Sotones Records presents:
Anja McCloskey & Band / Etao Shin at The Art House, Southampton.
Anja McCloskey is a half-German, half-American singer and accordionist. Ever since her grandpa started playing his accordion to her as a little child, she wanted to play it too.
Having worked with various bands (The Irrepressibles, Moulettes, Haunted Stereo) and solo artists (Katy Carr, Helen McCookerybook, Ana Silvera, Dan Whitehouse), she decided to start her own project in 2010. Two albums later, she has toured the work in the USA, Canada, UK and Europe and has been awared the prestigious Musicians Benevolent Fund Emerging Artists award.
“Sultry folk, like a Romany gypsy cabaret show.” (Q Music)
“Smart songwriting from an emerging talent.” (R2 Rock’n’Reel Magazine)
Etao Shin is a weird rock band from Bristol via Southampton. They play unconventional songs with improvised jams, raw delivery and a balance of harmoniousness and noise in live performances. Their songs range from afrobeat-inspired odes to immortal light bulbs to free-jazz monologues by invented gods, and many of their songs are very queer (in both senses of the word).
Their song “A Solitude Sheer” was declared one of legendary music journo Everett True’s 100 Favourite Songs of 2013 on collapseboard.com and they have garnered favourable comparisons to Cardiacs, The Fall and Tune-Yards in praise of their recordings, but they are best experienced live in unusual venues. With this show, the band are celebrating the release of their debut album "The Fool" on Sotones Records.
Our Director Paul Bickmore (better known as Bik) spends a lot of his time tracking down a varied, interesting range of performances for us to host here at The Art House.
A seasoned musician himself (as well as being the man who does the sound engineering on the night - something he does extremely well), Bik hand-selects the very best acts to showcase in our gallery space - his criteria?
<-- They have to make him feel like this - and they will have the same effect on you, we promise.
We are a city centre venue and parking can be in short supply. If you are driving, please make sure you leave plenty of time to find a space click here for a map of where the nearest parking spaces can be found.
We recommend Kings Park Road car park:
We are about 10 minutes walk from Southampton City Centre train station (head up the hill toward the Guildhall clock tower) and on the route for most city centre buses (the Unilink U1 stops virtually outside.)
Events are generally suitable for adults, young people and older children - children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, however. Young children are also welcome to come along but be aware some poems and songs may contain adult content (although we try to keep these until after children have left!)
Most events are held on our first floor, accessible by a wide staircase with a sturdy banner. Comformatable seating is provided. We regret that, due to space and other constraints, we are generally unable to relocate our events to the ground floor for those who require ground level access - so sorry.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Events are open to all ages unless otherwise stated, however please note that our mission is to provide creative activity primarily to adults, therefore most of our programme is aimed at 16 years and over. Performances may include stronger language.
Life drawing classes are open to over 18s only.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
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What can/can't I bring to the event?
Please don't bring your own food or drink to The Art House.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
The best way is by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
If you have a smartphone, we prefer that you save paper and show us your ticket on a phone.
What is the refund policy?
Tickets are not refundable unless the event is cancelled.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
As long as the person making the booking is with you, that's fine.
Experience world class, fringe and local acts up close and personal in our intimate gallery space.
Most timings for performances list the doors open time, which is usually 30 minutes before the performance starts.
We also have a full programme of regular groups, workshops and socials here - click here for more information about these and to visit our main website.
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