To begin 2011 we here at Lono are bringing three of our favourite bands to the Poly stage where their evocative and inspiring sounds can have their full effect upon the audience. These bands all draw their influences from folk, but achieve remarkably different blends due to the diverse influences acting upon their imaginations. There will be a cracking licensed bar & DJ’s playing between the sets.
Tickets are £5 - buy them from Jam or The Poly box office by clicking here
Minko and her band
Minko, songstress & multi-instrumentalist, crafts beautiful idiosyncratic songs that arrive at your ears with a freshness that belies their often turbulent origins. Her lyrics expose her inner winding journey while her arresting voice moves from the murmur of a whisper to the urgency of an animal call. She delights in exploring diverse instrumentation, working with various musicians to combine flute & glockenspiel, cello & ukulele, alongside the piano, bass & guitar at the core of the sound. Part of the drama of the live show is in the making of these sonic landscapes, as each musician adds another element and Minko herself skips from one instrument to another, building up layers of sound then paring it all down again. The result is an intimately sensuous form of experimental folk music.
Listen to her myspace here
Red River Dialect
Red River Dialect is the acoustic guitar, voice and songs of David Morris paired up with the fluid electric guitar and harp of Simon Drinkwater and bass of Jack Kindred-Boothby.
Listen to the album here
"a contemplative, unadorned folk record full of the implied presence of the Cornish badlands" The Liminal
“gorgeous new album… Perhaps akin to Callahan in lyrical deftness, his delivery occasionally flares with a recognisably Smog-y twang, but for the most part, he pointedly sings in his local brogue, a handsome blend of matter-of-fact dejection sung with a friendly raised brow.” The Line of Best Fit
“a contemporary folk recording with some very subtle psychedelic & dark country elements… brightly played yet sometimes somber songs filled with feeling & wonder. David has a likeable, plaintive voice and his style later on errs slightly towards Bill Callahan/Oldham territory... the atmosphere is captivating me. It will appeal to Americana fans but it’s not necessarily of that ilk.” 4 stars Norman Records
This is the debut gig for this band, having performed a scattering of shows as The Oar they are now born into 2011 as Playhouse – a deeply rhythmic blend of the romance of Fairport Convention and Pentangle with the determined groove of Krautrock mythology.
“Andrew Hockey had been sailing the high seas of the British folk scene for nearly a decade before hooking Mike Brett, the ex bassist of the ‘The Guild of the Furious Lion’. Their sound is an intoxicated blend of east meeting west kept afloat in a tempest of rhythm conjured by David Logon, ex ‘Lefthand’ drummer; truly a band fit for these wild parts. There is talk of another, Damien Shingleton of the ‘Screechy Badman’ fame joining this troupe, but this maybe just legend!”
Minko at the Poly