Event name: Bodys presents: St. Ove + Mi Mye
Acts: St. Ove; Mi Mye
Location: The Art House, Drury Lane, Wakefield, WF1 2TE.
Age restriction: All ages
Sold out (more tix may be added later, check out our other shows @bodyswakefield on social media)
8.30pm Mi Mye
Mi Mye is the project of Jamie Lockhart from the north coast of Scotland, who is supported by musician friends from Wakefield and Leeds.
Lyricist and fiddle player Jamie learnt to play in the Highlands, and often leans on his roots of folk music and story telling to produce beautiful songs of empathy and hope.
The other band members each bring their own influences and musicianship to create intricate songs - at times life-affirming, at times downright heartbreaking - which envelop Jamie's lyrics.
Mi Mye have been compared to Sparklehorse, the National and Will Oldham. This show will be the first outing for many songs from their new album The Bow Saw and the EQ.
9.15pm St. Ove
For years people had tried to convince John George Cooper to record his songs. But there was always something better to do. Like the night he was locked out and slept in a foxes den. Or that weird summer when a loophole made magic mushrooms legal and he spent his entire pay check on them. Or re-applying to the Natural History Museum for a job in their bat department.
The devil makes work for idle hands. Time’s a thief. And talk of rock stardom, forever daft, becomes ludicrous in the context of ‘proper’ jobs, debts, growing families and responsibilities.
But the songs kept coming. And in the summer of 2019, childhood friend, multi-instrumentalist, Steve Blackwell decided it was time to put a band together. He enlisted Dan Akerman on bass and Adam Killip on guitar. The music came quickly. They already all had their hooks in the same pond: Creedence, Magnolia Electric Co., Westerberg, Zevon, The Band, REM. A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll.
In late 2019 they headed to Greenmount Studios in Leeds and sought the talents of more old friends: producers Jamie Lockhart and Lee Smith. Over four days they recorded the songs that would become the album County Show.
All they needed now was a name. Since it was Steve’s band how about… ‘Steve’? But there’s already a band from Athens, Georgia called Steve. So they settled on Stove. As Lowell George tells it: “I’ve had my head stoved in but I’m still on my feet”. Yes, “Stove” like the Lemonheads song. But of course there is already a band called Stove from Connecticut. Just when they thought hope was gone, along came St. Ove. The patron saint of lost time, wasted talent, old waves, silver-haired werewolves, dark secrets and last chances. Here to keep it going.
Here to sing us all back home:
“It’s in the trembling voices. Parting of ways begun again. Like there’s a choice, like there’s a choice. It’s as old as a wave”
About the Venue
This is a new event space in the Art House, a wonderful arts venue in the centre of Wakefield, right next to Westgate train station.
Gigs will adhere to social distance requirements in place at the time. If sold out, more tickets may become available as restrictions allow. Contact bodyswakefield at gmail dot com if you have any questions.
The Art House was built in consultation with its disabled artist members. Information about access can be found by clicking on the venue's name on this page, or visiting here https://the-arthouse.org.uk/about/access/
Bodys is a gig promoter in Wakefield, hosting frequent shows. Follow us on social media @bodyswakefield to see what other shows we are hosting. Our gigs are intentionally set at times that allow you to be in bed early if you fancy, and we always announce set times well in advance.
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