Wednesday 24 January 2018, 7.30pm
“Wonderfully eccentric acoustic music, composed and performed by Stevie Jones with a supporting cast of Glasgow’s alternative music luminaries. Absorbing, original and moving.” – fROOTS on Sound of Yell
“Invigorating, innovative and addictive.” – The Quietus on Sound of Yell
Muckle Mouth presents a double bill of artists exploring slippery, spontaneous and eccentric song-forms - gleeful compositions from Glasgow’s Sound of Yell, helmed by Stevie Jones (El Hombre Trajeado, Alasdair Roberts Trio, Arab Strap) joined here by Vikki Morton and Georgie McGeown as well as the first London outing by French pianist/vocalist Delphine Dora & guitarist Mocke following the release of their beautiful collaboration Le corps défendant (Okraina).
“...At times it sounds as though she’s reciting nursery rhymes from another planet and at others her voice floats like an abstract cross between Susan Langille’s and Jane Birkin’s. And there’s a lazy jazziness to Mocke’s guitar playing that sets everything off quite beautifully.” – Bryan Coley, The Wire on Delphine Dora & Mocke
Sound of Yell are a Glasgow based collective performing the compositions and arrangements of Stevie Jones, releasing records on Chemical Underground and most recently, Light The Currents on Berlin based 10” singles club, Infinite Greyscale. Jones is a prolific collaborator, having worked in the last year with Ela Orleans, Sue Tompkins, Aby Vulliamy, Ashley Paul, Bill Wells and The One Ensemble among many others. He plays as a member of the Alasdair Roberts Trio and Arab Strap and has recently written music for the films of Anne Marie Copestake (LUX/BFI LFF) and Paul Fegan (Chicago Film Festival Documentary of the year 2017). Sound of Yell will perform as a trio with visual artist Victoria Morton (Muscles of Joy, Suckle) and Georgina McGeown (Ilk, Issho) on woodwind, percussion, vocals and electronics alongside Jones’ idiosyncratic streel string.
“Sound of Yell sound like nothing so much as the lost soundtrack to a slightly unsettling 1970’s European children’s programme.” – The Scotsman
“An acoustic outing of tenacious, mutable beauty.” – Mojo
Le corps défendant (2017) was recorded during a long-term, long(ish)-distance collaboration between Delphine Dora who lives in french deep countryside and Mocke who is based in Brussels. It was released in July 2017 by Brussels label Okraïna. Delphine Dora is a french pianist, vocalist, improviser and composer. Besides her solo work, she collaborated with musicians such as Half Asleep, Salvatore Borrelli, Bruno Duplant, Paulo Chagas, Eloise Decazes (Arlt) and she has performed with Lau Nau, James Blackshaw, Baby Dee, Liam Singer, Sophie Cooper, Aine O’Dwyer. She is also the founder of the Wild Silence label which has more than 20 releases. Mocke is a french guitarist and composer based in Brussels and a key figure of the french alternative pop scene. Besides his solo work, he has collaborated with Arlt, Kelly de Martino, Transbluency, Chevalrex. He was a member of Holden and is now a member of the duo Midget ! with Claire Vailler.
“Le Corps défendant is an unorthodox, Arcadian folk-rock masterpiece come out of the woods to steal our hearts and minds.” – Low Company, London
Ben Pritchard & Sholto Dobie are joined by Ashley Paul and Otto Willberg, their first performance with this expanded line-up.
Ben Pritchard & Sholto Dobie's music for guitar, voice and percussion brings together acoustic experimentation with melodic song-like structures, drawing out moments of obscurity, fragility and tension. They have performed live throughout the UK and Europe and 'Live at Cafe Oto' the duos debut release on Wagtail is out this winter. Ben Pritchard released 'A Drawn Out Line' on Wagtail and plays in the Ashley Paul ensemble. Sholto Dobie has released music with Alvaro Daguer on Cosmovisión registros andinos and OtoRoku, and collaborates with Lia Mazzari. He also runs the long-standing event series Muckle Mouth.
"Nails placed between strings disrupt playing, while moments of singing are sporadic and hoarse. Emphasising fret buzz, the two guitarists are attuned to creating fragmented textural effects rather than melodies"
The Wire, Feb 2018
Ben Pritchard and Sholto Dobie - At Cafe Oto Forthcoming release on Wagtail, out late 2018