Eastern Promise returns for its seventh outing and this year, for the first time, performance and visual art will be joining the mix of vibrant and diverse live music.
Offering an eclectic multi art festival over two nights, Eastern Promise brings the best musicians and performers from near and afar to the East End of Glasgow.
FRIDAY 6 OCTOBER - FROM 6.30PM
PICTISH TRAIL: Born out of a compulsion to make infectious, melody driven music from a treasure trove of secret sounds, Pictish Trail’s spectral songs are filtered through a sun-warped pop lens, where heart-pumping guitar shriek-outs collide with sampled gurgles and fractured lyrics figure-skate over sine-waves of glacial synth.
MAKE A HOO: Presented by Sita Pieraccini and Feral Arts. Tropical hills and the Sri Lankan plains set the scene for a young woman’s journey as she strives to reconnect with her identity and the world in which she lives. Inspired by an artist residency in Sri Lanka and featuring elements of local folk songs, Make a HOO combines projected imagery, an inventive use of sound and energetic movement, to weave together the story of a day and night in the life of this young woman.
VISIBLE CLOAKS: Globally influenced ambient music duo Visible Cloaks, from Portland, will perform new album Reassemblage and will be accompanied live by digital and installation artist Brenna Murphy who extends the album’s exploration of global headspace into a visual reality.
SATURDAY 7 OCTOBER - FROM 5PM
ACHILLES: Presented by the acclaimed Company of Wolves in association with Platform, Dance House and Citizens Theatre, enjoy a re-imagination of the myth of Achilles in a heart-stopping solo performance by Ewan Downie. In a fusion of storytelling, dance and song, Achilles is the story of a man’s exorcism: a burning out of his vulnerability, his rage, and his humanity. This performance will be part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival 2018 produced by Puppet Animation Scotland.
THE SEXUAL OBJECTS: Fronted by the mercurial Davy Henderson, Sexual Objects will delight with latest record Marshmallow in all its dirty twisted, glam glory. Summer 2017 saw the Triassic Tusk label release a limited edition of Marshmallow and a 4 track 10-inch remix EP ‘Sometimes’ which includes a lovingly amplified orange squash reimagining of the title song from the Boards of Canada mind flask.
RM HUBBERT PERFORMING TO BY THE LAW (Po Zakonu, 1926): Legendary film director Lev Kuleshov adapted a short story by Jack London to produce this pared-back Soviet Western. Enjoy a new accompaniment for guitar written and performed by multi-award-winning, post-rock, Scottish composer and song-writer RM Hubbert.
LEYLA JOSEPHINE PRESENTS HOPELESS: Award-winning spoken word artist, Leyla Josephine takes audiences on a journey through the apathetic attitudes of millennials’, with her new show ‘Hopeless’. Through quick-fire poetry and dark comedy, Leyla asks whether we can really make a difference or, if in fact, everything is broken beyond repair. Hopeless examines millennials’ apathetic attitudes to the world and audiences can expect a fiery collision of theatre and spoken word all tied together with a powerhouse performance.
Fresh from Edinburgh Festival, Pauline and the Matches will create an interactive performance space and installation. The group comprises of established, multi-media performance and sound artists and the project is based on Heinrich Hoffmann’s cautionary tales, the allegory of which has exploded within contemporary culture.
Pauline and the Matches will feature: Belinda Gilbert Scott, Sarah Ketchington and Jarsdell Solutions Ltd - made up of duo Michael Barr and Rae-Yen Song.
Glasgow based artist, Colin James Tennant’s, ‘Paint it Red’ exhibition will also be showing throughout Eastern Promise. The contemporary portrait of Easterhouse is the culmination of a year-long photography project that has developed through conversations, interactions and experiences with local people gained while working in Easterhouse. The work explores the local landscape; the social history, its personalities and the human spirit that contribute to this notoriously misunderstood community.