The Happy Couple met on a replacement bus service in East London nearly twenty years ago and they honed their craft in nearby Epping Forest, preferring that ambience to the cloistered studio. In this seemingly gentle and harmonious forest is heard the sylvan sound of Judith Goodman's tenor guitar's melodious avian song, underpinned by the insect sturm und drang of the jew’s harp of David Ross, its rhythmic pressure and release lending unforeseen connotation to the evolving tune. Be not afeard, the forest is full of noises.
Featuring live music from Sean O'Hagan, Seikou Susso, Bethany Kay, The Happy Couple and John Row! Part of Digbeth First Friday. Albert's delicious South African Ubuntu Bakery & Foods on sale too, you lucky things.
Originally from Sukuta Nanie in the Gambia, Seikou Susso comes from a family of griots or jalibas who are experts on the West African harp, the kora, and keepers of Mandinka histories. Having performed extensively internationally, he has played for Nelson Mandela, awoken the fields of Glastonbury and festivalled with the folk of Moseley. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0sFHHB8UiA
Sean O’Hagan’s work with the High Llamas seems to channel something of the Beach Boys and Brazilian new wave. His comeuppance? To be invited to collaborate by Brian Wilson and Tropicalia, with all the concomitant obstacles and entanglements. Before High Llamas he brought his harmonic sophistication to Microdisney and Stereolab, and is in demand as an arranger for many and sundry, including Super Furry Animals. In Tokyo record shops there are racks dedicated to his work and for the global cognoscenti he is a cult.
Kamura ObscuraUK-based Kamura Obscura singer Atsuko Kamura began her career by juggling roles as karaoke bar hostess and punk chanteuse in Tokyo, performing with the agit-fem Polkadot Fire Brigade and The Honeymoons. Her arrival in London led to a spell with the situationist pranksters Frank Chickens, duetting with Kazuko Hohki. In parallel she has explored improvisation with such as Eddie Prevost, Tenko, Fred Frith and John Zorn and in London alongside Charles Hayward and Lol Coxhill. She has kust completed her latest tour of JapanHer current work has moved from a strange existential folk towards a more avant-garde electronic sound. She is joined by Natalie Mason on viola and Robert Storey on guitar.https://www.facebook.com/kamuraobscura
Come and enjoy the fifth ‘Club Integral Midlands Branch’. Our regular food magicians Albert and Davy will be there with Ubuntu Foods as well… so you can eat, drink, hear, be merry!Paddy Steer blows all other one-man-bands out of the water, into the eccentricities of outer space. In rejection of the notion of ‘immaculate reproduction’, live performances from Paddy’s own project err more daringly and admirably on the frontier of chaotic abstraction, expression and focussed blunder, dice rolling down the hill in case of duende, as from behind his stacked array of instruments, the anarchically intrepid punk gargles through a vocoder with his xylophone, all a-clatter under disco lights and doilies.https://paddysteer.bandcamp.com/The Nature Centre plays Pop music that has been adulterated by all sorts of strange, nice things. It has been described as “the kind of fololoppy pop that Syd Barrett might make if he headed up a harmony girl group under the influence”.http://thenaturecentre.com/Musician, composer and singer-songwriter, Germa Adan aims to inspire and use music to sharestories and positive messages. Born in Haiti, she lived in the USA and now lived in Birmingham. She writes and performs music that draws inspiration from Haitian, American & British folk music.https://germaadan.bandcamp.com/Richard Sanderson plays the amplified melodeon (diatonic button accordion) , pushing this quintessential “folk” instrument into new areas. He runs the Linear Obessional record label, and dances with Blackheath Morris Men.“…like some ancient Radiophonic soundtrack to a long-lost children’s TV series. Its bare, metallic tones were simultaneously ancient and modern, analogue computer music composed by Viking scientists, perhaps. Past and not-quite future superimposed on a faulty VHS tape.”(Paul Margree- We Need No Swords)https://richardsanderson.bandcamp.com/Poster by Naomi Oppenheimhttp://n-oppenheim.co.uk/
Robert Coyne(born 1969) is a British alternative folk musician and singer-songwriter. He plays guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and sings. Coyne is the son of the musician, painter and author Kevin Coyne, who died in 2004. In Germany Robert and his vocalist brother Eugene, the sons of Coyne’s first marriage, appeared on some of their father’s recordings including Tough And Sweet (1993) and Sugar Candy Taxi (1999). As a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, Robert eventually joined his father’s band and contributed to several further albums, including Room Full of Fools (2000), Carnival (2002), Donut City (2004) and One Day In Chicago (2005, with Jon Langford and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts).Coyne has also worked as a musician with Eric Burdon, The Barracudas, The Scientists, Amy Rigby, Spooky Tooth, Sky Saxon and Chris Wilson of the Flamin’ Groovies.In 2006 Coyne provided the soundtrack for the Edinburgh Film Festival-winning documentary feature The Great Happiness Space, and in 2007 released his first solo album Death Is Not My Destiny, on which he sang for the first time. The following year, he founded “The Robert Coyne Outfit” to present his music on stage.In 2010 Coyne released the album Woodland Conspiracy, accompanied only by his guitar and on some tracks by a Fender Rhodes piano.With Jaki Liebezeit, the drummer of the avant-garde band Can, he recorded the album The Obscure Department in 2013. Two more albums with Liebezeit, Golden Arc (2014) and I Still Have This Dream (2016), followed. Last Lion, another solo album, was also released in 2016. He will be releasing a new album shortly on Cologne-based Meyer Records.Claudia Barton is a singer and actress. She previously sung with Gamine, and then Cloudier Skies with David Rothon. Her work is characterised by a rich cinematic atmosphere and an extraordinary literary authorial voice – echoes of Hemingway and Raymond Carver, channelled by Audrey Hepburn. Her first solo album The Wrath of Love was released recently, a darkly erotic collection of spare and unadorned songs accompanied by prepared piano.Hugo Martin was born in Syracuse, New York, Hugo’s lot was cast early on in his life when, as a baby, his father tragically died of a brain tumour. His grieving mother decided to move to London; Hugo has lived and worked there ever since. After teaching himself guitar in his late teens Hugo played and led a succession of bands, all facing the usual struggles. Along the way he has played guitar for such notables as Wreckless Eric and Robert Coyne. Ultimately though, it is in the last few years that he has found his voice as a writer culminating in his debut solo LP Six Before a Seven.Beresford/MarshCharlie Beresford (guitar/vocals) and Peter Marsh (bass) form half of Fourth Page, a band whose wholly improvised songs have drawn comparisons to everyone from David Sylvian to Patty Waters to Schubert. This will be their first appearance as a duo. ‘Fourth Page takes improvised music to exciting places it hasn’t really been before‘ (All About Jazz)
PAST EVENTS 2017
Dawid De Villiers with Integral BrimstoneIntegral Brimstone is a transient London incarnation of Jeremiah Brimstone Band, a Cape Town-based outfit with strong alt. folk leanings. Frontman Dawid De Villier's music evokes those implacable forces (from desire to fear to the climate) that impinge upon our lives and ensure the perennial strangeness of existence. For this Club Integral event, Dawid reconnects with intermittent band member, Natalie Mason, to bring home some music from the extreme South. They are joined by Ebrahim Nazier on bass.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXD5lf3hnyI