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Posted: Apr 20 2012, 08:51 AM
Member No.: 899
Joined: 2-June 09
This is a stellar line-up. Full details below. Please support a hard-working event organiser (me!). Thank you.
*Bank holiday* Monday 7th May 2012
SPECKS IN THE SKY presents
five of the very best acts around, performing from late afternoon until early evening at the lovely Wilmington Arms in Farringdon:
Matthew Robins and his band
The Melting Ice Caps (solo set)
+ DJ: Jonny Cola
And we've managed to put this stellar line-up together while keeping the ticket price down to just £4.
First act on stage at around 5pm. Please check this page again nearer the time for precise running order and stage times.
More about these superb performers:
Amelia Fletcher has fronted an array of much-loved indie pop groups, including Talulah Gosh and Heavenly. Her vocals have adorned the output of The Wedding Present, Hefner and The 6ths (Stephin Merritt). Along with Rob Pursey and John Stanley, Amelia formed Tender Trap in 2001. They deliver a glorious riot of fuzzed-up guitar, girl-group harmonies and wry lines about boyfriends.
*Matthew Robins and his band*
Seeing as he's played sold-out residencies at the Barbican, the South Bank and numerous other esteemed venues, we reckon Matthew can probably just about handle the Wilmington Arms. We're delighted that he's agreed to bring his orchestral pop fairytales to Farringdon for us. If you haven't seen the accompanying shadow puppetry before, prepare to be beguiled.
“As borderless as its creator's imagination, the universe of Matthew Robins' shadow plays is simultaneously homely, sinister and one of the most engaging live experiences you'll encounter this year.” - Time Out
“[Puppetry] silhouettes that have something of the deft wit of Picasso sketches.” - The Guardian
Matthew's website: www.sadlucy.com
Mr Jeays has been writing and performing exquisite songs in the Jaques Brel mode (yes, that good) since 1985. He has released six albums, and was recently selected by Robin Ince for his Nine Lessons and Carols For Godless People shows. He has appeared at the Edinburgh festival and made numerous contributions to arts programmes on Radio 3 and 4.
Philip's website: www.jeays.com
*The Melting Ice Caps*
Ice Caps frontman David is no stranger to amped-up chamber pop, Piaf-ish torch songs, sun-kissed boss nova and Pulp-y ballads. For this show, he promises a solo set of warm electronica and perhaps even a piano number or two.
“gorgeous pop” - Unpeeled
“…the deceptively catchy mechanics of such esteemed souls as Bacharach, Divine Comedy... Blissful.” - Losing Today
“erudite brilliance” - Artrocker
Most of the Melting Ice Caps back catalogue is available for free via www.themeltingicecaps.co.uk We reckon the 'Strike' E.P. is a good place to start. A brand new album is due in the summer.
We think Owen Duff has everything: songs, voice, production guile and the ability to wring magic out of piano, ukelele and cello. There's something of Rufus Wainwright here, but also more than a passing nod to Nick Drake. Anyway, Owen is decidedly his own man, rarely playing live and releasing his music through playful stunts – copies of his last EP were hidden in secret locations for fans to hunt for.
Have a listen at www.owenduff.co.uk The 'Stopgap' E.P. is a great primer, and it's free – and not hidden in a secret location!
The Wilmington Arms is at 69 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4RL.
Thanks for reading. Remember, it's only £4 to get in, we only books acts we love, and we'll never keep you out late on a work night.
See you soon
Specks In The Sky