We are putting together a high calibre bill to play across two music stages at Craft Theory; one with a mellow acoustic vibe and the other with an assortment of electronic artists.
Husband and wife duo Language, Timothy! create audio visual performances that curate found footage and sounds, alongside uniquely crafted songs and readings. Language, Timothy!’s work is unworldly, intimate and exciting.
His debut album, God Damn You Mountain (Lost Map Records) is a soulful folk record, brimming with delightful tales of the surreal and heartbreaking. He expertly blends folk and electronica, punctuated with found sounds and field recordings, creating an immersive aural experience.
“THE GHOSTLY EMOTIONAL WALLOP OF THE TUNES WILL TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY” ★★★★ – THE IRISH TIMES
“STARTLINGLY GOOD” ★★★★★ – THE SKINNY seamusfogarty.com
THE TWELVE HOUR FOUNDATION
The Twelve Hour Foundation is an electronic/musique concrète duo based in Bristol. The line-up comprises Polly Hulse (analogue synth/rhythms) and Jez Butler (analogue synth/concrète sequences).
Collaborative projects include Tomorrow’s World, David Candy, Death By Chocolate and Hideki Spaghetti.
“IT’S NOT YOUR USUAL MUSIQUE CONCRETE IS IT… ” – Stuart Maconie (The Freak Zone) “…BRILLITANTLY EXECUTED HOMAGE TO THE WORK OF THE BBC RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP’S JOHN BAKER” – Ghost Box Records / Belbury Parish Magazine twelvehourfoundation.co.uk
LAURA J MARTIN
Liverpudlian singer-songwriter Martin’s third studio album, tells of the disconnect she felt when returning home to Liverpool to find that all individuality had been erased and replaced by gleaming empty flats. Shot through with wit and humour alongside the sociopolitical themes – one of the characters talks of bleaching toilets and taking trips to Lanzarote – ‘On The Never Never’ skips through waltz timing and bears influences from Scott Walker to the Compass Point Allstars. This is a hopeful record, full of joy, beauty and a tongue in cheek look at those in charge.
“ON THE NEVER NEVER IS AN EXQUISIT ALBUM WITH AN EXTREMELY UNIQUE SOUND, I LOVE THE COMBINATIONS OF TEXTURES SHE PUTS TOGETHER… A WONDERFUL, UNEXPECTED QUALITY TO IT… REALLY SUPRISING AND LOVELY” – Lauren Laverne
“LAURA J MARTIN FEELS COMPELLED TO MAKE HER MUSIC. THE SONGWRITER ISN’T PLUGGING SOME HOLE IN THE MARKET, FULFILLING SOME COMMERCIAL OBLIGATION, SHE’S BEING TRUE TO HERSELF.” – CLASH
Laura J Martin
Reading based Dolly Dolly is an English surrealist, poet, musical collagist and Beekeeper, who has been described by Jonny Mugwump of Resonance FM as ‘the aural equivalent of Tony Hancock and Jackanory presented by Edward Gorey’, Reading Chronicle as ‘a sinister-looking yet jolly balding man’ and by the poet AF Harrold as a ‘mysterious musical monolith of infinite variety, versatility and vision’.
Tom is a performer and composer working in theatre and film. He trained as a clown at Circomedia, Bristol and has performed internationally with companies such as Miracle Theatre, Bicycle Ballet, Laura Mugridge, The Ragroof Players and Mark Watson. He was also a regular as a musical comedian on the alternative comedy circuit with performances on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’, support act to Simon Munnery on his national tour and also performing 2 solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, Tom Adams: Dropped as a Child 2009 & Tom Adams Can’t Come 2010 – Winner of a Mervyn Stutter ‘Spirit of the Fringe’ Award and Battersea Arts Centre.
He has recently completed a national tour of his solo show, Howl at the Moon directed by Toby Park (Spymonkey). It is set in the Apollo 11 space capsule as it orbits the moon.
“TOM ADAMS SKILFULLY PROVIDING A SOUNDSCAPE WITH ELECTRIC GUITAR AND PEDAL, AS WELL AS OCCASIONALLY CHIMING IN WITH WELL-TIMED COMIC ASIDES” – A Young Theatre on Raymondo
Ed’s solo career began in 2012 with the release of the EP Unpacking My Library, which was written in response to Walter Benjamin’s essay of the same name. His debut album The Uncle Sold takes its title from the 1995 Kazuo Ishiguro novel The Unconsoled, a unique and inspirational book that takes the reader on a continually evolving, dream-like journey around a non-specified city. Recorded in London at studio spaces in Dalston and Haringey, it’s a sometimes wistful, sometimes sad, sometimes uplifting and at all times surprising listen that paints a picture of a range of characters struggling for certainty in a metropolis beset by continually changing forces, be they political, personal or financial. His second EP The Adjustable Arm drew warm response;
“DELIGHTFULLY BIZARRE” – The 405
“HIS VOICE REACHES OUT IN INCANTATION TO THE LAST OF US” – 20 Jazz Funk Greats
“MUSIC FROM A DIFFERENT WORLD” – No Fear of Pop eddowie.co.uk