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Rockfort Live Stranded Horse Shows

Rockfort presents two nights of French music
 
 
8pm, 8th June 2011 at The Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, CB4 3BA
 
Tickets: £5 adv/£7
 
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/119714
 
STRANDED HORSE live
 
with guests LISBONNE
 
and ROCKFORT DJs
 
 
 
8pm, 9th June 2011 at The Windmill, 22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton, SW2 5BZ
 
Tickets: £5 adv/£7
 
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/120289
 
STRANDED HORSE live
 
with guests LISBONNE and PARTIAL GATHERING
 
and ROCKFORT DJs
 
 
 
STRANDED HORSE
 
Never before has anyone taken the kora and done such stylish and effortlessly cool things with it.
Songlines
 
Slyly funny, subtly odd stuff.
Uncut
 
Modern folk near its zenith point – captivating with its simplicity yet possessing an indescribable charm that only the true greats, from Drake onwards, have exuded.
Drowned in Sound
 
Yann Tambour was previously behind the frequently excellent post-rock of Encre and he's still experimenting on his second album under this current guise, Humbling Tides, just with a far more limited palette than he allowed himself in that previous incarnation. Specifically, Stranded Horse appears to be an attempt to master a particular instrument, the kora, on his own terms, while still taking cues from living masters like Malian player Ballaké Sissoko, who makes an appearance on 'Shields'. He's even built two 'travel' koras of his own to make touring easier.
 
Previously Thee, Stranded Horse, this time round Tambour has dropped the 'Thee' as well as the more markedly mannered vocal style he employed on his debut Churning Strides, under the influence of Marc Bolan, apparently; he's closer to Nick Drake now. Humbling Tides is about as spare an album as can be, mostly just Tambour's still fey but more naturalistic voice, and kora. It's one of those albums that paradoxically, in spite of its sonic sameness – so that any track heard in isolation would give you a flavour of the album – only works when heard over its full length, and preferably many times over.
 
Humbling Tides ends up feeling like the pretty full expression of his particular vision. It is an album that warrants, and amply repays, the close attention it asks for.
 
Stranded Horse has been touring extensively around the world, including China, winning plaudits for his intimate and powerful live performances.
 
http://www.myspace.com/theestrandedhorse
 
LISBONNE
 
A sweetly seductive vehicle for Marie Merlet from Monade – her band with Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab – which allows her dulcet tones and delicate, bossa nova-tinged sensibility to come to the fore through songs delivered in English, French and Portuguese.
 
http://www.myspace.com/lisbonne
 
PARTIAL GATHERING
 
Avant-garde cello and electronics duo of composer, Ruaidhri Mannion, and cellist, Corentin Chassard. They formed in late 2009 and, after a first performance at London’s National Portrait Gallery, they began to further develop their fusion of electronic beats and volatile string textures.
 
www.myspace.com/partialgathering