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Upcoming shows: James Yorkston & Nina Persson... Stars... Siv Jakobsen... Weyes Blood... Jesse Malin... Coruja Jones... Rozi Plain... Sweet Baboo... Kerala Dust... Sophie Jamieson... Will Sheff / Okkervil River... SLUG... Beans on Toast... Honey Harper... The Dream Syndicate... Rachel Baiman... Anna B Savage... Joshua Burnside... His Lordship... The Courettes... Unthank : Smith... Nina Nastasia... William Crighton... Ailbhe Reddy... Shannon Lay... Neil Cowley... Cindy... Sounds From The Other City 2023... Roddy Woomble... Freya Beer... Lael Neale... Kate Davis... SBT (Sarabeth Tucek)... Eric Bibb... The Beths... The Burning Hell... Andy Shauf... Jen Cloher... The Chills... BC Camplight... Holy Moly & The Crackers...

When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 22 March 2022
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re excited to be welcoming Samana back to Manchester!

Having spent two years rebuilding a Georgian farmhouse in the wild Welsh countryside, Rebecca Rose Harris and Franklin Mockett filled their car with a refined selection of instruments and a tape machine and headed to France for a three-week residency in early 2020. However, the world had different ideas and before the end of the first week they were given a simple choice: head home immediately or stay and ride out the incoming lockdown which would force the closure of all borders indefinitely.

They decided to stay and keep working, a decision which would lead to a new record – the duo’s second full-length album following 2019’s Ascension LP, which was richly championed by Elbow’s Guy Garvey. All One Breath continues Samana’s enthralling musical journey, weaving between various musical styles and influences, from progressive folk to an experimental, transcendental take on soul, blues, and rock.

Bound by the limitations of those select few instruments and tape machine they had brought with them, Samana used their work to mirror the environment where it was brought to life. ‘We were guided by the pulse and narrative of each song as it came into fruition,’ they say of the songwriting experience they undertook, ‘be that as a subconscious improvisation, or as a deep reflection and rumination on a dream. All One Breath feels to be more of an archipelago than that of a single world or landscape.’

Though many of the songs on All One Breath were improvisations – led both by specific moments and the days and nights that Rebecca and Franklin spent wandering the surrounding hills and forests – there is still plenty of structure here. The Beach blends meditative guitar parts with a far more focused vocal, one which repeats the question ‘Should I turn back?’ as the darkness of the composition winds around it.

‘The Beach is a song that encompasses expansion. It is an interpretation of empty space; a walk upon a shoreline that stretches in between our waking consciousness and the liminal space of dreams.’

In another world, Samana made a quick getaway back to Wales at the start of 2020 and concocted something entirely different. Thankfully, we have All One Breath – an emotional, mysterious, and mesmerising snapshot of a time and place that was, initially, uniquely informed by its own limitations but found its release, its spark and energy in the great depths of intrigue and imagination. And aren’t we the lucky ones?

Local support comes from Elle Mary. Drawn to the communicative and bonding qualities of plainsong but explorative beyond its stylistic connotations; enough of a pack member to want a band yet also keen to imbue a sense of solitude through her music, Elle Mary is an artist who operates best when balancing conflicting instincts. It’s what lies beneath the subtle tension that slightly tugs at the heart of her slowcore minimalism.

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