Hannah Peel

There is always more...

We're delighted to announce another set of attractions gracing the many spaces under our steward at Sea Change 2019.

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Liberté, égalité, publicité

Hot on the heels of their ‘ART PROVOCATION’ at the request of Banksy for an event at Dismaland, post-punk iconoclasts The Pop Group present a new collaboration with sound art fetishist Matthew Shaw. At Sea Change they will requisition the iconic Brutalist architecture of Dartington’s High Cross House for ‘BLOOD MONEY’, an incendiary site specific ‘LIVE INSTALLATION’.

The Pop Group’s highly acclaimed debut LP, Y, was ranked by Pitchfork as 35th best album of the 1970s and named one of the 100 Most Important Records Ever Made by The Wire.


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The installation is part of our take over at High Cross House, where we're delighted to announce will also see sessions throughout the weekend from Alexander Tucker of Grumbling Fur, author John Higgs in conversation with Rupert Callender, the UK Poster Association exhibiting exclusive new screen prints, John Robb, February Montaine, Night Works, Bobby Barry and Nick Luscombe in conversation with John Doran and Luke Turner of The Quietus about the perils of supporting art on the fringes.


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Rough Trade Books return to Totnes with a full program of amazing sessions at the beautiful Barrel House Ballroom. Four of their fine pamphleteers - Charlotte Newman, Martha Sprackland, Ana da Silva and Salena Godden - discuss poetry, prose and all that lies between. Emma Warren will be in conversation with Belinda Zhawi (and guests) about Steam Down, authors David Keenan and Luke Turner both also make welcome returns to talk about their latest works, Late of the Pier, Robert Barry and Hannah Peel will be discussing 'Future technologies' and Craig Oldham will be talking about and screening John Carpenter’s They Live (at the Totnes Cinema).

 
 

Also announced at the Totnes Cinema will be Spaced Out, an immersive meditation on the music and vision of Delia Derbyshire. A specially commissioned new sound and vision piece by Jon Tye and Benge, accompanied by synthesised projections by Janine Rook and Bruno Vincent. The session is also a rare chance to see the amazing 'Circle of Light: The Photography of Pamela Bone' documentary, directed by Anthony Roland with soundtrack by Delia Derbyshire and Elsa Stansfield.

Also on screen, director Michael Cumming will be introducing his film Oxide Ghosts: The Brass Eye Tapes. Made from hundreds of hours of unseen material from his personal archive, the film shares insights into the process of making the legendary TV series Brass Eye.

Chalk Hill Blue

Released today is Will Burns and Hannah Peel’s quite extraordinary Chalk Hill Blue album. It is Record of the Week at Drift who wrote;

Record of the Week is an album we just adore. Will Burns and Hannah Peel have collaborated for the amazing Rivertones label and their Chalk Hill Blue LP is rare and utterly captivating. Produced by Erland Cooper, it's a record of electronic ruralism, channeling lives threaded through the chalk landscapes of Southern England. Hannah's futuristic electronic minimalism washing around Will's quietly intense poetry.

Read Tom Bolton’s review on The Quietus, and Richard King’s on Caught By The River.

Hannah Peel and poet Will Burns team up for a moving and original record exploring the troubled landscapes of England and the mind
— The Quietus
a record that explores the space of bare horizons, the space between people in various sates of consciousness and the space of an empty head
— Caught By The River

Couldn't be more thrilled to have them playing live for us at Sea Change in our Church. It was in fact one of the very first things we booked.

VIDEO: Will Burns and Hannah Peel - Change

 

Tomorrow - Friday 21st of March 2019 - sees the release of Will Burns and Hannah Peel’s extraordinary collaborative Chalk Hill Blue album. They have released a video for Change, one of the albums many many magic moments.

 

Directed by Kieran Evans
Artwork by Chris Turner

Chalk Hill Blue is out tomorrow and available to buy at all good record shops… like Drift.

Will Burns & Hannah Peel announce 'Chalk Hill Blue'

We confirmed last week that Will Burns and Hannah Peel would be joining us at Sea Change this year - they will be playing in our stunning St Mary’s Church venue - and we’re really excited today to start talking about their really quite beautiful Chalk Hill Blue collaborative album. Produced by Erland Cooper, it’s released on the immaculate Rivertones label on Friday 22 March. It’s going to be a big part of the year at Sea Change and Drift .

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Chalk Hill Blue is a record of electronic ruralism channeling lives threaded through the chalk landscapes of Southern England. Watch Will and Hannah introduce it below.

Perhaps if Delia Derbyshire’s later years in Cumbria had been happier then a record like this might have emerged from the fells, or alternatively if Virginia Astley’s gardens had contained a modular synth or two. Other triangulation points might include Hans Joachim Roedelius’s bucolic kosmiche reveries, Joanna Brouk’s new age minimalism, or James Yorkston’s ambient spoken word experiments. Like the butterfly with which it shares its name, Chalk Hill Blue is a rare thing: a glorious electric pastoral shimmer.

- Adapted from a beautiful bio written by Rob St John, November 2018.