Sat 18th January 2020 8:30 pm (8:00 pm DOORS)
Entering our 13th year as a band we thought we’d kick off the new year with something a little different. We will be playing our very own Boxset. Three sets in one night including old songs, our new songs and a set of all our yearly covers we have done. Come and join us.
Mon 20th January 2020 8:00 pm (8:00 pm DOORS)
Psychic sisterhood and wistful wanderlust are the twin energies feeding lush ceremonial dream-pop duo Purple Pilgrims - AKA multi-instrumentalist, home producers Valentine and Clementine Nixon. Raised itinerantly in Hong Kong and on New Zealand’s South Island, with deep backgrounds in folk music (their great-grandfather Davie Stewart was recorded by Alan Lomax), the sisters adapted by devising their own telepathic inner worlds. After the Christchurch earthquake of 2011 leveled their home they migrated to the North Island, crashing with friends and sleeping in cars, eventually returning to China, where they began performing crouched sets of gauzy, angelic noise.
Subsequent tours of Europe and America alongside Yek Koo, Gary War and Ariel Pink helped hone their sprawling, choral haze into leaner, more mantric forms. To record their first full-length LP Eternal Delight, the Pilgrims sequestered themselves in Tapu, on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula of NZ, in a shed surrounded by native palms and birds. The isolation, stars, and river nightswimming evidently soaked into the music – all 10 tracks radiate spectral feeling and wide-eyed sensuality. In 2018 Purple Pilgrims collaborated with legendary Antipodean guitarist Roy Montgomery (The Pin Group) on his album Suffuse, alongside some of the era’s most compelling women singers (Grouper, Circuit des Yeux, Julianna Barwick), the sisters lending their voices and lyricism to his enveloping sound.
“...direct from golden era 4AD Records when the Cocteau Twins still roamed... ghostly, hazy, ethereal, mystical, angelic, spectral, sensual.”
"Welcome to the cult of Purple Pilgrims. It's as surreal as you might expect.”
GBP7.00 - GBP9.00
Fri 24th January 2020 8:00 pm (7:30 pm DOORS)
The Future Sound Project is back with a bang in Coventry for a real January treat!
Bio: Formed in Coventry after a chance drunken encounter outside a pub one night, Mvnich have been perfecting their sound since late 2018. Since their first show in July of this year they have gone on to support the likes of Catholic Action, Paper Castles and headlined Square One in their native Coventry.
Consisting of Daniel Davis (vocals, guitar), Phil Callinan (guitar, vocals), Tom Godwin (bass) and Connor Davis (drums) the 4 piece bring together an array of different sounds from blues to post punk. Davis’ snarling vocals produce a story of love, loss and everything in between while a thunderous bass and catchy guitar hooks encapsulate what makes Mvnich one of the most exciting new bands.
Supported by Cornflakes at Kelly's | The Sunlight Machine | Stress Release | What's Left
14+ with paying adult
Tue 28th January 2020 8:30 pm (8:00 pm DOORS)
Hailing from the Isle of Man via Brighton, Penelope Isles is the collaboration of brother and sister Jack and Lily Wolter. The band mix waves of ambient delays and fuzz guitar noise, sonic dynamics and melodic pop hooks entwined with girl-boy harmonies. Their self-produced home recordings portray an honest lo-fi approach when capturing their own music. Their live set is hypnotic, captivating and moving, smeared with glistening psych, dreamlike chimes, and potency that will transfix and satisfy. After self-producing/releasing their debut EP ‘Comfortably Swell’ in 2015, Penelope Isles have consistently toured the UK/Europe off their own backs (Wavey Head Bookings) working with some of the best promoters in the UK (Bird On The Wire, Parallel Lines & Melting Vinyl). As well as selling out shows both in Brighton and London, the band has opened for The Magic Numbers, Lost Horizons, Walter TV, Airwaves and British Sea Power.
For the lovers of Deerhunter, Neil Young, Radiohead, and The Magic Numbers.
GBP6.00 - GBP8.00
Wed 29th January 2020 8:00 pm (8:00 pm DOORS)
“Seductively off-kilter pop... lovely stuff” Uncut “Exquisitely blissed-out” MOJO
Her brand new album, ‘What A Boost’, carries the same sense of exquisite elegance but is an altogether different, and distinctive, journey. One, in fact, that was inspired and informed by just that: of travel and passage, of the unique inspiration found in different and differing people and places. Of movement and motion. Of journeying.
