‘Lo! Soul’ – the latest release from Idlewild frontman and esteemed solo artist Roddy Woomble continues his unique and restless trajectory, gently stepping away from his previous acoustic/folk intentions in favour of a more explorative light, largely spoken word pieces over an ambient, meditative soundtrack.
Produced and mixed by collaborator and Idlewild bandmate Andrew Mitchell (aka Andrew Wasylyk), ‘Lo! Soul’ was recorded remotely between Roddy’s home in the Hebrides and Andrew’s studio in Dundee throughout 2020 while Scotland was locked-down. Roddy explains: “Andrew describes moments of the album as ‘Dystopian-pop’ which I think is as good a description as any. Lockdown gave me the sense of a collective melancholy, a shared remoteness and isolation – that has been a guiding influence throughout all the songs.”
Across his twenty-five year career, ‘Lo! Soul’ may well be Woomble’s most inventive, creative album to date. From undulating synths and ambient soundscapes in the abstract narratives of ‘Atlantic Photography’ and ‘Secret Show’, the sun-tinged horns of ‘Architecture in LA’, a mellifluous Mellotron or perhaps a piano chime. Here, the path is embedded with Roddy’s words delicately unearthing the known and never known.
Presented by Bristol Beacon
Age: 14+ (Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult)
“Woomble’s words may outreach from a place of isolation and introversion, but this album does more than stare at its creative possibilities – it embodies them absolutely.”
A band of one man, Michael Anguish writes songs about love and the confusion of the cosmos. Place, memory, nature, loss and dreamed of landscapes all come together here.
A founding member of seminal Glasgow folk rock band, Foxface – Michael Angus now utilises the moniker of ‘Michael Anguish’ to share tender, sad songs embellished with an impressive emotional range and raw inventiveness. In his own words, “a dancing diamond shin[ing] through the heartache.”
Bristol Folk House
Getting to the venue
Location: Bristol Folk House is located near Bristol city centre off Park Street, 300m walk from Bristol Beacon or College Green.
Address: 40a Park St, Bristol BS1 5JG
Bicycle racks are available within the venue’s courtyard garden. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.
Limited on street parking is available on Park Street (100m). The closest multi-story car park is Trenchard Street Car Park (483m).
Bristol Clean Air Zone
Bristol Folk House is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. View a map of the Zone and check if your vehicle will be charged.
College Green bus stops are 101m from the venue, with frequent services to and from the city centre. The nearest train station is Bristol Temple Meads (1931m).
Unfortunately Bristol Folk House does not have level access or accessible facilities. There are a total of 14 steps and a slope between floors to access the entrance, foyer and performance space.
This venue does not have an accessible toilet.
All assistance dogs are welcome in the venue and auditorium.
There is no induction loop facility at this venue.
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