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Crake & Precious Metals 15 February 2020 7.30pm to 10pm

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Crake live in a world where it is perpetually Autumn – but are also based in Leeds. The alt-folk four-piece impart reflective and (sometimes) hopeful songs about the harder side of holidays, romantic falls from grace, a search for place, and a sudden overwhelming concern for the rapid depletion of top soil.

2019 saw Crake release their third EP, 'Dear Natalie', and complete their first European tour supporting Big Thief (!), which included their biggest show to date, at The Roundhouse in London.

Precious Metals
Support comes from local, lo-fi, surf pop delights, Precious Metals, whose recent release ‘Snake’ deals with the challenges constrictors face when physically expressing friendly affection.

£5 advanced tickets (+£1.10 booking fee to charity) from PFTP

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Free history talk: “Benjamin Creswick: Ruskin’s Walkley Working Class Hero.”

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Monday 24th February 7.30pm - 9pm 

“Benjamin Creswick: Ruskin’s Walkley Working Class Hero.”

Benjamin Creswick was a Walkley knife grinder (1853-1946) who Ruskin hailed as a “youth of true genius”. He became Ruskin’s protégé and went on to become an influential figure in the Arts and Crafts movement and a much commissioned public sculptor.

Free talk with Simon Ogden

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Anura, Painted Faces + Persona 23 April 2020 7pm - 10pm

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Anura is the downer pop project of Brendan Landis (fka Hey Exit). Sometimes heavy and melancholic, sometimes airy and delicate.
"I'm used to the solo guitar workouts from Brooklyn's Brendan Landis to be somewhat noise-oriented, but this one moves with heavy pop gauze layering that makes me think of Azusa Plain and the like – the avant wing of the shoegaze scene... Pretty wild."
—The Wire
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Painted Faces is the solo recording project of artist/musician David Drucker born in Miami, Florida but based in Queens, New York since 2011. Sometimes there are other members playing live and on tour. It is usually a solo endeavour, and the bulk of the recordings have been done as such. Painted Faces has always been a home recording solo project, one-man-band style heavy on psychedelic / outsider folk / noise / experimental vibes   (Rough Trade)
He writes and records all the music for Painted Faces on his own often using borrowed equipment and whatever he has laying around in terms of instruments and percussion.  He has no specific “sound” for it is constantly changing and evolving, just like his songs themselves.

Persona is a guitar and vocal based collaboration of Sheffield based New Yorker, Raquel Vogl  and Claire Williams. Their music combines dislocated breathy vocals with angular, percussive guitar.
Raquel has a rich past as part of the NY and Washington DC punk scenes.  (Raquel and Claire are also part of the group People Here). Claire Williams (aka Myrtle) sang in the Canyon Family and Former Lover (with Dorian Cox of the Long Blondes).
The duo cite Annette Peacock, Talking Heads and Sei Shonagon’s  The Pillow Book as influences.
'Sweetly chilling excellence' Benjamin Cockayne
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Free history talk: “Joseph Paxton”

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Wednesday 4th March 7pm -9pm 

Ann Beedham  - “Joseph Paxton”

Local author Ann Beedham tells us about the life of the prolific Victorian Joseph Paxton. He has local connections with his work at the gardens at Chatsworth House, but was a nationally important figure, also famous for building the Crystal Palace in London.

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Utility Tapes Label Launch 7 March 2020 8pm to 10pm

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Utility Tapes Label Launch
7 March 2020 8pm to 10pm
Utility Tapes
Founded by Tye Die Tapes contributors, Utility Tapes is a cassette tape label releasing left-field, outsider music. Whilst the music output of the label will be diverse it is unified by a clear visual aesthetic, eschewing bespoke album artwork for uniform packaging with slight variation. Each release will be strictly limited and will not be re-pressed when its initial run has finished.
This event is the first in a series of events that will be held during 2020 and marks the release of the first three Utility Tapes (UT01-03).
UT03 - Sammartino
For the past 3 years Sammartino has been studiously crafting the technology soundtrack to the Endtimes. The mysterious masked man's latest release on Utility Tapes sees him wrangling 1980s synthesisers and unexpected acoustic elements into a reworking of 3 older songs. Expect conspiracy theories, hymn sheets and classic Sheffield synth-pop hooks.
UT02 - Space Malk
Space Malk is the house band of Utility Tapes. Featuring members of Night Flowers, Acid Mass, The Silver Reserve and naisian, the trio will be bringing the rudiments of their debut album "Land of Malk and Honey" to Bishop's House. The band's music is created using the Asenburi method which involves long improvisation sessions (spanning many hours) which are then edited down to orthodox song lengths. The band will be performing a half hour set featuring elements of their present and upcoming releases.
UT01 - Zejma
Folding layers of ambient and harsh noise, Adam Zejma will be improvising based on the upcoming collaborative release with Minnesota Nice (Ben Hinz of Drawfcraft Devices) - "Houdini King". The performance will include samples of Minnesota Nice's contribution to the collaborative release which will be accompanied and manipulated live.

