The Other Place: Billy Bottle & The Multiple
The Other Place
Seeds ‘n’ Feeds Community Garden, Melbourne Cottages, Plymouth, PL1 5HG
6pm Sat 24th Sept for corn on the cob and produce from the garden. Show starts 6.30pm.
Artist/s: Billy Bottle & The Multiple (Billy Bottle: Voice, Keyboards, Guitar, Martine Waltier: Voice, Violin, Guitar, Percussion, Roz Harding: Alto sax, Recorder, Percussion, Vivien Goodwin-Darke: Voice, Flute, Percussion. Lee Fletcher: Synths, Soundscapes and Percussion).
On Election Day, 2015, a pint of milk mysteriously appears at the gates of Parliament.
Set in the week running up to a UK general election, The Other Place tells the true story of two musicians from Devon (Billy Bottle & Martine as seen on BBC’s The Voice) as they make their way slowly to Westminster. On high streets, market squares and seafront promenades, they perform the same song, forty-nine times over, and at each stop they start conversations with whoever they meet, asking them “Who’s got the Power?”.
This journey through the foundations of British democracy inspired a sequence of songs whose lyrics come from the words of the voters (and non-voters) that Billy and Martine met on their journey. It is a celebration of gentler kinds of power and an invitation to the audience to make their voices heard.
Following on from their critically acclaimed album, Unrecorded Beam (the poetry of Thoreau), The Multiple features Martine Waltier, Roz Harding and Billy Bottle, (all mainstays of Mike Westbrook’s Uncommon Orchestra) plus flautist Vivien Goodwin-Darke (from the psychedelic rock band, Magic Bus) and recording artist and producer Lee Fletcher (of Unsung Productions) on soundscapes. Like the best art rock, they combine folk, jazz, pop and minimalism in an engaging and meaningful way.
Complete with wobbly camera footage and the sounds of the streets, this performance is a real democratic party in action!
“cleverly refract rock, folk and jazz through a prism of Canterbury pastoralism” – Prog Magazine
“Brilliant!” – Robert Wyatt