projects, commissions, residencies, collaborations and recent work by From Here Records / Stick In The Wheel
Our focus with Stick In The Wheel has been to challenge, disrupt and dismantle barriers within traditional music, whilst immersing ourselves within the communities surrounding folk and traditional music cultures, and to ask what it means to be working within this form in 2023. Through this musical partnership we have initiated and collaborated on various projects:
Perspectives on Tradition looked at the ethics of song collecting, and how non-folk musicians can engage with archives meaningfully. The ethical reappraising of collections held by institutions is necessary, and this project attempted to explore how we might do that. We worked with renowned musicians Nabihah Iqbal, Jon1st and Olugbenga to make a surprising record that considers new ways of approaching material from the folk canon. It was MOJO Folk Album of the Year 2022. Supported by Arts Council England and EFDSS.
Noods Radio Show Our monthly show for independent Bristol-based arts organisation, centred around artists and their practice, usually connected to the traditional, underground and contemporary music scenes, with guest interviews and mixes.
Help The Witch – A Concept Album – Tom Cox asked us to make a record with his favourite folk/psyche musicians, based on his book of ghost stories. Each artist was given a chapter to base a track on. We successfully crowdfunded a vinyl and digital release, with an online launch through Tracks Darlington.
Britten Sinfonia – self-initiated partnership with leading chamber orchestra ensemble to create orchestration and site-specific performance of music for Daylight Music, Union Chapel.
English Folk Field Recordings – ongoing exploration of what it means to be making English Folk music in the 21st century, exploring English identity and attitudes to the past. Supported by Arts Council England and EFDSS.
Musicity London – site specific commission at the Finnish Church, Rotherhithe, along with other artists including Nabihah Iqbal and Moses Boyd.
The Singing Bridge – commission for interactive audio walk by Claudia Molitor for Totally Thames Festival.
Voiced for NOMAD projects – site specific commission at Phytology, Bethnal Green Nature Reserve.
Café Oto – events at London’s premier curated contemporary music venue.
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