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Thomas Truax – New Music Machines tour 2020

“Endlessly inventive and creative…A show not to be missed!” – Oxford Times

Merging a fevered imagination and solid songwriting with a mad scientist’s brain for weird gadgets, American singer Thomas Truax is a true one-off.

UNCUT magazine says “Truax is shaping up nicely as one of the great rock eccentrics” while Splendid magazine called him “one of the five or ten best singer/songwriters in the world that you’ve never heard of…an exceptional talent.”

He is also known for his unique self-made instruments including a motorized drum machine made of bike wheels called ‘Mother Superior’ and a souped up Gramophone called ‘The Hornicator’

After riding the album/tour/album/tour cycle perpetually over nearly two decades with these ‘band mates’, Thomas decided it was due time to dedicate himself to expanding the menagerie with some new musical contraptions.

Bolstered by his Bandcamp supporters and some Arts Council England funding, he devoted much of last year to dreaming up and building these special new music making machines which, along with his familiar friends, will make their first live appearance on this tour.

Notable Truax supporters and collaborators include Jarvis Cocker, Duke Special, Richard Hawley, Amanda Palmer, Brian Viglione (of the Dresden Dolls/Violent Femmes), Budgie (of Siouxsie and the Banshees) and the late author Terry Pratchett.

“Operating from the shadowy space between the glass-blown ambience of (‘Amelie’ composer) Yann Tiersen and ‘What’s he Building In There?’ era Tom Waits, musician/inventor Thomas Truax is something of a visio
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Kate Arnold

Originally a classically trained violinist and vocalist, Kate took up the hammered dulcimer in 1997.

If they know it at all, most people associate the hammered dulcimer with either folk music or 1960s Cold War spy film soundtracks. Those influences are there! But the instrument is much more versatile, and Kate takes the evocative sound of this ancient instrument in some unconventional directions involving live looping and electronic effects.

In recent years she has worked with Lisa Knapp, Rose McDowall, Doudou Cissoko, Daemonia Nymphe, Steve Albini and Tony Visconti and is looking forward to returning to her home town to play for you!