Fri 14 Feb


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Mad Love Cabaret #1 At The Piper Friday 14th February, 2020 8pm-1am £5 with DJs and Live Acts over Two floors ( The Gig room is £5, Bar only Free ) with Headliners - the Queer Punk Folk act Lunatraktors who have been getting worldwide recognition for their innovative and dreamy / witchy / psyche / folk shows ... plus more live acts, and Post-punk, Punk, Dub and Hiphop, World and psyche Djs all night long. Djs Reuben Ramsay (bar set) / L.A. Disco ... Mad Love.

about Lunatraktors Top Ten Folk Albums of 2019 – Colin Irwin, MOJO Magazine “★★★★ Stunningly original traditional folk.” – Daryl Easlea, Record Collector “Spellbinding.” – Dexter Bentley, Resonance FM “First album as manifesto: This Is Broken Folk. A clap of thunder over the often lukewarm waters of contemporary folk.” – François Gorin, Télérama

What's left when everything is taken away from us – our tools, technology and libraries, even our homes, communities and citizenship? What's remains is what we have learned by heart and we can do with our bodies: our voices, hands and feet. Formed in Margate in 2017, broken folk duo Lunatraktors strip folk song down to the bare bones of rhythm and voice. Working on the borders of experimental folk, live art and queer cabaret, they combine the percussive and choreographic talents of Carli Jefferson with the four octave range and haunting overtones of nonbinary folk singer Clair Le Couteur. Creating site specific performances at various scales with tuned percussion, drones and analogue synth, Lunatraktors are equally at home on the stage of Margate Theatre Royal, making live sound installations at the V&A Museum, or playing traditional folk festivals.

While the material is traditional, the themes of institutional violence, forced migration and personal hardship that echo through the songs are strikingly contemporary. The overall feel is of defiant, transnational protest laced with dark humour – an urgent political necessity in Brexit Britain. Debut album ‘This is Broken Folk’ was released on October 31st, 2019 (LP / CD / digital):

  • DJ set by Mad Love DJs playing Dub Reggae Hiphop Rave Jungle Dub Punk Folk World music and high weirdness to make you shake all over... + additional Live acts, cabaret acts, spoken word and the unclassifiable + LA Disco

  • Reuben Ramsay (bar set) Post-Punk, New Wave, 80's Indie and Synth Pop

Presented by The Piper.

This is an 18+ event.

Line up

Doors open
7:00 PM
2:00 AM