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Waterless Hills & Nick Jonah Davis 13 March 2020 7pm to 10pm

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Waterless Hills fuse elements of Eastern European and Middle Eastern-folk music melted into the coldly stark foundations of droning post-rock.
The group consists of Andrew Cheetham (drums/percussion), Gavin Clarke (bass), C Joynes (guitar) and DBH on violin.
'Their album 'The Great Mountain' was recorded in one day direct to 1/4” tape at Hallé St Michaels, Manchester. All tracks were wholly improvised, and the tapes document a slowly-evolving interplay and, at times, ‘on-the-edge’ exchange between the players.' It's Psychedelic Baby Magazine

Nick Jonah Davis is a guitarist based in rural Derbyshire.
He has released four albums of original solo instrumental guitar works, drawing primarily on British and American folk traditions, on labels including Tompkins Square and Thread Recordings.
'Visionary stuff' - Bruce Russell, Wire Magazine
'(Davis) invites the listener into a world bounded by the resonance of his tunings and the vividness of his evolving melodies' - Bill Meyer, Dusted
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Pefkin & Luki 18 March 2020 7.30pm to 10pm

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Pefkin is the solo project of Gayle Brogan, one-half of the psych-pop duo Electroscope and Barret's Dottled Beauty. Pefkin can be characterised by their enchanting combination of folksong, strings and drone. Drones and electronics flutter around the stark and brittle strings, carried by Gayle's hushed utterings.
Pefkin has several releases on Sheffield’s own Sonido Polifonico Records

Luki is a singer, pianist and synth player based in Glasgow. She began her musical career by accident (in her late twenties) after making a soundscape for a toilet at a party and realising, quite suddenly, that everything before had been a mistake.
Luki’s music sounds like it should be in a mysterious, enrapturing film – it’s narrative driven, evocative, and with delicate touches of the surreal (Pink Wafer).  Her ‘witchy soprano, elegant piano and synth create a sense of time and place out of joint, as if Delia Derbyshire and Brian Eno set up shop in an Edwardian parlour’ (Stewart Smith, The List)

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Free history talk: Weird and Wonderful Creatures of the Medieval Bestiary

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Monday 6th April  7.30pm - 9pm 

Elaine Mein demonstrates as Agnes Peterkin “Weird and Wonderful Creatures of the Medieval Bestiary

When it came to fabulous animals like the unicorn, dragon or griffin, it is debatable whether medieval people believed that such creatures really existed. Some undoubtedly did (as some still do today). As for fabulous creatures mentioned in the Bible, (as unicorns and dragons are), the problem became more difficult; if the Bible is acknowledged to be the true word of God, any animal it mentions must surely exist.

With the help of illustrations from “The Bestiary” Agnes Peterkin reveals the wonderful range of fabulous creatures. What they can do, where they live and how to protect yourself from them.

Please note that we cannot always guarantee a seat at our free talks - please arrive early to be more sure of a seat.

