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A star of Slint's ATP plays Aberdeen very soon


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interesting music are thrilled about putting this type event on for the very 1st time in Aberdeen; a package of artists operating in the avant experimental & psychedelic FREE FOLK field of music. If you follow contemporary music you will be aware of this, as The Wire Magazine & Brian Morton have been highlighting this very important music genre for some time. Contemporary music festivals like Instal, KYTN & Le Weekend have been increasing their exposure to artists operating in this loose improvised music genre. Come & see/hear this 1st hand.

Tuesday 15th March

The Tunnels

Doors 8pm

Entry 5

Josephine Foster (usa),

Taurpis Tula (scotland/usa)

James Blackshaw (eng)

Peter Wright (nz)

Josephine Foster

As a solo artist and as one half of the avant-folk duo Born Heller (who play played @ Slint's All Tomorrow's Parties festival), Chicago's Josephine Foster is an absolute gem! The balmy influence of her beautiful, fragmented Appalachian folk songs overflow with a child-like sincerity, heartbroken sorrow and a warm-heartedness sure to charm even the most surly and jaded of us all. Foster's simple songwriting and soaring, almost operatic vocals have fairly been compared to English folk-music legend Shirley Collins, but Vashti Bunyan, Elizabeth Cotten and The Kossoy Sisters also seem good points of reference here, playing ukulele, banjo, guitar and harp amongst other instruments. After three gorgeous self-released solo recordings and albums with Born Heller and "rock'n'roll" group The Supposed under her belt, Foster looks set to release her first official solo-album on Locust Music in April 2005.


Taurpis Tula

taurpis tula from glasgow, scotland is the duo of heather leigh (charalambides and scorces) on petal steel/vocals and David Keenan on guitar, navigating rivers of steel string with their fists and throats. Their all-improvised music works loops of spectral sound into beautifully

fucked tonal hymns.


last release review

examining drones and loops from the epic cragginess of The Dream Academy and Terry Riley to its currency amongst laptop popsters and free-guitar types has long been a passion. To create improvised, trance-driven music with subtlety, emotionalism, hymn-like melody and physicality is rare. Glasgow, Scotland's Taurpis Tula is that precious find. Guitarist/shortwave radio operator David Keenan and vocalist/pedal steel guitarist Heather

Leigh Murray make a highly charged, soul-soothing music, borrowed and blue. Atop wave-generated ambience an opera of muffled tones influenced by Holger Czukay's experiments in church music and oblique sampling and haunted vocal reveries, they scratch, scrape and caress their guitars. This technique, adapted from the pounded-meat playing of Fred Frith, has become sensuous in their capable hands, resulting in the crying sounds of steel strings that any country cowpoke would envy. - A.D. Amorosi, Philadelphia City Paper.net.

James Blackshaw

23-year old London-based guitarist James Blackshaw's playing sounds as inspiring as

the Adirondacks (or Appalachians or the Sierra Nevadas). Put quite simply, there's a new finger picker in town, and he smokes in a post Robbie Basho way that will have you Jack Rose fans tripping over your tongues reaching for new ostentatious descriptions to wow the hip masses with. Blackshaw's twelve-string fairly rattles along, resonating to produce

unbridled raga-like flurries, bursting with energy, yet harnessed with enough melodic definition to their fluid motions. There can be no doubt that this guy really can play. His debut album 'Celeste' was released on Campbell Kneale's (AKA Birchville Cat Motel) Celebrate Psi Phenomenon label in late 2004 and was quickly followed by the drone/raga epic 'Lost Prayers and Motionless Dances' on Digitalis Industries. A split-album with US-based

free-folk collective Davenport is due out on Static Records in February 2005.


Peter Wright

Peter Wright has been a highly prolific and important figure in the New Zealand underground music scene for years and a true innovator in the realms of minimal drone-based experimentation. Currently residing in London, 2004 saw the release of Wright's long-running collaboration with Finland's Uton on Digitalis Industries and solo-album 'Desolation Beauty

Violence' on Foxglove, as well as a re-issue of 'Distant Bombs' on Last Visible Dog, which has been regarded by many as an essential album in it's genre. Using a mixture of organic instrumentation such as 12-string electic guitar in open tunings, violin and suspended bottles with field recordings and some minor computer manipulation, Wright creates incredibly sad, beautiful and hypnotic soundscapes.


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the slint atp was awesome. over and out.

& born heller were wonderful, look out for Josephine Foster (1/2 of born heller)

headlining this amazing event. Josephine Foster & The Supposed made the top 10

avant rock section of The Wire's year-end poll. Need I say more, great stuff on your doorstep............ no need travel 650miles

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