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“...Pulls together a plethora of stylistic references: folk, avante rock, dance, global, jazz, sampling, you name it- in an original and exciting way that is all his own.” —The Scotsman
The Martin Green Machine started life as Lau accordionist Martin Green’s commissioned piece for last year’s Celtic Connections’ New Voices series. Wild noise carvings, voices of unspoiled beauty and a brass band shrunken and mutated during their trip through time and space sit atop a back-line of broken beats and ferocious grooves. Girls, brass, beats and accordions, they’ve got it all!
Green brings together some of the most prestigious and eclectic talent from England and Scotland to form a new collective. Edinburgh jazzer Sophie Bancroft shares vocal duties with recent Bonnie Prince Billy collaborator, Inge Thomson. Brass living legend Rick Taylor with Fergus Kerr (french horn) and Andy McKreel (tuba), were regular players with the SNO and other leading orchestras. Back-line is provided by Barnaby Stradling (Eliza Carthy, Blowzabella) and Ayrshire rhythm master Alyn Cosker. The many terrifying talents of Tom Cook include electronics, guitars, sound manipulation and live sampling (Tom is a producer of drum’n’bass and electronica, working out of his native Brighton under the name “Manni”). Add to this mix accordion problem child Martin Green playing accordion, samplers, and more and you have the formidable new album First Sighting.