Great Live Music in September at the Hackney Attic (above the Picturehouse!)
Propelling Folktronica formed in the beer cellar of a squat pub in hackney last year. A seed was planted which is growing into a massive excellent Oak tree. I Am A Pilot are soon to release their much celebrated debut EP and are currently touring fine London establishments. Like the Attic. http://iamapilot.co.uk
A BBC 6Music and Marc Riley favourite Mikey Georgeson created Mr Solo back in 2005. The former lead singer of David Devant & His Spirit Wife and Glam Chop conjures timages of pre-Ziggy Bowie slanted with a touch of Bolan.
Hannah Curwood & the Good Girls:
Fuzzy electric guitar blends with four sultry and finely crafted vocals; extra layers of piano and violin work with the delicate but driven lines of an orchestral percussionist to create a live atmosphere that is simultaneously foot shuffling and spine tingling. http://soundcloud.com/hannah-curwood
Worry Dolls bonded at Paul McCartney’s old school initially due to having the same fiery red locks. Now in First Aid Kit style harmonies over Tori Amos melodies and Tom Waits lyrics atop a plethora of varied instruments they’ve forged something substantially stronger than a hair colour match. A beautiful and captivating result.
The Nyco Project are not your usual London-based 4 piece band. When ??Studio recording suddenly felt boring artificial and overly produced the band decided to record each instrument in a different location and film it. They’ve been working under this ‘ musicdogma’ for three years in many different locations including capturing a vocal whilst paragliding over mountains in Italy a guitar in a 100 year old train keyboards in Clissold Park & drumming on a barge through the canals of London. During their performance expect to see these films as live-triggered audiovisual backing tracks projected onto the Attic walls.Bank Of Joy are comprised of Ralph Phillips Mio Kuromori Liam Croft and Lawrence Phillips in no particular order. Based in East London Ralph brought the band together back in 2011 and fused an Anglo/Japanese vocal duet that intersperses multiligual harmonies to guttural guitar work upon a rough and tumble rhythm section.
Tiny Birds’ music has been dubbed as ‘sad songs with happy music’; never so much as setting foot in a minor key their smatterings of techicolour ukulele and banjo nestle alongside lyrics of nostalgia and regret. If you like simple pop melodies and complex folk arrangements then you’ll love this. The cold-hearted need not apply.
Autumn Shift are fresh back from the summer festivals (well… as fresh as you can be after spending weeks in the fields of England) and boy have they lined up some of the best of the best festival flavoured stuff to keep the party going! State of Play showcase their unique Hip-Hop Indie and Soul mix; singer songwriter & arresting performer Ben London will bash out some folky numbers; storyteller Radcliffe Royds of Spark London spins a yarn & DJ Anne Frankenstein is back filling the floor with the most danceable soul vibes this side of the 70’s! Keep an eye on the website for late additions to the bill.Indigo Earth turn the folk up to fifteen with a strident & beautifully harmonic acoustic set. DJ Count Drachma (Oliver Steadman bassist of Stornoway) will be sampling and flipping the beat on his illuminated Afrogrids! The Count will be dishing up 2 sets of live-remixed Zulu township jive!
A new monthly jam session in Hackney bringing some of the finest musicians in the world to the Attic as well as giving a chance to sit in. More like a ‘jazz party’ than a beard stroking session the nights will include DJs cocktails and of course fantastic live bands. Hosted by Sam Crowe.
In 2007 whilst teaching at the Royal Academy of Music Ghanaian vocalist Afla Sackey was inspired to create new compositions fusing traditional Ghanaian music with scorching Afrobeat grooves and gives them a funky twist. Hyperactive music that harmonises the traditional and the modern in a spectacular way has become the trade sound of Afrik Bawantu. Their founder and leader Afla Sackey has achieved a unique sound with a line-up of varied instruments and musicians from Finland Ghana Nigeria Spain Israel England South Africa Italy and France. Today Afla Sackey’s afro funk 12-piece orchestra Afrik Bawantu drops super heavy weight rhythms groovy bass lines and fast and furious horn lines to create musical colours that dazzle like the African sun.
Made in the early years of the Soviet Union this film is part political melodrama part space romp. The crystalline Martian film sets are timeless and they set the template of a vision of the future – for decades to come. Minima’s music is an audacious 21st-Century interpretation of the images of silent and avant-garde film.
All The Queens Ravens are an enigmatic 6-piece producing a flamboyant bi-lingual mix of Nu-Folk and country that eludes to Blues Gospel and sultry Flamenco. Fronted by 2 ladies with a devilish vocal chemistry and style that marries with a plethora of driving strings. Lo! Is a lyrical songstress with a breathy honest and elegant tone to her beautiful voice and elements of vintage ragtime rhythms making their way into her stories of life as a human. Abbey’s songs are a versatile mix of Folk Blues Jazz Soul and beyond producing ghostly folk with a hint of drama.
Gnawa Folklore meets London Quirk as eclectic groove adventurers Sound Species join forces with Moroccan Gnawa master musician Simo Lagnawi to create some deep Psychedelic Gnawa Funk in the form of ELECTRIC JALABA. Ancient songs from the Gnawa tradition about mysterious women men that divide oceans and armies of soul conquerors weave themselves among enormous infectious grooves analogue effects and warped guitars. The sound of the camel skin Guembri and Lagnawi’s impressive vocals will transport you to another world as the band boil relentlessly through a range of beautifully unearthly grooves. Expect inexhaustible energy moments of soulful calm and pinnacles of ecstatic mayhem plus some dance moves you’ve definitely never seen before.
Transforming the Attic into a vintage palace we’ll be serving you the finest towers of cake sandwiches and scones for high tea whilst you woop cheer ‘jump jive and swing’ to a backdrop of 40s and 50s show-stopping live performances retro-tastic DJs and a host of other treats and surprises. Plan UK work with the world’s poorest children so they can move themselves from a life of poverty to a future with opportunity… and so in an effort to make as many pennies and pounds as we can for them – we’re going to throw you a truly remarkable party.
Tickets including high tea: £15 (For charity!)
The trumpeting heart of London’s dream New Orlean’s outfit The Dixie Ticklers the mighty mighty William Rixon brings his own well-trained yet boisterous Jazz gang PANCAKE BATTER to give the hems of your flapper dresses a real chances to shimmy their fringe. They may have studied the greats of the 1920s/30s and 40s… but now they’re out of school and the hair is well and truly down. There’ll be gin’n’juice at the bar Fred Astaire dancing in monochrome on the walls and the kind of bunting that lets you know it’s a real party. Hackney come whatever ‘it’ you’ve got!