Greenness + Oddfellows Casino
Thursday 30th September 2021
Doors 7:00 pm
Price £10 + booking fee / £14 on the door
Note: There is also a streamed recording of the event on the 13th October – Links to tickets are in the left hand column
Melting Vinyl are delighted to present the first live in-person grassroots arts council supported event with Greenness & Oddfellows Casino at St George’s Church, Kemptown
30th September, 2021
The are bar facilities available in the Church
In a series of streamed performances and with arts council support, Melting Vinyl is giving exciting artists the opportunity to perform at the beautiful and historical setting of St. George’s Church, Brighton, a unique professional space which is usually reserved for internationally profiled touring artists.
Greenness is the musical project of French singer-songwriter Cess Frangi and English producer and composer Graham Pratt. Drawing inspiration from hybrid genres, such as trip-hop and folktronica, the music of Greenness aims to create an immersive and emotional experience through the use of various acoustic instruments merged with electronic beats, sound effects, field recordings and evocative bilingual lyrics, in a bid to explore and deepen our connection with ourselves, each other and the environment.
Based in Brighton, the pair has performed in some of the city’s biggest venues (Brighton Centre, Concorde 2, The Haunt…), opened at a sold-out event in London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall and toured across the UK, France, Spain and Germany, equally at ease with a full backing band on festival stages or in smaller settings with their more intimate, stripped-back duo set. Notable performances include supporting US folk artists Marissa Nadler and Handmade Moments, opening for UK top 10 rock band The Slow Readers Club and sharing a stage with the likes of Alice Russell, Orbital, Dub Pistols and Asian Dub Foundation.Following the successful launch of two thematic EPs (Bicephaly in 2016 and Cyclicity in 2018), Greenness are now working on their debut album Sunrooms, set to be released independently in 2021.
“Electro-acoustic duo Greenness from Brighton are a revelation, with Cess’ awesome voice superbly complemented by Graham’s distinctive guitar work.” – The Morning Star
Returning to St George’s Church to celebrate their 20th anniversary Oddfellow’s Casino blend their trademark pastoral psych-folk sound with plaintive orchestrations, electronica and drone. Comparisons range from The Clientele to Tunng, late period Talk Talk to The Beta Band.
Their first gig in two years as as full seven piece band Oddfellow’s will be playing some old favourites from their back catalogue and showcasing tracks from the four (!) new albums released over the past twelve months. These include The Cult of Water, a collaboration with author and magician Alan Moore, which led to the publication of a Rough Trade book.
Oddfellow’s comprise of members of The Cravats, Bevis Frond, Hamilton Yarns, Insides and Brighton Film Quartet. At the helm is singer-songwriter, and author David Bramwell. Joining them for vocal support are Shoreham’s shanty quintet Duck Pond Sailors, who’ll open the gig with a song of their own.
While remaining under the radar Oddfellow’s Casino have been championed by Gideon Coe, Cerys Matthews, Lauren Laverne, Radcliffe and Maconie, 6Music’s Freak Zone and The Quietus.
‘Vast chalk hills of sound’ Stewart Lee
‘In years to come Bramwell’s albums will move into cult territory themselves; deep, ambitious affairs that offer entry points into fascinating subjects.’ Music OMH
‘An extraordinary thing’ Mark Radcliffe, BBC 6 Music
‘Joins the dots between Pentangle and The Pet Shop Boys, Basil Kirchin and British Sea Power.’ Quietus
‘Haunting and melodically beautiful.’ Sunday Times
About the church:
Melting Vinyl has hosted some incredible artists in this beautifully unique, heritage venue, St George’s Church in Kemptown.
It was clear from Sigur Ros, the first MV promoted show in 2001, that the space had a restorative, almost spiritual effect on the audience experience.
Soon many other hirers were attracted to the space and Melting Vinyl were asked to take over the running of these events, which has led to the church being hired by many national and local festivals and promoters who have put on shows with The Residents, Brian May, Bombay Bicycle Club, Fujiya Miyagi, Ren and many many more.
“It has been great to work with Melting Vinyl – they have been collaborative in their approach. It has also been a great privilege to host some brilliant artists and performances.” Rev Fr Andrew Manson Brailsford (Vicar of St George’s Church.
Acts programmed by Melting Vinyl include Patti Smith, The Unthanks, Joan as Police Woman, Courtney Pine, Noah & The Whale and Bat For Lashes.