Mae Karthauser, of Mae and the Midnight Fairground, said of their next Totnes gig, that there will be “New songs, old songs and some fresh new arrangements. It’s going to be super fun! Come on out for some serious serenading. And some obvious silliness!”
The gig is the last year for the Black Bird Collective and they reckon it’s going to be pretty special. Not only do they have Mae & The Midnight Fairground, but they’ve also linked up special guests Pavlova.
We last spoke to Mae in 2010, so maybe it’s about time for an update…
Mae Karthauser and gravity
Mae Karthauser is unconvinced by gravity.
She has developed a lust for performing in the air. Just take a look at her singing and playing her painting organ 1000m up in the air. Oh, and that’s Mont Blanc in the Background.
She’s also been suspended off the roof of BBC Television Studios, performing live on BBC’s The One Show. And she’s been known to flying on a zip wire in the alps alongside aerial circus artists The Flying Frenchies.
Play and exploration
Fed by a desire for play and wide exploration Mae has developed an unusual and characteristic style. Her training began classically, but quickly spread. Mae’s music spans Eastern Europe, Bulgaria, Africa, North India and Java as well as in jazz, folk and more popular modern styles.
Take a break buy us a coffee
Her songs are eclectic – both modal and rich, and raucous and rhythmic. Under the self pinned folk-pop-circus genre, her songs are populated by wayward characters both human and animal and leap playfully between story and fantasy and hard social questions, asking for what is faithful in a world of mirrors.
With a wide array of influences and a thirst for the colourful, it would come as no surprise that her meeting with a troupe of aerial circus artists from the south of France back in 2010 would come to spark an eight year collaborative love affair with contemporary circus, extensive solo tours in Europe and performances on the Circus and Theatre stages at Glastonbury Festival.
She currently performs with aerial companies 9.81 (France), Cirkus Nikolajeff (Sweden) and with The Flying Frenchies. Back in 2011 provided the soundtrack to their award winning film “Petit Bus Rouge” with the album “Black Horses”. She has written and produced three albums in total, including “Black Horses” (2011), “Mae Karthauser and The Good Unit” (2009) and “Atlas” (2014).
Mae and The Midnight Fairground
Running alongside her solo performances is The Midnight Fairground band, which was born out of a final Dartington College of Arts performance.
Originally a 12 person multi-arts show weaving together song, dance, film and theatre, it has since become a lively musical collective, and with the huge array of eclectic instrumentalists over the years, the band has taken on many diverse flavours.
The new trio performance is characterised by a warm and heavy bass – played by Rich Taylor and the high energy drumsticks of Ric Byer. Since the first Dartington Festival performance in June 2009, Mae Karthauser has performed in California, France, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Luxembourg and Italy and alongside band performances, Mae continues to tour extensively as a soloist.
“Fresh from storming sets at Party In The Town this Summer, this will be a wicked night and we would love to have a crowd of friendly faces to join us to celebrate live music and 7 years of The Black Bird Collective putting on gigs in Totnes,” say the Black Birders themselves.
Mae & The Midnight Fairground plus special guests Pavlova gig takes place on Friday, November upstairs at The Dartmouth Inn, TOTNES.
Doors open at 8pm
Tickets cost £8 in advance (£10 on the door)
Please contact The Black Bird Collective directly for tickets via www.facebook.com/theblackbirdcollective as more money goes directly to the bands if you do 🙂
Alternatively, you can buy tickets in person from The Drift Record Shop in Totnes or online via this link…https://www.wegottickets.com/event/452150
You can find the Facebook event invite for this gig via this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2032907486769094/
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