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Nick Luscombe with Julie Byrne and Tomaga

Nick Luscombe introduces highlights from the Late Junction showcase at the 2017 Great Escape festival in Brighton, featuring folk singer Julie Byrne and improvising duo Tomaga.

The Great Escape in Brighton is one of the UK's leading festivals for new music. Last weekend Late Junction and BBC Music pushed past the throngs at the seaside and joined the 2017 edition of the festival to present a showcase of boundary-pushing, up-and-coming artists and DJs.

Nick airs highlights from our showcase all this week, starting tonight with Julie Byrne's intimate acoustic show, and concluding with Tomaga's dark, droney experiments with drums and electronics.

Byrne was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, and describes herself as a nomad, having lived in half-a-dozen America cities while working on her music. Alongside her art she has found time to study Environmental Science and act as a Seasonal Ranger in Central Park. Across her first two albums she has proved herself to be a sharp and poignant writer, one blessed with a mesmerising singing voice.

Tomaga, since their formation in 2013, have released four acclaimed albums that move between industrial, jazz, psychedelia and minimalism. They have also collaborated with major art galleries and toured with such musical luminaries as Deerhoof, Silver Apples, and Wire. The members of the band are Valentina Magaletti (of Raime, Vanishing Twin) and Tom Relleen (of The Oscillation).

Also on the programme this evening, hear music from psych singer Kerem Güney, jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby, and the one and only Stevie Wonder.

Produced for Reduced Listening by Jack Howson.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

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    Futura Grotesk

    • Live at The Great Escape.
  • Harmonia & Eno '76


    • Tracks And Traces.
    • Grönland Records.

    I'm A Song

    • Gold and Green.
    • Thrill Jockey.
  • Kerem Güney

    Sıcak Bir Sevda

    • Uzelli Psychedelic Anadolu.
    • Uzelli.
  • Julie Byrne Live at The Great Escape

    • Julie Byrne


      • Live at The Great Escape.
    • Julie Byrne

      Follow My Voice (feat. Eric Littmann)

      • Live at The Great Escape.
    • Eric Littmann


      • Live at The Great Escape.
    • Julie Byrne

      Sea As It Glides (feat. Eric Littmann)

      • Live at The Great Escape.
    • Julie Byrne

      I Live Now As A Singer (feat. Eric Littmann)

      • Live at The Great Escape.
  • Weyes Blood & Ariel Pink

    Daddy, Please Give A Little Time To Me

    • Myths 002.
    • Mexican Summer.
  • Brass Mask

    The Merman

    • Brass Mask Live.
    • Babel.
  • Daphne Oram

    Mermaid (Excerpt)

    • The Daphne Oram Tapes: Volume One.
    • Young Americans.
  • Alan Rawsthorne

    Theme And Variations For Two Violins (1937) VI. Notturno

    Performer: Midori Komachi. Performer: Sophie Rosa.
    • Warp and Weft: Works for Two Violins.
    • EM Records.
  • Yuri Morozov

    Inexplicable (pt 4)

    • Strange Angels.
    • Buried Treasure Records.
  • Tomaga Live at The Great Escape

    • TOMAGA

      Perspective With No End

      • Live At The Great Escape.
    • TOMAGA

      The Shape Of The Dance

      • Live At The Great Escape.
  • Jeff Mills

    Loop Transit 4

  • Dorothy Ashby

    The Moving Finger

    • The Rubaiyat Of Dorothy Ashby.
    • Cadet Records.
  • Stevie Wonder

    If It's Magic

    • Songs In The Key Of Life.
    • Motown.


Julie Byrne:
Julie Byrne (vocals, guitar); Eric Littmann (synth)

Valentina Magaletti (drums); Tom Relleen (bass, electronics)


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