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It’s been an honour to host four gigs at the John Peel Centre this year, and we continue to pinch ourselves this month as we take up an invitation to co-host an event with Aldeburgh Music.
The venue is known around the world for being at the forefront of the classical music scene, so goodness knows what they were thinking when they asked us to get involved. As part of the Suffolk Songfest night on 15 October, Aldeburgh Music has selected two artists who have developed their talents at Snape, and we’ve picked another two who we thought would showcase the diversity of what we play on the radio show, and who we were excited about seeing on such a grand stage.
So, step up Amethysts, who have continued to impress us with their leftfield indie pop. As the press release says, Simon and Clarice’s music has “vocal harmonies floating on a sea of synths, drums and guitar lines”. It’s a fair description. It’s been a joy to watch them develop over the past couple of years, and it will be great to hear them in such an atmospheric hall.
Dead Rat Orchestra, meanwhile, are responsible for one of my favourite ever sessions – when they entered the live room armed with just a log and some axes. Another highlight from our time on the show was when Nathaniel from the band popped into the studio and performed an impromptu acappella version of their song on the Antigen Christmas album. It was a truly mesmerising experience.
Who knows what they’ll do at Snape, but it’s guaranteed to be worth watching.
So there you go… Amethysts and Dead Rat Orchestra. A great line up as it is, but the night will also feature Aldeburgh Music’s picks – Anna Meredith and Ayanna Witter-Johnson.
I’m really looking forward to seeing both of them, and have enjoyed Anna Meredith’s LP, Varmints, which was named Scottish album of the year in the summer. Anna straddles classical, pop, electronica and even rock on her recorded music, so it will be interesting to see how she converts this to the stage.
Ayanna Witter-Johnson, meanwhile, is a MOBO-nominated cellist and singer/songwriter who wrote and produced her third EP on the Suffolk coast. She’s played with artists including 4hero and Laura Mvula, and earlier in the day at Aldeburgh you can attend a songwriting workshop with her to pick up some tips.
Tickets are available from the Aldeburgh Music website, and we’ll be recording the night to broadcast highlights on a later show.