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  • Overview

    Inspired by the selkies of Scottish folklore:  water-dwelling beasts who morph from seal to human upon landing ashore. Siren is the debut album by Sealionwoman: comprising a duo of vocals, doublebass and electronics.

    The material on Sealion’s debut album Siren, released in October 2018, originally stemmed from a narrative live concert called ‘Selkie’, in which spectres of folklore, electronic drone and contemporary dance were intertwined to form a truly innovative live performance.  This was performed at Brighton Fringe Festival and VAULT Festival in London.

    Sealionwoman was formed by way of a fortuitous, chance meeting of Scottish-born jazz-influenced vocalist Kitty Whitelaw and double bass player Tye McGivern.

    The stripped-down  duo  line-up  of  Sealionwoman  coalesced  around  Whitelaw’s  rich  and beguiling  vocal  and  McGivern’s  atmospherically  inventive  approach  to  his  instrument.  A defiantly  uncategorisable  sound  was  born,  equally  informed  by  melancholic  soundscapes, torch-song  transgressions  and  rapturous  drama. McGivern  offers  Bad  Seeds-style  atmospherics  influenced  by  noir-jazz  degenerates  Morphine and  a  Colin  Stetson-esque  approach  to  minimalism.  This  is  masterfully  fused  with  Whitelaw’s theatrical  inspired  vocals,  taking  inspiration  from  iconoclastic  vocal  stylists  like  Beth  Gibbons, Circuit  Des  Yeux’s  Haley  Fohr,  and  Sarah  VaughanSiren is  a  work  capable  of  luring  any adventurous  soul  onto  the  rocks.

    Supported by

    Chris Dowding (solo)

    This solo project by Chris Dowding creates a soundscape of shifting melodies and hypnotic patterns. These pieces are formed from poems, translated into melodies using an alphabet system devised with the band Natural Causes. Previous performances have included St. Paul's Sessions in London and Electroacoustic Experiments in Brighton.


    Albertine are a Norwich based collective performing improvised music.
    Making use of pre-prepared minimal stimuli, the group create soundscapes which span a spectrum from fragile moments of beauty to cacophony.


    Age: All

    Running time: 2 hours including an interval

  • Booking

    Tickets: £10
    Bookings: 01603 598646 / Online

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