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Lost in the Hills

10th and 11th May 2024

Line Up

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Frankie Archer

'Oxford City' Later... with jools holland

Frankie Archer’s imaginative and bold mash of electro alt-trad fuses her Northumbrian fiddle roots and her immersion in tragic and timeless narrative folk songs from the North East of England and beyond, with a futuristic electronic palette of synth riffs and textured loops. Hazily manipulated vocal textures and rhythms, trad fiddle, smooth synth bass and raw, vulnerable vocals overlay samples of nature plucked from real life experiences. With an intoxicating blend of the contemporary and traditional, Frankie Archer is fresh on the scene and shaking up genres, sharing the lesser told sides of stories championing women, challenging perspectives and calling for a fairer future. Check out here recent performance on Later with Jools Holland…

frankiearchermusic.com

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msafiri zawose

Msafiri Zawose is one of the most admired Gogo musicians in Tanzania today and hails from deep musical roots as the fifth child of Dr. Hukwe Zawose. Surrounded by musicians and spending his days at art school, Msafiri picked up the ilimba at a young age. By his 13th birthday, he had already mastered all of the signature Gogo instruments and was touring widely throughout the country. His international debut was a three-month tour to Japan singing, dancing, and playing ndono, ngoma, and marimba with his father’s group Chibite. After his father’s untimely death in 2003, Msafiri resolved to pick up where his father left off. With his charismatic style, prolific song-writing and multi-instrumentalist skills, Msafiri breaks open tradition by pioneering Gogo-fusion music.

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seaming To

Seaming To is a London-based composer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist  who draws from her roots in classical composition and jazz improvisation. Summoning up a psychedelic wonderland of alluring songs draped in pastoral string arrangements and playful synthesisers, Seaming sings with a siren’s call, inviting us to explore the visions, secrets and dreamscapes that lurk just beyond our view in the mirror.  Through performing in Paddy and Graham’s respective Homelife and Toolshed groups, Seaming became part of a deeply interwoven network of bands, producers and DJs that included Ninja Tune icons Mr Scruff and The Herbaliser, both of whom she recorded with.

seamingto.bandcamp.com/album/dust-gatherers

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S8JFou

In 2017 French producer s8jfou (shorthand for ‘suis-je-vous’ or  ‘am I mad?’) bought some land in the mountains to flee from the big city civilisation. He spent 8 months building an off-grid cabin and this is where he composes his music, using just a laptop with Ableton Live, heating and cooking with a wood stove, drinking the natural spring water and eating mushrooms from the forest. He’s drawn to the idea that digital music tools can be totally free and open source, without the need to spend money or produce wasteful rare metal or plastic garbage. He’ll be coming to England for the first time, travelling to the festival by ferry and overland. 

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Seikou susso

Seikou Susso is a master kora player from the Gambia. He comes from a long line of jaliba or griots, ancient Mandinka family of musicians and oral historians, who sang for great African Kings and Queens.  Seikou is very proud to promote his culture through performances and storytelling with the distinct and unforgettable sound of the 21-stringed kora.

 

He has participated in many festivals, galas and melas. He has performed at Glastonbury festival and has recorded in Peter Gabriel's Real World studios.

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Vipertime

With a ferocious sound borne out of the band's early improvised sets at packed basement house parties, Vipertime bring all the thrills drawing from the depths of spiritual jazz and post punk to create improvised music for the dance floor, and combining the mesmeric forms and harmonies of 70s Addis with the ferocity of 60s Detroit.  There's a delicate subtlety counterbalancing that explosive dynamism.  Effortlessly fusing deep jazz, afro, post-punk, and dub. Aggro-jazz from Leeds.

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Anona

Earth Folk Fantasy 

A long trip in Gambia and semi-improvised recording sessions in a homemade garden studio have helped Anona create a mystical sound formed through richly woven layers of alt-folk, contemporary classical and a myriad of world influences. Anona uses great narrative imagery to explore traditional and cosmic themes of the earth, life, death, the sun, the moon, the symbols of inner travel. Dreamlike ethereal jewels and distant horizons marry in a hybrid fantasy of a misty pastoral lake.

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j2oh

J2Oh are a dream-dnb-jazz duo with Jenny Walinetski on drums and Jemma Freese on synths/piano and vocals. Their heavy use of cross signatures, rhythmical hooks, jazz harmony and vocal soundbites creates a vibrant, energetic sound, a hybrid of hiphop/trap/dnb/electronic and contemporary jazz.

Each composition is rooted in improvisation, which is an essential part of their creative process… the pair met at Key of She, an improvisation night in Sheffield, and have been playing together ever since. Influences include; Floating Points, Gretchen Parlato, Yussef Kamaal, Portico Quartet, Slowly Rolling Camera and Richard Spaven.

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Monzanto sound

Monzanto Sound is a band from London fusing together different styles from the African Diaspora and combining them with a hypnotic, psychedelic edge. They are a high energy, rhythmic group with an ear for space and simplicity capable of getting any crowd moving. Their sonic aesthetic is something that is considered carefully as they incorporate synths and effects in a way that draws inspiration from 90s dance and electronic music. People have described them as a blend between Can, Fela Kuti and Sade with dubby off kilter funk grooves.

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ilke-ta

Ilke-Ta is lead by Nottingham drummer / producer Jamie Sykes and brings together his signature free flowing jagged beats with global textures, nu-jazz, drum n bass and sub sonic bass lines. Head tapping juicy grooves perfect for a spring afternoon in the gardens and terraces whilst you sip a cocktail or contemplate the deeper layers of existence over an espresso. Jamie also moonlights as a shopping channel guru, so bring your wallets for an opportunity to buy a plethora of useless plastic objects to cleanse your souls and help you forget about climate catastrophe and AI presidential candidates.

Shopping channel / elevator jazz filtered through a cracked, melting dystopian electronic lens.

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Ruby geddes

Ruby Geddes' songs speak of the artist’s kinship with the natural world – solace found in cycles of minerals, light, growth and decay, in eternal change and deep time; their songs grieve and resolve with the seasons. An inquisitive musical topography forms the ground for Ruby’s enthralling lyrics as soft, easeful vocals invite you to travel with them across a range of low tunings, changing time signatures, and diverse song structures.

“As a listener, you are invited into a liminal space where you feel at once enamoured with the ephemeral nature of existence and held in a cocoon of moss and soil. Ruby Scott Geddes' music is both other-worldly and distinctly grounded in the earth. Lyrically akin to mycelium; almost mythological whilst woven throughout the raw dirt.” – Maya Blackwell, poet & writer

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