20190329: Friday 29th March: Portland Brothers (Steve Adams & Timothy Victor); Dan Wilde
Support: Kerry Devine
Portland Brothers: Steven Adams & Timothy Victor
Steven Adams and Timothy Victor first met in the summer of 2001 at The Portland Arms, Cambridge. Adams had just put together The Broken Family Band, who would go on to be one of the best-loved cult bands to come out of the city, whilst TV was playing in Chris T-T's band and fronting his
own, sprawling 'country and eastern' outfit The Folk Orchestra.
Over the next few years the two became firm friends, with Victor producing the first two Broken Family Band albums and performing live with the group as the unofficial 'fifth member'. Adams and Victor also collaborated on the 2005 album 'Problems', played a few sweaty London club shows with a short-lived rock band, and sang together as part of an unaccompanied vocal group, wearing false beards.
Since The Broken Family Band split in 2009, Adams has continued to perform and record, both solo and with the band Singing Adams, and more recently with Steven Adams & The French Drops. TV has continued to perform with The Folk Orchestra, as well as writing and recording music for television and doing 'something with computers'.
As TV explains: "My band played Steven's birthday party at his house last year, and we sang together for the first time in ages. That was when we realised we should make some music together."
Portland Brothers sees the duo returning to the music that first brought them together; writing and singing songs that reflect their shared love of folk music, country rock and classic pop.
Adams says: "When we first met, Tim lived in London and I lived in Cambridge. A couple of years later I moved to London and he now lives in Cambridge. I don't know what this means".
Portland Brothers are currently writing and recording for an album due for release later in 2019.
Dan Wilde: Song-smith Dan has been performing his own brand of richly observant folk in the UK and beyond for the past five years, touring the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Holland and the Czech Republic. He has three studio albums to his credit, ’This is the Place’ (2010), ‘With Fire in Mind’ (2013) and ‘Rhythm on the City Wall’ (2017). His new video, 'Abusing My Position', taken from his second studio album, was filmed in Cambridge's Museum of Technology.
“Engrossing and charismatic” Folkwords
“Wonderfully perceptive” - Richard Madeley, BBC Radio 2
8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)
Entry: £10(door), £9(advance), £8(members).