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We’re excited to be presenting David Thomas Broughton and the Juice Vocal Ensemble in a truly unique Manchester venue.
After meeting at SXSW in 2011, David Thomas Broughton and vocal trio Juice kept in contact about possibly working together. But getting together at the same time is difficult for artists who are busy with their own projects – particularly if one is based in the Far East. Finally in 2013, during a couple of short trips back, David gathered the group in his home town of Otley to spend a few hours recording.
The resultant album, Sliding The Same Way, spans the hymnal to human beatbox, discord to angelic harmony, with lyrical themes displaying the weaknesses of men, via rural imagery and sombre love songs, to the decline of northern industry and pub brawls. After some short discussion and a little practise, the part-improvised tracks were recorded. All parts were recorded live in one take and kept sparse, underpinned by David’s gentle and often imprecise guitar playing as the accompaniment to four voices.
David Thomas Broughton occupies a contentious position, divides opinion, unsettles, is self-consciously clumsy, hilarious, beautiful but above all memorable. Walls of noise and layers of beauty interweave and delight at every turn. Many people use loops these days; Broughton includes the glitches, mistakes, and the resulting comedy in his act, works with what he has, and moves on. Broughton writes songs of beauty, with classic themes of love, pain, hurt, suicide, depression, teenage angst etc. It’s just they come out with a comedic twist and are rarely reproduced in a live setting as they are heard on record.
‘Straddling the line between music hall turn and avant-garde performance artist, Broughton’s live show is not to be missed’ – Mojo
Juice are an experimental vocal trio who explore new a cappella music that defies genre. They’ll do anything from ethereal, stratospheric classical sounds to spooky bluegrass, beatboxing to hollering. They have performed fiendish avant-garde pieces by the likes of John Zorn, Meredith Monk and Morton Feldman, but also turn their hand to inventive covers of Guns ‘n’ Roses, Kraftwerk and Rihanna. The trio have commissioned and performed work by composers including Gavin Bryars, Shlomo, Mica Levi (aka Micachu from Micachu and The Shapes), Anna Meredith and award-winning folk artist Jim Moray.
‘The range of this new young vocal trio is immense, their a cappella journeys on this debut album taking in everything from traditional folk to Berio-esque deconstructions, delivered with perfect pitch and an ear for the most apt harmony’ – The Independent
Manchester Climbing Centre is housed in St Benedict’s, a stunning Grade 2 listed Victorian church in West Gorton – just a five-minute drive from Piccadilly Station. Built in 1878, St Benedict’s was declared ‘redundant’ in 2002 and closed its doors, with the building remaining shut for a further three years. Thankfully, in 2005 it re-opened as Manchester Climbing Centre, replacing pews with rock faces and placing a cave where once an alter stood, proving that architectural heritage can be retained and reinvented for the 21st Century. To further this reinvention, we will be hosting this very rare, one-off concert in the church.
This show will be fully seated, and there will be a bar available. We’re happy to organise large taxis from/to Piccadilly Station for those attending – to register your interest, email us at info at heymanchester dot com in advance.
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St Benedicts Church