Sir Richard Bishop (sun City Girls)

Mon 23 October 2006 // 20:00

plus screening of Phi Ta Khon: Ghosts of Isan
(Mon 23rd / 7.30pm / £5adv)

Richard Bishop has been traveling the planetary system since 1981 as 1/3 of ethno-improv pioneers, Sun City Girls, one of the most unpredictable, prolific and down right baffling bands around. They can be brilliant in 69 different ways, ranging from the Middle Eastern garage-psych to the country-and-eastern campfire folk, from their alien folk-blues songs and spoken word rants to their psych drone poems.

With Sun City Girls on a temporary hiatus, Sir Richard has recently begun extensive touring as a solo artist, reflecting the shadow worlds of the Indian Sub-Continent, the Middle East and other outposts along the Gypsy trail, with a smattering of Flamenco thrown in for good measure.

Phi Ta Khon is a ghost festival that takes place every year in the Isan province of Northern Thailand. This film by Robert Mills (released on the Girls' Sublime Frequencies label) features colourful masks, Molam music, magnificent costumes, and phallic icons of all sizes, documenting a mind-blowing and obscure tradition hidden in the interior of the Indochine peninsula.

Presented by Qu Junktions & Owl Toes
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