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Saturday 24th February 2018
The Blackheart Orchestra : 8pm
Award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington are The Blackheart Orchestra.
One of the must-see bands of 2018, the pioneering duo blend musical styles seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create music huge enough to fill a cathedral. Always producing something beyond all easily marketed genres, their multi-instrumental sonic landscapes have always been too unpredictable for pop, too adventurous for the mainstream and too plain weird for folk.
Fusing acoustic fragility and pulsing electronica, The Blackheart Orchestra bring together stringed instrument dexterity with 80’s synthesisers and clear classical influences. Often mistaken for an 8-piece band on first listen, they are to be found on stage continuously changing from electric and acoustic guitars, bowed guitar, piano, organ, bass and electronic percussion to vintage synthesisers, omnichord and melodica in a complex choreographed weave of musical moods and textures. One moment their sound is minimal and molecular, the next a mountain-like wall of sound with vast symphonic climaxes.
Their four critically acclaimed albums and mesmerizing live shows have won them obsessive worldwide fans, plaudits from musical giants and placements on TV commercials and films. Chrissy Mostyn’s haunting vocals, the Mike Oldfield-like multi-instrumental playing of Rick Pilkington plus their fearless combination of conventional and unconventional all reflect their self-created universe where art meets sound and words paint pictures that invite you on their deep musical journey into the human psyche.
“One of the most extraordinary female voices singing anywhere” Rock Society Magazine
“The band’s fresh new sound is delicate and fragrant” PROG Magazine
“Their songs are all stand-alone masterpieces” Fatea Magazine
“A mesmerizing powerhouse – Mostyn’s vocals are a force to be reckoned with” XUNE MAG
“Liberating and unconventional - an avant-garde musical utopia with an impeccable vocal capability sending you weak at the knees” No Depression
“Beautiful, powerful and inspiring” Steve Hackett, Genesis
“A special and singular voice” Highclouds
“Smouldering and brooding, a mesmerizing performance” Louder Than War
“Cinematic yet intimate, from intense and soaring to dreamy and tranquil…exquisite”
“They remind us why music lifts us up” Dalton Delan, American Public Broadcasting (USA)
“From heartbreaking to uplifting in a single song” Western Star (Australia)
“Absolute brilliance” A Journal of Musical Things (Canada)
“An ethereal musical landscape, an enchanting masterpiece” Purple Revolver (UK)
“A great band” BBC Radio 2
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