Tartine de Clous & Jason Steel
Friday 13 September 2019
Advance tickets: £6.00
On the door: £7.00
As a special one-off event the Ship Full of Bombs folk radio show Library of Aethers is delighted to be staging what will be a splendid double bill concert, featuring performances from two Leigh Folk Festival favourites.
Tartine de Clous (Geoffroy Dudouit, Thomas Georget and Guillaume Maupin) is a singing trio originally from the department of Charente in western France. Following in the footsteps of some of the great French groups of the late 20th century folk revival (such as Mélusine and La Bamboche), they sing largely unaccompanied three-part harmony arrangements of the traditional songs of their native land. Their repertoire is diligently sourced from field recordings, books and other singers from various regions of France, delivered in an unaffected and direct style.
The group first met in the city of Poitiers, steeped in a rich marinade of musical influences including the Beatles, the Velvet Underground, Georges Brassens, Sun Ra and Pérotin, but as a trio were drawn to the ancient modal sounds of French folk music. Rather than the formality of appearing on a conventional stage, they enjoy performing seated around a table with their audience spread all around them.
The group’s appearance at the Fishermen’s Chapel was one of the great highlights of the 2018 Leigh Folk Festival, and their return to the venue will be eagerly anticipated by many, as well as being a treat for the ears.
Jason Steel is a singer & picker of stringed instruments. Originally from Yorkshire, he currently rests his head in North London. A Leigh Folk Festival perennial, he weaves the sounds of Appalachian and ragtime picking, the strange, old worlds of traditional folk and the ghosts of 1920's Tin Pan Alley. ‘Produces a timeless atmosphere that remains free from pastiche or reproduction. He date-mixes traditional themes, the 1920s and right now in a most disconcerting way’ fRoots
‘With the cautious, unhurried pace of a Fahey disciple, on a brace of rags his picking trickles easily like an Appalachian mountain stream. Meanwhile, across an array of original songs, his soft voice lulls seductively’. R2 Magazine