The Abandoned Country Fair (Indoor Folk Gathering Show)
THE FAIR IS BACK IN TOWN!
With more subtleties of contemporary folk.
We cordially invite you to revisit and appreciate the sounds of a lesser known tradition. Your presence and support will definitely breathe soul into our renderings.
Come one, come all and meet the merry folks and unwind to our music.
*Please book your tickets early as our space is limited to 80px only.
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Hanging Up The Moon started off as the solo project of Sean Lam, ex-frontman of Concave Scream, one of Singapore's pioneer indie bands. Recorded entirely in his study in the wee hours of the morning, the self-titled debut album was a stripped-down affair, its quiet sound captivating both critics and listeners alike.
In the follow-up album, Hanging Up The Moon explored a different soundscape with the help of good friends and fellow veterans of the local music scene: Dean Aziz (Concave Scream), Leslie Low (The Observatory) and Victor Low (Affixen). “The Biggest Lie In The World” was launched at the Esplanade Recital Studio, playing to a full house. The album's first edition of 350 hand numbered LPs has since sold out and is currently pending a reissue.
With “Immaterial”, Hanging Up The Moon moves even further away from its singer-songwriter roots and continues to evolve both in sound and set-up, with Alexius Cai (Piblokto) joining the line-up. This new album is our most lush and ambitious project to date. Layers upon layers of vocals meet their match in violins and cellos at times epic and soaring, at times subtle and grounded — all set against Hanging Up The Moon's signature melodies, riffs and rhythm.
Hell Low’s music is steeped in melancholia. Like words in a diary, his lyrics are a mirror to a soul drawn into despondency by the rituals of living and dying in Singapore. He sings with absolute honesty, flitting between anguish, despair and hope. His intricate guitar textures and tendency to drift away on tangents unconstrained by the folk genre.
Hell Low will be joined by his soul mates chamber pop chanteuse Suhui Hee (Anise) on violin, vocals and xylophone and ambient soundscaper Eswandy Sarip (Life Without Dreams) on synth and vocals.
"Doom-folk troubadour, Hell Low, regales the audience with exquisitely crafted acoustic tales about the Singaporean condition.” - bandwagon.sg
Karen Nunis Blackstone is a singer/songwriter and visual artist now back in Malaysia after many years in Japan, Singapore and the US, where she sang in various collaborative efforts and exhibited her artworks. She also writes and co-writes music best described as "East meets West”, fusing the idioms of jazz, blues and folk with traditional Southeast Asian elements.
While her first album, “Give Me Sanity” received significant radio airplay in the US and Japan, her second album, “Dark Sun Big Rain” was nominated Best English Album at the AIM (Anugerah Industri Musik) Awards in Malaysia in 2009; and also received 2 nominations at VIMA 2009 (Voize Independent Music Awards) for Best Female Singer and Best Genre Bender.
Apart from performing in Malaysia, she has also played in Japan, the US and Singapore.
The Cotton Field Scarecrowes is a Malaysian indie folk band formed in 2013, comprising Johann Sultan, Shahrhyl Sultan, Damian Xavier & Praveen Mathews, are mining a pool that’s perhaps rarely been mined on these shores (not as unabashedly, anyway), but not every artiste is hoping to have an album or songs race up the charts for the sake of commercial gain. And Dancing Hymns And Broken Rhymes, the band’s recently-released debut, represents an artistic statement that goes against the grain of convention.
Dubbing the album as ‘bleak folk hymnody’ (“A whirlpool of melancholic symptoms and jubilation,” as described by Johann), the debut is a collection of what he would call ‘hope songs’. An album where the bands’ differences and similarities come to a meeting point they affectionately liken to a ‘hope note’. There’s an oblique quality to how the band defines their music – hopeful, melancholic, vintage instruments, aged whiskey, God’s grace – but there’s one thing that is constant with these key words, they’re parts of a story.
In Johann’s own words as appropriated by us, The Cotton Field Scarecrowes are “something to escape with.” And with that, God bless.
Mystery Tapes is the recording and stage name adopted by singer-songwriter and radio deejay Zack Yusof starting back in Jan 2014. What began as a stripped down, singer-songwriter project for the former Free Deserters founder and frontman has now evolved into something with much wider scope involving live drums and bass guitar. Harvey Chamberlain and Shaneil Devaser are the band's regular collaborators on drums and bass respectively.
Describing themselves as playing “folk pop blues with a post punk mindset”, musical touchstones for this project include the intimate four-track recordings of the lo-fi independent set of the early nineties; selected English folk from the sixties; The Wrecking Crew; David Bowie; Neil Young; Gruff Rhys and the field recordings of Alan Lomax among others.
-PLEASE TAKE NOTE-
Limited Seats : 40px
Floor Seats (Stage Area) : 20px
Standing Room : 20px
Max Hall Capacity : 70 - 80px only.
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM MYT
- GASLIGHT CAFE, KL
EARLY BIRD RM30.00 AT THE DOOR RM38.00
- Venue Address
- 15-2, JALAN MEDAN SETIA 1, PLAZA DAMANSARA, BUKIT DAMANSARA 50490 KL Malaysia
We are above NEROTECA Restaurant & Blue Elephant • Right Up The 3rd Floor
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