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Pumajaw + Kathryn Sawers @ The Music Club, 2nd October


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Thursday 2nd October 2008

The Music Club, 52-54 Langstane Place, Aberdeen, AB11 6EN. Phone 01224 676000

Doors 8.00pm

Entry 5






Pinkie Maclure and John Wills met in a recording studio in London in the late 90s. John was signed to Beggars Banquet in art noise outfit, Loop and was also making a name as a producer. Beggars asked John to record and jointly produce their new signing Pinkie Maclure for her solo album, Favourite. Having many musical ideas in common they became a songwriting team, producing five critically-acclaimed albums. Curiosity Box is their second under the acronym Pumajaw.

Combining Pinkies extraordinary voice with Johns looped and treated guitar, samples, concertina and hypnotic rhythms they have a unique and seductive sound which stretches from psychedelic pop through sultry folk songs to impassioned, spiritual laments.

Pumajaw are known for their fiery, mesmerising live presence and will be touring the UK throughout October - new album Curiosity Box is released on Fire Records on September 21st and features Alasdair Roberts (Drag City) and James Yorkston (Domino).

Their second album under the name Pumajaw links Loop's ethereal guitar wash of sound with trance-like folk, held together by Pinkie's disarmingly seductive voice. (Uncut)

Jacky Daw pitches Maclure's remarkable voice over rhythmic instrumentation to create an oneiric sound that loops and swells with eerie intensity. Forget the folk suffix, this is mesmerising. (The Skinny)




Unique, wonderful, enigmatic, haunting, spellbinding; all words which try and describe Kathryn Sawers live performances. They dont really come close though - the music speaks for itself...

Tender, breathy vocals layered over the top of hauntingly beautiful piano. (Vocoustics)

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Clash magazine review...

As any who have watched The Wicker Man will attest, there's nowt as queer as folk. A new generation of folk heroes have emerged, keen to explore the stranger, more spiritual and somehow more real aspects of traditional music. With friends such as Alasdair Roberts and ex-Fence Collective member James Yorkston on board, Pumajaw have the pedigree but they also display a considerable degree of talent themselves. The duo's opening salvo 'Visiting Hour' is an unsettling, whispered lament driven, whilst Glasgow-based singer Roberts' spectral contribution to 'The Burning of Auchindoun' renders the ballad stark yet thrilling. An album that suggests if we want to hear something truly challenging then perhaps we should pay a little more attention to our heritage.
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