Blue Orchids

BLUE ORCHIDS at The Old England Sat 16 September 2017 from 07:30 pm

BLUE ORCHIDS

 

Blue Orchids have just released their latest album, The Once And Future Thing, which shows Martin Bramah's songwriting to be as strong and diverse as ever, from the powerful opener "Good Day to Live" to the delicate and sensitive "Rosy Hours" and the twisted English city blues of "Motorway." Backing Bramah live is a new band comprising John Paul Moran (Monochrome Set/Rapid Pig) on keyboards and Vince Hunt (A Witnes/Inca Babiess) on bass. They'll be performing a set filled with classics from the group's entire catalogue. The current dates mark a long-overdue return to the stage for Bramah and his mesmerising, shamanic performances. 

The Once And Future Thing confirms Bramah's status as one of the Britain's most inventive and original guitarists and a superbly measured, thoughtful lyricist. Perhaps that's why Blue Orchids were chosen by Nico (Velvet Underground) to back her for several years; why his songs were covered by Aztec Camera, Sonic Youth, Dustdevils, Camper Van Beethoven, Crystal Stilts, Slovenly and many more; why he's been acclaimed by successive generations of musicians and writers for "making music which is introspective yet exhilarating, sad but stirring." 

The founding guitarist of The Fall and its primary songwriter on early releases, Bramah formed the Blue Orchids with two other disillusioned Fall members after the release of the Live At The Witch Trials album - with almost instant success. John Peel championed the 7" singles "Work" and "The Flood" and had them record two radio sessions. Soon after, a high-profile tour with Echo & the Bunnymen followed. Their debut album, The Greatest Hit (Money Mountain) topped the indie charts and delivered five classics still in the set today - "Sun Connection," "Dumb Magician," "A Year With No Head," "Low Profile" and "Bad Education."

Over the years, the members of Blue Orchids came to read like a Who's Who of independent music, including members of Dislocation Dance, James, The Smiths, Primal Scream, Buzzcocks and more.

Ten years after his initial departure from The Fall, Bramah rejoined for the band's Extricate album - to date, still the band's biggest-selling album . . . and then departed again, with Mark E. Smith telling him, "You're just too good for the band!" (likely the only time a Fall member left the band with actual praise from the irascible Smith!)

Having created one of early post-punk's most distinctive sounds with their strung-out keyboards weaving around inventive, discordant guitar patterns -- once described as "Phil Spector meets the Velvet Underground beneath the Blackpool illuminations" - the Blue Orchids now move on, determined to make the world a more colourful place. The Once And Future Thing will confirm Martin Bramah as an artist who has followed his muse and continues to write.

SUPPORT - The Charlie Tipper Conspiracy

The Charlie Tipper Conspiracy have a Bristolian pedigree as long as your arm. Lead singer Tim was in both the Flatmates and the Five Year Plan in the late ‘80’s, before joining the Beatnik Filmstars* for most of the ‘90s. In the 2000s he headed up Forest Giants and then took part in the Short Stories.Guitarist Jon Kent was a founder member of another of Bristol’s C86 squad, the Groove Farm, as well as being the original guitarist for the Filmstars.Bassist Geoff Gorton played in the Harpoons, then later Rorschach and major label outfit Santa Cruz.Drummer Simon Harris played in a number of Bristol’s lesser punk bands back in the late 70’s and then the Dangerous Roundabouts. 
The band formed in July 2013, under their original name The Charlie Tipper Experiment. 

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The Old England offers an excellent atmosphere for drinkers in the local community. 

Offering a good range of cask ales to suit all tastes.

Every Thursday night is open mic evening, starting from 9pm.

Children and pets welcome. We also have wheelchair access.

Address: 43 Bath Buildings Bristol, City of Bristol BS6 5PT * Click on the address to launch google maps.