19 Oct 2018 – Rock & Pop at The Edge
Doors 8pm, music from 8:30pm. £6 on the door, £5 in advance. Delicious food on sale by the marvellous Ubuntu Bakery & Foods.
SYLVIA HALLETT is a multi-instrumentalist and composer moving between violin, Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, saw, accordion, electronics, bowed bicycle wheel and other found objects. She has played in international festivals since the late 1970s, working with several well-known and respected musicians, including David Toop, the late Lol Coxhill, Alasdair Roberts, Evan Parker, and the groups Accordions Go Crazy, LaXula, British Summer Time Ends, Heliocentrics, Arc,The London Improvisers Orchestra, and the London Hardingfelelag. She is highly regarded for her work with dance and theatre companies and BBC radio commissions. As well as numerous CDs with others, Sylvia has released three solo CDs, two on the MASH label, comprising songs, improvisations, and sounds from found objects.
Merging a fevered imagination and solid songwriting with a mad scientist's brain for weird gadgets, American singer Thomas Truax is a true one-off. His evolving "band" of self-made sound sculptures include a motorized drum machine made of bike wheels called 'Mother Superior' and a souped up Gramophone called 'The Hornicator', but he never leaves his trusty guitar out of the equation too long. Thomas crafts rich, poetically evocative songs about insects, trees, technology, and a lifelong obsession with things lunar. His nine studio LPs include highly-rated covers album 'Songs From The Films Of David Lynch'. Notable supporters and collaborators include Jarvis Cocker, Duke Special, Richard Hawley, The Dresden Dolls, Bob Log III and the late author Terry Pratchett.
"When he performs, it is a spectacle – the originality and seeming impossibility of what he does is much of the appeal." -The Guardian
"Enthralling, mind-blowingly original and totally bonkers… a creative circus of the wonderfully surreal." – Brighton Noise
RITA BRAGA, playing for the first time in Birmingham, is a Portuguese songstress who simultaneously summons the ghosts of synth pioneers such as Delia Derbyshire and Bruce Haack as well as that of eccentric performers like Vivian Stanshall and Carmen Miranda. Rita Braga's universe is one of colours, exuding both the charm of a vintage cartoon character merrily bouncing along and the ominous melancholy of a lost kitten on a rooftop. She will be introducing her new album "Bird on the Moon"
GALINA JURITZ is a composer and violinist with extensive experience in diverse musical genres. Active for over 12 years her credits include film soundtracks and theatre pieces, numerous studio sessions and performances in both classical and contemporary outfits, and most recently a cantata. Galina Juritz will be playing her own material and joining Rita for some of her songs too.
DJ PIPPI SHORTSLEEVES, co-creator of Sugarfoot Stomp, KLUB '56 '66 and Flatpack Film Festival will also be joining us to entertain you between acts. If Devo and Irene Cara had a food baby, who played wonderful music, that's her.