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Bell Lungs / Antique Doll

Category: Previous Events Published on 29 August 2018 Nick Robinson
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Friday September 28th 2018

Doors 7.30pm for 8pm start

Bell Lungs, aka Ceyan Hay, is a one woman band, who uses layered electric guitar and violin, tuned percussion, field recordings and effects to create shifting atmospheric soundscapes with elements of psychedelia, folk, improvisation and dream pop. Weaving through is a remarkable and disarming voice described by David Keenan of The Wire as 'elemental' and by RaveChild as “a truly remarkable voice, like cut quartz”.

Ceylan, who hails from Edinburgh, is playing at Bishops' House as part of her European tour promoting her new release, “Suk Ninmyo”, a cassette tape (with download code) of instrumental sound experiments.

Listen: https://bell-lungs.bandcamp.com


Antique Doll are a slightlydelic folk duo from Sheffield, described by Shindig magazine as: ''...haunting female/male vocal harmonies that recall eerie '70s kids TV shows like Children of the Stones and The Owl Service as much as they do Donovan, Vashti Bunyan or The Wicker Man soundtrack...'

Rarely playing live but featured on BBC6 Music's Stuart Maconie (Freakzone) Gideon Coe and selected by Tom Ravenscroft for his 6Music Recommends show.

Listen: https://antiquedoll.bandcamp.com

Bishops' House is a tudor house museum situated at the top of Meersbrook Park in Sheffield. This is an intimate setting with great atmosphere and sound, but capacity is limited so please book to avoid disappointment.

We are unlicensed but you can bring your own.

Tickets are £6 in advance, a small number of tickets will be available for £7.50 on the door but please book to avoid disappointment.

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Åyusp / Freelake

Category: Previous Events Published on 18 August 2018 Nick Robinson
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Friday October12th 2018 7.30pm

Another excellent double-header of electronic music.

Åyusp
A new collaboration between Graham McElearney and Paul Mills, born out of a common love for our favourite German electronic music, influenced in particular by all the usual suspects - the mighty Tangerine Dream of course (especially the golden line up with Peter Baumann) , along with Neu, Harmonia (and basically anything with Michael Rother in it!), Kraftwerk, Ash Ra Temple, Klaus Schultz, Popol Vuh, Brian Eno etc etc....

ÅYUSP are working not only on their own material but also doing a bit of "Audio Archaeology" along the way, and have recently recreated an excerpt from Tangerine Dream's 1975 York Minster gig, which up to now has only existed in bootleg form...

website

Freelake
Prepared electronica with live instruments- a cross genre journey in a wide sonic landscape exploring the possibilities of rhythm and sounds, using Ableton, Korg MS200, Microbrute and Wavedrum, with looped electric harps, bowed electric bass and Idiopan. Freelake is the alter ego of frostlake , spectral psych-folk artist and member of the improvising rock band Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere, all found on www.discus-music.co.uk

SOLD OUT

Mike Higginbottom - “Temples of Sanitation”

Category: Previous Events Published on 26 July 2018 Nick Robinson
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Wednesday October 3rd 2018

Sanitation was the prime environmental concern of developing societies in the nineteenth century.  The growth of conurbations, especially in London and the industrial north of England and lowland Scotland, presented local and national government with urgent, desperate problems – water-supply and sewerage.

Practical solutions took most of the nineteenth century to achieve, and in the process of engineering the healthy sanitary condition which later generations take for granted, the politicians, managers and designers of the nation’s water-supply and sewerage systems left a wealth of high-quality buildings, gigantic engineering works and attractive landscapes across the country.

The Cunning Woman

Category: Previous Events Published on 26 July 2018 Nick Robinson
Hits: 160

Wednesday September 12th 2018

"Elaine Mein, The Cunning Woman. Concealed Objects and written charms: protection in the medieval period.”

More details to follow

James Ewan Tait & Robbie Thompson

Category: Previous Events Published on 08 July 2018 Nick Robinson
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Tuesday August 7th 2018
7.30pm

Pigeon Hands present the hometown date on James Ewan Tait and Robbie Thompson's August tour, the rest of which will be announced shortly. Come and join James and Robbie for a special homecoming show in the stunning 500 year old, half-timbered Bishop's House, nestled at the top of Meersbrook Park.

