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Sweet Billy Pilgrim and Adem

1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 09 April 2009

Fiona Talkington presents part of a series of specially recorded collaborative sessions, featuring two figures from the world of British folktronica - Sweet Billy Pilgrim and Adem, who have created a 15-minute piece for vocals, guitars, tuned percussion and electronics.

Music Played

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Nils Økland

    Nils Økland Horisont

    Monograph, ECM 179 2432

  • Image for Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Benedictus For Holy Week

    Performers: Musica Contexta conducted by Simon Ravens

    Music for Holy Saturday, Chandos CHAN 0679

  • Sweet Billy Pilgrim & Adem Session

    • Image for Sweet Billy Pilgrim & Adem

      Sweet Billy Pilgrim & Adem Collaboration Session for Late Junction

      Vocals, guitars, double bass, electronics, vibraphone, xylophone, glockenspiel, recorders, Appalachian dulcimer, suitcase and a bin lid.

  • Image for Gillian Welch

    Gillian Welch Rock of Ages

    With David Rawlings (acoustic guitar & vocals)

    Hell Among The Yearlings, Acony/Wea Records 50466 6873 2

  • Image for Sofia Asgatovna Gubaidulina

    Sofia Asgatovna Gubaidulina Vater, Ich Befehle Meinen Geist In Deine Hände Sieben Worte for cello, bayan & strings

    Performers: Elsbeth Moser (bayan); Boris Pergamenschikov (cello); Munich Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christoph Poppen

    Sofia Gubaidulina, ECM New Series 461 897 2

  • Image for Dave Van Ronk

    Dave Van Ronk Please See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

    The Folkway Years 1959-61, Smithsonian Folkways CDSF 40041

  • Image for Jef Neve Trio

    Jef Neve Trio Remorse

    Performers: Jef Neve (piano); Piet Verbist (double bass); Teun Verbruggen (drums)

    Soul In A Picture, Universal 060251 7720398

  • Image for Hugh Wood

    Hugh Wood Easter

    Performers: Andrew Kennedy (tenor); Iain Burnside (piano)

    NMC Songbook, NMC D150

  • Image for Vox Clamantis & Weekend Guitar Trio, directed by Jaan-Eik Tulve

    Vox Clamantis & Weekend Guitar Trio, directed by Jaan-Eik Tulve Litania (Gregorian chant)

    Stella Matutina, Mirare MIR064

  • Image for Joseph Phibbs

    Joseph Phibbs The Moon's Funeral

    Performers: James Bowman (countertenor); Andrew Plant (piano)

    NMC Songbook, NMC D150

  • Sweet Billy Pilgrim & Adem Session

    The third in a monthly series of collaborative studio sessions for BBC Radio 3's Late Junction brings together two figures from the world of experimental folktronica: Tim Elsenburg, of Sweet Billy Pilgrim, and Adem Ilhan, known as Adem, in a special one-off session broadcast on Thursday 9 April.

    This unique experiment began as a file sharing project where the two artists took it in turns to develop the work before emailing it to the other. The finished piece was produced over the course of several months, with the two artists meeting only at the final mixing stage.

    It was their intention to create a single long piece and the resulting 15 minutes is a dark and richly textured work. Elsenburg and Adem's vocals are underpinned by guitars, double bass, electronics and tuned percussion instruments including vibraphone, xylophone and glockenspiel. And that's not to mention the recorders, Appalachian dulcimer, suitcase and even a bin lid!

  • Sweet Billy Pilgrim

    Tim Elsenburg's latest album with Sweet Billy Pilgrim, Twice Born Men, has just been released. In the years since the band's 2005 debut, We Just Did What Happened And No One Came, they've remixed David Sylvian, Steve Jensen and Steve Adey and toured to international acclaim, including a celebrated appearance at the Punkt Festival in both Norway and London. Sweet Billy Pilgrim comprises Tim Elsenburg on vocals, Anthony Bishop on bass and banjo and Alistair Hamer on drums.

    "I think, for me, it's the first time I've collaborated with anyone (outside of doing remixes). I was a big fan of Adem... and it was really cool to work with him. The only thing we decided in advance... was that we wanted to do a long-form piece which, you know, has its risks!"

  • Adem

    South Londoner Adem's debut solo album, Homesongs, appeared in 2004 to critical acclaim. In 2006, a second album, Love And Other Planets, was released to favorable reviews. As well as his work as a solo artist, Adem is also the bass guitarist in the post-rock band Fridge, alongside Kieran Hebden.

    "I got an email out of the blue saying there's a great adventure ahead, do you want to be involved in it? And I thought this sounds like great fun! I like his music, I think we could work well together, let's see what happens! Just the idea of it happening was the most exciting thing. What's very interesting about working this way with someone else at a distance, removed, is that we both brought something very specific to the table... we can do whatever we want – that's a terrifying thought and a wonderful thought in equal measure!"


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