We’ve hit the ground running introducing our acts for our new virtual festival Plugged In & Wired, with much appreciated press coverage from the Glasgow Times, Glasgow South & Eastwood Extra and an early morning chat for festival founding director Corinna on the Go Radio, Crofty and Grado Breakfast Show this morning. ALL will be released on March 26th but over the next few weeks we’ll be blogging to let you know more about our Plugged In & Wired acts. It’s so important to us to provide a platform for so many talented individuals who have lost work, and at times hope, through the pandemic. Festivals like ours are a lifeline to performers and artists, please hit up their tip jars where linked and help support these amazing individuals. Enjoy today’s selection… Stay tuned!
FRANCESCA LACEY - CABARET
Francesca Lacey's piece 'Happy Depressive' is both thought provoking and powerful. Francesca creates work based on my experience of life; using autobiography as a tool she draws on questions and observations which she encounters with the intension to subvert the larger questions of life and our existence to even the most common place occurrences. utilising a stripped back aesthetic, she develops these into highly visual and textual pieces. As an artist, Francesca believes in having more than one voice, more than one perspective on a subject- in participatory actions and engagement. Her work often brings together people from different walks of life to offer their creative response to a subject matter, drawing from their lived experience, hearing their voices as expert and equal. She collects these fragments, and crafts them together to create one concise piece that illuminates the thoughts we all have, connecting us through our human experiences of the world.
HOT DEATH THEATRE - COMEDY
Rach Leonard and Lawrence Tucker are founding members of the dark comedy sketch troupe, Hot Death Theatre. Though relatively young, Hot Death Theatre have been active through the pandemic, producing character-driven sketch comedy with a particular emphasis on high production value and quality writing, including, most notably, an hour long sitcom pilot entitled 'The Untold Story of the Hunkypunks' – a mockumentary style pastiche of overly quaint BBC4 programming, which details the bizarre, often very bleak history of pettiness, back-biting and in -fighting among the members of the fictional folk band, The Hunkypunks – Somerset's most influential proto-folk-rock collective circa 1978-1983. In addition to The Hunkypunks, Rach and Lawrence have, either as a pair, as part of Hot Death Theatre, or individually been featured on numerous (reasonably...) high profile shows, both on and off-line, including The Stand's curated Red Raw livestream, Rotunda Comedy Club's Drive In events, Panopticon Theatre and numerous (albeit substantially less impressive) online comedy events. In the future, Hot Death Theatre plan – as soon as lockdown travel restrictions ease – to begin work on multiple short films, additional sitcom pilots and, if they can be bothered, world domination.
NICKY KIRK AND MEGAN MACDONALD - MUSIC
Nicky Kirk and Megan MacDonald a driving and dynamic accordion and guitar/banjo duo who combine their rich repertoire of traditional music from Scotland and Ireland with their sensitive and assured playing to present Tunes from Ibrox, an inviting set in the theme of the rich Glasgow session scene to which they are both home to. Nicky Kirk and Megan MacDonald predominantly play in award winning Scottish folk band Eabhal, who draw inspiration from their time in the Outer-Hebrides. Since the release of the bands' debut album ‘This is How the Ladies Dance’, they have brought their haunting Gaelic songs and lively pipe tunes to audiences worldwide. In contrast to this five-piece, we can hear the skill and intricacies of both Nicky and Megan’s playing in the exposed duo setting, giving a great sense of their influences and backgrounds as independent artists.
Megan highlights her deep connection to traditional music, specifically of her local area of the North Highlands of Scotland through her repertoire. Being brought up in the ceilidh and session scene of Sutherland, it was a very natural progression for her to develop her repertoire from this area and base her style of the piping she was immersed with.
Nicky Kirk comes from rural Northumberland and similarly found the route to traditional music through his home county’s rich musical heritage. Passionate about music and travel he has developed an interest in folk music from some of the countries he has visited and has experimented with influences from Europe, India and North Africa.