Robbie Thompson
Post-industrial troubadour known for the transportational power of his vivid imagery.

“In his solo work, Robbie Thompson takes several steps back from the Buffalo Skinners’ full-bodied, rumbling storytelling and instead uses songs to pick out moments, giving them room to breathe… Thompson's vocals are striking, a very old voice bristling with fresh emotion."
- Now Then Magazine

"Utterly beautiful" - BBC Introducing

Last summer Thompson released a stripped down collection of his solo material, recorded at Yellow Arch studios:
https://robbiethompson1402.bandcamp.com

James Ewan Tait
Experimental songwriter noted for his unmistakable croon, and deeply personal delivery.

“Like all the best vocalists, Tait allows his voice to become strained and cracked with emotion as he reaches the highs and lows of expression... proving beyond doubt that Tait can master the whole spectrum of honest emotion.”
– Now Then Magazine

“This remarkable songwriter is producing some uniquely enjoyable music.”
- Pink Wafer

Last autumn Tait’s debut EP, recorded with his producer and a selection of local musicians, was released on Tait’s own nascent Pigeon Hands label. https://jamesewantait.bandcamp.com/

Advance tickets are £5 (+£1.10 booking fee) from here.  Booking fees go to charity.

£6 on the door, but please be aware that there is limited capacity. BYOB

The Beekeepers, The Gamebirds and Dovercourt Quartet.

Category: Previous Events Published on 23 May 2018 admin
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The Beekeepers, The Gamebirds and Dovercourt Quartet
Friday June 1st, 7.30pm
 

The Beekeepers play lovely arrangements of medieval/early and traditional (folk) tunes in harmony, producing a unique blend of music with a mellow feel that everyone can enjoy - ‘chamber music’ with a bit of a difference. The Gamebirds are a women’s quartet singing traditional music in harmony, specialising in close harmony arrangements from the folk repertoire.
Dovercourt Quartet are a line-up of soprano, alto, tenor and bass and will be performing West Gallery Anthems, Barber’s Shop and Madrigals. 


All proceeds to Friends of Bishops' House, (many thanks to the performers!),
Free glass of wine or juice

Tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-beekeepers-the-gamebirds-and-dovercourt-quartet-tickets-44525944298?aff=erelpanelorg

Adrena Adrena + Trans/Human

Category: Previous Events Published on 17 April 2018 Nick Robinson
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Friday 18th May 2018 7-9.30pm

Having filled Audacious Space last autumn, Adrena Adrena return for another unique A/V experience, this time in the surroundings of Sheffield's 16th Century Bishops' House.

Adrena Adrena is a collaboration between visual artist Daisy Dickinson and drummer E-Da Kazuhisa, previously the drummer of the Japanese noise band Boredoms and currently British electronic/post-rock band Seefeel (Rephlex, Warp Records).

WATCH - NEW VIDEO CYBALS - https://youtu.be/7aeoKVeq3OU

The duo cut a raw blend of drums, noise and organic visual work, featuring in their performances an eight foot white sphere that hangs above Kazuhisa’s drum kit and which Dickinson maps videos on to; her work was described by William Barns-Graham of Fluid Radio as ‘cosmological and transcendental, drawing attention to the wonder of the earth and our sensuality on it’.

As a duo, their debut was at the International Festival of Projections in early 2016 and have since performed at The ICA London, End of The Road Festival, Supernormal Festival, Splice Festival, Zorofest in Leipzig and other shows across the UK and Europe, with Acid Mothers Temple and members of Can, Faust, Wire and Bo Ningen. The pair completed a short film in 2016. ‘Man on the Hill’, which features E-da playing drums on fire in the mountains. The film has since been featured on the British Council Film website and in 2016 was nominated for The BFI London Film Festival, Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica Film Festival, Vienna Short Film Festival and the London Short Film Festival.

Earlier this month they announced the release of their new record Cybals/Toy. Released via an exclusive pre-order window by Champion Version.

Joining them on the night will be acclaimed former Sheffield noise duo Trans/Human, who are currently based between Gateshead and London. Employing noise making devices including mobile phones, radio, cassette tape, prepared electric guitar, processed drums, strobe lighting, contact microphones, field recordings and feedback systems, Trans/Human’s concerns lie within the physical act of music making and its relationship to environment and audience.

