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Oct 11

Race to the Sea + Olympian + Alex Chow

With Race to the Sea, Alex Chow and Olympian at Castle Hotel


Friday 11 October 2013 at 7:30pm


Castle Hotel
66 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE, United Kingdom

Tel: 0161 237 9485


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Race to the Sea is the musical guise of Dan Peacock, Manchester-based songwriter and instrumentalist.

The project began 2007 as a full band of the same name, with Peacock providing the songwriting, vocals and guitar for a series of acclaimed gigs on the Manchester circuit. When the band split in 2009, he took off on a year-long trip across the world, seeking adventure and unwittingly gathering material for the next project. Living with friends in a seaside house on the other side of the world, he found a guitar and began writing what would become the new songs for the new Race to the Sea.

In the studio, Race to the Sea’s songs are heavily layered and atmospheric, with textured guitars, synths and percussion. Live shows range from stripped-back acoustic guitar versions, to looped and effected orchestrations, and, more recently, the inclusion of full live percussion and bass.

After a year packed with local headline gigs, and supports for Rebekka Karijord and Olympian, Manchester Evening News recently named Race to the Sea as 'One to watch':

'Race to the Sea's talent for delicate folk songcraft is equally matched by his grasp of experimental, shoegazey atmospherics. With his soulful, breathy vocals, quietly strummed acoustics and judicious use of effects pedals, he’s a one-man indie-folk orchestra, creating music of considerable shape and texture, but with an intimacy and emotional heft that sometimes feels like he’s singing directly into your ear. The missing link between Lost Souls-era Doves, Nick Drake and Cocteau Twins.'

Support comes from Olympian, who headlined for Hey! Manchester earlier in the year, and Alex Chow, who specialises in loops and fingerstyle guitar work.

Price: £5 adv
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