Under the banner of the band collective “Keshanadram”, Ash Mandrake and Jenny Bliss bring their special musical connection to the Fabulous Furry Folk Night.
A journey through a range of emotional scenes, with unexpected twists and turns. Come to laugh, come to shed a tear. Come to be surprised and amazed and entertained. This is wild-card-fusion.
“JENNY BLISS is one of the best and most inspiring musicians I have ever come across. Beauty just pours out of every instrument she touches”
Jenny Bliss started her musical journey at 6 years old, when she taught herself to read and write music and play the recorder. She has since toured the world with leading early music ensembles, the Medieval Baebes and psychedelic folk bands playing live on Radio 3, at the BBC Proms and Buckingham Palace. She now lives in Glastonbury and is recording a ‘musical diary’ of this year.
Ash Mandrake incorporates music, loop machines, stories and comedy. He designed the double necked guitar, hats and costumes. This is folk rock, but many styles are used. He has been described as imaginative; an incredibly skilled musician and songwriter; unique, brave, and completely naturalistic.
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Doors open at 8 p.m. for an 8.30 start. Interval at 9.30 p.m., main act at 9.45
Admission: £8 / £6 concessions (on the door – no advance tickets).
More About The Ash Mandrake Act:
Entertainment, originality and quality: Sometimes we have to trust in the powerful imagination of another in order to truly experience something new…
“You’ve never seen anything like it. You’ll never forget it. You’ll never be the same again.”
(Roger Nuttal: Folk At The Oak, Bishop’s Cleve 2010)
Ash Mandrake Live is about Entertainment. Take a voice like Sting having swallowed an opera singer or Midge Ure crossed with velvet. Now multiply that voice by twenty, using modern loop machines. Throw custom guitars into the mix. Lay upon this the ancient craft of story telling – with spoken delivery that has been compared to Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins. The next step is to coherently weave a collection of exquisitely hand crafted hats through all that quality.
Yes… I said hats…
He makes them !
Having difficulty imagining how this might work? Please refer to the opening statement above.
And for the final cherry on the cake throw in stand up comedy worthy of Bill Bailey, but as surreal and surprising as Monty Python. Do you think that could work? here’s what other people have said about the Ash Mandrake phenomenon:
I always describe him as an eccentric story telling wizard. (Velvet Harding)
Magical mystical mayhem really sums him up. (Pete Farrier)He is a ONE OFF,and a magnificent ONE OFF at that!! (Pamela Bamford)
Many a time I’ve been asked “what” he is… I just say a unique happening…. (Bryony Edwards)
I was so impressed I bought three CDs straight off, at times he can sound quite Celtic and has a great voice and vocal range, sometimes so sweet it makes you think of Robert Wyatt.
(Jeff Berg, Unfretted 2016)
Somebody stole and spliced the DNA of Robin Williamson, Arthur Brown, and Captain Beefheart. there is no other way to describe – or explain – Ash Mandrake. A modern troubadour, complete with hats and travelling van.
“the feral folk phenomenon Ash Mandrake”
“singer-songwriter, guitarist and distinctive performer who plants roots music firmly back into the earth”
(David Metcalf: Bath Story Telling Circle 2008)
A good eccentric is hard to find and in a medium where many acts can sound the same, here’s one act that trumps so many in terms of stage presence, image and musical ability. With mutant instruments in his possession, he will take you on a ride that no amount of Frank Zappa will prepare you for! Grasp it tight, it’s Ash Mandrake!
(Brewtown Music 2013)
…imagine The Mighty Boosh as a one man show, being taken to a time of folklore, rock, dragons and bank managers, but actually being able to sing and play the instruments (and minus Bollo and Naboo). You would then have this great act.
(Tamsin Porter 2013)