Sat 27 Feb 2016
A new force to reckon with.
Pre-concert talk and demonstation of original Polyphon music device (c. 1880) from 6pm.
Folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Luke Daniels talents as a singer-songwriter are becoming widely recognised. Immaculate acoustic guitar playing and insightful, honest lyrics exploring love, life, doubt and faith and the idea that happiness and hope spring from what we have in common, rather than what we can acquire as individuals.
Over the course of a twenty-year career Daniels has already earned his place on the UK Folk scene as a virtuoso melodeon player with the likes of Riverdance, De Dannan and Ian Anderson, whilst performing with his own band at The London Jazz Festival, The Royal Festival Hall and credible folk festivals in the UK and internationally. Luke also worked alongside Howard Shore and The London Philharmonic Orchestra as a soloist on the movie soundtracks for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and is currently a regular member of The Cara Dillon Band.
Daniels is one of the UKs most gifted and inventive musicians and having found a new identity as a songwriter/folk vigilante, is excited to be taking his contemporary acoustic folk in a new direction.
Daniels unique style draws on a range of sources but remains entirely his own. Amongst his in- fluences he counts Tori Amos, Anaïs Mitchell, Richard Thompson, Scott Walker, Baba Ken, Gillian Welch, Martin Carthy, The Carter Family, Archie Fisher, Josef Locke, Woody Guthrie, Karen Dalton and Nic Jones.
The Polyphon is a disc playing mechanical music device about the size of a large grandfather clock, from the early part of the 20th century. Pioneered by the German Company Polyphon Musikwerke which become Deutsche Grammophon after The First World War. It has an archaically beautiful sound thats fascinated many music composers over the past one hundred years.
Revolve and Rotate is a suite of 6 new 100 sec pieces composed by Luke (played via six 19 5/8″ discs with live performance combined) as a unique way of augmenting his solo shows and festival appearances this year.
Via a partnership with Renaissance Discs, the UKs leading restorer of mechanical music machines, Luke has developed a new method of programming electronic music from midi files onto standard 19 5/8″ discs for original Polyphon machines. These concentrically arranged pieces run at 1.4 rpm and hold around one hundred seconds of music for each revolution.
Intense, poetical and oft dark yet recounted through a rich tapestry of pleasing melodies.
Exceptional songwriting and intricate guitar work
Virtuoso melodeon music.
MARK RADCLIFFE BBC RADIO 2