Date: 20 February 2023
Barbican Theatre’s Soundwave Sessions live gigs come to National Marine Aquarium Plymouth this week!
Barbican Theatre, Plymouth is excited to announce their next Soundwave Sessions gig will be held at the National Marine Aquarium Plymouth, on Thursday 23 February, with artists and bands performing in front of the stunning Eddystone Reef tank.
Fittingly there's a distinct ocean theme with our incredible line up this month which includes:
Hands of the Heron is a dreamfolk trio from Bristol. Their instantly recognisable vocal harmonies are delivered by three frontwomen, each of whom brings a signature writing style to the band's mercurial sound. They move effortlessly between sparse choral folk and spellbinding chamber pop, richly layered with an assortment of strings, drones and reeds.
Their long-awaited second album 13 Moons was released in February 2021 and has been praised as "a wondrous collection of curious story-songs, choral singing and carefully layered instrumentation" (Joyzine) with "songwriting mastery that perfectly delivers reverberating folk-pop" (Tap The Feed). Esteemed jazz critic Ted Gioia recommended 13 Moons as one of his top recordings for 2021.
The Great Sea Choir are a mixed-voice a cappella folk choir directed by Julu Irvine and Heg Brignall of folk duo Suthering.
Based in Plymouth, the choir are known for their intricate and rhythmic arrangements and the high quality of their singing, brilliantly executing a wide range of folk music; from unique modern takes on traditional songs to textured, choral interpretations of contemporary music. Their sense of community, which is at the heart of what they do, shines through in their singing.
The choir pride themselves on having high musical standards and excellent vocal technique; they learn quickly and perform textured and often complex arrangements in up to eight part harmony.
The choir have performed in world class venues like Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and Bristol Beacon, receiving recognition for their debut EP Within The Sound from local BBC Introducing and BBC radio shows as well as becoming the winners of the 2016 Heart FM choir competition.
Call Of The Ocean
Call Of The Ocean are a group of Plymouth based musicians and vocalists aged 16-25 who write and perform original stories and songs about the underwater world, featuring hypnotic scores and voices.
Their appearance at Soundwave Sessions follows their performances as part of the sell out Live & Local At The Lido gig in July 2022.
Performing on Thursday 23 March are:
Aya El Morshdy
Soundwave Sessions are epic gigs at epic venues in the Plymouth area on the last Thursday of the month. The locations of these venues will often not be those traditionally associated with hosting live music. The first Soundwaves gig of 2023 was held at St Luke’s in the former Toys ‘R’ Us store on Western Approach and our first ever gig was held in 2022 at Stoke Damerel Church.
Laura Kriefman, CEO and Artistic Director at Barbican Theatre said
“The National Marine Aquarium is exactly the sort of venue we hoped to hold one of our Soundwave Sessions in. We want to hold gigs in unique and beautiful spaces and it doesn’t get much more beautiful holding one in front of the UK’s largest aquarium viewing panel while audiences experience incredible live music as a stunning array of local sharks, rays and other amazing ocean animals swim behind the performers! The lineup is amazing and with tickets only £10 it won’t break the bank either. We can’t wait for everyone to join us for this epic gig.”
Image: The Eddystone Reef tank room at National Marine Aquarium