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Created and led by Tara Franks
For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s)
This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes.
The Lone Taxidermist
"A howl-inducing music making machine" Ruth Barnes, Amazing Radio
The Lone Taxidermist (aka Natalie Sharp) performs in unique spaces; disused flax seed mills in the North, railway arches under the Thames, and down helter skelters. She's supported Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, and Thomas Truax.
Following the break up of her Manchester band The Bottomfeeders, Natalie went solo. Acumulating many a weir and wonderful piece of kit to create the unique sound of the Lone Taxidermist. Phil Winter, re-christened Louise, came to Natalie's aid from his band Tunng, helping tame her neurotic machines. His approach to sound inspired Natalie to think sonically instead of verse chorus verse.
Parading the macabre, The Lone Taxidermist conjure a sound that teeters on the edge of something beautiful and terrifying. The void where pleasure and pain mingle.
Mr Vast is the front man of surrealist musical exponents Wevie Stonder - an outfit known for their tongue-in-cheek sounds; bad jazz, out of tune guitar solos, always just on the wrong side of tasteful.
'Grievous Bodily Charm' is his debut album and while much of what we may expect from a solo Wevie member is easily found and welcomed amid these highly varied grooves, the real surprise here is that the familiar Stonder brand of absurdism is often tempered by a disarming sincerity. Mr Vast’s first foray into life outside of Wevie has turned up an album of genuine extremes, a musical acid test bound to delight and confuse, one that will worm its way into your secure orifices, win over new audiences and ostracise old fans (and vice versa).
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The Vortex Jazz Club
Live Jazz Award winner in the
2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards
Sat 15 Mar
Thu 20 Mar
Fri 21 Mar
Vortex City Sessions @ Bishopsgate
Sat 22 Mar
Bobby Wellins / Andrew Cleyndert / Paul Harrison / Clark Tracey
Sat 29 Mar
Thu 1 to Sat 3 May
Led Bib - 3 Night Residency