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While we’re here we’d like to tell you all of three fantastic shows that are happening this summer plus TUSK 2017 video archive is now online.

Paper DollHouse + Dean McPhee

Friday 1st June



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The Golden Lion

Michael Hurley + Mary & David

Tuesday 12th June


Get tickets from Tor Beers bottle shop (inside The Golden Lion, Todmorden)

Online tickets will be made available next week from


A Hawk and a Hacksaw + The Family Elan

Friday 17th August 2018



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As part of Todmorden's taboo breaking festival Pushing Up Daisies - 'A Community-Grown festival inspiring conversations around death and dying' we are screeing 'The Sacred Science' a film about the healing power of the Amazon Jungle. Please read a more lenghty discription below or check out the Facebook Event Page.

Tuesday 15th May 2018

The Golden Lion, Todmorden


No Tickets, donations for the festivel welcome on the door

It’s estimated that the amazon rain forest contains around 44,000 medicinal herbs, however only 1% of these have been discovered by science.

The Sacred Science follows 8 participants that travel to the Amazon jungle in search of healing.

Living in seclusion for one month in the heart of the jungle, with nothing but a mosquito net between themselves and the wilderness, these men and women have to survive the heat, bug infestations and their own inner demons all the while suffering from a plethora of mental and physical illnesses such as Parkinson’s, Diabetes, Prostate cancer and Alcoholism.

Not everyone returns from the jungle alive, however despite this and while being far away from the comforts of modern hospitals they discover that the Amazon rain forest can provide a profound healing experience all of its own.

This screening is part of Todmordens taboo breaking festival Pushing Up Daisies, 'A Community-Grown festival inspiring conversations around death and dying'.

Run 100% by volunteers.
No Tickets.
Donations welcome on the door.

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News Letter

Happy Chinese New Year to all the Dogs out there!

Now booking shows for the magical Magpahi following live performance on BBC Radio 3. Plus live show from Howie Reeve and C.Joynes coming up, click the link for more details.

Howie Reeve

Howie Reeve is a unique and singular figure in the current British underground. Having spent over 20 years playing in a number of key Glasgow bands, since 2012 he has been performing solo on acoustic bass guitar, delivering a fragmented and dexterous music that takes in post-punk, avant-folk and free jazz. Increasingly turning to songwrit-ing, he further engages audiences with cryptic, intimate and unsettling lyrics.

This highly individualistic approach has earned him fans in high places: at their first encounter, US punk legend Mike Watt (Minutemen/ fIREhOSE/The Stooges) is alleged to have said “I can’t believe I’m meeting you!”. A 7" of bass duets between the pair was released in September 2015 by Sheffield-based collective The Audacious Art Ex-periment. Resolutely DIY in his approach to music, he lives in Glasgow but appears to be perpetually on tour, whether in the UK, Spain, Italy or Japan.

His third album, ‘smaller, now’ was released in February 2016 by The Audacious Art Experiment (UK) and Red Wig (Germany).



C.Joynes returns to The Triangle with electric steel-string guitar. A wonder finger picker with the most studious of attitudes to composition. Influences range from Violeta Parra, Robbie Basho to 1950s garage rock.

Prepare to rock-out in the most studious of sit down buttoned up english gentlemen of ways.


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All Hallows' Eve humans and spirits alike. Two shows are coming in The Triangle, look see:



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Just a little reminder of the Toby Hay + Jim Ghedi show coming up in The Triangle this weekend. You can watch their Triangle Session here.

Meanwhile if you didn’t get a chance to see The Sun Sphere supporting Cath & Phil Tyler last  April you can check out their Triangle session by clicking on the image below.


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Happy February 2017 humans. This here newsletter is to inform you of a radio show now available on BBC iPlayer hosted by Verity Sharp featuring The Family Elan, Death Shanties and Survival Skills.
Stream it here.
That is all, for now.

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Happy New Year Humans!
Why not start it off with A Triangle of Guitars?
What does that mean?

Three short solo sets from three experimental electric guitarists and one improvised mash-up.