Me Lost Me, May Days in Barcelona & Antique Doll 16 April 2020 7pm - 10pm

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Me Lost Me is the solo electronic music project of artist/musician Jayne Dent; a mesmeric mix of thudding rhythms, lush vocal drones and haunting melodies. Her live performances are atmospheric, dark and playful experiments in sound and storytelling, taking inspiration from a wide range of genres including folk music, electronica, pop, noise and ambient music. Jayne uses the voice as her main instrument alongside a concertina, looper and sampler to create her unique, genre-defying music.
Since self releasing her debut album 'Arcana' (2018) and follow up EP 'The Lay of The Land' (2019) she has been touring extensively and has recently performed at Northern Electric Festival, Kelburn Garden Party and The Manchester Folk Horror Festival.
"I think we could say without any fear of contradiction that John Peel would have loved ‘Fools Gold’ by Me Lost Me - what a brilliant, peculiar noise."
Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 6 Music)
"If Sandy Denny and Laurie Anderson had made an album together it might have sounded a bit like this (Arcana)" - Tallbird Records

May Days in Barcelona is the work of multi-instrumentalist Simon Clowes. Live shows are based around Simon using up to 4 loop pedals simultaneously, to create a melodic wall of sound, with violins weaving over fuzzy shoegaze guitars and analogue synths, drawing on elements of Post-Rock, Minimalism and Baroque Pop.
Recently, he has been meticulously crafting a world of achingly beautiful music in the form of his latest EP, Kestrel Variations, a release that connects five interlinking sections bringing to mind flight, seasons and the passing of time

Antique Doll are a ma-and-pa duo that create “moth-like music” in their living room. The euphonious duo are based in the UK and their music falls somewhere between a medieval lullaby and a stripped-down folk hymn. Imagine the renderings of ancient folklore set to music, echoing down the halls of an abandoned stone-age castle. The couple behind the music, Richard and Fiona, produce the music as it comes to them – without any rules or reservations. (RadioTrails)
‘Spooky’ Stuart Maconie, Freakzone BBC6 Music
‘I got a CD through with sort of handwritten scrawlings on it and a picture of a couple of birds on the front... I knew immediately this had to be great’  Tom Ravenscroft BBC6 Music
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Joni Tuson, Shivelights & Rainy Day Woman 18 April 2020 7pm - 10pm

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Joni Tuson is an incredibly gifted singer songwriter currently living in West Yorkshire; originally hailing from South Africa. She cites her influences as George Oryema, Baba Maal, Joni Mitchell, Eryka Badu, Kelly Joe Phelps and Cassandra Wilson amongst others.

Joni has performed with many bands ranging in genre from soul, ska, funk and folk rock. Most recently she was part of Sheffield's premier soul and funk party band, Papa Soul, to whom Joni lent her amazing powerhouse lead vocals.

She will be bringing a pure, stripped down evening of solo acoustic music to Bishops' House and promises a beguiling mix of tranquillity and passion. The night will see her perform a combination of original material and covers. This will be an evening of charm and surprises.

Shivelights are a contemporary folk fusion band based in Sheffield, UK. They create fresh arrangements of traditional and original tunes, with influences from folk, poetry, minimalism, experimental and world music. This collaborative collective consists of composer, writer and performers fusing these different skill sets to create their musical output. The combination of their vastly different musical backgrounds enables them to take the genre in a unique and exciting direction.
"Attractive mellifluous energy and subtlety. Liked and subscribed" Bernard Charnley
"Harkening to other times and places... evocative acoustic guitar and woodwind instrumentals" Folk Phenomena

Drawing from alt-country, bluegrass and the folk canon of an 'old, weird America', Rainy Day Woman play sparse, unhurried folk music. Releasing their second EP ‘Home’ in January 2020, the young duo have been playing their unique songs - complete with desire, betrayal, pub lore and feminist rage - to audiences in the UK and Australia. Rainy Day Woman have been gigging around the UK since 2016, with notable past shows including London Folkroom, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Coventry’s Big Comfy Bookshop and Sofar Sounds shows in London, Bristol and Birmingham. Autumn 2019 saw their first Australian tour, including dates at Sydney’s Humph Hall and Canberra’s Smith’s Alternative.

“A genuine joy live, Rainy Day Woman’s music is bright, light and effortlessly gorgeous. Hannah and Gabriel pull off something magical every time... A real joy to watch, without fail.” Folkroom Records, London


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Free history talk: “Bread on the Table: Sheffield Women in the 1920s”

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Wednesday 6th May  7.30pm - 9pm 

John Stocks “Bread on the Table: Sheffield Women in the 1920s”

A celebration of the courage and resilience of working class Sheffield women in troubled times 100 years ago, focusing on childbirth and domestic life. 

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