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Upcoming shows: Rain Parade... Matthew and the Atlas... Gratis: Makushin... Beans on Toast... Lightheaded + Mt. Misery... Jake Xerxes Fussell... Andrew Wasylyk & Tommy Perman... Cat Clyde... Charlie Parr... Mock Tudors... Dominie Hooper... Steve Wynn... Ryley Walker... Terry Reid... Chime School... The Courettes... Douglas Dare... Tusks... Rachael Lavelle... Roddy Woomble... John Francis Flynn... Old Sea Brigade... Good News... Myriam Gendron... Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra... Kris Drever... Erland Cooper... Pokey LaFarge... Admiral Fallow... Skinny Lister... The Sheepdogs... The Unthanks in Winter... Emily Barker...

When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 6 June 2023
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

PLEASE NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances this show is cancelled. Refunds are available from the point of purchase.

We’re delighted to welcome Samana back – this time, to the Castle Hotel!

Samana was realised in the heart of a mountainous forest, during a year-long journey Rebecca Rose Harris and Franklin Mockett undertook across the natural wilderness and distant cities of Eastern Europe. Lending their instincts solely to the road, and to the embodiment of freedom, their first creations were written in the vast isolation of nature and performed on the streets of the towns and villages they passed through.

As two multi-disciplinary artists, Samana weave together their distinct poetry, music, striking photography and fine-art into one unique project. Crafting every element of creation themselves, the process the pair adopt is the creation of their work is one of a strong ritualistic devotion and is produced in their analogue recording studio ‘The Road Records’ and darkroom in the remote regions of Wales.

Their music confronts the heaviest elements of the human condition, alternately surrendering to this heaviness and transcending it. It is an invitation to regain possession of ourselves and our time, as well as rediscovering harmony with the environment that surrounds us, compelling a desire to overcome our borders and to learn. Oscillating between melancholic ballads and spiritual experiences, their music leads one on a journey of cinematic proportion that evokes ancient beliefs, revolution, healing, falling civilisations and intense deliberations of love, loss and death. They possess a truly unique spirit born from a nomadic and solitary existence, placing great emphasis on the philosophy of dreams, the interior of the subconscious and the power of improvisation. Each song created by Samana is constructed with an ethereal power and an emotional honesty which offers a direct passage into the essence of ourselves, removing ones veneer, with its shamanistic quality. This is music for the soul!

‘Meditative deep reflections, swooning wanderlust, piercing an anaesthetising reach – think Nico, Jarboe, Mazzy Star‘ – MOJO

‘I absolutely love these guys, they’re extraordinary, remarkable! I can’t recommend anything more highly. This is the sound of art meeting love in a very real way. Samana are my artist of the year and definitely my favourite find of the year!’ – Guy Garvey, BBC 6 Music

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