The Hovercraft arrived at Ramsgate Music Hall on Saturday night with a brand new show featuring new musicians and new music with brilliant support from Maggi Swallow’s Really Free Dance Ensemble. The evening started with a thirty-minute improvised dance accompanied by Mark, Paul & Kit from the Hovercraft providing improvised electronic ambient backing. Later the full band hit the stage and rocked sounds new and old until late in the night. As usual the venue couldn’t have been better and the crowd full of Hovercraft love.
Incidentally if anyone in the audience didn’t get their card with details of the free Hovercraft EP download please contact us so we can sort you out – firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos by Susan Kennedy
The Ramsgate Hovercraft will be performing live at Ramsgate Music Hall on Saturday 21st November. The line-up will include ace drummer Paula Frost and keyboard wizard Paul Naudin and the band will be joined by special guest Claire Dugué on hurdy-gurdy. The band will be performing tracks from their LPs Arcane Empire and Cinéma Vérité as well as new material. And we can’t wait to see Maggi Swallow’s Really Free Dance Ensemble who will be opening the show. And as if that wasn’t enough entry includes a free download of the band’s new EP Driftbreaker containing all new material. Tickets are available online and from Vinyl Head Café, Ramsgate.
Paul Naudin and Paula Frost in rehearsal
Find The Hovercraft’s A Lighter Blue Cloak from the album Cinéma Vérité on mixtape Emporium #4, a shimmering collection of trippy new acoustic/electronic music just released by Pretty Ugly Records and one of a series of mixtapes the label regularly puts out – well worth following.
A track from The Ramsgate Hovercraft’s latest album, “Cinéma Vérité” with animation by Kit Jolly.
An Extraordinary Expedition into Sound at The Ballroom, Canterbury on Saturday 25th found six bands from around the country performing a variety of alternative explorations of contemporary rock music with the finale provided by none other than The Ramsgate Hovercraft (once more teaming up with ace drummer Paula Frost). Check out Dig Ng’s Facebook album for a first-class photographic account of the day and Susan Kennedy’s Facebook album for more of The Ramsgate Hovercraft. Special thanks to Jon and Sooz of Sound Pilgrims for organizing such a great event and a particular raising of the hat to Longstone who provided a captivatingly beautiful electronic/acoustic soundscape.
Photo: Dik Ng
Photo: Susan Kennedy
Photo: Dik Ng
Here is the latest video of The Ramsgate Hovercraft, joined by Ray Gun drummer Paula Frost, performing live at Ramsgate Music Hall on 28th February 2015. The medley consists of If Then Else and Enceladus (from the album Arcane Empire) followed by A Complex Dream (from the album Cinéma Vérité). Camera work by Andy Barrett and Margot Bandola.
And don’t forget that the band will be appearing live on 25th April when they will be headlining An Extraordinary Expedition at The Ballroom Canterbury – tickets available here.
Surrounded by the entrancing and sometimes disturbing work of Margot Bandola at Pie Factory Margate on Friday, The Ramsgate Hovercraft performed two extended ambient electronic improvisations. The band’s musical response to the environment was assisted by an appreciative crowd and several dogs who occasionally voiced their approval. The experience could only have been enhanced had a mysterious and beautiful dancer emerged to perform a magical improvised dance as the band played. Which was exactly what happened. It felt like a blessing.
Found Out, Caught and Tried is on at Pie Factory Margate until 31st March
Photo by Dik Ng
Pie Factory Margate is currently hosting Found Out, Caught and Tried, an inspiring exhibition of paintings by Margot Bandola including many new works. And this Friday, 27th March, The Ramsgate Hovercraft will be there playing an extended ambient improvisation between 6pm and 8:30pm. Join us on Friday to enjoy art and music in a great venue.
Announcing an Extraordinary Expedition organized by Sound Pilgrims and featuring The Ramsgate Hovercraft and five other bands. Taking place on 25th April 2015 at The Ballroom, Canterbury, whatever you’re expecting it won’t be that. Tickets on sale now.
Record Collector magazine has given four stars to The Ramsgate Hovercraft’s new album Cinéma Vérité in a review in the current edition, describing it as “a sumptuous feast that not only soundtracks the deepest layers of the human condition, but serves as a wonderful reminder that music can take you places you’d never even dared imagine”. Read the full review here. Buy the album here.