DHP Family Presents:
Stick In The Wheel
Live at The Garage, Highbury
East London five-piece band Stick In The Wheel, headed by singer Nicola Kearey, and guitarist/producer Ian Carter, released their second album Follow Them True in January to widespread critical acclaim. They have now announced a new UK tour beginning in October which includes a stop at London’s The Garage and shared the video for standout album track ‘Abbots Bromley Horn Dance’.
Speaking of the track and video Kearey says:
For us it encapsulates the full-on weirdness of English traditional music. Scratch the surface and there’s a whole load of crazy shit going on. This tune’s from c.1700 but the dance goes back at least to the 11th century and is still performed every year. The video is a combination of Lagomorphosis’s stop motion filmmaking with some archival footage of ordinary people practicing the dance some years ago. Let’s turn the stone over. Let’s get at the grit. Let’s focus on English stuff because it is dark and surprising, it’s unashamedly odd and has a personality all its own. It’s uncomfortable, forces us to confront ourselves, unlike so much other music it’s not escapism. It embraces the good and bad of who we are. I’d say this is the most complete statement about us embracing and valuing our traditional culture.
The songs within Follow Them True examine rituals and cycles, our inherent power to change ourselves and the world around us, the past repeating itself, ghosts and death, land and place, thieves and beggars. It continues to question the notion of what folk music is, and what it means in 2018. The new album expands the radical sound of their debut to include electronic and found sounds, using a broader sonic palette to create a greater depth full of layers and meaning, yet at the same time remaining totally connected with the tradition.
Tickets will go on sale on Friday the 20th of April at 10am from TicketWeb.
14+ (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult)