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Fri 18th Jan
@ Heighington Village Hall, Darlington
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"Taking the more muted moments of Florence + The Machine, a more accessible Portishead and Ellie Goulding’s angrier little sister and mixing it in a sparse little electro sound-lab has created something particularly enthralling. The beats gently lurch forwards while the electric melodies pulse and sparkle in the shadows allowing Mostyn’s voice to take centre stage in all its breathy elegance." Listen with Monger blogspot.
The Blackheart Orchestra are a British singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist duo comprising long term collaborators Chrissy Mostyn and Richard Pilkington.
The band blend musical styles in a non-conformist way seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create their unique, highly individual, emotion-drenched music.
One moment their sound is minimalist and fragile, weaving melodies and atmospherics with silence to create ethereal musical landscapes that leave audiences and critics describing their work as haunting, enchanting and captivating. Other times the pair create a mountain-like wall of sound using ancient synthesisers, electronic drums, acoustic, electric and bowed guitars and bass to create vast energetic symphonic climaxes.
The band have drawn comparisons to Kate Bush, Ellie Goulding, London Grammar, Pink Floyd, Steve Reich and Ludovico Einaudi.
The Blackheart Orchestra have toured extensively in the UK, Australia and New Zealand and are touring with 60s legend Melanie Safka before embarking on a headline tour of Europe in November.
“A great band” Aled Jones BBC Radio 2
“Beautiful and powerful. Their music is inspiring.” Steve Hackett, Genesis
“Their music gives me the chills! So beautiful.” Melanie Safka
“Utterly magical” John Gilmore, BBC
“Absolutely beautiful” Good Morning TV (New Zealand)
“They take their audience from heartbreaking to uplifting in a single song” Western Star (Australia)
“The Blackheart Orchestra remind us why music lifts us up” Dalton Delan, American Public Television (USA)
“The pair sound like an 8 piece band, incredible” Sally Naden, BBC Radio
“Supremely gifted” Nottingham Post
“Stunningly beautiful, this duo are on the fringe of true greatness” Kensington and Chelsea Today, London
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Venue: Heighington Village Hall
DL5 6PN 54.596237, -1.615761
→ Heighington 14 min walk