Lady Godiva’s Operation #1 : Six Organs of Admittance + Family Elan + Crying Lion
Sunday 26 October 2014 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
£6 conc / £8 adv
Alex Neilson presents Lady Godiva’s Operation #1 with Six Organs of Admittance, Family Elan and Crying Lion
Location: Draper’s Bar – Coventry
Alex Neilson, best known as drummer for Trembling Bells and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy curates a string of events funded by Arts Council and part of The Tin Music and Arts’ Autumn/Winter programme.
Six Organs of Admittance
Six Organs of Admittance is is the music of one man – Ben Chasny. In 2005, Ben found a home at Drag City and released the landmark album, School of the Flower. Free jazz ninja drum master Chris Corsano joined Ben for the
session and the results were a perfect blend of melody, minimalism, out-folk groove and noise. Chasny also wrote music for Current 93’s critically-endorsed album Black Ships Ate The Sky, toured around the U.S. and Europe in the band of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (and had a great time) and finally took it to Russia (and played there!) as Six Organs of Admittance. Since then, several albums later, Ben comes to the UK for only two shows.
The Family Elan
The Family Elan generally performs as a trio, featuring Chris Hladowski (of A Hawk and A Hacksaw, The One Ensemble, Nalle, Scatter fame) on Greek bouzouki, elektrosaz & vocals, Harry Wheeler on bass, and either Shakeeb Abu Hamdan (of Please, Ygrec, Cleckhuddersfax, The Wub) or the somewhat sidetracked Mark Hearne on drums. Their music has been described as ‘experimental folk, tinged with East European promise’ which ‘references ethnic music – Indian ragas, Balkan gypsy dances, Greek rembetika – but with a rare feeling and finesse, and not a trace of whimsy.’
Crying Lion are an unaccompanied 4 part harmony singing group from Glasgow featuring members of Trembling Bells and Muldoon’s Picnic. The group combine elements of such vocal traditions as American Sacred Harp, Gregorian chant, Medieval Madrigal and English Folk all refracted through Alex Neilson’s song writing to forge a sound that is intimate and glorious. With lyrical influences that range from eccentric English engraver Eric Gill, to experimental film maker Maya Deren, the writings of Saint John the Divine and the seething sexual menace of Dennis Potter, Crying Lion are a unique blend of the visionary and the earthly. Singing polyphonic harmonies with an immediacy that by-passes any need for amplification or instrumental trickery, the group have captivated audiences on a recent UK tour supporting Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and appeared in session on Marc Riley’s 6 Music show. Their debut album is out on Honest Jon’s in November 2014.
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