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Vanishing Shapes and The Squeezebox Trio


Fri 1 Jul 2016, 7:00pm–11:45pm

Where: The Gaelic, 64 Devonshire St, Surry Hills, New South Wales

Restrictions: 18+

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: tmerrikin

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Vanishing Shapes, are on tour again this July! With a van full of kooky progressive folk music sporadically bursting at the seams in townships and cities from Melbourne up to Bellingen! Performances will blend the familiar sounds of various trad styles, to the other-worldly soundscapes and breakneck syncopations of our own making. Audiences can feel free to indulge in the wild range of sounds, whether that be through dancing, crying or escaping to other dimensions.

The Squeezebox Trio: Purveyors of Gypsy Swing, Sydney act The Squeezebox trio take the driving rhythms of 1930’s Django Rienhardt and combine it with the intensity of Eastern European Balkan music to give one hell of an energetic performance. Add in a few Russian drinking songs, some Disney film classics, more than enough self-deprecating humor and there you have it. Thomas Hodson draws on his time spent touring Europe to bring out the niches of the Balkan tradition, while Javen Sanchez sets a solid Gypsy Jazz foundation with a flamenco flare. Finally, Michael O’Donnell’s draws eclectic mix of gypsy and bluegrass violin to provide some gorgeous melodies over the bands well-arranged three-part harmonies.

Vanishing Shapes originally formed at Newcastle Conservatorium of Music planning a once off performance of three traditional folk pieces. During improvised based rehearsals they wrote their first piece, The Road to the Cuckoo’s Nest, a twisting ten minute arrangement featuring bastardised renditions of the traditional melodies over constantly shifting harmonic and rhythmic textures. They have since been pushing themselves to defy the laws of tradition in folk music, creating narrative driven pieces that bounce between being playful, harrowing and ethereal. Vanishing Shapes have put out two releases; a full length album entitled Urcheon, and the concept EP Tiny Planets, which saw a landmark development in the band’s collaborative writing efforts.