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Grails and James Blackshaw

Grails

Since their inception in Portland, Oregon in the year 2000, instrumental group Grails have patiently developed into a rather radical study in tension and meditation. Releasing albums on the Neurosis imprint Neurot Recordings and Important Records before ultimately finding their home at Temporary Residence Ltd, Grails’ music bridges the gap between psychedelic rock, cosmic minimalism, obscure library music and the lush and evocative film scores of yesteryear while sounding entirely contemporary.

In support of their 2023 album ‘Anches En Maat’, Grails return to the UK for the first time since 2018 and we are proud to present their first ever show in Hastings, East Sussex.

James Blackshaw

Initially inspired by the guitarits of the 60’s Takoma label to teach himself fingerpicking, long time Hastings resident James Blackshaw writes long-form pieces primarily for solo 12-string guitar that are heavily influenced by minimalist composers and European classical music and which use drones, overtones and repeating patterns alongside a strong inclination for melody to create instrumental music that is both intelligent, hypnotic and emotionally charged.

Releasing over ten albums in the last twenty years on labels such as Important Records, Tompkins Square and Young God Records, Blackshaw will be performing new material from his highly anticipated forthcoming album due for release in April this year.

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