Tweaked and refined during a year spent touring the world playing bass in This Is The Kit, ‘What A Boost’ nurtures its homely roots and then blooms into a record that isn’t strictly about life on road but is undoubtedly, and beautifully, shaped by it. Textural, repetitive, propulsive, the whole piece plays out like a soundtrack to the world flying past the window; all of the shapes, colours, sights and sounds, flickering fast as we try to take as much of it in as we can.
‘What A Boost’ is also the product of the singular spaces within which it was created. First there was the Old Dentist’s Studio around the corner from Rozi’s home in Clapton, where many of the initial ideas were first conjured. Then there was an RAF base in Suffolk where some of the songs began to come to life. A day off on tour in L.A enabled a fruitful days recording three songs (Swing Shut, Conditions and Trouble) with Chris Cohen (Deerhoof, Cass McCombs, Weyes Blood). Then back to London, where the album really came together at The Total Refreshment Centre, a somewhat legendary fixture in the flourishing London jazz scene. Rozi’s previous album, Friend, was the first to be recorded there. "Since then the TRC became part of my life. A great community of artists and musicians getting stuff done, making proactive moves," enthuses Plain. Naturally she returned there again for ‘What A Boost’, shortly before its closure as a live venue in 2018 due to intervention from Hackney council.
GBP9.00 - GBP11.00
Thu 30th January 2020 8:00 pm (8:00 pm DOORS)
London-based band Awalé returns with a new sound, Senegalese soul. Biram Seck’s soaring voice evokes messages of love and peace, underpinned by heavenly poly-rhythm groove explorations. Intense and spiritual Sabar Senegalese percussion and Afro-Latin drums conversations, weaving intricate guitar patterns and horn lines with catchy bass riffs. Like a spinning kaleidoscope of sounds, their tunes travel from afrobeat to soul, deep Afro-jazz to Latin. Awalé is on a mission to experience happiness together in these fractured times.
‘A truly magical and uplifting cross-cultural collaboration, bringing together Afro-latin, funk and soul elements with a Senegalese twist. The wonderful voice of Biram Seck and Thibaut Remy’s compositions make for an unmissable combo. Must See!’ - Tim Garcia (Jazz FM/Musica Macondo)
Web : www.awale.co.uk
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Fri 31st January 2020 5:30 pm (5:00 pm DOORS)
Ideas of Noise is an exciting new festival of experimental sound based in Birmingham with a focus on connecting experimental audiences and performers of different genres across the West Midlands and creating opportunities for emerging and established local artists. The programme spans free improv, electronica, sound art, noise, contemporary classical and more, featuring a mixture of performances, installations, workshops and participation areas.
Ideas of Noise is produced by Andrew Woodhead and Sarah Farmer with additional funding from Arts Council England.
SOUND OBJECT SEEING
A festival-within-a-festival where music and art collide. Where the visual plays a fundamental part of the process and performance. Audiences are taken on a journey where the experience of listening and watching constantly shifts and is re-appraised.
Andrew Spackman curates a feast of audio-visual delights including:MAMMOTH BEAT ORGAN
(SAM UNDERWOOD/GRAHAM DUNNING)
The Mammoth Beat Organ is a modular, mechanical music contraption by Sam Underwood and Graham Dunning. Designed as a two-player, semi-autonomous musical instrument, it plays unusual, sometimes erratic compositions drawing on drone music, minimalist repetition and fairground organ techniques.
10 artists. 10 iPads. 10 projectors. The Drawing Orchestra is a 10 piece ensemble that draws live in response to, especially commissioned music. They create responsive and collaborative artworks diffused across large scale projection. The Drawing Orchestra takes on the familiar structure and tropes of an orchestral ensemble, mirroring the groupings of instrumentation and featuring a soloist and conductor.
SAD MAN VS ARTIST RETIRED (RA)
WASTE PAPER OPERA COMPANY
Interdisciplinary theatre collective Waste Paper Opera premiere their new work Tracing Syrup: or, on the significance of rising and/or falling, inspired by Cyrano de Bergerac’s Voyage to the Moon (1657), one of the earliest science fiction novels ever written.
