|Friday 12 June 2015 @ 09:00pm : -
Gill Sandell & Chris T-T
Our friendship is older than our adulthood; we were teenagers when we met. We’ve played on each-other’s records; hung out on tour; argued, advised and commiserated about books and politics – but never made music as a two. We started searching out trad songs for an imagined folk duo, for an imagined gap in our schedules. We went so far as to dig around at Cecil Sharp House and pay daft money for an 1860s ballad collection in a Buxton antique shop. Quietly the idea pickled.
Then in Autumn 2013 for two months we travelled together on a tour bus, up and down the backbone of Britain, playing cards, running into service stations for chocolate at 4am while everyone slept. There we found something tangible to hang it on – a thread running through that meant we could grab songs from anywhere; not just an arbitrary folk repertoire. The following Spring, one night we sat in Digger Barnes’ beautiful Hamburg apartment drinking his Venezuelan rum and it all fitted - we just had to get it on tape.
So we present WALK AWAY, WALK AWAY. Other people’s songs, old and new. Loyalty and loss. People coming apart. Wild spaces. Loneliness versus solitude.A long drive alone through a thunderstorm. And today’s nomadic life – hi tech, yet old fashioned. We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we loved making it. - Chris & Gill, London, January 2015
Gill Sandell has developed rapidly as an independent singer/songwriter and guitarist in the last few years. She also plays accordion and flute, and sings backing vocals, as part of Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo, and collaborates regularly with other musicians and bands. Her debut album Tarry Awhile has contributions from fellow bandmembers of The Red Clay Halo, Timothy Victor''s Folk Orchestra, and Magoo. The second album Light The Boats – released in September 2013 – also features guest appearances from Adrian Crowley and Chris T-T. Her lyrical modernist folk and sweet delivery conceal a dry wit and some darkly complex and carefully nuanced songwriting.
Writer and music maker Chris T-T is one of the UK’s most consistently acclaimed underground artists. Active since 1997, Chris has released nine albums, including a trilogy about London: The 253 (2001), London Is Sinking (2003) and Capital (2008), as well as influential political protest record 9 Red Songs (2005) and most recently The Bear (2013).
He has written for Dark Mountain, Louder Than War, Huffington Post, NME.com, New Public Thinkers and for four years wrote a weekly column on the arts in The Morning Star. He has spoken at TEDx, Boring Conference, Great Escape Convention, SOAS, Brighton Digital Festival, Interrogate! at Dartington Hall, AIM Music Connect, Leeds University, Falmouth University and many others.
In summer 2014 Chris launched his weekly late night radio show - Chris T-T’s Midnight Campfire, on Juice 107.2 (Sussex, UK) and archived at TotallyRadio.com (worldwide). He also launched small-scale creative consultancy, Lo Fi Arts to handle his (and his allies’) non-music creative work.
“One of the great underground artists of our time.” ~ Jon Snow
“Outstanding, indispensable genius. A modern-day Blake.” ~ The Sunday Times
“A national gem of a songwriter.” ~ The Independent
“The genius that is Chris T–T." ~ Huw Stephens – BBC Radio 1
“Chris T–T is a man that we can trust with our lives. If he was standing for Mayor of London, I’d vote for him." ~ Steve Lamacq – BBC Radio 2
“Chris has inspired me, made me laugh and given me pause for thought ever since ‘Eminem Is Gay’ landed on my desk back in 2003. London Is Sinking is darkly brilliant, while 9 Red Songs is rough, ready and compelling" ~ Tom Robinson – BBC 6Music
“The genius of Chris T-T’s songwriting is his ability to humanise even the most outlandish conceits, until they seem instead like brilliant ideas nobody else would’ve come up with." ~ The Guardian