Hitodama (Dave McMahon)
Guitarist Dave McMahon aka Hitodama originates from Wigan but has been active on the Tokyo noise/drone/free rock scene since 2003. His solo guitar playing incorporates hypnotic loops, drones and washes of dreamlike noise. While at times abstract, his music has a powerful melodic undercurrent which brings to mind artists such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Tim Hecker.

Dean McPhee

A regular contributor to The Triangle. McPhee creates spell-binding trance guitar that he’s honed and crafted over the last ten years. Wanting a new challenge, he’s going to collaborate with long time Bradford based musician/organiser/artist Andy Abbott and Tokyo based Dave McMahon for the first time at this unique show.

Andy Abbott
The man responsible for most of the cultural happenings in Bradford for the past few years (Thread Festival, Recon Festival). Member of That Fucking Tank, Nope and Elizabeth to name but a few. Most importantly, regular customer of The Triangle. 

Thursday 5th January 2016
The Triangle, 47 Bradford Road, BD18 3DS, Shipley

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Victor Herrero
Victor Herrero's fingers dance around the Spanish Guitar with such vitality that the mythical duendes known to flamenco culture come out to play. While taking bows to his heritage, he enchants them to skip to a slightly more contemporary tune. Educated in a monastery Franco erected in a mountain valley west of Madrid (El Valle de los Caídos). There he learned to sing Gregorian and Mozarabic chant under the guidance of Benedictine monks. Joining the abbey’s well-respected boys choir he still treats his voice with the same revelry. Partner and collaborator with Josephine Foster we can expect him to manifest equal magic in Shipley.

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Lorena Álvarez

Lorena Álvarez is a singer/songwriter born and raised in San Antolin de Ibias, a small village in the north of 
Spain, where she first became acquainted with music from popular folklore groups. Through the radio and 
some cassettes, she became familiar with different musical styles like Spanish rhumba, contemporary pop and 
American singer songwriters (like her beloved Violeta Parra) to which her music is in debt. sonesbcn/sets/ lorenaalvarez-lacinta

£5 on the door.

Facebook Event (with address) here.

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Merry Spring to you all. Scroll down for details on up-coming Josephine Foster show and Trembling Bells Beer!

Wednesday 4th May 2016
Doors: 19:00
Tickets: £9 Adv £10 Door

Josephine Foster + Magpahi

Josephine Foster
Josephine Foster will be bringing her distinctive operatic vocals to Merchants Quay – an old industrial Mill that’s quickly establishing itself as Shipley’s cultural hub. Masterful song writing that conjures up dream landscapes and early evening sun light-phantoms. Her latest release, 'No More Lamps in the Morning' Dips into an unpredictable recording career, that has bent and warped just like her unique voice. This rare solo performance promises to be an intimate affair.   

“She effortlessly dissolves barriers between herself and her fellow musicians, between music and listener, between language and expression" The Wire

Another unique female voice from Magpahi, AKA Alison Cooper who will be joined by Shipley’s own Aby Vulamy (Bill Wells, Aidan Moffat, Scatter) on viola and Vincent James on banjo.
The set will be accompanied with late evening light bulb spectre projections by Emma Lomax.

Venue Address:
Merchants Quay
Ashley Ln, Shipley, West Yorkshire BD17 7D

Get Tickets from The Triangle in Shipley, Jumbo Records in Leeds


Wide Majestic Ale - Trembling Bells beer! (up date) Sold Out!


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HAPPY SATURNALIA to everybody out there in Merry making land. We hope you are warm and safe this season. To celebrate we have gift cards available produced by The Triangle with artwork by the king of merry making himself Richard Dawson.

As you kick back in holiday mode why don’t you check out ‘The Smudging Ritual– Richard Dawson Tour Portrait 2015' a little film we made following the balladeer around...

… and while your at it why don’t you watch the latest ‘Triangle Session’ featuring Jim Gehidi

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The Triangle Sessions are a series of videos showcasing artists in The Triangle of Shipley.

In this, the first in the series we see electric guitarist Dean McPhee perform 'Smoke & Mirrors' from the album 'Fatima’s Hand'. You can pick a copy up from The Triangle or from The Hood Faire web site.