GBP5.00 - GBP8.00
Sat 1st February 2020 8:30 pm (8:00 pm DOORS)
Sat 8th February 2020 8:00 pm (8:00 pm DOORS)
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Wed 12th February 2020 8:30 pm (8:00 pm DOORS)
Damo Suzuki has been described as a ‘free music legend’ who first came to prominence as lead singer of the visionary German group Can.
Born Kenji Suzuki in the outskirts of Tokyo in 1950, Damo left home one day after his 18th birthday to travel to Europe. He busked and earned money as a pavement artist, before settling in Munich in 1970 to appear in the musical Hair for 3 months. It was here that someone first recognised his musical talent, and met the members of Can, an event that set his life on a different trajectory.
This ‘metaphysical transporter’ will be joined by Resurrection Men as Sound Carriers for this show.
GBP10.00 - GBP12.50
Thu 20th February 2020 8:00 pm (7:30 pm DOORS)
In association with West Midlands Jazz
ECM recording artist Iain Ballamy is internationally recognised as a saxophonist and composer. He has been described variously as urbane, original, melodic, freethinking and uncompromising.
Listed in the BBC’s publication ‘100 Jazz Greats’ between Count Basie and Chet Baker his work is contemporary with both strong jazz and classical references and yet un-encumbered by formality and tradition.
Over 3 decades spent transcending musical genres and stereotypes and gradually forging strong and ongoing relationships with musicians around the globe, Ballamy has worked with many cutting-edge figures of today’s contemporary jazz scene.
Ballamy was presented with the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation in 2001.
‘Food’, a group co-formed with drummer, composer and electronics wizard Thomas Stronen, released its third album for ECM records entitled ‘This is Not a Miracle’ featuring Christian Fennesz on Guitar.
A recent commission for Manchester Jazz and Literary Festivals featured a multi media production with graphic artist Dave McKean, Irish poet Matthew Sweeney and ‘The Pepper Street Orchestra’.
The award winning trio ‘Quercus’ featuring legendary folk singer June Tabor with Iain Ballamy and pianist Huw Warren released ‘Nightfall’ their second album for ECM in spring 2017.
As a composer, Ballamy has written soundtracks for two films directed by Dave McKean: ‘Luna’ and ‘Mirrormask’, the latter produced and released worldwide by the Jim Henson Company.
In 2007 Ballamy became the first jazz musician to receive the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Composer’s Award.
As a soloist Ballamy has performed ‘Concerto for Stan Getz’ by Richard Rodney Bennett with the BBC Concert Orchestra and premiered Gary Carpenters Saxophone concerto ‘SET’ on Radio 3 with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014.
Commissioned pieces for the London Sinfonietta, Apollo Saxophone Quartet and Joanna MacGregor form part of Ballamy's diverse catalogue of works.
Career highlights include playing with Loose Tubes, Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, Hermeto Pascoal, Django Bates, Kenny Werner, Gil Evans, George Coleman, Cedar Walton, The Karnataka College of Percussion, John Taylor, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin, The Britten Sinfonia, Gay Dad, Everything but the Girl, Mike Gibbs, Carla Bley, John Dankworth etc.
As an educator, Ballamy currently is visiting professor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and The Royal Academy of Music who made him Hon ARAM in 2014.
“Ballamy’s is a melodic thoughtful style, born out in beautiful original tunes.”
— Linton Chiswick, Time Out
“Intensly melodic, eventful and full of surprises... The beauty of tone that Iain Ballamy gets is certainly one of the joys of the current scene, and his concern with creating it echoes Stan Getz’s.”
— Andy Hamilton, Jazz on CD
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Tue 17th March 2020 8:00 pm (7:30 pm DOORS)
Warmduscher are a group of miscreants, known only by aliases (Clams Baker Jr, Lightnin’ Jack Everett, Salt Fingers, Quicksand and Dr. Withers aka Little Whiskers). Ardent fans, Iggy Pop and Marc Riley have only gleaming praise to heap on the band, and in return, Warmduscher have blessed them both with immortality.
The band’s live show has left thousands across the UK and Europe desperate for more. During their set at End of the Road Festival 2018, they were accused of inciting a riot and thrown into a giant hole.
