Big Chill Folk Special : Vashti Bunyan, A Hawk And A Hacksaw, Martin Carthy and Tunng
Big Chill Festival Vashti Bunyan, A Hawk And A Hackshaw, Martin Carthy and Tunng
Magz Hall brings you a You Are Hear show featuring folk highlights from the Big Chill Festival
featuring live performances from Vashti Bunyan, A Hawk And A Hacksaw, Martin Carthy and Tunng
Vashti Bunyan is an English folksinger who debuted in 1965 in the wake of Donovan, releasing, Just Another Diamond Day (Island 1970). Vashti disappeared to Ireland for 30 years, until she was asked to guest on Piano Magic's Writers Without Homes (4AD, 2002). After three decades and a half, a new album by Vashti Bunyan finally surfaced: Lookaftering (DiCristina Stair Builders, 2005). Backed by (among others) Mice Parade's Adam Pierce, Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom, and availing herself of Max Richter's discrete neo-classical orchestration, Bunyan picked up from where she left, her fragile voice sounding virtually the same,
A Hawk And A Hacksaw are the Albuquerque-based duo of Jeremy Barnes (drums, accordion, vocals) and Heather Trost (violin).
A Hawk And A Hacksaw's live set displays the virtuosity of multi-instrumentalist Jeremy plays accordion, vocals and percussion (simultaneously!) whilst accompanied by Heather on violin, glockenspiel and melodica. It's a musical journey across the most varied of terrain, dipping in and out of modern composition and American and Eastern European folk traditions.
Martin Carthy Is a legend in his own lifetime, arguably the most important English folk artist of his generation, still playing folk clubs all over the world this set was also specially recorded by us for podcast at the Big Chill Festival.
Carthy was born in Hertfordshire in 1941 and is an acknowledged influence on both Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. Carthy's pioneering ventures took him into the heart of the 70s folk explosion. He has also enjoyed over 30 years of celebrated performance with wife Norma and more recently has toured and recorded with their daughter Eliza.
Tunng play a mesmerising mix of folky acoustics and busy electronica, overlaying electronic crackles, gorgeous harmonies, bewitching mantras and synthetic beats that are reminiscent of early Beta Band, 'The Wicker Man' soundtrack and Four Tet.