Be entertained, enraptured and emotionally moved as four fine music makers, along with their bands and special guests, come on down to make this a fine Sunday Soak indeed. A perfectly relaxed way to appreciate a year in music, and a lifetime in song.
Tonight’s show is brimming with performances to soften your heart and warm you ears. Dear to Bristol’s musical heartbeats, we welcome Rozi Plain (Fence), whose impressionist musical postcards from the inner and outer folk lands are a joy to behold. Tonight she presents songs from her new album Sometimes Unjoined at this special home coming show. The room will also be privileged to host Mike Heron of The Incredible String Band, a band whose mythical and indelible presence has stayed with us and is still welcomed in. He travels down from Scotland with a full band. Out here in the West Country, a troubadour called Crybaby has been impressing with his irresistible style and substance. Crybaby’s songs are blissfully spare and fully focused pieces, propelled by dramatic imagery and gripping melody. Emerging from the past and all on her own, guitarist Marisa Anderson travels from the USA to play unadorned music rooted in delta blues and country finger-picking, Marisa stretches the boundaries of these genres to the moon and back, released on Qu fave, Mississippi Records.
Originally hailing from southern England’s secret garden of Winchester, Rozi moved base to Bristol to form the Cleaner Collective with her brother Romanhead and best pal Rachael Dadd. Exchanging demo tapes with Fence Records’ King Creosote and The Pictish Trail at the Green Man Festival, Rozi and her friends soon found themselves entwined with the Fence Collective
Debut album, Inside Over Here, introduced the listener to Rozi’s unique and ethereal songwriting style – fractured dreams about shark attacks, near-miss romances and slow motion conversations. It’s light-hearted modesty was championed by Devendra Banhart and the album saw Rozi tour across the UK, mainland Europe, America and Japan – she won many new fans supporting Beach House, James Yorkston, KT Tunstall and close ally François & The Atlas Mountains, to name a few.
New album, Joined Sometimes Unjoined, is Rozi’s second LP with Fence Records, and a move to Brixton saw the release of two interim EP’s with Need No Water Records – Humans and See My Boat. Accompanied by a full band tonight, her sparse vocal and finger-picked guitar arrangements are fleshed out across ten tracks. Backed by a revolving cast of layered voices, soft-tumbling percussion, steel-pan drums, violin, piano and lilting brass. A warm, summer-sun blend of melody centred around Rozi’s voice. The playful jolt of lead-single, Humans, balances with the heart-breaking solemn vocal of Days Minutes; whilst the carefree birdsong whistle of Eating In Your House‘ is matched by the happy-go-lucky yelp of See My Boat.
Together with Robin Williamson and Clive Palmer, Mike Heron founded The Incredible String Band. Formed in Edinburgh in 1965, they quickly broke from the folk club beginnings they had shared with other emerging artists, such as Bert Jansch, John Martyn, Davey Graham and Billy Connolly, to pioneer an eclectic “world music” approach.
Signed by Joe Boyd to Witchseason, they produced over 10 seminal albums including Five Thousand Spirits or the Layers of the Onion, the Grammy nominated The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter, and Wee Tam and The Big Huge. In 1969 they were the only Scottish band to appear at Woodstock!
In 1971 Island Records released Heron’s first solo album, Smiling Men with Bad Reputations produced by Joe Boyd. Featuring a stellar cast including John Cale, Pete Townshend, Richard Thompson, Elton John, Jimmy Page, Steve Winwood, Keith Moon, Dave Pegg, Ronnie Lane, and Dudu Pukwana.
More recently Mike has been performing with his daughter, singer/songwriter, Georgia Seddon. 2007 saw him take part in two events at The Barbican in London: celebrating the music of Syd Barrett – featuring Pink Floyd and a night of British Folk music, part of the acclaimed Folk Britannia series.
In 2009 Barbican hosted a tribute to the ISB curated by Joe Boyd. Seeing an incredible diversity of musicians: Richard Thompson, Green Gartside, Abigail Washburn, Alisdair Roberts, Clive Palmer, The Trembling Bells, Dr Strangely Strange and Robyn Hitchcock. As the evening drew to a close, a tribe of these musicians joined Heron onstage to perform his 1960s psychedelic epic A Very Cellular Song.
These musical meetings led to Robyn Hitchcock inviting Mike to play at his Southbank Festival, who continued to play with Robyn on tour with a line up including Georgia and the Trembling Bell’s guitarist Mike Hastings along with his musical partner Solveig Askvik. Mike and The Trembling Bells went on to record a new version of his song ‘Feast of Stephen’ released by Honest Jons in December 2010.
