Emma Jones and a poem

Published on October 31, 2012, by in News, Poetry.

modifythevan recently saw Emma doing an awesome gig at spoken word night Sage & Time. She came by the other day and we recorded a poem of hers titled ‘Hull’ and they played around with sound effects. Have a listen below:


New acts confirmed for Folk at The Pleasance, Edfringe

Published on July 11, 2012, by in News.


We have confirmed a slew of brilliant guests and I would like very much to tell you about them.

From London we have the stunningly talented Ana Silvera, accompanied by wonderful Scottish ‘cellist Islay Roberts.  From Wales, we have the achingly lovely voice of Gwyneth Glyn. Ana and Gwyneth will each play for one night only, so if you want to see them, Gwyneth will play on the 22nd, and Ana on the 26th August.

‘Anna Silvera combines a poet’s feel for language with a film director’s sense of the epic; her songs stay in your head long after she’s stopped singing them’ The Verb, BBC Radio 3

From Glasgow and London, we have the ‘Dylanesque wandering minstrel’ Willie Singerman, playing poetic songs on the banjo, in duet with Gwendolen Chatfield (pictured with the accordion).

From Edinburgh, we are really excited to have two Chilean musicians – virtuoso classical guitarist Galo Ceron-Carrasco, and singer, songwriter and guitarist Carlos Arredondo. They will play with extraordinary generosity and sensitivity, songs of the Latin American ‘new song’ tradition, e.g. Victor Jara and Violetta Parra. Galo will also accompany me on some Argentinian, Chilean and Cuban songs. Here is Mercedes Sosa singing one of our favourites, just to whet your appetites.

‘They touched deep, leaving one moved and exhilarated by the whole performance.’ Jan Fairley on Carlos and Galo

Scottish-based Sardinian Elena Piras will amaze everyone with her clear and emotionally true voice and impeccable diction, singing songs in Scots, Gaelic, Serbian and Italian. Ah yes, and how can I forget Matheu Watson? There he is on the left. He is a multi-instrumentalist genius Scots Gael who, well, you really just have to hear to believe.

‘Music With Depth, Swing, Swagger And Character’ The Herald (on Matheu)

When there are more to announce, I will let you know.

Love from Sophie x


Tim Graham and Rosemary Lippard visit The Blue Door

Published on May 16, 2012, by in News, Pictures.

Tim Graham and Rosemary Lippard came up from Bath yesterday to record some new material. We are going to mix the tracks next week so watch this space to be the first to hear some of their excellent music.


Watch Robin Grey’s new video for Mariam’s Cake

Published on May 14, 2012, by in News, Videos.

Lucy Pawlak has just uploaded the final edit of her video for Mariam’s Cake to youtube. We hope you like it!


Recording strings for Ellie Rose Rusbridge

Published on May 11, 2012, by in News, Pictures.

We were down in Elephant & Castle today recording the string parts for one of Ellie’s songs. Not mixed yet but watch this space for more.


Recording with Ellie Rose Rusbridge

Published on March 11, 2012, by in Music, News.

Today we spent the afternoon recording Ellie Rose Rusbridge over at Colin’s house on his lovely old upright piano. Here is the first fruit of that session. One of the two soundcloud players below should work across all different devices and browsers.

White by Ellie Rose Rusbridge by modifythevan


Robin Grey’s new album ‘The Nearest Door’ is now out

Published on October 1, 2011, by in Music, News.

Head over to hear to listen and maybe even buy it :-)


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