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Friday, 26 June 2015

Leading folk band to explore uncharted waters in Portsmouth

Award-winning English indie folk group Moulettes have confirmed some of their most unusual gigs ever, in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. This is no ordinary stop on their huge national tour to promote latest album Constellations. Instead, they are providing a live soundtrack for The Seafarers, an original dance show inspired by the true story of ship building in Portsmouth.

Commissioned by Portsmouth Festivities, a 10-day celebration of arts, culture and heritage, The Seafarers is supported by Arts Council England and Portsmouth Grammar School. It is being developed by internationally acclaimed Stopgap Dance Company. Professional dancers will perform on 27th and 28th June alongside men, women and children from local communities.

According to Samantha Worsey, Associate Producer for Portsmouth Festivities, “Moulettes’ unique brand of alt-folk will bring a real sense of joy and wonder to The Seafarers.” She adds, “From the visual poetry on stage to the dreamy, folky vibes of the band, this will be a unique live experience.”

The band’s music has won critical acclaim for their “divine harmonies” (Time Out), “acoustic virtuosity” (Mojo), and “rare depth and inventiveness” (Songlines). The Guardian’s Robin Denselow calls them “Frontrunners of the new British acoustic scene thanks to their sophisticated, unpredictable approach.”

Moulette member, Ollie Austin is excited to be returning to the city for The Seafarers. He says,

“Moulettes are colossally excited to be invited to play our music as part of this community based project. Many of us have been anchored, as it were, along the south coast at different times of our lives; so Portsmouth feels like home for many of us”. The band have also relished the chance to work with a professional dance company: “Cross pollination of art is a joyful thing; so it’s great to see such collective vision encouraged and supported in such a historically important place”.  

Tickets for The Seafarers at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, 8pm on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June are £5, Under-18s and Concessions £3. To find out more or to book, call 023 9282 8282 or visit
www.portsmouthfestivities.co.uk.

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