Sunday, 27 February 2011

Thank you Tristram, Laish, Kristin McClement & Utrophia!!!

"Folie a Deux is shaping up to becoming a alt:folk barometer of bands that you need to know about in 2011" - Amelia's Magazine

Saturday night was our second Alt-Folk night at Utrophia's barn and beginning with an awesome sunset it became yet another special, unique and unforgettable evening!! Tristram, Laish and Kristin McClement sounded the best I think I've ever heard them. The intimate and cosy barn space was genuinely the perfect place to experience their sound!
Kristin's voice was beautifully haunting, hushing the audience into a spell bound trance. Laish were outstanding playing songs from their latest album to perfection, as well as brand new songs showing off Daniel Green's warbling vocals and the girls harmonies to the fullest. And last but not least Tristram... wow... they have developed a new sound that has taken on an epic intensity combining imaginative, sensitive lyrics, Tristram's whispy voice and an incredible layering of guitar, cello, drums and base with songs ending in intense abstract sound loops that take you off to a place not dissimilar to the way you feel when listening to Pink Floyd trippiness. Perhaps not the best comparison, but their new style certainly can not be restricted to the definition of 'folk' anymore, it is without doubt of another exciting making. A particular mention I think also has to made is to Tom Heathers (the drummer for every single act last night!) who is possibly the best and most exciting drummer to watch around!!

With a genuinely eager, friendly and enthusiastic audience, the mulled wine, beer and ginger-beer and rum flowed all night, with the art gallery next door open for all to see Philippa Johnsons beautiful art installation in Utrophia's gallery. The aural and aesthetic joy of the night, the happy buzz and community spirit was exhilerating and pure bliss - and this is exactly what we are all about.

Our next Alt-Folk night will be the 30 April - the line up tbc. In order to keep informed about our next event and news you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter as well as keep an eye on this blog. In addition we are always looking for new artists and poets to promote in advance of our next art exhibition so please send us examples of your work, a blurb about your practice, website and contact details to

And finally, I would also like to make a few special thank yous to certain individuals who made this night particularly special: Matt Rigsby Smith from Utrophia (who not only turned the barn space into how it looks today but who was the best sound man ever), Chris Lucraft from Broken Sounds and Anna Brennan-Craddock and Salome Gamble. Thank you also to the following beautiful music blogs for all their support to this project: Amelia's Magazine, VOLUME, For Folk's Sake, The 401 and Run Riot! And of course, thank you for everyone who came, couldn't do it without you! What a wonderful audience!! THANK YOU!!

Speak soon!!

Monday, 14 February 2011

Calling all artists and poets!!!

After a well-deserved break Folie a Deux returns with an online project that we hope you will all want to be apart of.

With preparations underway for another fabulous art exhibition this summer we would like to keep up the momentum in the meantime with an ongoing virtual exhibition of work that excites us supplied by you!

To this end, we are inviting submissions for an online gallery in the form of JPEG images (max. 6 per submission) that can be sent to Selected works will be posted on our Facebook page and blog at regular intervals, as and when we receive them, along with any other details that we think may be of interest to our visitors - so please provide an artist's statement, your website address, the titles and prices of your works, and contact details (if you choose). Please note, we will always try to reply to e-mails sent to us but it may not be possible to post every submission we receive (and, of course, while art that challenges is fine, it goes without saying that anything offensive or hateful will be ignored).

We would also like to extend the same invitation to all you talented poets out there!! Selected poems will be posted on our blog and links made to your website.

This is a great opportunity to show our audience how wonderful and talented you are. We really look forward to seeing your work!

Until next time...

Chris & Clara

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Folie à Deux present Tristram, Laish & Kristin McClement - 26 February 2011

After the wonderful success of our last collaboration with Utrophia, we are proud to announce a series of Alternative-Folk music evenings to be held in Utrophia's cosy and intimate barn space. The first gig of 2011 begins 26 February from 19.00 - 23.00 with performances by some of the most exciting and experimental folk bands around: Laish (Willkommen Collective), Tristram (Broken Sounds) and Kristin McClement (Willkommen Collective). Once again the night will be a joyous evening with mulled wine, cider and beer! To read more about these exciting bands please see below.

Tristram are a four-piece London-based band comprising members from Peggy Sue and the Mariner's Children led by Tristram Bawtree. Whilst rooted in folk their sound incorporates more powerful and complex instrumentation inspired by their love of post rock and post punk bands such as Silver Mt Zion/Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Joy Division. Think the vocal tone of Nick Drake, with lyrics that take a side ways appoach to universal themes, underpinned by dramatic bursts of experimental arrangement incorporating guitar, cello, base, drums and harmonium. In Autumn 2010 Tristram released their EP 'Accidents and Artifices' on Broken Sound (Forest Fire, Peggy Sue and Rachael Dadd) receiving love from Pitchfork and a rave review in the Guardian's Band of the Day 'as good as anything we've heard this year'. Tristram are a rare kind in that possess a sense of old world drama and romance yet can speak to the contemporary world - a hypnotic mixture of the familiar and the unexpected 'buoyed by a rare grace' (Clash) - not to be missed. Watch them perform 'Rhyme and Reason' here.

Laish (Willkommen Collective) are the Brighton-based five piece folk band, led by Daniel Green who - a multi-talented man - also plays drums for Sons of Noel & Adrian and occasionally lends to his talents to the likes of Laura Marling, Alessi's Ark and The Leisure Society. Laish play genuine, home-baked, DIY yet modern folk, instrumentally layering finger-
picking guitar with violin, melodica, rumbling bass, rattling drums with female vocals and harmonies (and occasional whistling). Green's lyrics - letters to friends and lovers or stories about imagined characters - are reflections of moments in time, refreshingly 'honest and soulful' (NME), melancholic,
inspiring, humorous and reassuring ('Some how it will all be okay' - Speak the Mantra) Laish have recently released their
self-titled debut album demonstrating 'pure musicianship most could only hope to accomplish' (Blue Walrus). 2010 saw them tour the UK and Europe, as well as support Grizzly Bear and Beach House at the Round House. This February they hit the road again for a joint-headline tour of the UK with Tristram. Utrophia is their only London stop. Watch them perform 'Happy Accident' here.

Kristin McClement (Willkommen Collective) are the Brighton-based three-piece led Kristin and with band members from Peggy Sue, Mariner's Children and Tristram (Becca Mears on cello and Tom Heathers on drums). Kristin in an enchanting wanderer with a nylon guitar at the heart of her songs, who sings of folklore and the curiosities of a wild and yearning world, accompanied by soaring cello and eclectic percussion. Her soft and spellbinding voice has been perfectly described as the 'aural equivalent of one of these remarkable slow motion films of a bird in flight.' Inspired by poetry (Dylan Thomas and Ted Hughes) as well as visual artists (Edvard Munch and Dan Eldon's journals) can perhaps explain why her lyrics are so emotionally and visually sensitive, beautiful, dramatic and mysterious, transporting the listeners minds and imaginations to new heights. Kristin has supported the likes of Alessi's Ark ('Her music is something so special') and various bands from the Willkommen Collective including Sons of Noel and Adrian, The Leisure Society and Pete Roe. Watch her perform 'Kestrel Kite' here.

Next door there will also be the opportunity to view the art exhibition Floorwork until 9pm displaying the work of Philippa Johnson who - focusing on surface and texture and highlighting the beauty of every day objects - will be transforming Utrophia's gallery space by weaving an intricately patterned rug out of adhesive tape.

Entry is £4. Tickets can be purchased in advance here.
Utrophia Project Space
136 Tanner's Hill, SE8 4QD
020 8691 8409