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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 8 September 2011
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

We’re more than a little bit excited to be bringing two of our favourite artists to Manchester for a very special collaboration.

King Creosote and Jon Hopkins at the Deaf Institute, Manchester

Featuring lyrics and vocals from King Creosote sung over musical backdrops arranged and recorded by Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine is a genuine labour of love, recorded over a number of years without the pressure of deadlines, whenever Jon and KC could get together. Released in March, the album, featuring instrumental moments as affecting as the lyrical, consists of newly interpreted obscure delights picked out from twenty years of King Creosote’s treasure chest of a back catalogue. Intended to be heard as a single experience, Diamond Mine produces a near classical suite of emotion ranging from cracked despair to patched-up euphoria. Described by King Creosote as a ‘soundtrack to a romanticised version of a life lived in a Scottish coastal village’, the record weaves in slices of Fife life, bike wheels, spring tides, tea cups and café chatter to produce a beautiful, unique and timeless album.

King Creosote – aka Kenny Anderson – is the founder of Fife’s Fence Collective, who also count his brothers Lone Pigeon and Pip Dylan among their number, as well as British folk mainstays James Yorkston and the Pictish Trail. Jon Hopkins, signed to Domino’s sister label Double Six (Steve Mason, She & Him), is a pianist and electronic music from London. He has worked with David Holmes, Tunng and Four Tet, and co-wrote and performed Brian Eno‘s Small Craft on a Milk Sea, released on Warp Records in late 2010.

Diamond Mine was recently shorlisted for this year’s Mercury Prize.

The delightful French singer-songwriter, musician and animator François & the Atlas Mountains supports, bringing his collection of Gallic chamber-pop and chanson, performing songs from his upcoming release E Volo Love. Recently signed to Domino Records, François’ playful vocals croon above electronic beats, African rhythms, rich piano chords, shimmering electric guitars and an all-female polyphonic vocal group to create a colourful sound-world.

‘A tour de force of French pop eccentricity’ – The Word

This show is a co-promotion with Ceremony Concerts.

Tickets are available from the bar, Common (both no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.com, Ticketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260. PLEASE NOTE: This show is very close to selling out, so only a few outlets may still have tickets.

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