* SOLD OUT * Campfire Club 2016 | Veda Slovena Bulgarian Choir, The Brothers Gillespie & Alabaster DePlume

7pm to 11pm @ The Campfire Club @ From The Factory

£8 online or £10 on the door

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You’re invited to join in the Campfire Club! In time-honoured fashion we will gather around roaring blazes enveloped in music and entertainment. High spirits will be maintained with good ol’ sing-a-longs, storytelling, special guests and who knows what else. Every fire will be a unique event with a magic concoction of spontaneity, rare talents and the unknown, all drenched in the sepia tones of firelight and tinged with wooded aromas.

Veda Slovena Bulgarian Choir

Veda Slovena Bulgarian Choir is a London based mixed-voice choir specialising in traditional Bulgarian sacred and secular vocal music.

Following in the footsteps of such distinguished predecessors as the world famous Le Mystere de Voix Bulgares, who won a Grammy award in 1989 and brought Bulgarian folk to world-wide audiences, they are committed to preserving and celebrating this unique style of singing.

Named after a mystery ourselves – Veda Slovena, “The Vedas of the Slavs”, was a compilation of folk songs from Thrace and Macedonia published in 19 c., which is still considered a mystification. With an international cast of singers they are a living proof that true musical beauty and wisdom know no borders – neither national nor spiritual.

The choir is led by native Bulgarian singer Eugenia Georgieva, who provides vocal training, choral advice and pronunciation coaching.

The Brothers Gillespie

The Brothers Gillespie are James and Sam Gillespie. They grew up in a village simply called Wall in Northumberland on the edge of what was once the Roman Empire; now part of a wide area of borderland between the River Tyne and the Firth of Forth rich in tradition and song. They play music drawn from these roots and rising from the underground cultural streams that flow into that land, old songs from the four directions and new songs.

They have just released their first album together ‘Songs from the Outlands’. The nakedness of two voices riding on a flow of guitar and fiddle, seeking to uncover the heart of each song, is the key feature of the record. The songs on the record range from mainstays of the folk tradition such as ‘My Son David’ and ‘Twa Corbies’ to original compositions, one of them a setting to music of the poem ‘Devilswater’ by the now little known Hexhamshire poet Wilfrid Wilson Gibson. On the record James sings and plays fiddle, nylon string guitar and shruti box and Sam sings and plays steel string guitar, flute and mandolin.

Alabaster DePlume
From Manchester, now based in London, Alabaster DePlume (Gus Fairbairn), is a performer, writer and musician. Since 2011 he has produced three albums on Manchester label Debt Records, toured Europe as a solo performer, produced short films, and written/performed a play with circus-aerial in Dublin. He has also presented a series of combined arts events celebrating both his and others’ work.
His recordings are played on national radio, most recently described as “cheerfully uneasy” on Radio 3. He uses music and spoken word to portray sentiments, often contradictory, that together evoke a new feeling. Whether in recording, writing or performance, his work has an emphasis on inclusion, encouragement and sincerity.
A saxophonist with an unusual tone reminiscent of Getatchew Mekurya, Alabaster collaborates with members of the folk and jazz scenes of London, Bristol and Manchester.


**Please Note: The concerts are all outside and all weather affairs thus full waterproofs are highly recommended and warm clothes. A full bar will be stocked with home-made wines, ciders, ales and the odd drop of mead too!

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What to expect...

Veda Slovena Bulgarian Choir

The Brothers Gillespie

Alabaster DePlume

Venue Info:
The Campfire Club @ From The Factory

Nest Collective Secret Location - East London

Venue Notes:
10 Min walk from Bow Station

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