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Storehouse and Fertility Festival

Storehouse and Fertility Festival

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PRESS RELEASE Monday 11 February 2008

Primitivist Blues Meets Avant-Vodou as Happy Happening Awaits Denizens of Wellington

Fireplace Recordings and IIII Records present:

Tory Street
Wellington Central
Friday 22nd February
11pm > Very Late


The Southern Cross
Abel Smith Street
Wellington Central
Saturday 23rd February
10pm > midnight
No cover

The capital's last chance this summer to catch Storehouse, unconventional purveyors of the rawest, funky blues & slave-era spirituals, as they return to Wellington for two nights, including one monstrous double-bill at Happy on Feb 22nd with local freakout ensemble Fertility Festival that serves as the unofficial Ornette Coleman after-party.

Storehouse (UK based guitarist /vocalist Tom Rodwell and bassist Joe Pineapple) have recently returned to NZ from a 33-date four-country world tour, that climaxed in November at the Wellington International Jazz Festival. They have since been appearing in Auckland's home of the underground, the Wine Cellar, with a series of increasingly sweaty, stomping-from-the-wilderness shows.

Rodwell has recently been interviewed by Metro magazine, the Dominion Post, Radio New Zealand and Salient (Victoria University). He will be returning to the US and European circuits, and will also resume his wax cylinder recording project in Sheffield, England. The final Storehouse NZ summer 2008 shows, following their escapades in Wellington, will be at Auckland’s Wine Cellar on February 29th and March 8th.

Storehouse appear with the mysterious musical cult known as Fertility Festival. Who are these masked men? A communication via smoke signal reveals: "Fertility Festival – available for rites, rituals, celebrations and ceremonies. Fertility Festival specialise in performing ancient modern rituals of fertility, health, happiness, death and birth. Fertility Festival are also expert “instrument whisperers”, and can breath new life into your neglected instruments. Fertility Festival are architectural sound energy healers and can heal buildings of sickness, loneliness and neglect. 'Fertility Festival made me so happy!' says one Christopher Palmer of Wellington."

A ten-creature team of cigar-box guitars, horns, fetish objects and percussion, they are more a primitive avant-vodou happening than a conventional band. Catch them before they catch you. / /

* Time Out: "Edgy, funky & visceral."
* Blues in London: "Seemingly without trying Tom Rodwell manages to eschew the cliches that beset a lot of blues music. By turns wild, angry, hypnotic and sensual, it's as uncompromising as it is funky and some of the best live music I've seen in a long time."
* Michael Pickett (Juno Award winner): "Real groove, no pretension, zero bullshit - that is rare it seems."


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