Pickled Egg Records present:

A Hawk and a Hacksaw George + Nalle

Monday Nov 7th
Bar Nova, Granby St, Leicester

A Hawk and a Hacksaw make a welcome return to Leicester, following their rapturously received show in July, also at Bar Nova. AHAAH is the latest in a long line of incarnations for Jeremy Barnes, who may be best known as the drummer for Neutral Milk Hotel, but who has also carried the idea of avant-garde percussion and improvisation to amicable new heights with Bablicon. AHAAH draws on influences as diverse as Eastern European folk music to Pierre Schaeffer to Spike Jones & his City Slickers. With such a heady mix of styles on display in the music, it’s of little surprise that AHAAH’s live show is a force to be reckoned with, displaying Barnes’ multi-instrumentalist virtuosity in all it glory - playing accordion, vocals and percussion (simultaneously!), and now accompanied by Heather Trost on violin, glockenspiel and melodica. It's a musical journey across the most varied of terrain, that dips in and out of modern composition and American and Eastern European folk traditions in Barnes’ own inimitable style. Pickled Egg release a 7" single by AHAAH early in the new year, featuring an extended and re-recorded version of "Our Lady of the Vlatva" from the Leaf album, "Darkness at Noon", backed with an exclusive new Romanian Hora and Bulgar..

George are two old friends & rivals, Suzy Mangion and Michael Varty. Both of them play the instruments no one else wants - keyboards & organs from Christmas in the Eighties, from charity shops, corners at parties. They add the combined highlights of the percussion trolley, mixing in a collection of sounds made around the house, a delight in choral singing and harmony groups. Privately sound-tracking a film without leaving the room. Their haunting anachronistic sound, heard in 2003’s resoundingly successful debut album ‘THE MAGIC LANTERN’, resurfaces from its own very distinctive musical world. The duo’s adventures in bricolage gather strength in their recently released 2nd album, ‘A Week of Kindness’ (also on Pickled Egg), a coherent miscellany of bric-à-brac electronics and clockwork melody. It proffers to the listener the saddest, prettiest songs about early surgical cinema, living in memory or a fearful search for joy, that they will hear for a long time. "An antiquarian's magpie methodology...songs that beautifully capture a sense of perpetual loss through the passing of time itself" THE WIRE; "Nothing less than mesmerising. Very special" SLEAZENATION; "The results are never less than mesmerising" UNCUT; "Deliver beautifully what their early EPs promised" CARELESS TALK COSTS LIVES; "So intimate and yet so delicately deceiving that you’ll think the word elegant was made for it" LOSING TODAY; "An enchanting album from two immensely gifted songwriters" CITY LIFE; "One of the most beautiful pieces of music I've heard in a while" PITCHFORK MEDIA; "This year’s most distinctive and downright magical debut" DELUSIONS OF ADEQUACY;

Nalle formed in the summer of 2004 and is based in Glasgow. The band features Hanna Tuulikki (vocals, kantele, flutes), Aby Vulliamy (viola) and Chris Hladowski (bouzouki, clarinet). All three group members also perform with Scatter and The One Ensemble of Daniel Padden, amongst other projects. NALLE is like a children's toy - a transition object between us and the world. Fused with magic, the haunting songs and sprawling melodies speak of our relationship with the sun, the mountains, and ravens. Through Nalle, we waver on the wobbly branch dividing light and dark, only to fall back at the last minute onto beatific harmonies and sunshine. Pickled Egg Records release their debut album in January. "Nalle play a relaxed and explorative set which works its way through a stunning amalgam of folk, psyche, improv and drone. Slow-strumming, madrigal-esque folk mutations, somewhat in the vein of Fursaxa, long notes hanging suspended in the air like mean, mystical old albatrosses. A masterclass in drone, teasing blissful feedback textures from bowed bouzouki, clarinet, and a fine array of pedals" [Ben Haggar, Plan B Magazine]

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