True English originals* Spiro headline at Once Upon a Hill, Kelston Records’ first ever day through to night musical event at The Old Barn, Kelston Roundhill on Saturday 5th August.
“Spiro are like Detroit techno played by a travelling band out of a Hardy novel – or Steve Reich playing the cider-scented backroom of a village pub. Intense and minimal, they roll out complex arrangements with such ease that you feel your heart lift a few inches above its normal resting place” **** The Word
Dakhla Brass weave glittering brass threads of saxophone, trumpet and trombone into intricate musical tapestries like no other band. Propelled by restless percussion, theirs is ‘not exactly’ music – not exactly jazz, not exactly brass band or second-line Mardi Gras…yet it draws on all of that and more.
As Jamie Cullum says: “A very modern sound of jazz coming from the UK that makes it stand out from everywhere else. A band doing great things right now.”
Drawing influence from the lo-fi wooze of Grouper, the stark and poignant balladry of Diane Cluck and the deft compositions of Colleen, The Nightjar use close-harmonies, tight-interlocking guitars, deep bass and an intense lead vocal to paint fragile, haunting landscapes.
“Mesmerising in live performance” – fRoots Magazine
“A difficult group of a rare, unique beauty… toweringly intellectual yet blessed with a haunting fragility” – Louder Than War
Doors open at 2 pm.
Apart from the main stage performances, there will be fringe musical interludes, non-musical diversions, all day food, a cash bar and uninterrupted views across the Avon valley to the last folds of the Cotswolds. Anyone wishing to camp overnight for free may do so by prior arrangement.