Over two December nights, Scottish folk music craftsman Alasdair Roberts records a new live album with a specially invited group of musicians including French harmony group Tartine de Clous and Glaswegian fiddler Neil McDermott, in front of a live audience while in residence at Bristol’s Cube Cinema as part of the playthecube series. Playing a unique selection of Alasdair Roberts originals, French folk song and Scottish traditionals, it is set to be a thrilling and fluid cycle of song.
Night two sees Alasdair, TDC & Neil play together in front of a live audience and record a set of songs for a forthcoming album, with support from wry and dreamy sound/word forager The Balky Mule.
Note: a £25 playthecube pass gives you entry to all the events. See listings for individual event details
Alasdair Roberts is a singer and guitarist based in Glasgow, Scotland. He has played at The Cube many times and every time we have been buoyed by his knack of keeping ‘the song’ alive, not through gimmicks, but by his sheer intensity, soul searching and investment in the material. Whether solo, deep in a band, alongside visuals, through poetry or in and out of history Alasdair takes us on mythical paths of his own making, to music that roots and elevates the listener. His self written repertoire is petty vast and as a singer/songwriter he is to be found in good company, one early release was with Will Oldham and Jason Molina. He has worked with Drag City Records since 1997, also released music on labels such as Secretly Canadian, Galaxia and Stone Tape Recordings.
Alasdair is also a great interpreter of traditional songs and ballads from Scotland and beyond (which can be heard on albums such as The Crook of My Arm, No Earthly Man and Too Long In This Condition), plus he recently became a member of the English/Scottish folk quartet The Furrow Collective. A restless, researched and relaxed individual, we welcome him and all he brings to play at The Cube.
Tartine de Clous (Geoffroy Dudouit, Thomas Georget and Guillaume Maupin) are a singing trio originally from the department of Charente in western France. Following in the footsteps of some of the great French groups of the late 20th century folk revival (such as Mélusine and La Bamboche), they sing largely unaccompanied three-part harmony arrangements of the traditional songs of their native land.
In addition to being a fine fiddler in the Scottish traditional style, Neil McDermott is an academic currently researching the musical and political engagement of the 1960s Scottish folk scene with the anti-nuclear movement.
The Balky Mule:
playthecube is an artist residency series produced by The Cube Cinema and Qu Junktions. Previous artists-in-residence include Good Bad Happy Sad, Heatsick, Liz Harris (Grouper), Eric Chenaux & Eric Cazdyn and Luke Fowler & Richard Youngs.
Qu Junktions gratefully acknowledges the support of PRS for Music Foundation