The rumours are true, we’ve added an additional event to the original 2 day festival.
We figured that with folks coming from all over to Todmorden for the weekend it meant that we just had to organise a little get together the night before, a “Welcome to Todmorden” party. We couldn’t think of anyone better to kick off the show than 2 of the UK’s best live acts going – The Family Elan and The Bongoleeros.
The Family Elan active since 2007, is the musical project of the Greek bouzouki and Turkish baglama-saz player Chris Hladowski. The scope of the Family Elan’s output is broad, ranging from self penned reflective meditations which rotate on a devotional harmonic axis, to irreverent interpretations of Bollywood hits, to Turkic folk forms filtered through a psychedelic rock axis.
On the same night we’re going to open the portal between Todmorden and Burselm and summon The Bongoleeros, Stoke on Trent’s greatest experimental, rockabilly, weirdo marching band. We’re giving them full range of the venue and license to get fully involved with audience. This band is not for the faint hearted.
This party all takes place at The Golden Lion which is situated right next The Unitarian and run by Todmorden’s first lady – Gig Goldenlion! You will know our hostess if you came to last year’s festival and entered the dungeon at Three Wise Monkeys.
The weather’s rubbish, we’ve not recovered from the bank holiday weekend and frankly we’re all feeling a bit anxious about the general election so it’s high time for a few more announcements for the Tor Ist Das! Festival to cheer everybody up.
One thing that always cheers me up is Flamingo Creatures. They are Ruth and Ronnie from German spacerock collective Datashock. Their extraordinary music takes improvised sound and imbues it with the spirit of joyful anarchy. They have released for all the finest underground labels like Cosmic Winnetou, SicSic, Feathered Coyote and Digitalis Limited, not to mention collaborated with Limpe Fuchs of revolutionary krautrock act Anima-Sound. Can’t wait to see what they do with the space at Todmorden Unitarian Church.
Ambrosia(@) blend beats, noise, field recordings and experimental sounds. They’ve shared stages with High Wolf, Maria Minerva, Female Band, Blue Daisy and many others. Expect a brutal but rapturous explosion of sound rumbling the pews.
Sam McLoughlin has a discography covering nearly ten years ranging from releases for Twisted Nerve as Samandtheplants, as N.Racker for Pre-Cert Home Entertainment and under his own name for Disposable Music and Folklore Tapes. With his propensity for inventing and building new instruments, a live set from Sam McLoughlin can be very hard to predict but his ear for melody and gift for moods always comes to the fore.
They join Andrew Liles/Maniac/Carl Stokes Trio, Ashtray Navigations, Chicaloyoh, Bird People, Lutine, Laura Cannell, Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura, Girl Sweat, Daniel Voight and Isnaj Dui. Two full days of folk, drone, experimental music and noise in the beautiful setting of Todmorden Unitarian Church. Plus a warm up party on the Friday and after parties at the superb Golden Lion pub. Done. Tickets available. Even a small handful of early bird tickets.