Celebrating 27 years on the road:
+ support Port Erin (on stage 8.00pm)
The Muffin Men on stage 9.00pm
Celebrating 27 years on the road around Europe. April 2017 sees the MufFinZ Power Quartet plus special guest Denny Walley on slide guitar and vocal play a short UK tour.
The Muffin Men have played nearly 2000 dates around Europe, often featuring ex-Zappa alumni. The band play their own arrangements of Zappa material, along with some note-for-note versions of some favourites.
At least 12 ex-Zappa musicians have performed with The Muffin Men along the years. Once again the band are joined by Denny Walley, ex Zappa guitarist notable for his work on the "Bongo Fury" and "Joe’s Garage" albums" Denny was also a member of Captain Beefhearts’s Magic Band, appearing on the classic "Bat Chain Puller" original album. He has previously played with the band many times adding his original slide guitar style and soulful vocal, expect renditions of Joe’s Garage favourites such as "Crew Slut" and even a few Beefheart pieces.
PORT ERIN: "(Ocean Grey) sounds awesome. The artwork could be from the opening credits of a Scandi-TV thriller and the music plays out in somewhat similar fashion. Tense, edgy atmospherics with lovely guitar textures on "Just Like TV". Add horns and you’ve got the funky, rock-noir vibe of "Half Cut Moon". It’s kinda prog, but cool prog, if you know what I mean."
-David Sinclair, The Times.
Garnering near-cult status as purveyors of original genre-bending music, Port Erin are a band of three. Two brothers- Reuben Myles Tyghe, vocals and guitar, flanked by Jacob Myles Tyghe on bass and Cerys Brocklehurst on drums. They hail from Broughton Gifford (a very small village tucked away in South West England) and formed in January 2007.
The past decade has seen them extensively tour the U.K. performing over 600 shows at some of of the U.K.’s most prestigious venues. They have made appearances at many festivals including; Glastonbury Festival (‘10, ‘11, ‘13 & ’14 ), played live sessions for BBC Introducing and their music has been aired numerous times on BBC Radio 6.
Their musicality is magnetic with tightly wound dives and grooves. Cerys and Jacob’s rhythm section is a solid unit, Reuben drifts in-at times controlled and soulful but with moments of cornered fretting. A milieu of sonic textures are at play with echoes of jazz, coupled with mechanical Krautrock undertones. They are as punk as they are prog and as political as they are personal.
Port Erin draw inspiration from the likes of XTC, David Bowie, Miles Davis, Syd Arthur, Talking Heads, Morphine and Tortoise.
2016 saw the band perform alongside Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing) who conducted an electric improv set to an ecstatic audience. In December of the same year, Port Erin were hand-picked as the backing band for Nick Harper’s (son of legendary singer-songwriter, Roy Harper) U.K. tour which saw them play to raucous crowds across the country, culminating in a triumphant finale at The Borderline, Soho.
2017 brings the horizon of album four, Ocean Grey. Ten years distilled into six potent, extended, considered songs. Recorded in the Wiltshire studio of platinum producer and composer, Chris Hughes. Ocean Grey was tracked and mixed by long-time collaborator, Dominic Bailey-Clay (of Nine Volt Leap Recording Studio) following his past work on previous albums, Floating Above The City and Live 2015. Pete Judge of critically acclaimed jazz instrumental outfits, Get the Blessing(link text) and Dakhla plays trumpet aside long-standing collaborator, Simon Williams on saxophone.
Ocean Grey is an album of considered, quiet rage. Lyrically, it explores earth waning themes of displacement and loss yet solace emerges in the thinnest of glimmers.
Ocean Grey is released on Friday 7th, April 2017 via Burning Shed.