS making it Editor’s Choice Album Of The Year 2012. On ‘The Wild Wild Berry’ Joynes & Hladowski stay true to the roots of the songs, with sparse and open arrangements, but retain an underlying spirit of experimentalism. Prepared guitar, drones and exacting singing complement timeless melodies and stories, resulting in a stark, direct and adventurous folk record far, far removed from the bland standard fare of supposedly “authentic” folk revival music. Simple but daring, it is music that is totally captivating.

http://cjoynes.tumblr.com
http://www.boweavilrecordings.com/steph&chris.html

NICK JONAH DAVIS

Nottingham-based Nick Jonah Davis is a formidable guitarist in the tradition of Bert Jansch, Nick Drake, etc. Though there’s a clear comparison to be made with the monolithic John Fahey, perhaps there’s a more British sensibility to his playing. Making use of modal tunings to create a resonating whole, Davis’s spindly melodies sometimes hither and thither on top, whilst at other times forthright lines are prominent.The effect is always a thoroughly rich and nourishing, highly spirited series of wordless tales.

http://nickjonahdavis.com

ROB ST. JOHN + DEAN MCPHEE + C JOYNES

Mon 29th Apr @ CB2 basement, Norfolk St
Doors 8pm, £6 adv from here

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ROB ST. JOHN

Rob St John’s debut album, Weald, came out in 2011. Ostensibly a melodic folk album full of gentle guitar figures over bowed strings, it had about it a cold gothic splendour and a throbbing heart of granite and limestone. What it also had was a kind of questing, abstract wisdom – wisdom channelled from the muted voices of landscape and history. It grew on the listener like lichen. Before and after Weald, across a variety of projects – musical and otherwise – St John has revealed himself to be a keen observer of place and landscape, bringing back chunks of the places he’s visited - in flowing prose pieces and open-hearted songs. His new album is a lighter affair, more concerned with the coming of spring than the pooled shadows of winter. Come, call forth the spirits…
http://robstjohn.tumblr.com/

DEAN MCPHEE

There’s an elemental purity to Dean McPhee’s signature guitar sound, a kind of trilled silvery quality, part birdsong, part finely worked metal. His two releases to date, the Brown Bear 12” and his debut album Son of the Black Peace, have featured long melodic guitar explorations, based around simple thumb-struck basslines and intricate, bright clusters of notes, spiralling outwards in melodic progressions. These spirals seem to create space around themselves as they wind outwards from his guitar, and his use of delay and reverb increases this sense of temporal and spatial expansion. McPhee also has an implicit understanding of the the power of silence, and live, the overall effect is mesmeric and captivating. 
http://www.deanmcphee.com/

C JOYNES

England’s most vital of the post-Takoma guitarists. The modern-day Histon giant. The man with the golden fingers.
http://www.boweavilrecordings.com/joynes.html

HIGH WOLF + KELVOX1

Mon 4th Feb @ The Corner House, Newmarket Rd
Doors 8pm, £5 adv from here

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HIGH WOLF

French space-raga master, High Wolf, assures all that he possesses a natural-born ability to zero in on the tones most conducive to inducing transcendental states. What is sure is that he takes much of the familiar language of the bedroom psychedelist - synth washes, wahtar, sparse delayed vocals - and adds to it flavours of Eastern righteousness and ritualistic rhythms with an unusual degree of focus and clarity, creating some kind of hi-fi mixture of Vibracathedral Orchestra and Sun Araw. His increasingly mystic records have come out on some of the best labels out there, including Not Not Fun and The Great Pop Supplement.

http://highwolf.wordpress.com/
http://highwolf.bandcamp.com/

KELVOX1

http://kelvox1.tumblr.com/
http://kelvox1.bandcamp.com/

PETE SWANSON + BEN NASH + GRIEF ATHLETES

Tuesday 15th January @ The Portland Arms

Doors 8pm, £7 adv from here

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PETE SWANSON

Once a member of the Yellow Swans, who focused on guitar based noise and drones, Pete Swanson has carved out his own particular niche since going solo. His debut album A Man With Potential focused on a peculiar junction between noise and techno, creating a wall of sound that borrowed heavily from both genres but actually, in the end, created its own unnameable bastard. His most recent work continues to develop this child, taking it to unexplored reaches resulting in something truly unique that attacks every one of your senses.
http://typerecords.com/artists/pete-swanson

BEN NASH

Natural Snow Buildings collaborator and sometime member of Chora, Ben Nash produces all manner of expansive sounds from celestial drones and shimmering ragas to lacerating scrapes. After experimenting with Tenori-On emulators he’s just produced a record of gyrating psyche for Blackest Rainbow.
https://soundcloud.com/ben-nash

GRIEF ATHLETES

Bleak and lonely sounds produced by lo-tech means.
http://griefathletes.bandcamp.com/

