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Published on 09 September 2019
Event date: 07/12/2019 19:00 Export event
Martin Stephenson convened The Daintees in the early 80's, the name deliberately chosen as a response to the humourlessness and angst of much of the music of the time. The Daintees became one of the first bands to sign with the Newcastle-upon-Tyne based independent label, Kitchenware, and their debut single, 'Roll On Summertime' was a sparkling, cheerful item that announced the arrival of a considerable new talent.
After Kitchenware packed The Daintees off to London Records, they released the marvellous debut album, 'Boat To Bolivia' (1985), under the Production auspices of future Pixies/Bunnymen/James sound man Gil Norton. The album positively burst with excellent, rootsy pop songs, boasting a veritable rainbow of styles, sung and played with a youthful enthusiasm and warmth that paradoxically, perhaps, displayed a mature, unique Songwriting voice.
Songs such as the bittersweet 'Crocodile Cryer', the alcoholic's lament 'Little Red Bottle', the emphatic 'Running Waters' and the haunting ballad 'Rain' further underscored the impression that 'Roll On Summertime' had made. Lengthy bouts of touring saw Stephenson and the band taking their music to the people, and they loved it, carving an awesome reputation as a live act.
Subsequent albums were 'Gladsome, Humour, and Blue' (1987), 'Salutation Road' (1989), and 'The Boy's Heart' (1992).
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Swallows and Armenians
Swallows and Armenians is a passionate and personal project by Appleby artist Karen Babayan which celebrates the inspirational Anglo-Armenian family, the Altounyans, models for the Walker family in the classic children’s book by Arthur Ransome.
Exhibition runs from 19 February to 15 March 2020
There are also the following special events:
Sunday 1 March 12-4pm FREE family-friendly adventure map-making drop-in workshop.
Saturday 7 March 2pm Karen Babayan Artist’s Talk, Book Reading & Circle Dance Event - An opportunity to listen to the fascinating history of Swallows and Armenians from the artist and author herself. She is joined by Shakeh Major Tchilingirian, a renowned dance artist based in London, who brings an Armenian cultural tradition to Cumbria. No previous dance experience necessary. £4 includes a glass of wine.
Saturday 14 March 12-4pm Stories We Are Told - a workshop for adults inspired by the stories in the exhibition. Explore themes of identity & hidden histories through relief print techniques. Karen Babayan is an inspiring and accessible tutor. Beginners welcome. £40 per person (materials provided).