Rammel Club #70 -- Tue 21st July 2015 -- C Joynes + Nick Jonah Davis + Surfacing

Poster by Greg Dyke


“His epigrammatic re-castings and re-readings of widely-travelled folk melodies and rhythms from a variety of traditions suggest shared memories that might be intensely universal while seeming strangely out of reach." KEVIN MACNEIL BROWN, DUSTED MAGAZINE

“As much Conlon Nancarrow and Ali Farka Toure as Blind Lemon Jefferson, the compositional mind at work here can take apparently disparate threads of modernism and ethnic tradition and treat them as though they were all archaic blues styles learnt from dusty 78s.” BRUCE RUSSELL, THE WIRE

Drawing on source materials from field recordings and local cassettes gathered from around the world, and weaving this together with his Anglicised take on Primitivism, Joynes has released 6 albums to date, including, most recently, ‘The Wild Wild Berry’, a collaboration with singer Stephanie Hladowski (fROOTS Editor's Choice Album Of The Year 2012, MOJO Top 5 Folk Albums 2012). He has played extensively across the UK and Europe, sharing bills with performers including: Shirley Collins, Alasdair Roberts, A Hawk And A Hacksaw, Martin Carthy, Richard Dawson, Alvarius B, Jack Rose, Josephine Foster, Sir Richard Bishop and Steffan Basho-Junghans.



Local favourite who's music draws on the modal tunings and free wheeling spirit of British trailblazers Bert Jansch and Nick Drake, as well as pre-war blues and the ever deepening post-Takoma tradition. 

Nick has released two albums, House of Dragons on Lanchashire and Somerset (2015), and Of Time and Tides on the seminal American label Tompkins Square (2011). He was featured on the fourth volume of the latter's ongoing guitar compilation, Imaginational Anthem, and their tribute album to Michael Chapman, Oh Michael, Look What You've Done.



Drawing upon a range of electronic and avant-garde music practices (especially spaces where these distinctions become less clear cut such as techno, industrial and dub). There's a strong, and unapologetic, intellectual and political dimension tackling surveillance, cultural hierarchies and sinuous forms of oppression. In this sense it is also a folk music, though a contemporary rendering, allowing for more than a few comparisons to projects such as Einstürzende Neubauten. An uncertain music for uncertain times.



at Lee Rosy's, Broad Street, Nottingham

Doors approx 8pm (we'll aim for an 8:30 start as it's a school night)
£5 OTD (£3 unwaged)