2016 was full of shit, but also full of great musical releases! Few were better than the High Llamas' Here Come The Rattling Trees, an excursion into combining their exceptional musical arrangements with a stage production. Here Come The Rattling Trees is Sean O'Hagan's play about his local London neighborhood, Peckham, and the changes it's experiencing - something both personal yet easily identifiable for anyone who's lived in one neighborhood for a reasonable amount of time. This weekend, lucky Londoners have the royal privilege of seeing a full production of Here Come The Rattling Trees performed as it should be: acted and with the Llamas doing live musical accompaniment. It's on tomorrow (Saturday), at Union Chapel, followed by a special High Llamas set immediately following. Get your last minute tix now!
In other Llamas news, Sean O'Hagan has been commissioned to write a 50 minute piece of music reflecting the work of Basil Kirchin. Paying homage to the lyrical side of Kirchin's work with a specially convened ensemble (featuring 'Laber Tim Gane and others), the inspiration comes from I Start Counting, a song composed for the 1969 film of the same name. It all goes down Friday, February 17th!
Saturday, January 28th at Union Chapel in London, UK - High Llamas peform Here Come The Rattling Trees + more
Friday February 17th at Hull City Hall - Sean O'Hagan and Friends: We Start Counting