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Thursday Scratch Nights

Bill Orcutt, The Doomed Bird of Providence, Adam Coney and Sharp Fists

Bill Orcutt

Bill Orcutt

Bill Orcutt


Bill Orcutt, The Doomed Bird of Providence, Adam Coney and Sharp Fists

Thursday 29 October / Doors 7.30pm / £7


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Bill Orcutt 
Born in Miami in the year of the Cuban missile crisis and educated in Florida’s finest institutions, Bill Orcutt is usually recognised as the co-founder of the band Harry Pussy. Formed in 1991 and featuring Orcutt on 4-string guitar – a practice carried over, developed, and refined from circumstantial adolescent experiements in working around absent strings – and Adris Hoyos on drums and vocals, with a second auxiliary guitarist added in later years, the groups sound centred on its completely unhinged ferociousness. With those furious eruptions, Harry Pussy drafted the blueprint – combining hardcore punk’s brutish speed blended with the art school caterwaul of No Wave – for the next two decades of Noise-rock. In five years, they toured the US and Canada with the likes of Sonic Youth, Dead C, Charalambides and Pelt and produced over twenty different releases on record labels of varying degrees of accessibility, most regularly for the Philadelphia-based experimental music imprint, Slitbreeze. 

Twenty years later, Bill Orcutt still only plays four strings, but now they are attached to a vintage acoustic Kay that has withstood enough damage an repair that it requires custom tuning to stay in one piece. Sometimes clanging and ominous, other times mournful and slight, strangely alienating, but simultaneously vunerable and cathartic, his music is compared with equal frequency to avant-garde composers and rural bluesman.



The Doomed Bird of Providence 
The Doomed Bird of Providence started out in London in 2009 as a means of Mark Kluzek to write songs about early colonial times in Australia. Kluzek, who had moved from Australia and been living in the UK for some years had read The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes, a history of convict Australia. His first couple of songs were loosely based on characters in the aforementioned book. Over a period of years a variety of musicians joined Kluzek to perform and record these and other songs.Their current line up features Katie English (Isnaj Dui), Joolie Wood (Current 93, Simon Finn) and Staff Glover (ex-Extreme Noise Terror) amongst others. 



Adam Coney
Adam Coney has been based in the London experimental and improvisation scene since 2002. Primarily associated with the prog - jazz group Morviscous, he is also credited on Trestle for his involvement in the following. Acland & Sydney, Calibos (with Jonny Fryer), City Shepherd and Noon. A graduate of contemporary composition from Newcastle University, Adam is a guitarist with a keen sense of production aesthetic and progressive sensibilities. Adam continues to tour and record world-wide working as a session musician. Adam's solo debut record is entitled The Fall Of The Flamingo Gardens and was released on Trestle records in Summer 2014.



Sharp Fists

Sharp Fists is a solo project by Dave Ronalds. Imagined as a soundtrack to the darkest and most murderous folk tales and shanties, Sharp Fists is a meandering guitar improvisation that riffs off a range of genres from no wave, minimalism and avant jazz to folk and primitive blues.



October 2015