Back in 2019 when we were blissfully unaware of COVID-19 Daylight Music celebrated its 10th Birthday. For lovers of “an afternoon together with music, tea and cake“, Daylight has been a beautiful refuge from consumerism and Saturday mayhem
This Saturday’s show, midday to 2pm, at at St John on Bethnal Green, London marks the 348th in the series sees the annual tradition of hosting acts from Joyzine favourites Lost Map Records. On the bill are Gordon McIntyre, Emma Kupa and Alexia Avina.
A regular favourite of iconic DJ John Peel, Gordon’s observational lyrics keenly balance a sincere appreciation of beauty in the ordinary, with an often caustic, sardonic wit, crucially all delivered with a triumphant musical touch that deftly resists the turgid temptation of minor-chord miserablism so often favoured by his contemporaries. This showcase performance marks the release of the first album under his own name, Even With The Support Of Others, a record produced entirely by Gordon himself, in the rare and wee hours, alone in the attic.
From her beginnings with Standard Fare, to The Hayman Kupa Band, and presently Mammoth Penguins, Emma’s debut solo album, It Will Come Easier, was released by the excellent Fika Recordings, during the lockdown of 2020. Decamping to Eigg last summer, Emma took part in Lost Map’s residency series, VISITATIONS – creating a mini-album of lo-fi guitar-driven bothy ballads / croft-pop, pining for a sense of belonging, the company of loved ones, and dreaming of another world.
Making her UK debut, New York’s diminutive Alexia Avina sits cross-legged on the floor, hunched over a bank of delay/loop pedals, hugging her guitar and approaching the microphone in an unassuming manner that suggests she’s only an apparition. The haunting serene ambience that emanates more than fills the room, centred around her beautifully crafted folk-pop songs. Following the release of 2020’s Unearth, Lost Map has put out a live session recording and a clutch of singles, with Alexia recording a further 4 more albums, due for release over the course of this year – including her most recent offering, A Little Older.
You can buy tickets here and Daylight operate a policy of Pay-What-You-Can entry (£10 adult suggestion, children free) in advance or on the door, subject to availability/capacity.
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Introduction by Paul F Cook