Daylight Music 253
epic45 + The Great Albatross + BJ Cole & Emily Burridge
A lazy afternoon with music, tea and cake.
An event for all ages
Free entry - suggested donation £5 Midday - 2.00pm
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Produced by Arctic Circle
The much-loved epic45—championed by the much-missed John Peel—have been making music for over 20 years; their celebrated EPs and albums are inspired by the ever-changing English landscapes. The Great Albatross tug gently on the heartstrings with their sweetly shimmering indie songs. Formed in Glasgow by A. Wesley Chung (formerly of Boris Smile), the group has an expansive, international list of contributors and collaborators.
If you had to combine any two instruments, you might not immediately think of putting cello and steel guitar together, but BJ Cole and Emily Burridge confound expectations with their dynamic, sophisticated music. Hailed as “languorous, sensuous, moving music...amazing!” by Art Nouveau, these fine musicians weave around each other, mixing their intuitive improvisations with inspired, moving interpretations of classic pieces.
It comes as no surprise to find that epic45's Benjamin Thomas Holton and Robert Glover grew up in a small rural village in the English Midlands. Since their debut 7" single in 1999 (which received immediate support from John Peel on Radio 1) they have released a series of widely celebrated EPs and albums, inspired by their surroundings and the ever-changing English landscape. The duo have been making music for more than 20 years and have toured extensively in Europe and Japan. They have collaborated with artists such as Hood, Stephen Jones (Babybird) and Stephen Wilkinson (Bibio).
If you’re looking for musical references, you might be able to hear the ghosts of Sarah Records, Disco Inferno, Bark Psychosis and New Order in epic45’s ever evolving sound.
epic45 release a 10th anniversary, double heavyweight vinyl edition, of their landmark album ‘may your heart be the map’ in June this year through their own label Wayside & Woodland Recordings.
The Great Albatross is the indie music project of singer/songwriter A. Wesley Chung (formerly of Boris Smile). The project was formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 2011 and consists of an expansive, international list of contributors and collaborators.
The project has performed both in the US and UK, including both days of the 2013 Count Your Lucky Stars/Topshelf Records SXSW showcase in Austin, TX, GoNorth Festival in Scotland and Union Chapel in London. The Great Albatross have performed alongside the likes of Into It. Over It.,Pinegrove, Owen, Joan of Arc, Kevin Morby, The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die, Dowsing, Empire! Empire! (I was a lonely estate), and Football, Etc.
When BJ Cole and Emily Burridge perform together they produce a dynamic energy created out of their complimentary musical perspectives. Emily, the classically trained virtuoso ʻcellist with a talent for improvisation honed to spontaneous perfection by the demands of top ﬂight session work. ... and BJ; whoʼs session CV conﬁrms his conviction that the pedal steel guitar is long overdue for a re-evaluation as an orchestral instrument that demands a sophisticated repertoire.
“The unique combination of Emilyʼs ʻcello and BJʼs Pedal Steel Guitar create orchestral sounds in a new and refreshing context; weaving around one another in a sinuous dance of infectious sound and rhythm”
In working together these two have created an eclectic repertoire for their concert program including a classical/jazz interpretation of Henry Purcellʼs Dido, “Appalachian Spring” by Aarron Copeland, “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy. A highly original arrangement of the ﬁve piano Gnossiennes by Eric Satie, “The Gnossienne Suite” seamlessly tying the Gnossiennes together by using these pieces to provide a window through which they enter a world of intuitive improvisation and sonic adventure and have established a strong reputation with their unique musical interpretations.