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'Folk Peel' - Nic Jones and Joseph Jones, Trembling Bells with Mike Heron, Emma Pollock - SOLD OUT
Sunday, 20 October 2013 - 7:30pm
NIC JONES and JOSEPH JONES
Nic Jones is a British folk singer and guitarist. Amongst the most acclaimed artists to emerge from the British Folk Revival, his sensibility and approach to the arrangement of traditional folk songs has been a major influence on the folk scene since the early 1970s.
His original percussive style is still imitated by many and as a singer he had few peers. Despite a car accident that ended his career in 1982, nearly 30 years on he remains one of the most influential and respected performers, his reputation and available recordings continuing to attract an audience too young to have seen him perform. Much loved by John Peel, Nic recorded 8 Peel sessions between 1972 and 1977 and his Penguin Eggs album from 1980 regularly appears in lists of the best records of all time.
In February 2007 at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Nic was presented with the Good Tradition Award in recognition of his exceptional contribution to traditional music and culture.
In 2010 Nic was cajoled into returning to the stage for a cameo appearnce at the Sidmouth Folk Festival and the following year he also played a few songs at the Stuart Lee Austerity Binge at the Southbank in London.
In September 2011 Nic was awarded the EFDSS Gold Badge, and was presented with it by President, Shirley Collins, at the concert at Cecil Sharp House on 22nd September 2012. 2012 saw Nic unexpectedly return to performing at a handful of festivals; Warwick, Cambridge, Towersey and Cornwall, accompanied by Joseph Jones and Belinda O'Hooley. In 2013 Nic received the BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year award and again played a small number of folk festivals.
Nic will be performing at Un-Peeled as a duo with his son Joseph. It is a special event, a strictly one-off appearance that they agreed to do to celebrate John Peel Day. It is unlikely you will able to see Nic in a venue as intimate as The Continental again, so please don't delay in getting a ticket if you are interested, as the show is likely to sell out.
TREMBLING BELLS WITH MIKE HERON
Mike Heron & Trembling Bells: The Circle is Unbroken
To coincide with Hux Records’ release of Incredible String Band ‘Live at Fillmore East, 1968′ album, original ISB band member, Mike Heron is teaming up with Trembling Bells (Honest Jon’s) to perform classic String Band material from their hugely influential first four albums. Mike Heron recorded 6 John Peel sessions with The ISB and a further 2 as 'Mike Heron's Reputation'.
Few bands could be said to embody the spirit of the 1960s more comprehensively than the Incredible String Band. On albums such as The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter or Wee Tam and the Big Huge - with their epic perspectives, pantheistic lyrics and visionary synthesis of musical forms- ISB gave the hippy generation some of their most emblematic anthems. The breadth of their appeal is beguiling, with admirers as diverse as Robert Plant (Led Zepplin) and Rowan Williams (Archbishop of Canterbury) professing a long term love affair with the band. In 2010 Fledg’ling reissued their first 4 albums to unanimous critical acclaim, ensuring their appeal to successive generations of fans. One of the new generations of bands indelibly influenced by ISB is the Glasgow based 4 piece Trembling Bells.
The Bells first joined forces with founder member, Mike Heron, in 2010 at “A Very Cellular Song”- the Joe Boyd curated celebration of ISB material at The Barbican, London. Since then they have played at Stewart Lee’s “Austerity Binge”, Cecil Sharp House and recorded a 7″ single of Heron’s ‘Feast of Stephen’, cementing their kinship.
Mike Heron & Trembling Bells: The Circle is Unbroken promises to cover rare and popular material from the ISB song book and much more besides. This promises to be a spectacular evocation of the times in Heron’s 70th birthday year.
Emma Pollock was one of the two songwriters of Scottish group The Delgados, massive favourites of John Peel and his listeners, recording a mammoth 15 sessions between 1995 and 2004. The band also featured in the Festive Fifty over a dozen times, securing the number 1 slot in 1998 with 'Pull The Wires From The Wall'.
Although Delgados split amicably in 2005, Emma continues, however, to be involved in the influential Glasgow-based label Chemikal Underground which the band founded. Emma has recorded two solo albums, 2007's 'Watch the Fireworks' and 'The Law of Large Numbers' in 2010. Pollock has most recently been recording and touring with Scottish-Canadian band The Burns Unit, along with Indo-Caledonian pop artist Future Pilot AKA, Karine Polwart, King Creosote, multi-instrumentalist Kim Edgar, drummer/producer Mattie Foulds, pianist Michael Johnston; and rapper MC Soom T.
Emma toured her acoustic set last year with Chemikal Undergound artist R.M. Hubbert, including a well-received show at the Continental and also played the 'Un-Peeled' all dayer with her band. Emma will be playing an acoustic set at Folk Peel and Tuff Life Boogie is delighted to welcome her back to The Continental.
This event is now SOLD OUT.
Other Un-Peeled shows announced so far:
Twang Club Peel (all-dayer): The Primitives, The Lovely Eggs, Yeah Yeah Noh, The Nightingales & much more - Saturday 26th October 2013
Dark Peel: The March Violets, Flesh for Lulu, Inca Babies, John Hyatt (3 Johns) - Sunday 27th October 2013