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interesting music promotions and Vocoustics present another night of Drift Collective music to warm your very souls...

MATT EATON + TANDY HARD

Thursday 10th April 2008

The Tunnels, Carnegies Brae, Aberdeen AB10 1BF. Phone 01224 211121

Doors 8pm Entry 5

http://www.thetunnels.co.uk

http://www.myspace.com/interestingmusic

http://www.vocoustics.com

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THE DRIFT COLLECTIVE

Originating in Devon, The Drift Collective are a group of like-minded musicians who have emerged blinky-eyed from the hedgerows, and now all support each other recording a variety of modern folk that proudly follows its own directions and inclinations without caring a fig what the mainstream might suggest.

Drift Records have assembled a strong roster that manages to embrace the past while retaining an ironic distance, forging new paths out of the acoustic tradition. Is This Music?

"The Drift Family provide a near-miraculous glimmer of frail, reflective humanity in a bullshit-filled world" The Word

"Inventive, imaginative and different; long may they collect together" Record Collector

As gorgeous as it is quirky Observer Music Monthly

http://www.driftrecords.co.uk

MATT EATON

Matt Eaton has spent the last few years fronting Actress Hands and playing guitar for Thirty Pounds Of Bone and The Electric Soft Parade. He produces cavernous tones that traverse across arrangements both simple and complex, sparse and heart warming. He is an alarmingly unassuming, subtle, talented and confident artist.

http://www.myspace.com/driftmatteaton

http://www.myspace.com/actresshands

TANDY HARD

Tandy Hard, with natural charisma and a hugely imposing physical frame, presents charming Dylan-influenced songs that are warm, poppy, dark, folkish, funny and a little scary all at once. Capturing the contrasting emotions of love and life with brilliant lyrical effect.

http://www.myspace.com/driftwillis

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remember what the nice man at is this music? wrote about the last Drift Collective gig we put on...

no? here you go then...

So you like interesting music, huh? So do I. And so do Aberdeen-based geniuses Interesting Music Promotions (IMP), which is why they have co-promoted (along with Vocoustics) this wonderful evening showcasing some of the delightfully interesting exponents of the Drift Collective.The Drift Collective is a close-knit label originating from Devon that specialises largely in modern folk music (with a twist of lemon) with the emphasis being very much upon a DIY ethic. One could easily call them a family. Probably the most beautiful family in the country.

The first act to take the stage is co-founder, The R.G Morrison. Immediately, the audience pitter-patter ceases and the finger-picked electric guitar rings through. The first description that comes to mind is lo-fi folk, but that could be deemed unfair as the vocal is perfectly polished and perfectly in tune. Its certainly raw, however, but this is clearly intentional. The chord progressions are quaint and bittersweet and I cant help but think that if this was played louder and with slightly more tempo, that these would be some of my favourite pop songs in the whole World; melancholic chord progressions check; wonderfully constructed vocal melodies check; distant (yet crucial) female backing vocal check. This is considerably closer to perfection than I had anticipated and my anticipation had been running high.

With my appetite thoroughly whetted, I wanted more. I was in luck next up was Thirty Pounds Of Bone. After just two minutes I knew I was witnessing a performance from a man who has song-writing talent in abundance. His between song banter is full of self-depreciation and nervous energy, which only makes him twice as endearing. The songs are sincere in their narrative, with an overriding theme appearing to be life beside the sea. Oh, and killing your girlfriend and failing to dispose of her remains. But its the beauty of his reverb-laden voice that really engages me throughout, as it harks back the ethereal quality of Mark Kozelek. It almost doesnt matter what hes singing about, just so long as he sings then I will be eternally happy.At this point, I have love hearts in my pupils. I am sitting on a small wooden boat in a shimmering lake.

Then Mary Hampton joins me, along with her four-string tenor guitar, and plays, for me only, some songs that make me realise that I have hairs on the back of my neck. She sings about birds. She sings about love. She uses imagery involving honey and bees. Her voice mesmerizes and envelopes me and I cannot move. I do not want to move. Her songs are beautifully uncomplicated. I can hear pretty birds singing in the sky. Then they stop. Mary climbs out of my boat and I suddenly realise, thanks to the overwhelming applause, that Im actually in The Tunnels. Oh well. It was good while it lasted.

//Phillip Quirie

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remember what the nice man at is this music? wrote about the last Drift Collective gig we put on...

no? here you go then...

You probably should have left his name off it. It's less impressive when we know it's Phil Kartta that wrote it.

Sounds good though, shame I've got so much on at the mo. Lots of good gigs happening but not enough money or spare time to go to them.

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You probably should have left his name off it. It's less impressive when we know it's Phil Kartta that wrote it.

Sounds good though, shame I've got so much on at the mo. Lots of good gigs happening but not enough money or spare time to go to them.

credit where credit's due... and all that...

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