Richard Dawson is known widely as an expressive balladeer having earned accolades from the likes of Stewart Lee, appeared on the cover of The Wire, recorded repeated sessions for radio 6, and headlined countless sold-out concerts to stunned crowds. Not so widely known for his visual work, his exploration into collages came about shortly after moving into the house of Ben Jones and Sarah Sullivan (two thirds of seminal noise-improvisers Jazzfinger). The house itself is a celebration of creation, probably one of the most decorated houses in Newcastle, every inch is covered in stunning textures, for instance hundreds of original wooden moulds for train-engine parts, stones and bones, objects found on moorland walks, gig posters, and an ever growing array of artworks. Staring at the mind-bending imagery that adorns every inch of the house walls and observing the progression of Ben and Sarah's improvised collaborative pastelworks helped inspire Dawson to create his own visual work. Suffering from a degenerative eye condition called juvenile retinoschisis has changed his vision on the world. He is fascinated by the shifting nature of perception, and the inherent blurriness of borders and boundaries. As with his music the collages he creates are both carefully crafted and ragged, earthy and psychedelic, chunky punctuated textures hanging in space like alien glyphs, bells of colour ringing out a fractured sacred imagery. He’ll be on hand to answerer questions and maybe even sing a song or two at the opening on Saturday 11th July.

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Happy November to you all!
Harmonic HQ has been abuzz in the past few weeks with the buzz of Rhodri Davies’s Harp (with paper insertion) on Richard Dawson’s epic new song ‘The Vile Stuff’ featured on the LP DL CD  ‘Nothing Important’ out on Weird World Records.

We went out ‘on the lash’ in Newcastle city centre to pay homage to the party gods and managed to summon an Asian shamanic Dragon and Crewhall Woodcut insights enjoy:

Richard Dawson - The Vile Stuff

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We’ve (me’ve, Harry Wheeler) have returned from many adventures across Asia. Here’s the second artefact for your viewing pleasure (scroll down for the first):

‘In Conversation with... George Chua’

George Chua is a long time veteran of the Singaporean art/noise scene.
Engaging with sound recordings, glissing dark drone mutations, performance art and installations. In this interview he reflects on his spiritual journey and how it relates to his creative output.

The first artefact is an article on Singapore featured in the Global Ear section of the September 2014 edition of The Wire (issue 367).

And the third is a small compilation of underground sounds from the city-state, which are featured on The Wire web site, please have a listen here.

The Wire

The forth artefact is another ‘In Conversation with…’ video with an improvisational vocalist based in Kuala Lumpur: Sie-wai Kok. Kok co-runs KLEX - Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film & Video Festival. In this video she tells us the benefits of her vocal practice and how it connects her to deep emotions.

In Conversation with... Siew-wai Kok

Happy New Year!
Ok ok, its over a month late, if it’s been unbearable for you so far don’t worry, its all going to work out from here on in, as you now have our official best wishes.
This mail-out here is to inform you of two mega uploads to our You Tube channel. Our attention has been focused (as often happens these days) on the creative hub that is the North East city of Newcastle, UK.

First up, Richard Dawson the mighty balladeer, tells us about his involvement in Tyne and Wear museum’s Half Memory project.

Surface Area Dance Theatre has a long history of creating engaging sight specific performances. Known to form collaborations with free-improv and experimental musicians such as USA’s No-Neck Blues Band. Their latest performance entitled Auricular sees them perform in the unlikely environment of an art gallery (usually it would be the local market or abandoned fire station).

Auricular utilises British Sign Language and successfully engages the viewer with dramatic emotional effect. Sound design by :zoviet*france: 

October 2013 Newsletter

We’ve managed to get hold of a real gem of a film for this year’s collaboration with Leeds International Film Festival. With ‘Silence’ we roam around a barren wind swept landscape situated on the West of Ireland, not too far from the district of Conamara, the area that was featured in ‘Atlantean (part one)’ which we screened with LIFF back in 2010.
Aside from one hauntingly beautiful folk song (featured in the trailer), we’re not so concerned about the music of the region, but rather the sound.
Irish Film maker Pat Collins, largely known for his documentary work has successfully merged genres here. The protagonist, Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhride plays a sound recordist of the same name and it just so happens that Bhride is a sound recordist in real life.  Seemingly not a natural actor, the scenes have this extended reality to them, which transcend the boundaries of fictional cinema and leave you asking questions of how the filmmakers managed to capture such subtle scenes.

