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Sam Andreae saxophone, home-made instruments, balloons, voice
Odie Ji Ghast voice
David Birchall guitar, banjo, balloons, voice
Maggie Nicols voice

'This Friendship is Sailing' features Maggie Nicols and Odie Ji Ghast on vocals, Sam Andreae on saxophone and home made instruments and David Birchall on guitar.
The group came together with various remote sessions in 2020/21 which produced a release on Beartown Records, described by Fotis Nikolakopoulos on Free Jazz blog : “the music is great (...) both sessions feel like long stories that follow a thread that comes into being on the spot. Gurgles and voices, homemade junk (either be it “real” instruments or electronics), reed noises and a constant chatter of ideas and irony. One the best albums I’ve heard in a while.”
available here www.beartownrecords.com/product/this-friendship-is-sailing-live-on-curious-ear-radio

Jo Hutton reviewed the bands first in-person live performance at Café Oto during the summer of 2021 in The Wire:
“The effortless freedom of a child’s voice stops the band with an emphatic funky “huh”. This moment sums up the essence of Maggie Nicols magic: everyone is welcome. All her work is a gathering of disparate souls where everyone’s excellence is assumed.”

This performance led to the idea of organising a tour of afternoon gigs where everyone is welcome and everyone’s excellence is assumed! The idea was for the gigs to be inclusive and child-friendly but still focused on freely improvised performance. To help with this we had art and craft workshops running during each performance led by artists Naomi Kendrick and Andrew Kerr for everyone attending to get involved with.

The recording you hear here is the Glasgow date from the tour where a room and desk recording are combined to give a wonderful sense of the afternoon and the flow between the musicians and the action in the room.

David Birchall


released October 28, 2022

recorded 08 October 2022 by Rob Churm (Zoom H4n) and Stevie Jones (desk) at the Old Hairdressers, Glasgow

event poster artwork [detail] by Rob Churm


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