A megatastic EXPLOSION of jump-up folkadelic, gypsy jazz, theatrical musical madness!!! Featuring the mighty festival royalty, forest of fools; Leicester’s experimental gyp-hop outfit, Homeless Shakespeare and the story telling gin-reaper Aldous Pinch.
CELEBRATING THE SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE & THE CULTURE OF LIVE MUSIC!
Independent Venue Week is a 7-day celebration of small music venues around the country and a nod to the people that own, run and work in them, week in, week out.
forest of fools fuse traditional instruments with funked-up, high tempo beats, charting a course into the depths of the musical unknown. Where no single tune is exactly as it seems, this is Acoustic Dance Music but not as we know it!
In the blink of an eye, you’ll be whisked from the courtyards of Medieval England, to an underground warehouse party. 180 BPM D&B and Jungle Drum sections masterfully interlaced with African Percussion set the tempo for a high-energy supernova of effects-laden trance-folk Melodeon and psychedelic Lead Guitar. Harmonious funk-laced Bass Guitar sits alongside didge-inspired, multi-phonic Sousaphone Brass to create a sub-bass frenzy with serious groove. The resulting composition is as ground-breaking as it is sonically beautiful; a true musical odyssey for the 21st Century.
Joe Doyle started Homeless Shakespeare as a solo singer-songwriter in 2013, and has since produced a repertoire of over 30 original songs stretching across numerous styles. Starting the project intent to do something different, he is now renown for being nothing but ‘different’ with idiosyncratic sound, a stage persona that deconstructs what it is to be a live performer, theatrical performances and comedic audience banter.
2017 saw the release of his 2nd self produced album WAVES, which launched with the first full band, focusing on ‘gyp-hop’ (gypsy-jazz and ragtime blues inspired hip hop). The band weaves between psychedelic jazz ballads and exciting gypsy rap epics.
Aldous Pinch (aka Crazy Aldo, aka The Reaper) is a teller of tales and keeper of secrets. His shady past and dubious future have intrigued many. When he’s not sitting in his Cabin, herfing on a cheap Dominican cigar, sipping rum straight from the bottle and playing his battered Ukulele he can occasionally be found shouting strange and incomplete stories at unwilling audiences far and wide.