The Cosmic Puppet (Tony Halsall), Michael Linden West and Jumble Hole Clough (Colin Robinson) provided a night of avant-garde merriment at the Nutclough Tavern in Hebden Bridge on December 30th. The Jumble Hole Clough set already saw the light of day, but now there is change to sample the music by the other two acct on the bill. Hebden Bridge was caught up in a major flooding in the days leading up to the gig, but by piping in power from a neighbouring source the gig was still on.
The Cosmic Puppet set took a bow to the heyday of English Seventies prog with luscious vocal melodies riding on top of intricate keyboards, while both Michael Linden West and Jumble Hole Clough opted for an all-improv approach, playing guitar and an assorted array of effects. West comes close to the ambient Sci-fi niche with to lengthy meandering tracks, while Robinson goes for more accessible freaky stuff by stacking loops - he gets only one track on this album but the full set is available here.
Live at the Nutclough Tavern 30th December 2015 is released thru Clangroyd Music. Buy it (pay-what-you-want) from their website. Throughout January all proceeds will be donated to Calderdale Flood Relief Appeal. The flooding made a mess of Hebden Bridge and cleaning things up will be a costly affair.Tracks:
- The Cosmic Puppet - Beauty in the Strangest of Places
- The Cosmic Puppet - Inside She's Dying
- The Cosmic Puppet - Pretty Gifts
- The Cosmic Puppet - Vulnerable (But Strong)
- The Cosmic Puppet - The Whole Half-Truth
- The Cosmic Puppet - The Reject
- Michael Linden West - Down The Plughole
- Michael Linden West - Cavern
- Jumble Hole Clough - Vegan Trout Lunch
It looks like the Nutclough Tavern is turning into a proper outlet for adventurous music. On January 23 Martin Roberts will play there with Tony Evans, supported by Tess Connor-Kavanagh and Jumble Hole Clough.
HCTF review of Live at the Nutclough Tavern 30th December 2015 (Jumble Hole Clough).