Co-curated by Alisdair Roberts and Emily Portman,
celebrating the darker side of music and storytelling.
After a busy few months of music making, recording, illustrating and story writing at Moul Towers ,
On the brink of the release of our 3rd record, Constellations, we are ready to leave the cave …
Friday 28th March, our first U.K show this year, will see us delving in to these new territories
so expect new songs and stories
and join us for the next chapter….
We say ‘Farewell To The Bear’ with Very Special Guest, Liz Green, on a tour which begins on November 15th in glorious Clitheroe.
We’ll have been playing songs from this much-loved collection for a year and a half, and on this very special evening we will be ushering in a new clutch of tunes, as well as bidding adieu to old favourites such as Songbird, Uca’s Dance, Unlock The Doors and Circle Song.
Now we’re looking towards the stars, with third album, ‘Constellations’ scheduled for release next spring. This will feature, amongst others, the talents of The Unthanks, Emma Richardson from Band of Skulls, legendary sessioneer Herbie Flowers, Blaine Harrison from Mystery Jets and the God of Hellfire himself, Arthur Brown, Esquire.
We’re returning to some well-loved venues such as Joiners, Southampton and The Leopard in Doncaster as well as venturing into the town of our violinist’s birth, Barnstaple in North Devon; and Bury at The Met just outside our normal home from home, Manchester. We expect you Mancs to make the short hop! Do look at our gigs page for all the details.
You know who we are, but here’s a short introduction to Liz Green. We’ve been friends for a long time, and she’s sung with us and we’ve played and sung with her, and there’s more of that to come…
Since she won Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent competition in 2007 – bagging herself a slot on the Pyramid Stage – Liz has enchanted audiences all over the country and Europe-wide with her charismatic, idiosyncratic reinvention of blues, folk and alt.pop. This she delivers in a voice that belongs to a tragic-comic music hall chanteuse from the 1920s; while accompanying herself on expertly finger-picked guitar, various oddball props and occasional puppetry. As Esquire Magazine put it –“To call Liz Green a one-off talent is something of a drastic under-statement”
Her debut album, O, Devotion, was The Sunday Times’ Album Of The Week and described as – “Haunting and beautiful”. While The Guardian said of her live show “you realise you’re in the presence of someone deeply eccentric and rather magical.”
On our London date at Islington Assembly Hall on November 30th we will also be joined by Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, currently the UK’s most talked about folk duo.
Whether interpreting words centuries old, or singing her own lyrics, Josienne’s jewel-like voice finds the melancholy in the simplest phrase. Ben’s beautiful guitar-playing provides the perfect setting and allows the song centre-stage after two joint self-releases later and a couple of awards later, they signed to Navigator Records and released Fire & Fortune.
‘Becoming one of the hottest tickets in folk’ – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 folk show
On several numbers we will be backed by a chamber orchestra and choir featuring members of Laura Marling’s band, Nick Cave’s string section and various Sons of Noel And Adrian. Arthur ‘God of Hellfire’ Brown promises an appearance too, and you never know who else might turn up.
Sign up to our London gig Facebook event here – https://www.facebook.com/events/308645075944882/?fref=ts
If you send proof of purchase of advance tickets to any of these gigs to firstname.lastname@example.org you stand to WIN yourself a specially-packaged, signed Moulettes promo CD.
Here’s the third person bit…
Moulettes have been together since the beginning of the century when three members of the band were at school together. Over the intervening years they’ve developed their unique sound, enthralling audiences at End Of The Road, Cambridge Folk, Cropredy, Latitude, Bestival and many others. They have also supported Mumford & Sons (Ted Dwane of Mumfords used to be a Moulette, and returned for The Bear’s Revenge), Seasick Steve, The Levellers and Seth Lakeman, impressing all and sundry. They were nominated in the Best Group category in the BBC’s Alternative BRIT Awards and won the equivalent category in 2012 in the Fatea Awards and the 2013 Spiral Earth Awards.
Step into Moulettes’ universe. You won’t quite have experienced anything like it before.
“Moulettes are among the frontrunners of the new British acoustic scene thanks to their sophisticated, unpredictable approach, matching precise female harmony vocals against complex, swirling backing featuring violin, cello and bassoon.” **** Robin Denselow, The Guardian
“This delicious music is played with acoustic virtuosity…Complex and beautiful…Intriguing and unique” **** MOJO
Big gig! We’ll be headlining at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill on Saturday, 24th November.
We’re currently lining up some very exciting support acts and special guests. Tickets will go on sale from www.communionmusic.co.uk/live/ on the morning of Wednesday 25th July.
Get in there early. There were people who couldn’t get launch gig tickets earlier in the year cos they didn’t heed our warnings about them selling out…
Avoid disappointment… camp in a cyber-tent inside your computer to snap ‘em up.
Hot-foot from three gigs at Secret Garden Party the previous day, we will be playing a couple of stripped-back acoustic tunes for the lovely Cerys Matthews on the Sunday morning at around 11am. What better way to begin your day of rest?!