The Magic Lantern – Alabaster DePlume – Ditte Elly

Monday 7th November 2016


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The Magic Lantern & Alabaster DePlume play Newcastle as part of their UK tour and are joined by Ditte Elly. Come along for dulcet vocal, magical saxophone and poetic wonderings.

An artist dedicated to remedying the anxiety and fear present in everyone, his voice both lifts and calms the senses equally, as he applies jazz technique to a direct open presentation of original songs. Most recently joining Jamie Cullum at the BBC Proms, the singer and composer Jamie Doe is a rising star of London’s diverse music scene, who never settles without a challenge, and lives to spread love, calm and sincerity. Jamie had an immediately arresting voice that has been compared to Chet Baker and Jeff Buckley and a unique guitar style that takes elements of folk fingerpicking, Flamenco and West African music. He is currently recording his third album due for release in the Autumn of 2017.

“Very, very special” – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music

“Intriguing, compelling and exceptional. A man to watch” – The Guardian

Alabaster DePlume (Gus Fairbairn), is a performer, writer and musician. What her makes is jazz/folk with theatrical performance in it, that reassures with behaviour and sound while it challenges with thoughts and words. With a tenor saxophone influenced by 70s – era Ethiopian music and humour akin to Ivor Cutler, Alabaster has toured internationally and locally presenting instrumentals, songs and theatrical scripts that evolve, adapt and interact with the musicians, the audience and the occasion, for all present to know and enjoy the effect of their own presence

Since 2011 he has produced three albums on Manchester label Debt Records, toured Europe as a solo performer, produced short films, and written/performed a play with circus-aerial in Dublin. He has also presented a series or combined-arts event celebrating his work, and the work of others. His latest LP ‘Peach’ was produced by Paddy Steer, and accompanies the short film ‘I Feel Good’ directed by Melodie Roulaud.

You can hear Alabaster’s latest album ‘Peach’ HERE

“Cheerfully uneasy” – Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3

“The best artistic event I have ever experienced in my life” – Manchester Jazz Festival website

Ditte Elly is a Newcastle based folk(ish) singer with Danish heritage. Her music lies somewhere between Nick Drake and Joanna Newsome, and has been descirbes as “supremely dignifies and understated [in] manner”.

Her debut album, ‘Songs’, was released in March 2016, and can be heared HERE