Irregular Folks have teamed up with The Listening Room from the wonderful Arts at the Old Fire Station to produce this evening's inspired pairing. It is a specially curated music night that gives us lucky Oxford folks just another opportunity to listen to the very best sounds from acclaimed and emerging artists from Oxfordshire and beyond on the reg. Both Broderick and Dare are signed to Erased Tapes, an independent record label founded by Robert Raths that has been nurturing the best of the avant-garde from around the world for the past decade.
Douglas Dare, golden shirted with peroxide slicked-back locks, is a
It is this ability to make grandiose the individual human condition that shows true talent. Weirdly, in this sense he really reminded me of the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, someone else who picks up on individual elements of our tiny little lives and universalises them (see S.S. Hangover, shown at the 2013 Venice Biennale for a nice example). Our lives our so small yet so important. Sometimes we need to be reminded. ‘Swim’ and ‘Red Arrows’ were stand out songs for me. Dare ended his set with the latter, a stripped back a capella soaked in traditional folk, the lyrics encapsulating a sleepy, childlike confusion. This song exemplified the power of Dare’s voice, and casual depth in his poetic ability.
This gig was one of just three
Since reading more about Peter I realise this: he is a man of such extreme talent, creativity and thought, who cares if they have paid a tenner to watch him sing a song about a factory farmed chicken? We Oxfordians had been given the opportunity to see first hand a rare, rare mind. A mind that loves and is fascinated with life, and has the talent of making us all want to live it deeper. And for this reason, I want to end with a quote from Peter himself (borrowed and paraphrased from his Facebook page);
‘I love all music…I also love lots of other things along with music. I love food and I love to cook. I love books and all forms of poetry and storytelling. I love all living things from donkeys to dandelions and I also love things in which life is sometimes not so apparent to us humans like stones and mountain. I love the parts of our lives that are impossible to describe, the very subtle things that we feel that are so fleeting and amorphous and which there simply are not words for. I love the idea that perhaps no matter how many words we invent, no matter how much we dig to understand our experience, that we’ll never be able to understand it all, and that maybe the best way to describe this vase intergalactic-multidimensional-neverending-neverbeginning-mishmash-kalaidoscope-of-life is with no words at all. I love the great mystery.’
Thank you Irregular Folks and The Listening Room for bringing these musicians into our lives and for reminding us of human nonsense, and human beauty.