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United Bible Studies + Swift Wings: Victor Neuberg's Sussex Poems (Justin Hopper & Sharron Krauss)

A double header of occult-psych-folk-psychogeography from some of the scene's leading lights. For a seated audience.

United Bible Studies

For more than 20 years, Ireland’s mystic folk/outer wyrd psychedelic noise collective United Bible Studies have conjured alchemical mixtures of spectral trad, krautrock-influenced improv grooves, rural kosmische and devotional drones in a restless quest taking them from atmospheric innerspace deep-dives to shamanic explorations of distant edgelands.

Last year’s twin releases Divining Movements and West Kennet Ascension, parts two and three of a themed trilogy exploring the psychogeography of landscapes in Ireland and the UK, won widespread critical acclaim, featuring on Mojo’s Top 10 Underground Albums of 2021 list and picking up airplay on BBC 6Music, as well as winning rave reviews in The Wire, TheQuietus and Terrascope.

More than 200 people from around the globe have passed through the wyrd folk collective’s amorphous roster over the last two decades, with the current creative core revolving around Alison O’Donnell (ex of cult 1970s psych-folk band Mellow Candle), David Colohan, Dom Cooper and Graeme Lockett.

Hailed as ‘the leaders of the New Weird Ireland scene’ by the Sunday Times, United Bible Studies have also been described as ‘powerful stuff… could summon the dead’ [Mojo], ‘a masterclass in the wyrd, delivered by some of its finest modern practitioners’ [TheQuietus] and ‘emanating from a place where primal, slightly dangerous forces live - conjuring improvisations from pastoral forms and earthy drones, their art teeters between fierce exaltations of the flesh and celestial spiritual journeys’ [The Wire].

Swift Wings: Victor Neuburg’s Sussex poems
Justin Hopper & Sharron Kraus

The poet, publisher & occultist Victor Neuburg is best known for his early, tragic relationship with the infamous Aleister Crowley and, later, for ‘discovering’ Dylan Thomas. But in between, from 1920-1930, he published a string of eccentric and beautiful books from the British counterculture. For Swift Wings, psych-folk musician Sharron Kraus has composed new music for a selection of his Sussex landscape poems, performed by Kraus and writer Justin Hopper as a follow-up to their Ghost Box Records album Chanctonbury Rings. (This performance accompanies the Strange Attractor Press publication of Obsolete Spells, a new anthology of Neuburg's publications edited by Hopper.)

Tickets £8 / £7 concessions.
Doors open 7.30pm, starts 8pm.

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