P JØRGENSEN + SIMON SCOTT + HOLLOW MOUNTAIN

Wednesday 14th November @ CB2 basement, Norfolk St

Doors 8pm, £5 adv from here

P JØRGENSEN

Copenhagen resident P Jørgensen is a follower of a Cageian school of thought that values equally structured composition and chance. His latest record - a split LP with Gareth Hardwick on Low Point - continues to blur the boundaries between the genres of neo-classical, ambient and drone. The music is exquisitely composed with delicate strings weaving through an array of found sounds at a slow and delicate pace. The pieces are full of wonderful textures and sounds and Jørgensen dramatically uses space and silence to give the music added weight.

http://clangtint.net/

SIMON SCOTT

Scott’s latest LP, Below Sea Level (12K) has captured the audio essence of the countryside closest to our dear Cambridge: The Fens. Over a years worth of field recordings were taken, manipulated and blended with an array of instruments to create a soundscape that sounds so familiar and yet completely new - as if Scott has discovered the life that lies beneath the much maligned “pallid fenlands”.

http://www.simonscott.org/

HOLLOW MOUNTAIN

A Cambridge duo carefully crafting their own take on the post-Eno world of treated “live” instruments and quiet electronica. Their latest EP release saw them continue their development, adding additional layers to create a rich and complex sound.

http://wearehollowmountain.co.uk/

COLD PUMAS + SAUNA YOUTH + FOREST

Mon 29th Oct @ The Corner House, Newmarket Rd.

Doors 8pm, £5 adv from here

COLD PUMAS

Relentless psychedelic punx from Brighton making highly repetitive mega-jerko tunes. Three men recreate the sound of playing the most scratched ever copy of Degüello at 78rpm.

http://coldpumas.tumblr.com/

SAUNA YOUTH

Sauna Youth are a four piece punk rock band from London, England. They pose the question “why can’t you be the Ramones and Steve Reich?” in much the same way Kurt Cobain once asked “why can’t you be Black Sabbath and the Beatles?”Album out soon on the always-excellent Gringo Records.

http://lostinidea.blogspot.co.uk/

FOREST

Cambridge lads playing technicolour new-wave.

http://forestband.bandcamp.com/

JAMES BLACKSHAW + C JOYNES vs. 23 HANGING TREES + HOLLOW MOUNTAIN

Wed 9th May @ Cambridge Unitarian Church

Doors 7:30pm, tickets £8 advance from here

JAMES BLACKSHAW

James Blackshaw performs celestial and spirit-lifting guitar-led compositions. Meditative in quality, cinematic in scope, his music spirals gracefully across complex patterns, motifs and harmonics. He made his name as a 12-string acoustic guitarist, and his relationship with the instrument is near perfect. With an extensive back catalogue to his name on labels like Young God Records, Tompkins Square and Important, he has developed a unique playing style that takes Takoma school finger-picking into an entirely new place. Swirling overtones, cascading notes and a thousand points of light cascade from his guitar and create ever-shifting textures that bear the influence of contemporary classical composition, post-rock dynamics and invisible soundtracks as much as the American folk guitar tradition.

Despite his transcendent state music he is a grounded and earthly fellow who has been written about with reverence and has played churches, festivals, folk clubs and large concert halls on his many travels in the US, Europe and Japan. These have included extensive touring with the reformed Swans, as well as collaborative performances with Hauschka and Nancy Elizabeth. He performs and records as a member of Current 93 and with Jozef Van Wissem as Brethren of The Free Spirit.

New album "Love is The Plan, The Plan Is Death" is released on Important Records in April 2012. Written at a time of great emotional disquiet, it’s a beautiful and bittersweet new chamber work containing six original pieces whose titles are lovingly misappropriated from those of short stories by the great science fiction author James Tiptree Jr AKA Alice B. Sheldon. The instrumentation is more stripped back and integrated than on recentalbums, allowing his impeccable nylon-string classical guitar playing to come tothe fore, with small details like the scraping of his fingers on the strings and breathing patterns adding to the emotional honesty of the mix. Grand piano, vibraphone and B3 fill out the tracks, with Geneviève Beaulieu’s stunning vocals featuring on the track “And I Have Come Upon This Place By Lost Ways”.

http://jamesblackshaw.tumblr.com

C JOYNES vs. 23 HANGING TREES

Our local chordophone maestro C Joynes challenges 23 Hanging Trees (aka Fuzzy Lights’ guitarist, Xavier Watkins) to an exchange of dissonant chanting, clanky guitars, off-key electric organ, distorted violin, and looped tapes. Joynes’ fingerpicked resonances will be deconstructed by Watkins, obscuring the tunes’ Rebetiko and Tango origins.

www.boweavilrecordings.com/joynes.html
http://hangingtrees.tumblr.com

HOLLOW MOUNTAIN

Hollow Mountain is a set of thoughts and atmospheres put together by Rhys Copeland (Line Spectra, City Seventeen) and Tom Adams (Toma, TMCO). Using a generative looping system the duo create organic and constantly evolving textures that draw on their combined interest in ambient, glitch and drone music in equal measure.

http://hollowmountain.bandcamp.com/