Mercury Prize nominated Portico Quartet arrive in Stroud for the first time. Sending out echoes of jazz, electronica, ambient music and minimalism, the group created their own singular, cinematic sound over the course of three studio albums, from the band’s 2007 breakthrough ‘Knee-Deep in the North Sea’, and the John Leckie produced ‘Isla’ in 2010, to the self titled recording ‘Portico Quartet’ in 2012. Now rebooted as Portico Quartet, after a brief spell as the three - piece Portico, the group released their fourth studio album Art In The Age Of Automation on forward thinking indy jazz and electronica label Gondwana Records in August 2017.
Described recently by Donovan as “The next generation” and counting the likes of Billy Bragg, Tim Minchin and Frank Turner amongst his fans, it seems the rambling songwriter who cut his teeth haunting the open mics of south London is finally getting the attention he deserves.
The Fantasy Orchestra is a community choir and orchestra based in Bristol and Paris with an open-to-all policy. Prepare yourself for an evening of the fantastic and the feminist; the most sublime tribute to some of the top women in music from the twentieth and twenty-first century, including compositions by Anna Meredith, Dame Ethel Smyth, Zintombi Zesi Manje Manje, Connie Converse, The Roches, Rita Lynch and many more.
The evening will also feature a performance and collaboration from The Stroud Fringe choir.
Following the release of their debut album 'Illumine' on October 6th, Low Chimes return to Bristol for their final headline show of 2017.
Opening proceedings will be Bristol's very own Rachael Dadd, who will be showcasing some brand new material that she will be going on to record in the new year.