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Feb 6

King Creosote & Jon Hopkins

With King Creosote, Jon Hopkins and 2 more artists at Central Methodist Hall


Monday 6 February 2012 at 7:30pm


Central Methodist Hall
Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JQ, United Kingdom

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Hey! Manchester and Ceremony Concerts are more than a little bit excited to be welcoming back two of our favourite artists for a very special collaboration.

Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange,,, and on 0871 220 0260.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to exceptional demand, this show has been upgraded to a larger venue - the equally grand Central Methodist Hall on Oldham Street. Original tickets remain valid, and all tickets are for unreserved seating.

Featuring lyrics and vocals from King Creosote sung over musical backdrops arranged and recorded by Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine is a genuine labour of love, recorded over a number of years without the pressure of deadlines, whenever Jon and KC could get together. Released in March, the album, featuring instrumental moments as affecting as the lyrical, consists of newly interpreted obscure delights picked out from twenty years of King Creosote’s treasure chest of a back catalogue. Intended to be heard as a single experience, Diamond Mine produces a near classical suite of emotion ranging from cracked despair to patched-up euphoria. Described by King Creosote as a ‘soundtrack to a romanticised version of a life lived in a Scottish coastal village’, the record weaves in slices of Fife life, bike wheels, spring tides, tea cups and café chatter to produce a beautiful, unique and timeless album. It was shortlisted for 2011′s Mercury Prize.

King Creosote – aka Kenny Anderson - is the founder of Fife’s Fence Collective, who also count his brothers Lone Pigeon and Pip Dylan among their number, as well as British folk mainstays James Yorkston and the Pictish Trail. Jon Hopkins, signed to Domino’s sister label Double Six (Steve Mason, She & Him), is a pianist and electronic music from London. He has worked with David Holmes, Tunng and Four Tet, and co-wrote and performed Brian Eno‘s Small Craft on a Milk Sea, released on Warp Records in late 2010.

Support comes from the Fence Collective’s enfant terrible Withered Hand – the stage name for the musical output of Edinburgh-based songwriter Dan Willson. He has garnered endorsements from the likes of Malcolm Middleton, King Creosote, Jarvis Cocker, The Dodos and Frightened Rabbit, leading to festival invitations, a successful 2010 solo European tour and regular sold out shows in London and Scotland. In October 2011, Withered Hand was tagged ‘Artist to Watch’ by Rolling Stone magazine. It gives Dan great pleasure to open for Fence Collective founder, friend and mentor King Creosote on this tour with Jon Hopkins.

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