Hack Poets Guild At Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds
March 17 @ 7:30 pm GMT£10 – £15
Hack Poets Guild are a groundbreaking trio made up of Lisa Knapp, Marry Waterson and Nathaniel Mann. Their debut album was produced by movie composer and renowned producer, Jerry Diver, and features reinterpretations of broadside ballads found in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. The disposable song sheets (that would’ve once sold for pence, and were the forerunners of modern news media) gave a rare insight into the past whilst striking a chord with themes still relevant today. Celebrated film composer and multi-instrumentalist Gerry Diver helped in their exploration as a producer, and in adding fresh ideas to these past texts.
Across the LP, anecdotal, descriptive yarns are spun to a backdrop of atmospheric strings, rustic instrumentation and elegant vocal harmonies used precisely to communicate the victims as easily as they do the villains. The result is a compelling and thoroughly enjoyable balance between the traditional and contemporary.
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