Bird In The Belly + Courtney Askey Weikie at The Musician £5adv

24/07/2019 @ 18:30 – 21:30
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Magic Teapot are delighted to help to bring this bill together.

“Hypnotically original compositions” – fRoots Magazine (summer 2018)

“A musically diverse, fresh and compelling set of songs […] a fascinating debut from a distinctive new group” – Songlines Magazine (June 2018)

“Folk album of the year so far.” *** Martin Townsend – Editor, Sunday Express (25 March 2018)

“Strong folk a-cappella singing – distinctively contemporary and earthy vocalising – haunting fiddle playing – timeless acoustic guitar picking – and classic rocking rhythms” 4/5 – Colin Bailey, R2 Magazine (print)

“A fabulous band” – Genevieve Tudor, BBC Radio Shropshire

“Bird in the Belly come to shake up folk music – and succeed.” 8/10 – Jonathan Aird, Americana UK

“Superb album, finely balanced voices and instruments create an effortlessly beautiful sound that just carries you away” – Marc Higgins, Northern Sky Magazine

“Occasionally stark and raw both musicially and lyrically, they boldly go where few artists dare to tread.” – Mike Ainscoe, Louder than War

Bird in the Belly is a collective made up of solo artist Jinnwoo, folk duo Hickory Signals and instrumentalist Tom Pryor. Together they have spent the last 12 months recording songs and stories that have either never before been recorded or are rarely recorded – all set to contemporary folk music, in the hopes of reintroducing these songs back into the folk canon.

Bird in the Belly’s 2018 gig highlights include Manchester Folk Festival (English Folk Expo showcase), Leigh Folk Festival, Tooting Folk Club and Ropetackle Arts Centre. They opened for BBC R2 Folk Award winner, Ewan McClennan, at the Toy Museum Folk Club in Brighton.

Alongside this, the group has been working on a feature length documentary to support the album, interviewing the likes of June Tabor, Frankie Armstrong, Stick in the Wheel, Fellside Record, Rootbeat Records, Ian Anderson (fRoots Editor), Lisa Knapp, Gerry Diver, Naomi Bedford and The Rails about the contemporary folk scene.

The bill brings the sublime COURTNEY ASKEY too….

“Imagine the dark melodrama of Nick Cave with the briefest whisper of PJ Harvey and the Lo-Fi grunge guitars of Sleater-Kinney and you’re getting close to something resembling Courtney Askey’s musical output thus far.“ (Great Central)

“Courtney Askey… Remember the name, it’s one you’ll want to be on the lookout for in the very near future.” (Radsound)

“Adding a gothic spin to folksy tales, Courtney’s honey-coated vocals lather mesmerising but taunting riffs in hypnotic songs that rip out your heart. Lo-fi and grungy, there’s an angelic essence to the melancholic darkness that descends across her debut album; ‘Oh! Softly Goes’.” (Unidays, The Edit)

Courtney Askey is a Leicester based musician, artist, filmmaker and curator. She has lived, produced and performed works in England, Paris and Hong Kong. “Leicester’s favourite Gothic-Folk Noir girl” plays lo-fi, grungy, folk-tinged alternative music.

Courtney has previously supported bands such as The Subways, The Wonderstuff, Ringo Deathstarr, Frankie and the Heartstrings, Weaves, Otoboke Beaver and Say Sue Me. She has played at Simon Says Festival, Handmade Festival and Strawberry Fields Festival.

Adam Weikert is one of the core members of popular Post Rock outfit ‘Her Name is Calla’. After two acclaimed singer/songwriter releases as ‘Weikie’, Adam’s now returning to the roots of his musical education with Neoclassical works.