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Hellooooo!

Us again. Hope you're good!
Just a quick email to update you on the Spooker goings-on over the next few months.

... here we go...
Our next show
Alasdair Roberts
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Ben Bateman 

 
Thursday 13th September 
Spooker Attic

7:30pm 

 
We're pretty humbled (to say the least!) that Alasdair Roberts has agreed to come and play a super-intimate show for us in our little attic. Seen by several of our Spookers over the years (most recently, for me, supporting the Joanna Newsom in the pretty freakin' huge Albert Hall in Manchester), we can safely say that fans of folk are in for a treat with this one... Here's what all the fuss is about: 
 
'One of our most talented, important and relevant songwriters and song-adapters.' - Folk Radio UK

'Quietly escalating towards Scottish national treasure status' – Mojo

'An artist in consummate control of his art' - Uncut


Alasdair Roberts is a Scottish musician, born in Germany, who was raised near Callander and has been based in Glasgow since 1995. He is primarily a songwriter/composer, singer and acoustic fingerstyle guitarist as well as an interpreter/arranger of traditional songs and ballads from Scotland and beyond.

Since 1997 Alasdair has produced several full-length albums of music (initially under the name Appendix Out and later under his own name), primarily working with Drag City Records of Chicago. His most recent Drag City album is Pangs, a collection of ten original songs recorded with bassist Stevie Jones (Arab Strap, Sound of Yell) and drummer Alex Neilson (Trembling Bells, Alex Rex)– it was released to critical acclaim and a successful UK tour in February 2017.

Over the years, Alasdair has collaborated with a wide variety of fellow musicians (such as Will Oldham, Jason Molina, Josephine Foster, Mairi Morrison and Karine Polwart) as well as with other artists including poet Robin Robertson, puppeteer Shane Connolly of Sokobauno Puppet Theatre and film-maker Luke Fowler. In 2013 Alasdair became a member of the Scottish/English folk group The Furrow Collective, along with Lucy Farrell, Rachel Newton, and Emily Portman. The Furrow Collective has released two albums on Hudson Records, the most recent being Wild Hog in late 2016; the quartet won the accolade of Best Group in the 2017 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards.

Alasdair Roberts is one of a rare breed of musicians whose work has found 
favour with aficionados of both experimental/avant-garde music and traditional/folk music – as such, he has been the cover star of both Wire Magazine (March 2010) and fRoots Magazine (October 2003 and January/February 2017).
 
'Though it's all new, the weirdness of ancient folk is ever-present; he's a true original.'
The Observer ****

'Warm, complex but ultimately rewarding listening... what a joy to hear him cut loose, albeit delicately.'
Record Collector ****

'An album to rank alongside the already-classic The Amber Gatherers' (from a decade ago) and reveal new joys with each listening' 
fRoots Magazine


Support for this show comes from the wonderful folky singer-songwriter, Ben Bateman. He came along and played a set for us a couple of months ago, and we were all blown away. 

He's even got a couple of songs recorded, so show some love and give him a listen here.
 
Tickets available here
You can listen to Alasdair's music on Spotify by clicking here.

"What News" might just be our new fave.

Perfect listening to ease you into Autumn. 
Podcast
For those of you who were lucky enough to come and see Sarah, Peter, Elaine, and Harriet play the attic a few months back, (and for those of you who didn't, tbh) we've great news - you can enjoy more beaut music and chatter by all four of these music legends in our latest Spooker podcast - with some bits of Spooker-banter peppered in there too (for good measure). 

Hope you enjoy it! 
Even more upcoming shows
We bloomin' love Halloween... so we've decided to give you a Halloween Spooktacular, with a scarily good bill for the evening:

Dressed Like Wolves
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Old Muggins
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other spooky treats
Thursday 25th October, 7pm, Spooker Attic, £7
Tickets available here.
more info to follow sooOoOoOoOoon* (to be read in a ghostly voice*)
Another stonking lineup in the Spooker Rekkids attic in November. Like, mint as. 

Martha Hill 
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George Boomsma 

Andrew Smith 
Sunday 4th November, 7pm, Spooker Attic, £7
Tickets available here.
We're psyched to be bringing you a b-e-a-utiful December lineup n'all: 
 
Harri Endersby

James Kruman
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Dymphna
 

Sunday 9th December, 7pm, Spooker Attic, £7
Tickets available here
Attic Stuff

You know how our attic is kinda a little bit odd. Y'know, like lovely and cosy but with a twinge of creepiness about it? An edge of 'wtf is this place'? Well, we've some wonderful new additions to our decor coming very soon. That's all we'll say for now... oh, though it's safe to say that those little porcelain-faced dolls we already have in there now look pretty cute in comparison.  
That's your lot for now.
See ya soon!

Siobhan, Jon, Clare, Rach, Ben, Paul, Ricky, Rick, Dan, Az: The Spooker Team
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