NEHH presents… Adam Stafford ‘Fire Behind The Curtain’ Album Launch

NEHH presents… Adam Stafford ‘Fire Behind The Curtain’ Album Launch

Thu 03 May 2018
20:00-23:00 (3h)
Adam Stafford
Credit: David P Scott
"Yet again, Adam Stafford has created one of the best albums of the year"
The National (on 'Taser Revelations')
"A songwriter of real depth, rich in understanding, in melodic virtuosity, his work has gradually built up into an imposing, heroic catalogue"
CLASH Magazine
"Stafford approaches musical ideas like a meditator treats thoughts, allowing them to linger only briefly before setting them free and welcoming in the next"
★★★★ - The Skinny
Book Tickets
Unreserved seating.
_ Price: £10
_ Age Group: 16+ (under 18s accompanied)
_ Venue: Anatomy Lecture Theatre

Empty oil tankers. A haunted sponge cake factory. A housing estate on the edge of an industrial wasteland. Adam Stafford’s memories of his childhood home in Falkirk could easily be the premise of a coming-of-age horror movie, or a setting for a Celtic noir drama. Such cinematic perspective is perhaps not entirely surprising for an artist whose very first film picked up no fewer than seven major accolades, including two Oscar-qualifying festival awards and two Scottish BAFTA nominations.

To date Adam Stafford’s amassed an impressive body of work in both music and cinema. His numerous achievements include a Scottish Album of the Year-nominated solo album Imaginary Walls Collapse, video direction of The Twilight Sad’s ‘Seven Years of Letter’ and an experimental tape-collage Miniature Porcelain Horse Emporium.

Recorded in the Song, by Toad HQ, The Happiness Hotel, the latest addition to the Adam Stafford opus is Fire Behind the Curtain. The neoclassical L.P. is a testament of hope in his battle against depression. It was written over an 8-year period and inspired by Adam’s love of Meredith Monk, Michael Gordon and US Minimalism. Adam gives a preview of his latest avant-garde musical expedition: “Choirs yelp and screech, beatboxing courses through cosmic k-holes and guitars sound like saxophones trapped deep in the wasp-machine.”

Hailey Beavis (support)

Hailey Beavis is a self taught musician, songwriter and artist living in Edinburgh.

Her music maps a journey through the surrealism of childhood, stretching into insightful and vividly captured love songs, both deeply personal and completely knowable.

The undeniable message of hope and strength in Hailey’s sharply observed and defiantly honest writing is mirrored in energetic and untamed performances.

Past releases include 5 short run EPs (For An Armour, Sasquatch, Despite The Dark, Try Not To Hide and All Hail With A Whale Bone Spear) all accompanied by her own artwork.