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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Thu 17th Jul 2014
Wilton's Music Hall
Sam Lee burst onto the music scene in 2012 with his aptly named debut album, ‘Ground of its Own’. This startlingly original work garnered instant acclaim, an Album of the Year nomination from the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, three BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations and was awarded Roots Magazine Album of the Year. The recording was a musical manifesto, reflecting the unusual artistic journey Sam has taken so far. His impact on the music scene began several years before his emergence as a singer in his role as an award-winning promoter and live events producer under the banner of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Club of the Year, ‘The Nest Collective’. He has also been a teacher at Newcastle University and Goldsmiths College, and was awarded an Arts Foundation Award in 2011. Ahead of the release of his much anticipated second album in October 2014, Sam Lee and Friends have released a taster 4-track EP in May, ‘More For To Rise’, developed from songs collected by Sam from diverse parts of the Gypsy and Traveller community.
Best known for her score for Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, Jocelyn Pook is an award-winning composer who writes for stage, screen, opera house and concert hall. Other notable film scores include The Merchant of Venice, Brick Lane and L’Emploi Du Temps. Previous projects include a collaboration with Andrew Motion, Mobile, commissioned by The King's Singers and BBC Proms, Ingerland, commissioned by the Royal Opera House and Hearing Voices, a symphonic song-cycle about mental illness, with Melanie Pappenheim and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Her score for Akram Khan’s DESH received a British Composer Award (2012). Jocelyn's album Untold Things was rereleased by Real World Gold in 2013.
Jon Ronson's nonfiction books, The Psychopath Test, Them: Adventures with Extremists, Lost at Sea and The Men Who Stare At Goats have all been international and New York Times bestsellers. The Psychopath Test spent nearly two years on the UK bestseller list and ten weeks on the New York Times list. The Men Who Stare At Goats was adapted into a film starring George Clooney. His most recent book is FRANK: The True Story That Inspired The Movie, telling the story of his work with musician and comedian Frank Sidebottom. In the UK he writes regularly for The Guardian and his many documentaries include Stanley Kubrick's Boxes, The Secret Rulers of the World, and seven series of the multi award winning BBC Radio 4 programme Jon Ronson On… His first fictional screenplay- Frank - stars Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal. It premiered at Sundance and SXSW to great critical acclaim and will soon be on general release. He is currently working on a book about public shaming for publication in early 2015.
Gruff Rhys is known around the world for his work as a solo artist as well as singer and songwriter with Super Furry Animals and Neon Neon, and for his collaborations with Gorillaz, Mogwai, Dangermouse and Sparklehorse amongst others. For his latest multimedia project he has retraced the fantastical adventure of his 18th Century relative, the explorer John Evans. In search of a lost tribe of Welsh-speaking Native Americans, John Evans left Wales for America in 1792 with only a $1.75 in his pocket. Fiction, fact, fantasy, myth and music documentary collide in American Interior as Rhys uncovers Evans’ legacy to America, the true circumstances of his death, and his final resting place.