Mike and Georgia are now performing with Mike Hastings, and a violin player.
“I grew up on old records, the sort of records that were full of songs that had insights into love and life and romance, but never in a chocolate box way. The romance was there in the sound. This is my tribute, my love letter to them…”
From the very first time you play a Crybaby record you recognise exactly the sound singer and songwriter Danny Coughlan is talking about. The same low-light burn that reaches out across Elvis and Joe Meek, Roy Orbison and The Smiths, Scott Walker and Phil Spector, the Beach Boys, Richard Hawley and Jesus & Mary Chain.
“The music I love has a commitment to simplicity about it,” Danny says. “That’s what attracts me to it. And the records I love are perfect in their own way.”
Danny was born in Croydon, but grew up in Bridgwater in Somerset (“it’s horrible”), part of a close-knit family where everyone was playing or listening to something. His grandmother would pick out Bye, Bye, Blackbird on the piano before Danny and his folk-loving father trooped off to the local Irish social club to listen to the songs and the story telling heard there. Coughlan Sr. was part of a harmony quartet that rehearsed in the family home, Danny would lie upstairs still on his bed, listening to their voices carry up the central heating pipes. The music, warmth and togetherness all mixed into one. Crybaby delivers raw emotion with restrain and finesse.
We’re Supposed To Be In Love is the new single, released late September, from Crybaby, the third to be taken from their acclaimed debut album. As well as a new Crybaby original Water To Wine, the accompanying EP contains a cover of Daniel Johnston’s True Love Will Find You In The End and a version of Gloomy Sunday, a 1933 song first made famous by Billie Holiday.
“Intimate but grand, Crybaby is a triumph” **** THE GUARDIAN FILM & MUSIC
“Unafraid to be both beautiful and sad, songs such as Shame and Misery Of Love are like Roy Orbison tackling Scott Walker” **** Q MAGAZINE
“A truly wonderful album” SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE MAGAZINE
“A Bristolian tunesmith with as much heart as Richard Hawley” NME
Living in Portland Oregon, Marisa Anderson is a composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who works both solo and in beautiful tandem. The amazing second solo record by Anderson, The Golden Hour, was released January 2011 on Mississippi Records and is inspired by Delta blues, West African guitar, country and western radio from the 60′s and 70′s, gospel, noise, rhythms, cycles, mortality, and praise. Featuring an impressive 12 improvisations for guitar and lap steel.
Anderson’s past projects include the Evolutionary Jass Band and the Dolly Ranchers, plus collaborations with musicians Rachel Blumberg, Tara Jane O’Neil, Mirah, Beth Ditto, Sarah Dougher, The Devil Makes Three to name just a few. In addition to scoring and directing live shows, such as the Winter Solstice Puppet Show (1999-2011), the One Railroad Circus (1998, 1999) and Circo De Manos (1997), Anderson’s music has featured on a multitude of soundtracks including ‘Smokin’ Fish’, For the Love of Dolly, Girls Rock, and Gift To Winter. In 2010, Anderson and Tara Jane O’Neil created a percussion/guitar piece specially performed for PICA’s Time Based Arts festival. Anderson’s debut solo recording Holiday Motel was nominated for Outmusic’s ‘Best Female Debut Record’ in 2006.
“Sparkling and alive sounds ‘The Golden Hour’, Marisa Anderson has her guitar, growl, howl and mourn, the blues comes from her heart and toes.” – DWARS
“… a collection of 12 solo improvised compositions that sound like transmissions from the dusty roads of America’s past. Some songs rattle and groan with amplifier rust, while others dance nimbly from Anderson’s fingerwork, embracing the physicality of country and blues music while inhabiting a more mystical headspace.” PORTLAND MERCURY
“..her playing is fluid and emotional, dexterous and original, channelling the spirits of the past (Fahey, Kottke, etc.) but infusing them with the spirit of today, and her own soul and feeling, and the results are indeed really quite nice. So lovely, sun dappled back porch guitar music, with the occasional foray into something a bit darker and stormier, WAY recommended. And you can now add Anderson to the elite roll call of Post-Fahey guitar gods (and now GODESSESS!) along side James Blackshaw, Jack Rose, Richard Bishop, Ilyas Ahmed, Matt Baldwin, and the rest” AQUARIUS RECORDS