Tony White reads his short story ‘High-Lands’, for the TULCA Festival of Visual Arts 2016 in Galway, Ireland. ‘High-Lands’ is performed here for the first time with live musical accompaniment from New Pope. Recorded live at the Galway Mechanics’ Institute, November 11 2016. Sound engineer: John Burke.
New Pope is a songwriter dealing in melodic indie dream pop and sometimes folk. In the past year New Pope has played Electric Picnic, Whelan's Ones To Watch and Hard Working Class Heroes, collaborated with acclaimed English author Tony White for the TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, and has been featured on BBC's Across The Line and RTE Radio 1's Inside Culture.
Onstage he is joined by Colm Bohan on percussion and Stephen Connolly on organ and guitar.
Released in December 2015, New Pope’s debut album YOUTH was named number 13 in the nialler9.com Reader's Best Irish Albums of 2015, number 23 in The Thin Air’s Irish releases of the year and Release of the Week in The Irish Times.
‘Onwards, Westwards’ - the opening track from YOUTH - featured on the soundtrack to American indie summer flick Baked In Brooklyn (2016) starring Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) & Alexandra Daddario (True Detective).
"Perfectly balanced between both the tender and more pining realms of nostalgia... offers up a wonderfully re-assuring, immaculately crafted summation of the inner, intersubjective workings of dealing with change and growing up" (Brian Coney, The Thin Air, YOUTH LP, 2015)
"One of the finds of the festival... It’s a low key gig, but the crowd’s attention never wavers – this is a chance encounter that pays off in spades." (Justin McDaid, Goldenplec, HWCH, 2015)
"New Pope is a treat that has left a now totally full yet utterly silent room entranced." (Eoin Murray, The Thin Air, Róisín Dubh, 2015)
‘High-Lands’ © Tony White, 2014 / all music written by David Boland / music © David Boland, 2016
‘High-Lands’ was originally commissioned by London Fieldworks and Resonance 104.4fm as part of Remote Performances and broadcast live from Outlandia, a unique artists’ field-station in Glen Nevis, Lochaber, Scotland. Remote Performances was supported by Arts Council England, Nevis Landscape Partnership (Heritage Lottery Programme), Oxford Brookes University, Live Art Development Agency (LADA), and Edinburgh Arts Festival. ‘High-Lands’ is collected in the critical anthology Remote Performances in Nature and Architecture, edited by Bruce Gilchrist, Jo Joelson and Tracey Warr (Ashgate/Routledge, 2015).
‘High-Lands’ draws on research undertaken as part of a loose collaboration with Stuart Brisley, Maya Balcioglu and Dr Sanja Perovic of King’s College London, that was made possible by Tony White’s appointment in 2013-14 as creative entrepreneur in residence (funded by Creativeworks London) and visiting research fellow in the French Department at King’s.
TULCA is a contemporary Visual Arts Festival, which takes place over 17 days throughout Galway city and county, funded by the arts council, Galway City Council and Galway County Council. Since 2002, TULCA has led the way for contemporary art in the west of Ireland, exhibiting art forms such as sculpture, video, paint, photography and performance art to name a few. TULCA 2016 was guest curated by Daniel Jewesbury. For more information about the TULCA Festival of Visual Arts see http://www.tulcafestival.com/
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