From: jason robbins [tofutastic_at_hotmail_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 27 April 2009 09:42
Hi people...
Ok, firstly, I think everyone who came along to the SONS OF NOEL AND ADRIAN/SHORELINE gig on weds was as blown away as me (almost literally-considering it was a weds "quiet" evening, we clocked up a few noise complaints!!). The SONS were even better than when I caught them at THE END OF THE ROAD festival, and harassed them into playing for us...if you weren't there, you missed something like this-
The band(s) also share members with THE LEISURE SOCIETY, whose beautiful song The Last of the Melting Snow has been nominated for the world’s most prestigious songwriting award. The song is up against Elbow and The Last Shadow Puppets in the ‘Best Song Musically and Lyrically’ category....and yes, we are trying to get them to play at ORANGE STREET!!
A fantastic night.
I have heard some of the backing tracks etc to the new OWL SERVICE material, and its hopefully going to surface in May...Steven from the band has another new project Im very excited about, just about finished-in his words-

Better late than never, I'm pleased to say that the debut release from Owl Service side project The Trysting Tree is now finally ready for release. I've been working on this music on and off for almost 2 years, it was among the first things we scheduled for release on Midwich via Southern but so many other strong releases have come along since that it ended up on the backburner and we kind of just forgot about it. I returned to the music recently having not played it for some time and I really enjoyed it; it sounded far more fully formed than I'd remembered, and so with just a slight brush up, here it is. 15 largely improvised tracks inspired by the short ghost stories of early 20th century author WF Harvey, 5 of which feature vocals from Laura Hulse. Handmade CD, limited to 100 numbered copies packaged in a jewel case with heavy paper and vellum inserts.

You can be added to the Owl Service mailing list by contacting-

Also, a gig you shouldnt miss, at the UNION CHAPEL in london, just about the best venue in the country!!

Daylight Music - The Owl Service / A-Line / Sally Murray

FREE ENTRY midday - 2pm

Daylight music is a dazzling idea presented by the Union Chapel to open up their amazing gothic venue to a shiny new daytime crowd and provide a rather exciting platform for artists. Encouraging experimentation and profiling new music as well promoting a free music ethos. Join us!
Experience music and Saturday afternoons in a whole new way.

On Sally Murray:

The Nottingham–born singer’s effortless performances are brought to life by her rich, low voice which is shot through with East Midlands grit. Alongside her vocals are bowed & detuned guitars, piano and subtle percussion all made possible by one little loop pedal.

On A-Line:

Psychedelic folk so pretty it hurts… A-Line sound like Alice in Wonderland at a 1930's jazz appreciation club. Mixing tales of airplane crashes and snow dust they raise the hair on the back of your neck and transport you to their singular world. Taking inspiration from cartography to Ziggy Stardust, Russian kalinka music to Richard Burton they use mostly singing, guitars and trumpet to make the music. They released a 7" double A side on their own label Ding Ding Records last year and are currently recording a follow up single and EP.

On The Owl Service:

The Owl Service fuse traditional British folk songs with elements of psychedelic rock and recall the great acid-folk bands of the late ’60s/early ’70s but never once sound contrived or overtly retro. Nobody has approached traditional folk music quite like this for over 30 years. Their debut album, an eclectic selection of traditional material interspersed with mostly instrumental originals, was released in June 2008 by Southern Records. The follow up, an epic series of releases under the collective title of The Pattern Beneath the Plough, will see the band delving deeper into the well of our aural heritage.

Hope to see you all at LES DERNIERES TROUVERES/CIRCULUS-see part two...
All the best,

“Be transported through time by the medieval sounds of the arch viola, the mandola, the bagpipe, the harp and beautiful voices carrying profound words..
MAY-Weds 20th
“Drawing on Celtic, medieval and English folk and identity.“
JUNE-Weds 24TH 
“Delicious, intriguing and evocative music, beautifully played and sung by this talented trio. Recommended to twitchers and lovers of folk music alike'“-
Peter Delaney and C Joynes
“From traditional folk in a Shirley Collins, Anne Briggs style,to her own songs and enchants all the way. An immaculate album from a major new singer.
“For four decades, Martin Carthy's work has immeasurably enriched the British folk heritage. He is regarded as one of the finest singers and interpreters of traditional music of the British Isles, as well as a highly influential and much-imitated guitarist. Awarded the MBE for services to English folk music in 1998, his drive and enthusiasm are undiminished and he continues to be one of folk music's great innovators. 

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