We follow Bhride starting from the hustle and bustle of Berlin across the majestic beauty of Donegal, all the while with a microphone in hand, taking in the ambience.

Collins has rounded up a team of location sound recordists that include the prolific Chris Watson. This team, together with some clever mixing by Ken Galvin, engulf your ears with a sea of sounds that seem so familiar to us in our waking life. Familiar, yet these are the sounds that our brains normally block out. ‘Silence’ gives the viewer the opportunity to focus and meditate on these ‘weeds’ of the audible world with some fascinating results.

Silence Trailor

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Film Screening: Silence

Only a few days until the North of Englands most Kick Ass musical/art/craziness festival: TUSK 2013

TUSK Festival 2012


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September Newsletter Head
Welcome Septemberes!
We’ve had a full on sunshine summer, although its just got notably colder and just as the summer was warm we can expect an equally sub zero winter, but never fear, The Five Star Family Elan are here with an event that’ll be sure to keep you warm all the winter long.
Chris Hladowski’s Family Elan project has long been known to mine out obscure folk songs from around the globe and reinvent them the only way a Bradfordian knows how.
In the last few weeks our cameras have been documenting his collaboration with local Qawwali Musicians based in Bradford and along with Dean McPhee’s electric trance guitar we can tell you first hand that the music created is sure to blast your brains into the stratosphere!
Check out some footage we shot at the rehearsals:
We’re struggling to put into words our recommendation of attending this years TUSK Festival so please check out this trailer we created for the festival instead:
We’ll have a couple more Harmonic Rooms events before the year is out including our yearly collaboration with Leeds Film Festival all to be announced very soon.

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I’m delighted to announce that Two local music legends: Mick Flower (Vibracathedral Orchestra, Flower/Corsano duo, MV & EE) and Neil Turpin (Bilge Pump, Yan Tiersen) have got together to form: Hero Zero and not only that, they’ve been added to the bill of this coming Wednesdays gig with Cian Nugent and the Cosmos + Family Elan.
Party times all the way!
In other news, Network Awesome have featured all the footage our cameras captured at last years TUSK Festival. Please click on the link below and burn away your internet hours at work:
Network Awesome
Cian Nugent and The Cosmos Rock LEEDS

Cian Nugent and The Cosmos
Cian Nugent has been causing raised eyebrows the world over during a meteoric rise from fresh faced south Dublin lad to international steel string sensation. Now joined by a merry hometown crew that the make up The Cosmos he applies his well honed chops to a distinctive brand of electric rock psychedelia that sets the rock solid and highly creative rhythm section of David Lacey and Conor Lumsden against the sublime (and occasionally Thin Lizzy-inspired) pairing of Nugent's Stratocaster and Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh's viola. They are celebrating the release of their first single on Matador Records ‘Hire Purchase’.
Its gunna be epic.

The Family Elan
Drawing broad strokes through irreverent interpretations of Bollywood hits, Turkic folk music and self penned Rock classics, filtered through a psychedelic haze of wah, fuzz, and impassioned vocals, the Family Elan attempt to navigate the tangle of melodic highways and byways in the only way they know how.

Hero Zero
"Mick Flower is something of a local legend and one of the finest experimental guitarists you could hope to hear. Flower is joined on stage by Bilge Pump's able sticksman Neil Turpin (who's also been adding his drum skills to Yan Tiersen's group recently). It's a genuinely impressive performance: two musicians completely in tune with each other performing at an astonishingly accomplished level. This isn't just music you can admire, however. As Flower glides between rock riffs and intricately beautiful passages, it's impossible not to get sucked into the performance. The jazz time-signatures and instrumental nature of the performance may not be up everyone's street, but I'm pleased to report that the ever-enthusiastic Brudenell crowd seemed to love it."
-- Andy Brown (Soundblab)Wednesday 22nd


May 22nd 2013
Wharf Chambers
23-25 Wharf Street
Advanced tickets from Jumbo Records

The Family Elan Rock the castle:
In Conversation with Cian Nugent:
Cian Nugent & The Cosmos - 'Hire Purchase'
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