The Breakdown, 8.10.16

I was back co-hosting The Breakdown on Sheffield Live for a fourth time yesterday. You can listen back to it here.

I played:

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The Liberty System – out 21.10.16

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My Brontë Sisters triptych will be available on limited edition CD next month.

The Liberty System is a study of the three sisters, using classical elements and meteorology. You’ll be able to choose from three different covers with artwork by Oliver Allchin (there are just 100 of each cover). Each hand-numbered CD also comes with a tiny lyric booklet and magnifying glass, inspired by the tiny books the Brontës made as children.

The first chance to get yours will be at the ‘New Responses to the Brontës‘ events:

Then on Friday 21st October I’ll put all the remaining copies up for sale on Bandcamp. The songs will be available digitally then too. The songs/covers are:

  1. Anne, the Gardener             2. Emily, the Diver                 3. Charlotte, the Levitator
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Coming soon: Brontë project

I’m very excited to finally tell you what I’ve been working on the last few months. Early this year I was commissioned by Off the Shelf Festival of Words to write new music inspired by the Brontës, as part of the Brontë bicentenary celebrations.

I’ll be performing my piece – a musical triptych called ‘The Liberty System’ – alongside poet Andrew McMillan and playwright Zodwa Nyoni at Off the Shelf, Ilkley Literature Festival and Beverley Literature Festival this October.

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Fri 14 October – Upper Chapel, Sheffield
Sat 15 October – Ilkley Playhouse
Tue 18 October – Beverley Minster

AND I’ll also be releasing a limited edition CD as part of the project.

AND AND AND…the Sheffield date will also feature a projection onto the Upper Chapel of a film that’s being made to go with one of my songs, which is pretty special. I’ll share more about the Brontë project soon.

Before all that you can see me supporting Alasdair Roberts and James Green at the Lamplight Club in Sheffield on 27 September. Tickets here.