Dates and Times
Sun 20 Nov at 7pm
Presented by Billy Bottle & The Multiple
On Election Day, 2015, a pint of milk mysteriously appears at the gates of Parliament.
Set in the week running up to a UK general election, The Other Place tells the true story of two musicians from Devon (Billy Bottle & Martine as seen on BBC’s The Voice) as they make their way slowly to Westminster. On high streets, market squares and seafront promenades, they perform the same song, forty-nine times over, and at each stop they start conversations with whoever they meet, asking them “Who’s got the Power?”.
This journey through the foundations of British democracy inspired a sequence of songs whose lyrics come from the words of the voters (and non-voters) that Billy and Martine met on their journey. It is a celebration of gentler kinds of power and an invitation to the audience to make their voices heard.
Following on from their critically acclaimed album, Unrecorded Beam (the poetry of Thoreau), The Multiple features Martine Waltier, Roz Harding and Billy Bottle, (all mainstays of Mike Westbrook’s Uncommon Orchestra) plus flautist Vivien Goodwin-Darke (from the psychedelic rock band, Magic Bus) and recording artist and producer Lee Fletcher (of Unsung Productions) on soundscapes. Like the best art rock, they combine folk, jazz, pop and minimalism in an engaging and meaningful way.
Listen to a teaser here.
Complete with wobbly camera footage and the sounds of the streets, this performance is a real democratic party in action!
Billy Bottle: Voice, Keyboards, Guitar.
Martine Waltier: Voice, Violin, Guitar, Percussion.
Roz Harding: Alto sax, Recorder, Percussion.
Vivien Goodwin-Darke: Voice, Flute, Percussion.
Lee Fletcher: Synths, Soundscapes and Percussion.
“Cleverly refract rock, folk and jazz through a prism of Canterbury pastoralism” Prog Magazine
“Brilliant!” Robert Wyatt
Image credit Jack Gorman
About the company
Evoking moorland walks, summer carnivals and industrial grit in equal measure, The Multiple combine folktronica storytelling and jazz improvisation with a passionate art-rock sensibility.
In 2014, the band released the Thoreau-inspired album, Unrecorded Beam to critical acclaim. Now, in The Other Place, the band explore a post-genre approach to music with playful intensity.