LTD Tickets via - http://bit.ly/AdrenaAdrenaBishopsHouse

 

Professor John Moreland “Reforming Bradbourne: the impact of the Reformation in the Peak District”

Category: Previous Events Published on 15 April 2018 Nick Robinson
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Monday 18th June 2018 - 7.30pm

This presentation will use evidence from Bradbourne’s Anglo-Saxon stone cross and the church to chart the ‘progress’ of Reformation in this part of Derbyshire. The material evidence and the texts speak to us of iconoclasm, destruction, resistance and eventual Reformation. There will be some references to the situation in Sheffield, especially with regard to its Anglo-Saxon cross. In conjunction with the University of Sheffield 500 Reformations

Free entry, but please arrive early to be sure of a place.

Chris Kolonko - Sheffield’s Wartime Anti-Aircraft Defences

Category: Previous Events Published on 15 April 2018 Nick Robinson
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Wednesday 4th July 2018 - 7.30pm

Find out about Sheffield’s wartime anti-aircraft defences and the part they played in the defence of the city during two World Wars. This talk by archaeologist Chris Kolonko will investigate the development of anti-aircraft defences, looking at surviving examples in and around Sheffield and how these would have operated during air raids. He will also bring some anti-aircraft gun related items from his collection.

Free entry,  but please arrive early to be sure of a place.

Sally Goldsmith - Thirteen Acres: John Ruskin and the Totley Communists

Category: Previous Events Published on 15 April 2018 Nick Robinson
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Monday 14th May 2018

A utopian project with a cast of wonderful characters: John Ruskin at his paternalistic best, cycling Quaker Henry Swan, argumentative socialist Mrs Maloy, ex Chartist and Shelley enthusiast Joseph Sharp, brave gay sandal wearing Edward Carpenter. And a little film.

 

Juxtavoices

Category: Previous Events Published on 13 April 2018 Nick Robinson
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Sunday 15th July 2018 
4pm

Sheffield's groundbreaking antichoir, Juxtavoices, have created a new piecewritten specifically for Bishops' House. For this composition, Juxtavoices will be using the actual fabric of the building and its mysterious sounds and spaces in order to create an unforgettable sonic experience for the audience - we can't tell you exactly what we're going to do, that would spoil it!

We will be previewing the piece in a brief performance at 3pm, while the house is still open to the public, and then again at 4pm with some extra material.

Juxtavoices is an anti-choir of 25 mostly untrained voices whose repertoire includes members' own compositions and arrangements of classic modernist poems and found texts. The scores provide structure but freedom of pitch allows improvisation to shape the detail so that no two performances are ever the same. Audiences are unfailingly surprised by the Juxtavoices sound. Some try to name-check composers in the avant-garde tradition but none quite fit. Some shudder at the dark theatricality, some hear the humour, some are outraged while others feel an irresistible urge to join the ranks. This is singing on the edge of not-singing or vice versa, a music only previously heard in a sound-poet's dreams. The group enjoys unusual acoustic spaces - furnace floor or bear pit or library stairwell - as well as churches and more conventional concert venues. It hopes to create a chord which will startle the ghost of Thomas Tallis. Directed by Martin Archer and Alan Halsey Juxtavoices uniquely combines the outer reaches of improvised music and innovative poetry.

Admission free

Bob Hedger / Modulator ESP

Category: Previous Events Published on 11 April 2018 Nick Robinson
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Saturday 19th May 2018 7.30pm

Bob Hedger, from Paris, AKA Jah Buddha, makes electronic, ambient synth music. He also plays in UKKA, his collaboration with Shankara and the Glissando Guitar Orchestra, but tonight he’ll be performing his own synth soundworlds

https://jahbuddha.bandcamp.com

Modulator ESP is Jez Creek from Nottingham, he makes fantastic synthesiser music, using an ingenious table of synths, effects & mixers used to produce vast shimmering notes, sparkling chords, profound bass drones, with fascinating melodies that emerge & then subside

www.modulator-esp.co.uk

Bob and Jez will perform solo sets then combine to perform an improvised set as Hedger & Creek. Doors open 7.30pm for a 8pm start.

Cost £5.00 in advance, or £6.00 on the door

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