Posts Tagged ‘Samin Son’

NEW RELEASE: “Dick Whyte and the Bent Folk BOOTLEG” (April, 2013)

Monday, April 29th, 2013

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bentfolkbootleg

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Since late last year I have been jamming some old and new songs with Big Rick! drummer extraordinaire Helen O’Rourke. This slowly turned into a more serious project with the addition of Yawn guitar legend Rupert Hunter. We played a few gigs under a variety of names (Dick Whyte and the Red-Headed Step-Child, Dick Whyte and Epic Friends, Dick Whyte and the Easy Travellers) until Noel Meek described us as ‘bent folk’ at the last Crypt Sessions, which seemed to stick.

Since then we’ve played a few more gigs and started recording. There is a bootleg of our last live show up on Bandcamp, a 7″ recorded by the wonderful Finn Johansson (of ex-Wellington country band Johnsonville City Nights) ready to come out (as soon as we find a label or some cash to release it) and two more gigs this month (one on the 11th of May at Evil Genius Records with Toucan Stubbs, and one at The Crypt on the 18th of May, with Seth Frightening, Baba Rosa and Saint Cosmos, curated by Noel Meek). We’re also planning another recording session soon and will be opening for David Rovics at Puppies later this year.

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Dick Whyte, Helen O'Rourke and Gary Cranston

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Inspiration - Samin Son and the Garrett Street Collective

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Dick Whyte and Rupert Hunter at The Crypt Sessions

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Dick Whyte and Helen O'Rourke at Home Economics 3

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Kittentank, Desperanados and The Bent Folk at San Fran Bath House

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Toucan Stubbs and The Bent Folk at Evil Genius

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Weird Folk for Weird Folk at The Crypt

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COLLABORATION: “Rearrangements with Samin Son and Dick Whyte” (Pyramid Club, 2014)

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

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Pyramid Club Opening Night (2014)

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Samin Son on the phone (Pyramid Club, 2014)

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Fit, Strong Confident (Pyramid Club, 2014)

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Dick Whyte - Rearrangement #1 (Pyramid Club, 2014)

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Samin Son - Rearrangement #2 (Pyramid Club, 2014)

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Samin Son - Rearrangement #3 (Pyramid Club, 2014)

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Dick Whyte - Rearrangement #4 (Pyramid Club, 2014)

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Dick Whyte and Samin Son - Rearrangement #5 (Pyramid Club, 2014)

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“The ideas need not be complex. Most ideas that are successful are ludicrously simple. Successful ideas generally have the appearance of simplicity because they seem inevitable.” (Sol LeWitt, Paragraphs On Conceptual Art)

While at the grand opening of Wellington’s newest underground art and music venue The Pyramid Club, Samin Son and myself took some time out to create a few temporary sculptures upstairs, on our way to the toilets. A bunch of great bands played (Ducklingmonster, AudioTears, Warwick and the Wankers, Ooonaverse) and a damn good night was had by all. With so many venues closing in Wellington at the moment, this is exactly what we needed. Check it out people – and make sure to support future Pyramid Club events! See more rearrangements.

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