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A Night Of Glass - Dan Whitehouse with Gustaf Ljunggren and special guest poet Jenny Mitchell

A Night Of Glass - Dan Whitehouse with Gustaf Ljunggren and special guest poet Jenny Mitchell

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Oct 04 2024 19:00 - 20:45
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A musical journey into the heart of glass in its myriad manifestations

A night of transparently wonderful music, storytelling and spoken word that holds a mirror up to the human condition, the human soul and the human heart - that takes you from smart phone screens to Stourbridge glass making in its exploration of ‘The Glass Age’ in which we now live. This is where the light gets in. 

Over the past two years, acclaimed singer-songwriter Dan Whitehouse has been in a transparently reflective mood with three albums all themed around the physical and metaphorical nature of glass.

Influenced by keeping in contact with his young son living in Japan, ‘The Glass Age’ explores our screen-fixated society's communication challenges. ‘Voices From The Cones’ commemorates glassmaking history in Stourbridge and ‘Reflections On The Glass Age’ offers mirror images of the first album, the same songs refracted through acoustic reinterpretations, intimately sung and played to distill the sweet melancholia of the material.

Songs and stories from these projects have now been gathered together for ‘A Night Of Glass’, a simple but hypnotic live experience in which, variously behind a piano or on guitar, Dan takes audiences deep into the heart of glass in its myriad manifestations, his expressively nuanced crystalline vocals, a hint of Bowie here, a touch of Cohen there, effortlessly mining a wealth of emotions and ideas. 

George Bernard Shaw said “You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul” a testament to Dan’s intoxicating songwriting, consummate musicianship and quiet, unassuming charisma with songs like ‘Rainbows Never End’, ‘Thin Blue Line’, the anthemic ‘New Love’ and the infectious, crowd-friendly ‘Work’, ‘A Night Of Glass’ is the melting point where art transforms.

Dan is joined on selected dates by Swedish composer and multi-instrumentalist Gustaf Ljunggren (who co-produced and performed on all three albums). Lungrenn also brings music from his own Floreana album. “He plays everything from Sax to Synth, Pedal Steel to Piano, and Banjo to Bass!” says Dan, “but above all else, he listens!”

Special guest award winning poet Jenny Mitchell explores how we might project ourselves into the world through clothes, especially when we've been dismissed because of the way we look.


Dan Whitehouse: “Gorgeous… intriguing” The Guardian

“Subtle and delicate melodies” The Sunday Times

Gustaf Ljunggre: “A gentle masterpiece” The Vinyl Anachronist

“Awash with luscious soundscapes of lyrical beauty” At The Barrier

Jenny Mitchell’s poetry “haunting in its capacity for resilience, beauty and redemption.” Daniel Bennett, Absence Club

VIDEOS

The Glass Age - Dan and Gustaf live in Copenhagen: https://youtu.be/-a8OaWJdxyE

Campfire - Dan - live at Real World Studios https://youtu.be/f-Fx0h0DL0M
Work - Dan - live at Real World Studios https://youtu.be/6dr7YWcA1oM
Olive - from Floreanna - Gustaf https://youtu.be/IxaCI7CiWH0

Organiser

Programming high quality World & Folk music in intimate, acoustic settings in Rotherhithe and beyond. By Tuned In Events CIC.

Venue

Finnish Church in London, 33 Albion St, SE16 7HZ London

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