Artforms: Animation, theatre, music, storytelling
How does it work?
The backdrop and set for the show doubles as a projection screen, where a combination of pre-made and live animations are show which the audience (and Cardboard Joe) get to interact with to move the story along.
Dan Mallaghan plays Cardboard Joe and the idea is that the audience always know more than him and have to join him to help create a brand new story just for him.
Musician Nick Lewis will be onstage the whole time and will score the whole show live, create all the sound effects and facilitate interaction between Cardboard Joe and the audience. There are even opportunities for the audience to join Nick onstage to make the music… including on a specially made cardboard guitar!
Animator Fabric Lenny (aka Paul Slater) is visible to the audience, he is introduced at the beginning and the audience are made aware that he is creating animations live on his iPad throughout the show.
Key selling points:
" Interactive fun for the whole family " A combination of music, storytelling, performance and animation all in one show " No such thing as too much joining in " Loud, daft and energetic fun " Animation created live and in real time, led by the young audience so every show is different
Away from his live stand up, the British Comedy Award 2013 Nominee is best known as team captain on '8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown'. He is massively in demand for television and radio appearances and his recent TV credits include 'Have I Got News For You' (BBC ONE), 'Live At The Apollo' (BBC ONE), 'Channel 4's Comedy Gala Live At The 02' and most recently 'Taskmaster' (DAVE). He also hosts 'The Warm Up' show on talkSPORT with Matt Forde every Saturday.
Occupying an intriguing space somewhere between anthemic rock, chilled ambient and nu-jazz, McCallum's music allows Connolly to draw on her Irish folk influences with songs of birth and death, social struggle, motherhood and broken hearts. All delivered with a compelling emotional honesty and raw urgency against McCallum's sublime electronic textures.
Recorded in Manchester and at Real World Studios and mixed by sound guru Tchad Blake, The Breath's debut album Carry Your Kin was released on Peter Gabriel's Real World Records in April 2016.
"Ambient, rocking, multi-layered soundscapes" fRoots
"Cool, drifting ambient folk soul" The Guardian
"He charms the pants off the crowd" The Sunday Times "Comedic tour-de-force… brought a tear to a critical glass eye" The Herald "Simultaneously down-to- earth and out of this world" The List
He went on to collaborate as co-writer to Morrissey (scoring four top 20 singles), Kirsty MacColl and Lloyd Cole. His songs have been covered, among many others, by David Bowie, Joe Cocker and Ringo Starr. In 1999 he made the move to centre stage and has since producing his solo albums, Insensitive Songwriter (1999), The Mighty Dove (2002), Stand Beside Me In The Sun (2011) and his latest, Beautiful Guitars (2014). Each album marks a milestone in the growth of his confidence and the honing of his unique narrative style. This year sees the release of his brilliant new album Everything is Relatives.
His live shows are a master-class in storytelling, song-writing and musicianship which feature his former Fairground Attraction band-mates, Roger Beaujolais on the vibraphone, Simon Edwards on bass and Richard Marcangelo on drums.
"Mark Nevin is definitely still here, writing and singing better than ever... ?whisper it but 'Beautiful Guitars' is indeed 'perfect' ...and then some" (Acoustic)
"Beautiful Guitars is a fabulous album, full of original ideas and equally original execution, what more do you want?" (Folking.com)
"Spirited, solidly crafted and warmly conceived" (Uncut)
?"A gem... absolutely lovely" (Bob Harris BBC Radio 2)
"Nevin deserves much wider recognition" (Q ****)
Twin daughters and a folk-rock whirlwind forced Kathryn Roberts (Vocals / Piano / Woodwind), and Sean Lakeman (Guitar), to sideline their popular duo performances in the mid noughties. After almost a decade, 2012 saw a spectacular return in conjunction with their critically acclaimed album ‘Hidden People’. Awards and much praise followed and the couple swiftly re-established themselves as one of the top British folk duos working today.
Winners – ‘BEST DUO’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016
Melanie Harrold (Harrold & Blanchflower, The Hank Wangford Band, Joanna Carline)
Julie Matthews (While & Matthews, St Agnes Fountain)
Helen Watson (Burden of Paradise, The Love Notes)
Chris While(While & Matthews, St Agnes Fountain, Chris & Kellie While)
Twenty one years after their debut self titled album and one and only UK tour, the tour de force that is Daphne's flight is set to return to the stage in 2017.
Daphne's Flight are all contemporary songwriters who cross a huge range of topics and genres, blending folk, blues, jazz and pop whilst also dipping into new and vibrant arrangements of classic covers such as the Beach Boy's 'God Only Knows' and Elvis Costello's 'Ship Building'. All are woven together with striking harmonies and supported by a range of instrumentation and percussion. An evening with DF will be filled with energy, humour and passion.
With a complete line-up of all five original members and a brand new studio album, this is the tour that fans have been waiting for since their first impromptu performance at Cambridge festival in 1995, when they took a packed club tent by storm and decided the time was right to join forces. Drawing on their collective wealth of talent and varied styles, each of them accomplished songwriters, musicians and renowned singers, it was the combination of all five voices, a powerhouse of harmonies, that left audiences breathless and brought them much critical acclaim.
With as much energy and enthusiasm as they ever had, Daphne's are truly excited to be reuniting again and hope you will join them in the next leg of the flight for what promises to be a memorable year. Chocks away!
The new album, as yet untitled, is scheduled for release in the spring of 2017 and will be on the Fledg'ling Record label.
"Intelligent and funny writing both of music and gags... a must see show" One4Review
"Well crafted, well sung, his songs are just plain funny" The Guardian
"Song after song of exquisitely crafted satire" The Scotsman