Handy Tour

David Bainbridge and Laurence Tompkins
23 April - 26 April 2014
Produced by: 
Sound and Music / Handy

Handy compiles new work from Caroline Haines, Aaron Parker,Tom Rose, Joe Snape and Laurence Tompkins for David Bainbridge (banjo) and Laurence Tompkins (handheld electronics), presented in association with Sound and Music, in 12 extremely intimate performances spread across 4 British cities.

In Bournemouth, London, Oxford, and Manchester there will be three half hour performances to extremely limited audiences, presenting Laurence Tompkins’ new piece ‘Mylar’, with a supporting piece from one of the four other burgeoning UK composers, who have written specifically in response to it.

Playing upon the associations of the banjo with wandering troubadours, both players' kit is radically stripped down and comfortably portable, with all electronics played through small handheld speakers in contact with simple percussion, giving the sound an 'unplugged' presence.

With all performances housed within a battery-powered portable light installation by Dori Deng,  the tour claims liminal spots en masse and hopes to provide a visceral and personal encounter for a substantial audience.

This tour is co-produced with Sound and Music as part of the 2014/15 touring programme, find out more about the tours we're supporting here.


Tour dates

23 April // Bournemouth

5.30pm St George's Church, Dorest

7.30pm two secret performances in collaboration with ATTN Magazine. Email jack@attnmagazine.co.uk for location.

24 April // London

4.30pm FAT RELIC, Ladywell Road

6.30pm Hundred Years Gallery, 13 Pearson Street

9pm Crate Brewery Longboat, Hackney Wick

25 April // Oxford

5.30pm Ertegun House, 37A St Giles

7.30pm OVADA Wharehouse, Osney Ln

9pm New College Cloisters

26 April // Manchester

5.30pm Islington Mill, Salford

7.30pm International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge Street

9.15pm Gloria, 4th Floor Hilton House, Hilton Street


All performances start promplty and will take an extremely limited audience - first come, first served.


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