The Vagrant Lovers collective are proud to announce a new series of shows, and collaborations with key members starting this weekend at Curious Arts Festival.
GIL DE RAY, and KIRSTY ALLISON‘s new project with THE CHILDREN OF THE BURNING SUN perform at the Curious Arts festival in the New Forest this weekend in the New River Press tent. GIL DE RAY strips back from the usual backing band, with a totally new set, for a brave and enchanting solo performance. His following solo show is at The Waiting Room in London, headlining on Thursday 23rd August.
Gil’s prolificacy spreads to VOODOOTRON, his new collab with Helsinki-based Parisian, Benjamin Floor Trauma, and DREAM PIRATE, the forthcoming collab with fellow Vagrant Lover, WELFARE. Gil is associate editor on COLD LIPS, and also makes films (usually to accompany his and cohort’s music), writes, and draws and paints.
GIL DE RAY is also the music to KIRSTY ALLISON + THE CHILDREN OF THE BURNING SUN project which continues Kirsty’s explorations in the space between lyricism, spoken word, and poetry which she started at the Sylvia Plath Fan Club nights in London, pioneering the new wave that is returning poetry to the forefront of the arts. Editor and publisher of COLD LIPS, and arts editor of DJ Mag, her confronting and visceral poetry and performance is in the lineage of punk poetry, with comparisons to Jock Scot, Jeremy Reed, and Dr John Cooper Clarke. Murray Lachlan Young describes her as “sexy and talented, what’s not to like?”
On the 18th August, as part of the Liminality 3 exhibition at Sean McLusky and co’s Gallery 46 in Whitechapel, KIRSTY ALLISON + THE CHILDREN OF THE BURNING SUN make their debut London performance. The wider exhibition runs 17th-19th August which celebrates cross-disciplinary works in visual-sound performance. Gil and Kirsty’s collaborative film shot in New Orleans, DOUBLEPLAY, where she chalked up graffiti poems around Crescent Park (premiering in New York earlier this year) will play in Europe for the first time, accompanied by IRON WORDS sculpture inspired by the film, and mixed-media work on stills. There will also be a ltd edition book of poetry of the performance.
Her work has played in the Tate Modern, Tate Britain, and Oscar Niemeyer Museum in Sao Paulo. Her art is usually given away to charity, but has sold internationally. Her debut novel is coming next year on Wrecking Ball Press.
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VAGRANT LOVERS is a collective of musicians who hope that by coming together, they can bring light to the art of each other. Rather than form a psuedo-label, we direct light to individual Bandcamps, where revenue goes direct to artists.
GIL DE RAY. WELFARE. RYAN SAMBOL (ex-STRANGEBOYS). KIRSTY ALLISON + THE CHILDREN OF THE BURNING SUN. COLD LIPS. HOLIDAY MUSIC. CXR (coming soon).