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Alasdair Roberts playsthecube

Alasdair Roberts, Tartine de Clous & Neil McDermott + special guest Balky Mule

A Cube/Qu Junktion

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Sat 9 December // 19:30

Tickets: £12 adv or £25 for a 3 day pass

Second night of Alasdair Roberts playthecube. He has hand selected musical guests performers, Tartine de Clous and Neil McDermott, to record an album in front of a live audience as part of his playthecube residency at The Cube. You will be a key part of this special weekend, where he has created a open, lively programme where folk, song, talks and films are all part of the mix. A unique set of songs will be recorded including French folk song and Scottish traditionals and Alasdair Roberts orginals, a fluid cycle of special songs.

Please note there is a 3 day playthecube ticket for £25 that gives you entry to all the events.

Alasdair Roberts is a Scottish singer and guitarist. He has played at The Cube many times and every time we have been buoyed by his knack of keeping the music fresh, not through gimmicks, but by his sheer intensity, soul searching and investment in the material. Whether solo, deep in a band, alongside visuals, through poetry and in and out of history Alasdair takes us on mythical paths of his own making, to music that roots and elevates the listener. His self written repertoire is petty vast and as a singer/songwriter he is to be found in good company, one early release was with Will Oldham and Jason Molina.

Alasdair is also a great interpreter of traditional songs and ballads from Scotland and beyond. A restless, researched and relaxed individual we welcome him and all he brings to play at The Cube.

Tartine de Clous (Geoffroy Dudouit, Thomas Georget and Guillaume Maupin) are 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.

In addition to being a fine fiddler in the Scottish traditional style, Neil McDermott is an academic currently researching the musical and political engagement of the 1960s Scottish folk scene with the anti-nuclear movement.

The Balky Mule is a wry and dreamy forager for sounds and words that mulch beautifully together to make a very West Country rootstock. Sam Jones comes from the cornerstone of the wellspring of potent music that bubbled up from Bristol's hill-flanked murk in the mid-nineties, bringing us Crescent, Movietone, Foehn and other clandestine notables beside. So Sam has been moulding his own quiet, peculiar singer/song-shapes for years now and only bubbles up to play every so often so relish every fleeting moment.

playthecube is an artist residency series produced by The Cube Cinema and Qu Junktions. Previous artists-in-residence include Good Bad Happy Sad, Heatsick, Liz Harris (Grouper), Eric Chenaux & Eric Cazdyn and Luke Fowler & Richard Youngs.

As with all the playthecube sessions we open up a dialogue with an artist to see what could happen over a slowed down, in depth period at the Microplex if they came and stayed in Bristol. It's designed to give time to people to explore the spaces, specs and conditions unique to the building, and do something distinctive creative with some audience engagement and maybe a kind of crafted memo from their residency.

Alasdair Roberts: www.alasdairroberts.com
Tartine de Clous: https://tartinedeclous.bandcamp.com
Neil McDermott: https://songsinthekeyofhalflife.wordpress.com
Qu Junktions: http//www.qujunktions.com