Fence Records Week-Long Events!

Fence Records presents
with The Fence Collective and special guests
Tuesday 8th – Friday 11th August, 2006
as part of the Pittenweem Arts Festival, Fife, Scotland
Tickets £10 each night, available from link

Since 2004, Fence Records has provided a weeks-worth of musical nourishment as part of Pittenweem's Art Festival … and we're back again this year!

The East Neuk of Fife, in Scotland, is home to FENCE RECORDS – a micro-indie music label , with a resolute D.I.Y. work ethic, and a healthy assortment of musical styles and facial hair. The label's output is reserved exclusively for members of THE FENCE COLLECTIVE – a loose-knit amalgam of singer-songwriters, musicians, bands and electronic artists, who collaboratewith one another on record, as well as on stage. Well known members include KING CREOSOTE, JAMES YORKSTON, LONE PIGEON and KT TUNSTALL. The Collective's music is often described in the press as “folk” – and, while this isn't strictly true in the traditional sense, their tendency to hand-down and share songs with one another is very much in the folk spirit.

For their third consecutive year at the Pittenweem Arts Festival, The Fence
Collective will be returning to the New Town Hall – an intimate, and
charming venue – to stage four evenings of music from all over the UK and
beyond. Each night will be hosted by King Creosote and The Pictish Trail,
and there will be performances from various members of the Fence Collective, as well as some special guests.

Adrian Crowley is a firm Fence fave. The Dublin singer-songwriter has
performed at our Homegame Festival for the past two years, and has just
completed recording his fouth album with James Yorkston. His voice has a
remarkably warm lilt, that reverberates straight through you – his sonorous songs being the perfect backdrop for watching the sun disappear. He'll be performing with members of Adem and The Elysian Quartet. Do not miss!

Our first great export! Singer-songwriter, James Yorkston, hails from the
East Neuk, and currently resides in Edinburgh. He writes mostly original
material, but also arranges and performs some traditional songs. His own
songs are placed in the here and now, but are delivered (both musically and lyrically) in a language that defies a specific era. His multi-talented
backing band, The Athletes (double bass/banjo, drums/lap-steel and
piano/accordion), complement this fusion of the contemporary and the
traditional – switching between soft/understated rhythms and whirling
dervishes. This is explored further on James' forthcoming third album (The
Year of the Leopard, due for release in September) and we've been told that he'll be test-running some of the new material for this show – so it's a
must see for fans!

We're extremely chuffed to announce that Glaswegian singer-songwriter, Emma Pollock, will be performing at this year's festival shows. Emma sang with legendary Scots band, The Delgados – who, over their 10 years together, released five truly classic albums and received a Mercury Prize Nomination. They disbanded in 2005, to concentrate on the running of their label,Chemikal Underground – but Emma's is continuing to record music. She's now signed a deal with London label, 4AD, and will be releasing her solo debut within the next year. Her songs are mesmerising – folk waltzes, driven by a pure voice.

Brendan Massei is Viking Moses, a travelling American songwriter who has
managed to avoid much critical attention despite touring non-stop for the
past decade. His music veers between delicate and gutteral – one minute
he'll be softly humming a blissed-out summer tune, and the next he'll be
singing/wailing/bellowing straight from his belly. His cover of the Dolly
Parton classic 'I Will Always Love You' is perhaps the most emotionally
gut-wrenching performance ever committed to record!

To round off our week in true Fence style, we've invited the psychedelic
free-folk sounds of The Skygreen Leopards. They are a five-piece, from sunny San Francisco, and are part of the Jewelled Antler Collective/Label – a “loose assortment of prolific groups” who swap instruments with one another, and create brand new songs. Can you guess why we invited them, now?!

The shows run from 8pm until late each night. Tickets are on sale from
www.thefenceshop.com, and cost £10 for each night. You can save yourself some dosh by buying a week-long pass, which gets you into all four events for the measly sum of £30!

It really is a top event – and a great place to be with friends. After each
show, we'll be going to the pub for last orders, and a good ol' boozy
sing-song … so come along!

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