Welcome into the winter-warming confines of this very special Qu Show.
Infinite Limits RECORD SHOP onsite too!
Four showings from vastly different, fantastic and iconoclastic outside-inners: from the weird and wonderful heart of the sixties comes the American underground singer-songwriter legend Ed Askew; from Bristol comes the ‘Revelation Trio’ – minimalist drums, sax and double bass; from deepest Nigeria via a London VHS trawl into deepest West Country comes a special screening of Witches, a re-edited, re-scored slice of psychotronic Nigerian horror from arch culture-jackers Hacker Farm in collaboration with mysterious noise crew Libbe Matz Gang; and adding the edge that rounds things off is Richard Abberline, the man behind Men Diamler playing his first Bristol show since he parked his wagon here for keeps.
ED ASKEW is here to play old songs and new from his lauded new For The World album on Tin Angel. If you you have yet to hear of Ed and are a fan of Bill Fay, Tom Waits, Benjamin Smoke or Vic Chesnutt… step right in. People have been talking about, re-releasing and championing Ed’s world of song for a while now so it is wonderful to have him pass this way.
In 1967 Ed moved to New York for a few months in 1967 and recorded for ESP Disk (Pearls Before Swine, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler). Ask the Unicorn was released (on Parlophone in the UK), and it quickly disappeared into folk-psych obscurity. He then recorded his second solo album for ESP, Little Eyes, but it sat in the vaults for almost 40 years until it saw a limited release in 2007. In the summer of 2011, Ed embarked on his first US tour at the age of 71. As a result of the tour, people got together to help him form a band and record the album including members of The Black Swans (Tyler Evans on banjo, tiple, electric guitar, now a permanent member of Ed’s entourage), Canaan Faulkner (bass) and Eve Searls (backing vocals), along with Mary Lattimore (Meg Baird, Thurston Moore) on harp. Electric guitar was added by Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello) and super fan Sharon Van Etten added backing vocals on 3 songs. Hear Ed and his band play the piano, sing and involve you in his remarkable journey.
“Askew…has a painter’s talent for imagery and symbolism; the black rider breaking silver chains amid the tumbling piano chords and tear-pricks of harp on ‘Roadio Rose,’ or the yellow bird and weeping clowns on the impressionistic ‘Drum Song.’ Elsewhere he’s an engaging storyteller, effortlessly turning incidents of ordinary beauty and quiet epiphany into songs that are at once intense and conversational, in the spirit of American poets from Walt Whitman to Frank O’Hara and Gregory Corso” – The Quietus
WITCHES is an unlikely collaboration between Hacker Farm (who last created the Salvage field trip as part of Qu and Arnolfini’s Out Of Place series) and their enigmatic ePunk pals Libbe Matz Gang. Instead of releasing a split vinyl or cassette, the two groups decided to randomly divvy up their favourite sequences from a found video of a Nigerian witchcraft film and re-soundtrack them. The result is a deranged, deliriously bonkers mash-up that ping-pongs back and forth between the disturbing and the ridiculous – a fun must-see for fans of African Psychotropic Cinema.
“Hacker Farm represent a kind of anti-Mumford & Sons, a sharp, electronic rural retort to the tweed-clad, sepia-hued faux-folk hootenanny” – The Guardian
RICHARD ABBERLINE is a musician, writer and DJ based in Bristol. He is a dead ringer for that MEN DIAMLER chap who once paraded the aisles of local auditoriums with a voice that made canyons feel inadequate. He made an album called Slag Cycle earlier this year, a comeback record of ‘inadequate Rock’ – but somebody forgot to switch the tape recorder on, so you won’t be able to find that on a torrent site. Now, like a retired boxer persuaded back to the stage, or a straight and narrow safecracker taking a janitor job at the Bank Of England, he returns – a few pounds lighter, a few stones heavier. He describes his sound as “more Lee Marvin than Marvin Gaye, but more Hank Williams than Hank Marvin”.