Cragg Vale (near Hebden Bridge) – function room at rear of Robin Hood – MV & EE with the Home Comfort Sound System – Thursday 20th September 2012

A spectral sound & cinema show from the visionary American free-folk duo, joined by special guest Michael Flower.

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A hand-built PA and analogue visual environment is going to be installed into the function room of the RObin Hood to beautifully twisted effect by contemporary American blues visionaries MV & EE for this one-off tour, and it’s time to welcome them in (special guests and kitchen sink included). Blending and bending acoustic folk jams with rock and psych, the Vermont-based couple of Matt ‘MV’ Valentine and Erika ‘EE’ Elder graze upon the fields laid down by The Grateful Dead and Gene Clark, and swim in the depths with Loren Connors and The Dead C. Heroes who have blazed through all kind of colourful scenes and tags like a hot knife through space butter, they have created a body of work that has warmed many a soul through their releases (nigh on 200), exploratory live show and a whole host of visions and stereo experiments. Matt and Erika do things their own way and this tour sees them return to Europe for the first time in two years in support of brand new full length “Space Homestead” out now on Woodsist.

The Home Comfort Sound System is built to MV & EE’s spec by sound engineer Tall of Suffolk’s Ambush Cinema and combines with 16mm projections, slides, oils, and customised lighting devised by Hogge of Bristol’s infamous Cube Cinema. Together they plan to reconfigure and retune each space with specially dreamt up environments channelling MV & EE’s homespun aesthetic. Good time front porch vibes, heavy acoustics and zero gravity jams blend with moving image, moonshine and local ales in this untethered and other-worldly a/v show.

For the past fifteen years Matt and Erika have been formulating an ancient-modern universe of sound from their homestead deep in the Vermont woods, via their own Child of Microtones and Heroine Celestial Agriculture imprints and a cottage industry of boutique labels, Ecstatic Peace, Woodsist, Blackest Rainbow, and 3-Lobed among them. Their discography is labyrinthine, documenting a long term vision that has stayed true to its course regardless of passing fads, and places them at the heart of of the US psychedelic underground. A singular exploration of American songform and the unknown worlds beyond.

catch the train to Hebden as normal. From outside the train station, catch the C bus. This takes you straight to the pub. Just tell the driver you’re getting off at the Robin Hood and don’t know where it is and they’ll make sure you’re dropped off nice and near.

The gig will finish around 22:00. There is a C bus back down to Hebden train station about 22:25. Last trains to Leeds are at 23:11 and 00:04. Last train to Manchester is 23:28. Last C bus to Heben leaves Robin Hood at 23:25. Enjoy.

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