Sunday 20 June 2021, 7.30pm
Deligthed to host a belated launch show for Cambridge based guitarist, C Joynes and nine-strong folk band, Shovel Dance Collective to celebrate their split release on Jacken Elswyth's Betwixt & Between label.
“An inheritor to Davy Graham; a lone operator prone to unexpected collaborations, with a repertoire that crosses continents and timezones with consummate ease.” – THE WIRE on C Joynes
Over the last decade, C Joynes has ploughed a singular furrow through solo guitar, with a body of work incorporating English folk-tunes alongside North & West African music, and lifting proto-minimalist and improvised techniques from the European classical tradition. Shifting to solo electric guitar on his most recent releases, the ‘33 Chatsworth Rd’ EP on alt.vinyl (2015) and ‘Split Electric’ LP on Thread Recordings (2016), he’s currently exploiting the instrument’s potential for placing overdriven garage blues throw- downs alongside the brittle ringing tones of electric folk.
“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
“An inheritor to Davy Graham; a lone operator prone to unexpected collaborations, with a repertoire that crosses continents and timezones with consummate ease, and dashed off with a phenomenal, yet lightly applied technique.” ROB YOUNG, THE WIRE
Shovel Dance Collective are a band that consists of nine individuals committed to playing traditional songs, mostly from England, and tunes, mostly from England, Wales and Scotland. They are committed to playing traditional music that speaks of working class solidarity and also attempts platform protofeminist music from past centuries, queering histories and making heard the voices of the working people that created and create the wealth of the world.