Green Man Festival Special Feat. Nalle, Juana Molia and Tunng
Nalle, Juana Molia and Tunng live Green Man Festival Special Podcast August 2006
This show brings together some highlights from this year's Green Man festival, held in the dramatically beautiful surrounds of the Brecon Beacons in late August. For the last four years the festival has grown in size, bringing together a diverse selection of artists all influenced in some way by folk and roots music, from the percussive and hypnotic electronics of Steve Reid and Keiran Hebden to the sublime folk / blues explorations of folk-revival legends Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, with countless acoustic singer-songwriters.
For this show, we have chosen to present highlights from the live sets of Nalle, Juana Molina and Tunng.
Glasgow's Nalle comprise former members of the extended folk-improv-drone-jazz outfit Scatter, continuing and focussing many of the collective's preoccupations: drawing on traditional folksong, psychedelic minimalism, in a spirit of playful experimentation and structural freedom. The voice of Hanne, at once soothing and astringent, meshes with shruti box drones, wooden and straw percussion, viola, bouzouki, oud and other instruments yet more exotic to create a beautifully haunting and uncanny atmosphere.
Juana Molina, an extraordinary singer-songwriter from Buenos Aires, whose graceful and hypnotic music, flows from her acoustic guitar, askew live electronics and her mesmerising voice. Formerly a celebrated TV comic in her native Argentina, she has released several albums since 1996, three of which have been released on Domino Records in the UK, the most recent being 'Son' from which much of her Green Man set was taken.
Tunng play a mesmerising mix of folk-influenced acoustic music and busy electronica, overlaying electronic crackles, vocal harmonies, bewitching mantras and synthetic rhythms. Their two albums on Static Caravan and their prolific touring schedule have gathered them a substantial following.