Communion: Moulettes
+ Flocks, Colour the Atlas, Richard Petch & Mary Jane
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Communion Leeds & Oporto present...
Neo-baroque-prog-pop-folk-rockers Moulettes have been playing together for several years now. After a couple of EPs and singles they released an acclaimed debut album on Balling The Jack/Sotones in 2010, which found its way on to several Best Of The Year lists. They also won an Innovation Award from the prestigious Fatea roots-music website. Their charismatic, idiosyncratic brand of modern folk music – which incorporates elements
of prog-rock, indie, Classical, jazz and blues – enthralled crowds at many festivals, including Larmer Tree, Glastonbury, Big Session and Latitude, where they played BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction stage.

Members of Moulettes have recently performed and/or recorded with Mumford & Sons, Seasick Steve, John Paul Jones, Paloma Faith, Bonobo and Paul Heaton of The Beautiful South. Ex-Moulette Ted Dwane, now of Mumford & Sons returned to the fold in summer 2011 to help record the band’s second album, The Bear’s Revenge, out now and garnering excellent reviews from the likes of The Guardian, FT and Q, Songlines, Saga (!) and R2 magazines amongst others. It is accompanied by the single Sing Unto Me which also includes 5 luscious b-sides and remixes. Other guests on the recent recordings include acclaimed folk-blues songstress Liz Green, Irish flute and whistle player Ríoghnach Connolly of the estimable Honeyfeet, silver-throated Laura Hockenhull and virtuoso banjo-ist, Matt Menefee of American nu-bluegrass band Cadillac Sky.

Moulettes’ entrancing combination of strings and the celestial; wind and weirdness; rhythm and murder has lead to comparisons with the the Unthanks, Tom Waits and Shostakovitch. But, they have a sound and presence all of their own. Unmissable and destined for the heights.

“Moulettes are among the frontrunners of the new British acoustic scene thanks to their sophisticated, unpredictable approach, matching exquisite female harmony vocals against complex, swirling backing featuring violin, cello and bassoon… adventurous, charming…edgy as well as upbeat.” **** The Guardian

“This delicious music is played with acoustic virtuosity…Complex and beautiful…Intriguing and unique” **** MOJO

“Divine harmonies…Orchestral folk at its very finest.” ***** Time Out

“The best music I heard [at Latitude] was by Moulettes…” The Independent

Hannah Miller – Cello, vocals, guitar
Ollie Austin – Drums, guitar, backing vocals
Georgina Leach – Violin, backing vocals
Ruth Skipper – Bassoon, vocals, autoharp
Rob Arcari – Percussion, backing vocals
Jim Mortimore – Double bass, banjo, guitar, backing vocals
Ted Dwane – Double bass, backing vocals
Faye Houston – Vocals


Flocks assembled earlier this year as a collective of passionate musicians, each with a broad taste in music. Flocks produce an earthy deep sound that is reminiscent of 70's West Coast folk, with a contemporary down-tempo twist.

Colour the Atlas
Colour The Atlas are four friends from Swindon - Jess Hall (vocals), Alex Stone (guitar, vocals), Andy Vincent (Bass) and Stef Pysanczyn (Drums) - whose agile musicianship and complex songwriting belies their tender years; all are still in their teens.

Taking influences from Bon Iver, Angus & Julia Stone, Iron & Wine and Fleet Foxes and other artists who make sumptuous, deep, primarily acoustic music, at the core of Colour The Atlas is the songwriting and vocal partnership of Jess and Alex, who have an almost telepathic harmonic understanding.

In their previous incarnation as the Jess Hall Band the band received Radio 1 support for their debut EP 'Play Shy,' which came out late last year. Colour The Atlas release their new EP the week of this show following supports with Karima Francis and Newton Faulkner. You can listen to it on the Fly magazine & Guardian websites who both seem to love them.
"Way more fun than those beardy cabin-dwellers" - The Fly (on their influences)
"All hail Swindon's finest musical export since XTC. Unless you count Billie Piper." - The Guardian

Richard Petch
During the past three years Richard Petch has been creating songs with lyrical themes of Narcissism, Pyromania and jealously set to music that merges between acoustic, electronic and synthetic sounds expanding from the simplistic to the overblown and orchestral. The result of this is 'Creatures Of Habit' Richards Debut Ep arriving soon.

Mary Jane Springett
Brand new singer songwriter from Devon who sometimes lives on a boat. We're very excited about these 2 things.

Wednesday 28th November
7.30pm - 11pm (DJ's 'til 2am!)

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