Saturday 24 March 2012 at 12:00pm
Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN, United Kingdom
Tel: +44.(0)20 7226 1686
FREE ENTRY midday - till 2.00pm
Daylight music is a dazzling idea presented by the Union Chapel to open up their amazing gothic venue to a shiny new daytime crowd and provide a rather exciting platform for artists. Produced by Arctic Circle and supported by The 405.
There is a house by a river by a village by the foot of the South Wiltshire downs in which North Sea Radio Orchestra’s Craig and Sharron Fortnam live. A wheezing dog and a crackling fire were the backdrop to the creation of ‘King of the Down’, which was written, recorded and performed by Craig with additional vocals by Sharron, and features songs about the Mighty Thames, Roman Roads, ditches and mounds, vapour trails and mental un-health.
Fans of North Sea Radio Orchestra have come to expect beautiful melodies, quality arrangements and chord progressions that make your insides go funny. These elements are all in abundance in Arch Garrison but this is a much sparser sound, with Craig’s instantly recognisable nylon and steel string guitar playing combining with his trusty Philicorda organ, some synths and percussion providing the backdrop to his folk tales.
‘King of the Down’ is an album full of melodic, harmonic and lyrical invention that, along with his NSRO accomplishments and ongoing collaborations, shows Craig Fortnam to be one of the UK’s most original and distinctive talents.
"I started recording under the name Directorsound around 1999 in Colchester, as a 4-track project while studying literature there. Always an instrumental concern, Directorsound became my outlet for the ineffable, competing for my favour of expression with my studies. Illness moved me on from Essex, as it later would from London, until I settled in convalescence in my home village of West Moors, Dorset. By the end of 2001, as a 22 year old, I began my album on a borrowed quarter inch reel to reel. It became my only focus for the first 3 months of 2002. A nature of catharsis and a regaining confidence became involved in the work which was being constantly chopped and rearranged in the still void of my Dorset village. I closed off almost all other sources of music at this time, but would return to Dante, Mann and Miller, and watch films once night had stopped recording. Then on Easter Day I had completed this, my first offering, my Redemptive Strikes." Nick Palmer, Dorset, May 2003
Citizen Helene is a London-based singer, songwriter and guitarist from Dorset whose blend of sunshine pop, psychedelic folk and jazz has been described as ‘baroque and beautiful’ by Darian Sahanaja (the Brian Wilson Band).Taking influence from the matrons of 60’s folk pop, Helene has been likened to Margo Guryan, Karen Carpenter and Joni Mitchell with English sensibilities, combining plaintive acoustic guitar with lush Beach Boys harmonies. An independent artist, Helene released her debut EP, 'Citizen Helene' in 2011.
'Like the love child of Karen Carpenter and Brian Wilson'– Word Magazine
'A wonderful voice and a real talent has been discovered – highly recommended' – No Ripcord