Tuesday 16 August 2022, 8pm
For more than 20 years, Ireland’s mystic folk/outer wyrd psychedelic noise collective United Bible Studies have conjured alchemical mixtures of spectral trad, krautrock-influenced improv grooves, rural kosmische and devotional drones in a restless quest taking them from atmospheric innerspace deep-dives to shamanic explorations of distant edgelands.
Last year’s twin releases Divining Movements and West Kennet Ascension, parts two and three of a themed trilogy exploring the psychogeography of landscapes in Ireland and the UK, won widespread critical acclaim, featuring on Mojo’s Top 10 Underground Albums of 2021 list and picking up airplay on BBC 6Music, as well as winning rave reviews in The Wire, TheQuietus and Terrascope.
More than 200 people from around the globe have passed through the wyrd folk collective’s amorphous roster over the last two decades, with the current creative core revolving around Alison O’Donnell (ex of cult 1970s psych-folk band Mellow Candle), David Colohan, Dom Cooper and Graeme Lockett.
Hailed as ‘the leaders of the New Weird Ireland scene’ by the Sunday Times, United Bible Studies have also been described as ‘powerful stuff… could summon the dead’ [Mojo], ‘a masterclass in the wyrd, delivered by some of its finest modern practitioners’ [TheQuietus] and ‘emanating from a place where primal, slightly dangerous forces live - conjuring improvisations from pastoral forms and earthy drones, their art teeters between fierce exaltations of the flesh and celestial spiritual journeys’ [The Wire].
Jenny is a multidisciplinary artist working with sound, video and photography. Her work explores and exposes the personal in an honest and curious manner.
Her music is created from field recordings, fragments of melodies, computer generated sequences, modular synths and lo-fi electronics — resulting in soundscapes with references to both the electro-acoustic tradition as well as experimental pop music.
Jenny's work revolves around personal documentation and archives, intimacy, memory, reality and re-contextualisation. Since the release of her debut album “Lint” in 2017, she has been working with musician and novelist Jenny Hval, contributing to, and touring with the performance “The Practice of Love” throughout 2019. In 2021 she received the Norwegian Arts Council’s work grant for young artists, and she is currently working with a new album and audiovisual performance.