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Daniel Padden and The One Ensemble + Sarah Kenchington + Matricarians @ Peacocks


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As part of SOUND Festival, interesting music promotions present


Sunday 15th November 2009

Peacock Visual Arts, 21 Castle Street, Aberdeen

Doors 8pm

Tickets 6 in advance, 8 on door

Available from Aberdeen Box Office (His Majesty's Theatre, Rosemount Viaduct or the Music Hall, Union Street) Phone 01224 641122 or http://www.boxofficeaberdeen.com






This performance features music inspired by the story of James Duthie, (affectionately known as Dummy Jim), a profoundly deaf man from Cairnbulg, near Fraserburgh, who cycled solo on a 3000 mile return trip to the far north of Europe in the early 1950s. Duthie later penned a journal called I Cycled into the Arctic Circle, which award winning film maker Matt Hulse has adapted for the screen. The One Ensemble's music will eventually feature in the film of Dummy Jim and this special performance will include Super 8mm film projections shot on location in and around Fraserburgh and along the route of Duthie's trip.



The One Ensemble started as a solo recording project of Daniel Padden. In some ways it was a deliberate attempt to create a mythical experimental folk music that could never have existed and could never have been played live (one of the more important aspects of folk music). Their music is unique and engaging - at times ferocious and at times sombre, it moves from abstract minimalism to full-throated song to pocket-sized symphony.




Sarah Kenchington builds her own remarkable mechanical instruments, including a pedal-powered hurdy-gurdy, a giant rotating kalimba and her own brass band, powered by tractor inner-tubes.



Matricarians, consisting of duo Alan Davidson and Susan Matthew, plus invited guests, create improvised musical pieces to which they later add traditional lyrics from the folksongs of North East Scotland.


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this is an official bump,

however those of you reading this that have attended some of the events in Peacock Artspace in the past will know its a fantastic place to see & hear live music events. This certainly has the makings of being at the top-end of the better ones.

So come along tonight for a Sunday night treat & make sure your read the

announcement as its going to be visual as well.

If you are a newbie to events in Peacock's its all about the music/visual not chatting at the bar........STFU policy in force

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Review of 'The Bellow Switch' in The Wire magazine, Aug 2009: Daniel Padden's work - in both Volcano The Bear and The One Ensemble - has always operated in an imaginary realm, creating folk music from places that never really existed. So it makes sense that this CD finds him working with Sarah Kenchington, an artist and musician who specialises in making and playing unique mechanical instruments that look and sound like lost artefacts from a magical realist history of music.?The Hurdalion Gurdalion is a pedal-powered machine that agitates banjo and double-bass strings. The Horns utilise pedals, tractor inner tubes and balloons to blow a euphonium and tenor horn. The Forkwriter is a percussion instrument made by a typewriter and forks, amplified by a drum. The Bell Tower is a 3-tiered pyramid of wine glasses that, when small balls are fed into the top, has the potential to create an infinite number of tinkling, spontaneous melodies. The Flutterbox is a large, kalimba-like musical box with a spinning drum that creates rhythmic loops - simple, repetitive figures that form the backbone to the music collected here. There are obvious echoes of Harry Partch's singular creations and Moondog's custom-built percussion, but Kenchington's inventions have a very English eccentricity, more reminiscent of Heath Robinson's implausibly rickety contraptions.?Padden's role in all of this was primarily to record Kenchington playing the instruments and then edit the results into patchwork compositions - often with a twinkling sense of mischief. On 'Unbagging The Wish Spoon', absurdly wheezing horns rudely interrupt a regimented clockwork tick-tock; on 'The Mine Shaft', sawed string drones and overtones interlock with cyclical metallic clunks like an automaton jam band. It's prevented from sounding too coldly mechanised by the addition of a few subtle touches - Kenchington providing a tickle of banjo here, a parp of trumpet there - and its surprising how much of Padden's personality comes through with the addition of his mysterious, deceptively winsome vocals to tracks like 'Tapered Things'. Another tantalising postcard from Padden's distinctive parallel universe."

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what an amount of amazing equipment & lots of home made instruments weve just loaded in. this is going to be one amazing evening. here's the blog ex P&J

Cairnbulg cyclists Arctic feat now hailed in song

Big-screen movie in making to celebrate 3,000-mile trip

By Jamie Buchan

Published: 31/10/2009

ADVENTURER: James Duthie, who took on the Arctic challenge on a bicycle

The amazing story of a profoundly deaf north-east cyclist who rode into the Arctic Circle with just a blanket and a few jumpers to keep him warm has inspired a musical tribute.

More than 50 years after Cairnbulg factory worker James Duthie completed his epic 3,000-mile adventure, his journal is already being made into a big-screen feature by award-winning director Matt Hulse.

Now the tale has inspired a collection of songs, which will be released as an album later this month.

Acclaimed Glasgow musician and composer Daniel Padden will be launching the CD at a series of concerts starting in Edinburghs Dovecot Studios on Friday, November 13.

Mr Padden will also be performing, as The One Ensemble, at Aberdeens Peacock Visual Arts on Sunday, November 15. He will be joined by singer Sarah Kenchington.

Footage filmed for Mr Hulses film, on locations in and around Fraserburgh and along the route of Mr Duthies trip, will also be shown.

Mr Duthie, who could not speak, was affectionately known as Dummy Jim and became a celebrity after returning from his journey. He travelled through the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Sweden before crossing into the Arctic Circle.

Edinburgh-based Mr Hulse said: The album has been inspired by the same book as the film and the music will appear in the film. Its an interesting way of working, but I was reminded that that was how Evita evolved.

The film project was kick-started with a 25,000 award from the Scottish Arts Council in 2001. Fans are being invited to help fund the venture via the official website, www.dummyjim.com

The films makers are trying to achieve a size-zero carbon footprint by using clockwork cameras and cycle-powered generators where possible. For more details, visit www.myspace.com/ oneensemble

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