Alabaster DePlume

Thursday 9 November 2023

7:00 pm : Main stage

Standing

14+ (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult)

Tickets

General admission: £16.50 + booking fee
Student tickets: £5.00 + booking fee

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Stage times
Doors: 7.00pm
Thick Richard: 7.30pm – 8.00pm
Alabaster DePlume: 8.30pm – 9.30pm

Support comes from Thick Richard.

Manchester-born, London-based songwriter, saxophonist, poet and orator Alabaster DePlume has announced a new album – ‘Come With Fierce Grace‘ – as well as the album’s lead single ‘Did You Know‘, which features the hauntingly beautiful vocals of Momoko Gill (aka MettaShiba). Following a run of European shows opening for Bon Iver, Alabaster’s tour dates continue to expand, including a show at Metronome.

‘Come With Fierce Grace’ is a collection of tracks drawn from the same sessions as Alabaster’s much-lauded double LP GOLD (which was a Pitchfork ‘Best New Music’ in April of 2022, and included in ‘Best Albums of 2022’ lists by NPR Music, Pitchfork, The Guardian and MOJO). Rather than a collection of B-sides, it’s a continuation of the organic collaborative and improvisational process that he established… almost as if GOLD has grown a new limb or aged into a new phase.

On the album’s lead single ‘Did You Know’, singer and drummer Momoko Gill takes the key poem from GOLD and translates it into her own lyrics. Gill had already delivered the message of the poem and sang it across tons of shows with Alabaster – but with her performance on ‘Did You Know’ she lays out her own meaning for the words. In the background of ‘Did You Know’, you hear Alabaster playing the key melody that accompanied the original poem on GOLD; but here the feeling is re-established by the improvisers who were recreating the arrangement in the moment, purely for the sake of enjoying each other at the time.

Thick Richard

Thick Richard has supported acts including The Fall, The Lovely Eggs, The Courteeners, Jerry Sadowitz, John Hegley, Arthur Smith and Frank Sidebottom. Thick Richard has been heard a number of times on BBC radio, including presenting and writing BBC 6 Music’s Beat of the Day and performed live on the channel for National Poetry Day.

He has released 2 collections of his work with Flapjack Press, “Vaudavillain” 2017, “Read em and Weep” 2020 and was included in “NeurodiVERSE” a Flapjack Press anthology of neurodiverse writers.

Accessibility

Seated gigs offer disabled access within the first three rows inside the venue.
Standing gigs offer accessibility for disabled patrons in our mezzanine. We will always do our best to accommodate individual requirements, and other viewing options may be available at standing gigs following a risk assessment of the event.

Please click here for full accessibility information.

If you have any particular requirements or queries, please email us ahead of the event at [email protected].

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Alabaster DePlume

Stage times
Doors: 7.00pm
Thick Richard: 7.30pm – 8.00pm
Alabaster DePlume: 8.30pm – 9.30pm

Support comes from Thick Richard.

Manchester-born, London-based songwriter, saxophonist, poet and orator Alabaster DePlume has announced a new album – ‘Come With Fierce Grace‘ – as well as the album’s lead single ‘Did You Know‘, which features the hauntingly beautiful vocals of Momoko Gill (aka MettaShiba). Following a run of European shows opening for Bon Iver, Alabaster’s tour dates continue to expand, including a show at Metronome.

‘Come With Fierce Grace’ is a collection of tracks drawn from the same sessions as Alabaster’s much-lauded double LP GOLD (which was a Pitchfork ‘Best New Music’ in April of 2022, and included in ‘Best Albums of 2022’ lists by NPR Music, Pitchfork, The Guardian and MOJO). Rather than a collection of B-sides, it’s a continuation of the organic collaborative and improvisational process that he established… almost as if GOLD has grown a new limb or aged into a new phase.

On the album’s lead single ‘Did You Know’, singer and drummer Momoko Gill takes the key poem from GOLD and translates it into her own lyrics. Gill had already delivered the message of the poem and sang it across tons of shows with Alabaster – but with her performance on ‘Did You Know’ she lays out her own meaning for the words. In the background of ‘Did You Know’, you hear Alabaster playing the key melody that accompanied the original poem on GOLD; but here the feeling is re-established by the improvisers who were recreating the arrangement in the moment, purely for the sake of enjoying each other at the time.

Thick Richard

Thick Richard has supported acts including The Fall, The Lovely Eggs, The Courteeners, Jerry Sadowitz, John Hegley, Arthur Smith and Frank Sidebottom. Thick Richard has been heard a number of times on BBC radio, including presenting and writing BBC 6 Music’s Beat of the Day and performed live on the channel for National Poetry Day.

He has released 2 collections of his work with Flapjack Press, “Vaudavillain” 2017, “Read em and Weep” 2020 and was included in “NeurodiVERSE” a Flapjack Press anthology of neurodiverse writers.

Accessibility

Seated gigs offer disabled access within the first three rows inside the venue.
Standing gigs offer accessibility for disabled patrons in our mezzanine. We will always do our best to accommodate individual requirements, and other viewing options may be available at standing gigs following a risk assessment of the event.

Please click here for full accessibility information.

If you have any particular requirements or queries, please email us ahead of the event at [email protected].

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