28th May | Wardrobe Theatre
Stanlæy is the mystical, musical force of singer, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Bethany Stenning. Though occassionally performing solo, you are probably more used to seeing her joined on stage across Bristol venues by Ben Holyoake (bass) Oliver Cocup (drums/percussion) and Naomi Hill (violin). For this one-off gig, she will also be joined by her Seaweed String Quartet, Alannah Thornborough on harp and other special guests. Musical splashes of folk, spiritual jazz, and floating cosmic atmospheres are bound to be thrown at the audience in a promising and exciting army of musicians.
The launch of her newest album, The Human Project, will take place in the The Wardrobe Theatre. Popularly known for its small theatre productions, I am yet so see live music here but I highly expect Stanlæy to find a way to develop the space into a cosmic dimension of its own.
Having been blessed by some singles already, such as ‘Properties of Ice’ and ‘Wooden Womb’, the Björk-like vocals and occasional discord, mixed with overlapping subtle chaos of charm have already diverted me away from my norm and into a new world of questions and discovery.
Support will come from Alfi, a trio combining american old-time and traditional irish folk, consisting of harp, banjo, uilleann pipes (irish bagpipes), whistles and vocals. This unusual combo is sure to set the audience in an appropriate buoyant, free-spirited mood.
With that and plenty of space in Stanlæy’s music to let your head rest, I foresee a fantastical musical trip beyond the doors of the Wardrobe.
See the video for ‘Properties of Ice’ here: