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FIREBRAND MANAGEMENT is proud to announce that we are representing ANTHONY PHILLIPS original guitarist with GENESIS who has gone on to release over 30 solo albums. June saw the release via Esoteric/ Cherry Red of a new remixed and expanded 5.1 version of his instrumental album Slow Dance with bonus tracks as part of a series of releases. In October his 1979 album ‘Sides’ will be released in a similar 5.1 expanded format in Esoteric. Here’s a link from the original recording of ‘Slowdance’

BJ COLE fresh from his recent appearance on Later with Jools Holland, and various guest appearances at the Maverick Festival
in Suffolk, will be teaming up with Hardanger Fiddle player SIGRID MOLDESTAD for a series of Norwegian dates this month. In October he joins singer songwriter PETER BRUNTNELL on the road on his UK tour.

LETTIE: ‘IF’. Mark is currently finishing recording and mixing 10 co-written and co-produced tracks with UK singer songwriter LETTIE for her forthcoming new (4th) album “IF”. This will feature contributions from Rob Ellis (PJ HARVEY, ANNA CALVI, MARIANNE FAITHFULL) on percussion, keyboards and guitars, and Richard Moore on violin. It is being mixed by CAMERON CRAIG (winner this year of a Grammy for his work with Adele) and DAVID KOSTEN (Bat For Lashes)and mastered by Tim Young at Metropolis. Here is a track from the album with Lettie’s home made video salvaged from Super 8 footage shot in the UK in the 1950s

LIVE DATES: August 2017

BJ COLE w SIGRID MOLDESTAD – Hardanger fiddle NORWEGIAN DATES
AUGUST 7 LUSTER Dale Church
AUGUST 8 GULEN Eivindvik Church
AUGUST 10 FITJAR Church

BJ COLE w EMILY BURRIDGE – ‘cello
AUGUST 26 WOODSTOCK LIVE Woodstock (Oxfordshire) 5 pm

ICEBREAKER: System Restart live at London Kings Place 8.10.17

2017 SYSTEM RESTART – A NEW GENERATION OF WOMEN COMPOSERS LIVE:
08/10 LONDON Kings Place

Younger composers with talent and attitude are redefining music, and foremost amongst them an ever greater number of women – and this is being celebrated in Icebreaker’s new programme featuring music by six fantastic, free, unrepressed, uncategorisable women composers of the new generation.

New music by Jobina Tinnemans, whose work includes music for table tennis players and hedge shearers, You Are Wolf’s Kerry Andrew, whose output includes an opera about swimming, Nottingham University’s own Elizabeth Kelly, and Australian Kate Moore is complemented by Linda Buckley’s exquisite, soaring Azure, plus Anna Meredith’s Orlok and Nautilus from her surging, joyful Moshi Moshi EP’s.
European dates currently being lined up for 2017

SCOTT WALKER EPIZOOTICS!
Last year on 11th October at the Barbican Milton Court, the group and pedal-steel guitarist BJ Cole played the live premier of SCOTT WALKER’s 10 minute song ‘Epizootics!’with a special live arrangement by the group’s Audrey Riley overseen by Scott’s long time co-producer Peter Walsh. Guardian Review

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/oct/16/the-fairy-queen-review-purcell-academy-of-ancient-music-vaughan-williams-friends-icebreaker

The performance also featured works by Steve Martland, Anna Meredith and the entirety of Icebreaker’s production of ‘Kraftwerk Uncovered’. Further performances TBC

KRAFTWERK UNCOVERED arr. J PETER SCHWALM : Following on from the critical success of their live and recorded interpretation of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois “Apollo” and in collaboration with German composer J. Peter Schwalm (who has previously collaborated  with Eno), Icebreaker have created their own unique orchestral interpretation of the works of Kraftwerk. Commissioned by  The Arts Council, and with additional funding from the Goethe Institute, “Kraftwerk Uncovered” was unveiled on January 24th with two sold out multi media performances at London’s Science Museum IMAX Cinema. These were accompanied by a specially commissioned split screen film assembled by video installation artist Sophie Clements (www.sophieclements.com)and Toby Cornish drawing inspiration from the music of Kraftwerk and appropristely filmed in Germany’s industrial heartland – the Ruhr. Further multi-media performances and an album release of the music and film are slated for 2015. These shows will also feature Icebreakers’ unique arrangements of modern composition with music by Barry Adamson (Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds/Magazine) Michael Nyman, and Michael Gordon.

RECYCLED
Icebreaker have secured funding from Sound and Music for their ‘Recycled’ project. Especially commissioned works written by emerging composers Missy Mazzoli, Matt Wright, Paul Whitty, Ed Bennett, and Roy Carroll will be written then performed for the first time live by the group at a series of live performances later in the year.

BRIAN ENO, DANIEL LANOIS, ROGER ENO: APOLLO
Following sell out dates in the UK and Europe in 2011 and 2012, the group are planning further performances of Brian Eno’s, Daniel Lanois, and Roger Eno’s ‘Apollo’ to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landings in 2019. All shows will feature BJ Cole on pedal steel guitarcas well as Al Reinert’s lunar landings film ‘For All Mankind’. Dates TBC

BJ COLE live dates / news

AUGUST 26 WOODSTOCK (OXFORD) Live Festival with EMILY BURRIDGE ‘cello

SEPTEMBER 3 BRIDPORT Hat Festival with HANK WANGFORD & THE LOST COWBOYS

SEPTEMBER 4/5 LONDON Bush Hall with COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS

PETER BRUNTNELL w BJ COLE OCTOBER DATES
BJ will be playing 5 dates with much acclaimed singer songwiter Peter Bruntnell in October with Danny Williams on double bass:
24.10 WINCHESTER Railway Tavern
25.10 LEICESTER Musician
26.10 LONDON Borderline
27.10 BRIGHTON Prince Albert
28.10 TINGEWICK Village Hall

17.11 NOTTINGHAM East Bridgford Hill with EMILY BURRIDGE ‘cello TBC

BJ recently in action with Courtney Marie Andrews on BBC2’s Later

NEW ALBUM 2018
BJ’s back in the studio working on a record of Hawaiian flavoured music; he has teamed up with Dave Eastoe, a master of the slack key style of guitar playing, and is busy writing and recording in a style that takes the Pedal Steel back to it’s Hawaiian roots, and him to the beginnings of his career in music.
More info on BJ’s Souncloud, https://soundcloud.com/bjcole-1

RECENT NEWS… On April 11th BJ accompanied Phoenix based songwriter COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS on 2 tracks featured on ‘Later’ with Jools Holland

2016/ RECENT NEWS
– BJ won the ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ award at the 2016 UK Americana Music Association Awards held in London.
www.theamauk.org/the-uk-americana-awards-nominees/
– BJ played a run of dates in Norway with Hsrdanger Fiddle player Sigrid Moldestad.
– Earlier in October he also played a set with Emily Burridge on ‘cello at the guitar festival near Zagreb in Croatia.
– In October he also joined contemporary music ensemble Icebreaker on stage for their arrangement of the live world premiere of Scott Walker’s ‘Epizootics’ at London’s Barbican (he also played on the original recording with Scott)
– During the summer BJ played with Robin Hitchcock at the Maverick Festival.
– In May he and Emily Burridge on ‘cello were top support to Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita at Kings Place London
– In May he played A UK tour with Michael Chapman (celebrating MC’s 75th birthday/50 years on the road).
– Throughout June BJ played live and took a central musical rôle in the run of the musical production of ‘The Romford Rose’ a new theatrical piece written by ‘Sweeney Todd’ playwright Christopher Bond. In October

2015
A sample of BJ’s is featured on a track on NYC rapper A$AP Rocky’s 2015 No.1 US album ‘At.Long.Last.A$AP’produced by Danger Mouse, Mark Ronson and Kanye West among others. Entitled ‘West Side Highway’the track features James Fauntleroy, and a stretched loop of BJ’s sampled pedal steel guitar which appears throughout the backing track.