IAIN BOTHWELL - MUSIC
Iain Bothwell is a 38 year old musician, born in Irvine, Ayrshire, before moving to Shawlands, He’s lived around Glasgow since and is currently based in Clarkston. He sees himself as a 'Songer sing-wronger'. His interests in musicians covers the greats such as Neil Young and by more contemporary such as Super Furry Animals. The songs have a melancholic feel although he's a fairly upbeat late 30's gentleman. He has a black book of songs that he probably tinkers a little too much with. Of the 3 songs, 'Settle in a single place' and 'Hiding as a Spirit' were written around 2014. 'Settle in a single place' came from his experiences working in a night shelter supporting Glasgow's homeless. The shifts were 10 and a half hours long and he really got a sense of neglect, survival, humour and mortality. 'Best Intentions' is a recent song composed over summer 2020 following a nice postcard and gift he received from a friend. His highlights include playing at the Glad café in 2013 and also a gig he played in 2016 with his (currently in isolation) band 'shared bones' at the Record Factory. Another highlight was reaching the final of the Calmac Culture event in 2015 and he enjoyed the challenge. Iain has always enjoyed playing guitar from around 16 and a few of his family members have played in bands through the years.
LINDA JAXSON - MUSIC
Linda Jaxson is a singer songwriter, playing in bands over many years but opting for a smaller more intimate feel with this song, Siren. The song poetically explores the idea of the siren (mythical singer of the oceans) but in this case in the oceans/depths of the self. The film we’ll be showing as part of Plugged In & Wired was a glorious accident when Linda was letting a friend hear the song at St Ninians Bay on Isle of Bute this Autumn. While the song was playing in the car, her friend began to film this historical bay in front of Arran's Sleeping Warrior. Linda was initially unaware that she was filming but now feels it was so immediate and serendipitous. The song is part of the new CD Sirens. There was something ironic about this album given that she lives beside the Victoria Infirmary where last Spring and summer. all she heard were sirens, ambulance sirens.
MISS A LEGG - CABARET
Miss A Legg is currently studying MLitt Theatre Studies at Glasgow University. And when she’s not studying, She's having a moment. Performing regularly as a solo performer at events in Glasgow and beyond, including appearances at Allsorts Cabaret, Spangled Cabaret, Nocturnal and The Diversity Quota. Recently Miss A Legg has done a few live online events as well as short video projects. Video projects include Insights Platforms/Insights Digital- where she performed her solo piece In A Box. Other video projects include multiple collaborations as The Daft Duo with Sara Palomarr. Live online gigs include Spangled Cabaret at home, Heat 4 of NOCY (New Online Comedian of the Year 2020), and 2 Funny Women Edinburgh Alternative Interview events. Miss A Legg is a performer member of The New Works Playhouse and a member of The Not-God Complex directory and part of our Southside Fringe Advisory team. Her solo performances tend to feature a blend of amazing alliteration, ridiculous rhyming, silly singing, preposterous props and dazzling dancing (often with donuts).
7 PEOPLE – CABARET
7 People present Eventide Online. An international collective established in 2018, focusing on the discovery of fluent dialogue between two distinct worlds: sound and New Circus, 7 People move within the elfin world of folk tales and accompanied by the life music, we explore our bodies and the circus disciplines (acrobatics, aerial dance, juggling and fireshow). 7 People’s interest to the folklore was born already while working on their first performance „Irish Bestiary” (Premiere September 2018 on the Festival of Wandering Theatre, Poland). Influenced by Samhein Eve, collective created the show visualising Celtic demonology through circus art with accompaniment of life music. The research around the performance contained not only texts from legends, but also Irish music. „Irish Bestiary” became an inspiration for ongoing exploration into folklore – this time, Slavic for the performance “Eventide” (Premiere September 2019 on the Festival of XX Anniversary of Theatre “Gardzienice”, Poland).
"Eventide" is a personal return to the artists roots. Performance is an invitation for the meeting with slavic magical creatures, inhabitants of forests and lakes of Eastern Europe. It focuses on their dual nature: mystical, expressed in live music and playful, illustrated with juggling and acrobatics. As a storyline is sung by the words of poem ”Fantasy" written by the polish poet Cyprian Kamil Norwid. The life music inspired by the traditional slavic folk is accompanying the performance from the begging til an end. All performances are directed collectively, with an exception of circus acts, choreographed by the circus artists and melodies composed by musicians
Stay Tuned....we'll be introducing you to some of our headliners next!