Mercy – Closing Do at the Site Gallery – July 14

SATURDAY 14 JULY 2007
Demolition @ SITE Gallery, Victoria Pavilion, Albert Dock (next to Pan American Bar)
12.00 – 18.00
*Bring your own booze
FREE
*Bring your own food
FREE
*bring your owners*

Folk vs Antifolk DEMOLITION closing party

Gather round, gather round, as Mercy attempt to ‘demolish the labels’ by pitting the two most controversial polar-opposites since sliced/notsliced against one-another, in a battle of wits, words and whirligigs – and one last chance to see the most exciting exhibition of the year.

Featuring:
THE PRELUDE, JOHN SMITH, DAVID CRONENBERG’S WIFE, PAUL HAWKINS,
NINA JONES, DAVE OWEN and THE UNFORTUNATES
(full line-up below)

SITE gallery at the Albert Dock has been home to kinetic sculptures, tossed pennies, stolen bottles, severed wires, light birds, falling sand, cinematic strips, rotten eggs, turpentine, specially commissioned live performances, and interactive games. THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SEE SOME ARTWORK THAT WAS NEVER LIKE IT IS NOW.

Designed as an antidote to Tate’s staid retrospectives, ¡DEMOLITION! has always had excitement and accessibility at its heart – challenging visitors to consider transformation in all its guises against the backdrop of the 2008 Capital of Culture regeneration programme.

International artists working in a variety of mediums have been presenting artwork that by the end of the exhibition (or by the end of the opening night!) has become irreparably transformed. Some of the pieces invited gallery visitors to interact with them by harming, adding or removing things. In other cases, the artworks themselves have played-out a process of gradual deterioration.

The closing party will feature fantastic music from seven Liverpool and London-based acts, plus a chance to view a short film of some of the happenings in the gallery space, and perhaps even meet Tomas Harold!

THE ACTS:
Folk:

THE PRELUDE | www.theprelude.co.uk
A drunken orgy of musical talent, omnipresent charm and killer tunes to convince even the most non-believing audience of the clout of the craic. Steeped in an unapologetic freewheelin’ attitude and married to high-spirited musicianship, The Prelude continue to pioneer their bombastic and heartfelt musical cavalcade across the country.
“Choruses catchier than the common cold. See them once, you will see them again. And again. And again.” NME
“Rambunctious Irish sextet are rising stars in their adopted hometown. A sunny mix of country and blues” The Times

DAVE OWEN | www.myspace.com/coloneldaveowen
Ambassador and commander in chief of Liverpool’s folk output. 2007 has already seen Dave host legendary musicians Tom Doherty and John Renbourn at his Zanzibar residency, and continue to drive the scene with his deep-rooted folk sensibility, silly laugh and conspiracy obsession

JOHN SMITH | www.johnsmithjohnsmith.com
Mercy regular returns from his tour with John Martyn with a special live set.
“The playing style he adopts may cause your jaw to hit the floor…a bit of a live showstopper.” Word Magazine
“An object lesson in how taste and imagination always outweigh mere musical virtuosity” The Sunday Times
“It is only a matter of time before he is enormous.” NME

NINA JONES | www.myspace.com/ninajonesmusic
Ultra-violence, lost clothes, handsome boyfriend in country-blues with an ultraviolet heart.
With Nula Mathers and Kathy Halter

Antifolk:
DAVID CRONENBERG’S WIFE | www.davidcronenbergswife.com
From the sweet to the disturbing, DCW’s strengths lie in the fact you never quite sure what side you’re going to get. Whether playing acoustic twisted lullabies or in-your-face electric, the lyrics catch you off guard with their openness, black humour and sometimes troubling themes – taking dark, morally dubious story-telling to new lengths.
“Antifolk embraces me with its dirty, deformed hands. Not having the full quota of fingers myself means that we’re kind of like kindred spirits.” Tom DCW
“Morally Outrageous” Time Out London (Critics’ Choice for Rock and Pop)

THE UNFORTUNATES | www.myspace.com/theunfortunatestheband
Sincerely hope you enjoy the music.

PAUL HAWKINS & THEE AWKWARD SILENCES | www.paulhawkinsmusic.co.uk
From solo acoustic, to garage punk, to offbeat pop, to Scott Walker-esque string-drenched balladry – cohesion comes through Paul’s voice – unusual, full of character and “endearingly out of tune”. A key figure in the contemporary UK antifolk scene, he was also recently played on the Huw Stephens’ show on BBC Radio 1.
“Ace antifolk superstar” – Timeout London

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