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  • Jun 23 2024
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Image credit: Arianne Churchman & Benedict Drew

Famously, Midsummer Boulevard in Milton Keynes is aligned with the path of the sun at the summer solstice, which in traditional folklore is celebrated on the night of 23 June.

As part of the first Midsummer Festival, MK City Council invited Outlands to programme the evening music stage with a series of performances by contemporary artists and musicians exploring new approaches to traditional folk music.

Stick in the Wheel

Nicola Kearey & Ian Carter have been making music as Stick In The Wheel since 2013.
The radical East London duo are known for their intense live shows exploring the raw holler of folk, synths, spoken word and intricate guitar fuzz. They present full-force reworkings of centuries-old work-songs with fragments of ancient texts that speak to contemporary issues of class – an inherently political act. Their relentless approach to questioning traditional music forms is matched only by the energy that they bring to it. Full of hope and resistance, they continue to push forward contemporary roots music, whilst celebrating music from our collective histories – conjuring the past to point toward the future.

Arianne Churchman & Benedict Drew

Arianne Churchman and Benedict Drew are artists who make music, videos, performances and exhibitions. Their collaborative work looks at traditional folk songs and folklore, expanding and warping this material via electronics and sonic fictions. Since beginning their collaboration in 2020 they have been working on a series called ‘MAY’ and release a new collection of May songs each May Day on the Thanet Tape Centre label. These releases have recently been compiled as a double LP by the US record label Love’s Devotee.

Alongside their May releases they have made video work for the online artist broadcast project Transmissions, shown their work in the exhibition ‘Ultra Magnetic’ at Well Projects in Margate, contributed towards Bloxham Tapes releases, produced a radio work for Legion Projects and performed at Cafe Oto, Forma and iMT Gallery. Outside of their collaboration they maintain solo practices, collaborate with Natalie Kynigopoulou as the Orchard Sound Commune, and perform with the performance fiction Plastique Fantastique.

Ludd Puca

‘Ludd Puca, sometimes Jim Smith, AKA Dr. Raypower EKA Francium, specialist in invocations and orations. Fume Conjurer, kerb stumbler, cadmium mumbler, deposed street sofa majestie and Lucky tree believer. Consorting live with apparitions of every shape, make, form, fashion, kind and description.’

Ludd Püca

Photo Credit: Orlando Gili

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