The work of Jonathan Sharp, Library / Production Music Composer and sound designer from the North-West of England. Having been making music for decades, Heartwood Institute represents Jonathan at the height of his powers, producing Hauntronica of exceptional, lasting power. Simply uminssable.
Hawthonn are squared firmly within the imminent. Drawing inspiration from Scarlett Imprint founders Peter Grey and Alkistis Dimech, the depth of sublime musings upon the goddess Babalon and her coming and the rich and dark folk tradition of the imagined. “a fantastic voyage, exquisite beauty, shrill dissonance, soars, crashes, flails in impossible depths, triumphs, cries, static electricity, thin, hollow, achingly alive, incantations of human fragility and grace”
Alula Down is an experiment in folk song and minimalism, with voice and with instruments made of wood & reeds. It is the duo project of Mark Waters & Kate Gathercole, longtime players in Heed the Thunder, Sproatly Smith, Vaginapocalypse and with Nick Duffy (the Lilac Time, Bait, We are Muffy). Alula Down is part of an active community of folk musicians & artists in Herefordshire (Weirdshire, Ruralcore). The community is an important source of inspiration, and regularly plays host to a wide range of visiting artists. We’re fortunate to host a sense of that here in Manchester.
Rotten Bliss, is the violent, warm and weird visions of London based avant-garde cellist and vocalist Jasmine Pender.
Equally inspired by the wild physicality of Jacqueline du Pre and the shrieking glory of a cello played through FX pedals, Rotten Bliss explores the outer limits of the electric cello, fearlessly clashing hauntology, minimalism and folk horror with noise and art rock. Using various extended techniques, an ever-expanding chain collection, toe-operated devices and hand-made FX, Jasmine commands the audience through an elemental voyage, summoning nihilistic sailors and amorous fishes with her “unsettling and beautiful vocals” (Misfit City).
A one-woman band who has been carving a unique post-folk sound using layered vocals, electric violin, guitar, tuned percussion, field recordings and effects. Shifting transcendental soundscapes set a backdrop for snippets of songs, musing upon rural idylls, post-industrial heartlands and online culture infused with psychedelic and improvisational elements.
TOM HOLLINGWORTH / CHELSEA HARE
A huge favourite of us here at The Peer Hat, Tom is a vision scarred artist, for whom sound is but a tool for the expression of otherness. “Disarming, uncanny moments of theatricality sit comfortably alongside more downbeat moments of introspection. Tom’s incredibly funny and poetic lyrics provide a tremendous thread through the blizzard of fairly schizophrenic musical styles… but Tom’s voice is unmistakably his own.”
ME LOST ME
Jayne Dent’s Me Lost Me project, brings together traditional folk and electronic music. Using her voice and the body as the main instruments alongside the concertina and bodhran, she manipulates and loops sound to create a uniquely weird-pop music. Nestled among original compositions are arrangements of traditional folk songs; chosen for their grippingly strange storytelling.
Alexander Roberts is well established within the world of drone and dark ambient, having crafted a near-overwhelming discography that has appeared on numerous labels, including Invisible City Records, Cruel Nature, Psychic Field Recordings, Still Heat Recordings, and Reverb Worship. Kepier Widow offers a wide and obscure range of sounds. Crushing lows and distorted synth tones unravel with aggression… twisted bell tones reminiscent of classic horror, unsettle and intrigue.
Aemaer is the solo project of Buxton based artist Nick Wade. Steeped in a sense of nostalgia, a combination of field recordings and tape loop manipulation provide a ethereal backdrop for melancholy piano.
STRANGER THAN LIFE
A life-drawing session with a experimental difference. Exotic, gothic, theatrical, playful and surreal, you are encouraged to use new techniques, materials and approaches to drawing and painting the human form.
THE MOSS TROOPERS
Storytelling is sometimes said to be the earliest art-form. Before writing, when people huddled round the fire for warmth, they told their history, hopes and dreams through stories.
The Moss Troopers bring tales ancient and new vividly to life in a raucous and anarchic style. They tell tales from all over the world, but have a particular love for the folklore and legends of the British Isles.
THE MANCHESTER FOLK HORROR PANEL
A SERIES OF AMATEUR FILMS FROM DIRECTORS AND WRITERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
RITUAL OF UNCERTAIN PROVIDENCE