They have since emerged and will soon embark on a worldwide tour of France, Switzerland and Italy. Breathe it in before it’s gone
Supported by DUF
Fri 20th March 2020 8:00 pm (7:30 pm DOORS)
Tickets - £7.50 in advance, £10 at the door
Doors 7.30 pm
In The Moment presents Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla – progressive Celtic rock
Coventry resident Joe O'Donnell, born in Limerick, Ireland, is one of the finest Celtic rock violinists and composers. Best known for his fiery and innovative playing in East of Eden, Headstone and The Woods Band (pre-Steeleye Span), he also recorded with Thin Lizzy and Henry McCullough. His acclaimed 1977 concept album, ‘Gaodhal's Vision’, featuring Rory Gallagher, was remastered and re-released in 2017.
Joe’s long-established band Shkayla (‘Stories’) fuses the spirit of the Celtic tradition and progressive rock. It features top Midlands musicians Si Hayden, Martin Barter, Karen Milne and Adrian Litvinoff. The band delivers enormous energy, and also the delicacy of Celtic music.
"....an alchemical marriage of rock and folk..." - Let It Rock
Thu 26th March 2020 8:00 pm (7:30 pm DOORS)
Part of the West Midlands Jazz Network
26th March 2020
Doors 7.30pm - Stage 8.00pm
Tickets £6 Conc. (under 18s/Students), £10 Adv, £12 Door
Multi Award winning drummer Clark Tracey tours his current band of highly talented young performers, the latest in a long list of Clark's ensembles. The band have been together for two years and have just recorded their second CD, in time for this tour.
Nominated in the British Jazz Awards "Best Small Group" category recently, the band extends its repertoire from originals to American and British classics, all performed with youthful exuberance and motivated by Clark's solid experience. Expect an exciting and soulful dose of British jazz.
GBP6.00 - GBP10.00
Fri 27th March 2020 8:00 pm (7:30 pm DOORS)
corto.alto is the brain-child of award-winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and visual artist Liam Shortall. Liam has worked as a trombonist, guitarist & music producer in Glasgow from the age of 16. He currently works with numerous award-winning musical groups and projects in Scotland such as Graham Costello's STRATA, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Tom McGuire & The Brassholes, AKU! & Fat-Suit.
Liam’s maiden project, Corto.alto brings together cross-genre musicians from across the world to explore new and original sounds in the world of Jazz & beyond.
Supported by Duke Keats
Tue 31st March 2020 8:30 pm (7:00 pm DOORS)
Roddy Woomble is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s finest songwriters.
Sat 4th April 2020 8:00 pm (8:00 pm DOORS)
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Thu 23rd April 2020 8:00 pm (7:30 pm DOORS)
In Association with West Midlands Jazz Network
Mark Lockheart- saxophones
Elliot Galvin- keyboards
Tom Herbert- bass
Dave Smith- drums
This brand new group explores Mark’s multi-faceted outlook on music through a new set of original compositions plus a few older ones for good measure and even a Duke Ellington tune. Urgent and exciting grooves and improvising all cleverly crafted together within Lockheart’s unique but memorable tunes . Wide ranging influences from Ellington, Shorter, Gil Evans, John Zorn, Burt Bacharach and even Kraftwerk.
“From Loose Tubes to Polar Bear and beyond, Lockheart’s capacity to be ahead of the jazz cure is undeniable. In this new band his combination of lyrical economy and harmonic creativity has found three improvisatory soulmates who clearing know how to make the most of his compositions in their own terms” . Jazzwise magazine
GBP6.00 - GBP10.00
Thu 14th May 2020 8:00 pm (7:30 pm DOORS)
Bruno Heinen Trio - Bartók Revisited
Bruno Heinen - Piano
Andrea Di Biase - Bass
Gene Calderazzo - Drums
Bruno Heinen brings his new trio project featuring Italian bassist Andrea Di Biase (Kenny Wheeler), and acclaimed US drummer Gene Calderazzo (Pharoah Sanders) to the Tin Arts. The project consists of an 8 movement work inspired by the composition 8 Improvisations Op 20, written by Barkók in 1920. This album release tour marks the centenary of the creation of the work, with influences for Bruno's treatment of the piece ranging from Ellington's Money Jungle and late Coltrane, to Ravel and Ligeti.
eclectic, eccentric, unobtrusively erudite
John Fordham – Guardian
Bruno Heinen plays with notable clarity and poise
Dave Gelly – The Observer
GBP8.00 - GBP10.00
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