A spectral sound & cinema show from the visionary American free-folk duo
A hand-built PA and analogue visual environment is going to be installed into your local club to beautifully twisted effect by contemporary American blues visionaries MV & EE for this special show, and it’s time to welcome them in (special guests and kitchen sink included).
Blending and bending acoustic folk jams with rock and psych, the Vermont-based couple of Matt ‘MV’ Valentine and Erika ‘EE’ Elder graze upon the fields laid down by The Grateful Dead and Gene Clark, and swim in the depths with Loren Connors and The Dead C. Heroes who have blazed through all kind of colourful scenes and tags like a hot knife through space butter, they have created a body of work that has warmed many a soul through their releases (nigh on 200), exploratory live show and a whole host of visions and stereo experiments. Matt and Erika do things their own way and this tour sees them return to Europe for the first time in two years in support of brand new full length Space Homestead out now on Woodsist.
The Home Comfort Sound System is built to MV & EE’s spec by sound engineer Tall of Suffolk’s Ambush Cinema and combines with 16mm projections, slides, oils, and customised lighting devised by Hogge of the Cube Cinema. Together they plan to reconfigure and retune each space with specially dreamt up environments channelling MV & EE’s homespun aesthetic. Good time front porch vibes, heavy acoustics and zero gravity jams blend with moving image, moonshine and local ales in this untethered and other-worldly a/v show.
Singing fiddle-player Mikey Kenney aka Ottersgear had his path forged from many a days rambling in the Trough of Bowland. Haunted by images of the nomadic bards and minstrels of old, Mikey would wander off into the trough time and time again, determined to let the eerie solitude of the moors affect him. His efforts not in vain, Mikey returned with Ottersgear, originally the title of the recording project that saw Mikey lie down the first albums worth of his songs: “The Quest for Rest” is a concept album about escaping from alcoholism and the cycle of the mundane into the mystifying wilderness.
It’s hard to classify Mikey’s music. There are moments of folk, bluegrass, celtic, swing, rock, psych and jazz coming and going like extremes of English weather being manipulated by an entranced fiddle-playing shaman, Mikey’s voice being an exceptionally melodic instrument in itself. Mikey’s music epitomises his experiences and it’s hard to leave one of his performances disaffected by his soul.
Also including…George McKenzie builds a loose sound installation that will be live and reactive throughout tonight’s special show. A languid and enduring presence in Bristol’s musical undergrowth and a member of Motes, Crescent, Headfall and Balky Mule, he was also once known for his epic, weaving sound sculptures using gramophones, reel to reel and musical devices/sound trappers….and now he is up to his old audiophile tricks again. Enjoy the presents around the Home Comforts.