We welcome Il Santo Bevitore back to Bristol, and proudly present Kate Arnold's Bristol debut
HEADFIRST STAFF PICK
“Dark ambient meets ritualised folk in a bewitching lineup for Dead Space Chamber Music’s Dark Alchemy series. Inside: Kate Arnold’s exquisite dulcimer and vocal Renaissance revivalism + textural hallucinations from Il Santo Bevitore. For fans of: Dead Can Dance, Medieval Babes, Current 93, Coil.”
The Crown is an atmospheric pub and venue situated in the heart of the Medieval Old City, occupying the historic vaulted tunnels beneath St Nicholas Market. The Crown has occupied this site since 1741.
Address: 10 All Saints Lane, Bristol BS1 1JH
There will be merch available from all the artists, card and cash payments accepted. Your support is very much appreciated.
IL SANTO BEVITORE
The acclaimed new album Water and Tears, released in January on Opal Tapes: written in homage to multi-instrumentalist composer Nicola Serras' home country of Sardinia. 'Water & Tears' remembers this Island through a sometimes beautiful and often harrowing series of vignettes and clusters of looping sound pulling from a wide range of influence.
We hear Bryn Jones' Muslimgauze, Current 93, Shackleton, Cold Meat Industrialism, depraved screams, glittering ambient and lurid, hot rock hallucinations enwombed in malodorous wood wind and bone forms.
Over 12 tracks Serra paints a picture of a country entrenched in an "old-tyme" middle earth mysticism which can't quite be reconnected to. The electronics of the record repel away from the folk traditionalism. Cauterising and book ending location, time and memory.
Nicola Serra, born in Sardinia Island, is a London-based musician, aka Il Santo Bevitore, who besides his music practice curates Dronica festival (famous for its peculiar location at the Old Church in Stoke Newington, North London). www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_JhpJOi7tU
‘This is magical, magnificent, meticulous music, feeding the head while filling the heart.’ (A Specs)
Now performing as a solo artist, Kate previously fronted ‘punk baroque’ band Fear of the Forest. Although classically trained on violin and vocals, most of her work is now based around the hammered dulcimer, often using live-looping and real-time electronic effects. She has supported Lindy-Fay Hella of Wardruna (‘Vikings’) and contributed to albums by Jim Bob (Carter USM), The Monochrome Set and Paul Morricone. She has worked with Lisa Knapp, Daemonia Nymphe, Rose McDowall and Doudou Cissoko, and with producers Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies etc) and Tony Visconti (David Bowie etc).
Kate released her two-part electro-medievalist recording project, ROTA FORTUNAE, in 2020 and 2021. She is now working on a new album drawing partly on material encountered during her current PhD research on medieval crusade songs and their Arabic counterparts, anti-Frankish jihad poems.
Kate is currently based in London, UK. www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pGIRvKWj3Y&t=138s https://katearnoldmusic.com/ https://katearnolduk.bandcamp.com/