Dark Northumbrian is a new project imagined up by Steve Malley of Morpeth... We have played a couple of gigs so far, at the Star and Shadow, Newcastle, and as part of Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow. We are playing a couple of gigs this June at the Cumberland Arms, Newcastle and Sin Eater Festival, Shropshire.
The line up will be Steve Malley, Cath Tyler, Seth Bennett, Aby Vulliamy, Alasdair Roberts, Phil Tyler, Lucy Farrell, Barnaby Stradling and Mary Ann Hampton
“This is true soul music evoking the unique lives of the Northumbrians - their celebration and their struggle. Voices are used as instruments of melody, emotion and history joined in communality, evocative of the times the songs are drawn from and the community of spirit inherent in those times. Instruments are employed masterfully and sympathetically, the skill of the players evident in its dexterity and the necessary presentation of low-lit atmospheres; a unity of understanding amongst people for whom this music is them. It is as though time-travels through them. The audience draws a breath before applauding, a brief silence for contemplation of gravity, humour and atmosphere. Engaging with this music requires understanding of its role as deliverer and release. It may be a collection of impeccably skilled players and singers but it’s much more - an urgent recollection of lives lived and living”
“Like many others, Steven Malley has developed from raucous electric shards of noise to folk virtuoso. Now, with his new project, Dark Northumbrian, he has expanded his palette from sharp monochrome to a Rothko-esque hue of colours. With a revolving group of musicians, bringing in Cale-like viola, banjos, string bass, the sighing melancholy of the musical saw, male and female voices and others shades, pictures are painted that soundtrack not only the sepia if the past but also relate to the defined HD of the future”.