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Kick The Plug December 3rd 2008 – Christmas Party w/ The Sleeping Years + Kat Flint + Catriona Irving


It’s the Kick the Plug Christmas party at the Wilmington Arms!
This time around we present the excellent The Sleeping Years, with support from the equally excellnt Kat Flint and Indie-folk cutey Catriona Irving. As if this wasn’t a brilliant line-up enough, they are all playing us a special Christmas song as part of their sets.
Expect musical excellence, with mince pies, other culinary treats and badges aplenty, with musical interludes provided by Mark and Tom of Neednowater.

The Sleeping Years


The Sleeping Years is the new project from Dale Grundle, formerly of the Catchers.  The debut album “We’re becoming Islands One by One”, is a gorgeous exploration of melody and melancholy. A gifted lyricist, Dale’s exquisitely crafted songs tell of people trying to stay connected in a world seemingly designed to keep them apart.  He is heavily influenced by the language and culture of his home in Ireland, providing a distinct character to this highly personal collection of songs.

Born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland to an Irish father and a Scottish mother, Dale started his first band Catchers while at school. Their first single ‘Cotton Dress’ came out on Setanta Records and became single of the week in Melody Maker. Their debut album ‘Mute’ was recorded with Mike Hedges in France. Catchers went on to tour with Pulp, Edwyn Collins, The Divine Comedy, Dr. John and Oasis. Their second album ‘Stooping to Fit’ was recorded with Nick Drake’s arranger Robert Kirby.

Dale started his solo project The Sleeping Years with a trilogy of EPs in 2007, ‘You and Me Against The World’, ‘Setting Fire to Sleepy Towns’ and ‘Clocks and Clones’.  These were very well received and are living proof that independent singles do sell-out. They also garnered critical acclaim, featuring on BBC Radio 1’s Introducing, the Guardian’s writer’s play list and on the cover mount of Rolling Stone and Word Magazine. Songs have been heavily played on Gideon Coe’s 6music show, Stuart Bailie’s BBC Radio show, and on French radio, having been championed by France’s answer to John Peel, Bernard Lenoir.

The Sleeping Years have toured this year across France, Italy, Belgium, Ireland and the UK, including dates supporting The Bowerbirds and Damien Jurado. The live band is Dale Grundle (acoustic guitar/vocals), Michelle So (cello), Dan Wood (keyboards) and Tom Page (drums).

‘a record that only Bon Iver’s ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ has really rivaled in recent months. ‘We’re Becoming Islands One By One’ could be remembered as one of 2008’s best of its kind in years to come’. 8/10”
Drowned in Sound

‘his voice breaks exquisitely between hope and despair in songs that the acoustic guitar was invented for’
The Guardian

‘a one-man show that owes his lilting metaphysical lyricism to the likes of Nick Drake, Elliot Smith and John Martyn. It’s good to know that there are people like him out there’
Dazed and Confused

‘Just as Sufjan Stevens has been moved to celebrate the quirks and character of the United States, so Dale Grundle is devising his own charts, full of wonder, dread and reverie. Can’t wait to see where he takes us next.’
Stuart Bailie (BBC Radio)

Kat Flint


Kat Flint is a Scottish songwright and wordsmith, born in Barbados and living in London. She’s a bit mixed up about it all. She makes instruments out of suitcases and writes incessantly. Mostly she plays solo because all her musical comrades are in other very good bands instead of hers. She kidnaps them from time to time, for special occasions and recordings, and she’d quite like to keep them.
She was once buried alive in the name of television and she used to tell ghost stories for a living.

Kat’s debut album ‘Dirty Birds’ was released on 15th Sept, 2008. Recorded in a living room, mixed on a roadtrip across America and funded entirely by donations from fans, it contains songs about black crows and bomber jets, pigeons and prostitutes and young men marching off to war.

When she’s not making a gentle racket, Kat also writes fiction no-one reads and draws pictures with a scratchy pen and a pot of India ink.

Catriona Irving


Catriona Irving is an indie-folk star in the making. Grabbing the bull by the horns,  her debut release was the self-released ‘Running on Empathy’, followed by the Stitch EP which enjoyed excellent reviews (“DIY music at it’s best”, said FACT, while the Metro called her “an artist to watch out for”). She’s currently working on an album, and in the meantime has been building a reputation for her live show, playing at venues such as 93 feet east, the 12 bar Club and the Borderline, and supporting the Espers and Emilie Simon along the way. Combining clever lyrics and sweet melodies that stick in your head for days, with a sweet and witty live performance, Catriona is making a significant mark on the DIY scene.

Kat Flint + Al Murphy + Katie Malco 8th May 2008
March 11, 2008, 3:15 pm
Filed under: Al Murphy, Blacklands, Catch, Kat Flint, Katie Malco, neednowater records


Hope you had fun last time, we certainly did. The next Kick the Plug is…

Thursday, May 8th, 2008
22 Kingsland Road

And yes, there will be cakes and badges again. Here’s the line up:

Kat Flint

Kat Flint

Here’s her myspace so you can check her out for yourself:

Kat was raised in the chilly northern climes of Aberdeen and came of age in Edinburgh, but is now hundreds of miles from home and finding that splendid isolation is all the better for writing songs. She won the inaugral New Lyric Award, presented by Ray Davies and Channel 4’s Ideasfactory, and spent March 2006 touring the UK with Rough Trade’s folk darlings Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman, as chief tour support. Her debut release The Secret Boy’s Club EP, which was recorded in a living room on a shoestring, received great reviews and her new single is out on April 28th. The lo-fi folk-pop of Kat Flint is exactly what Kick the Plug is about so we’re very excited to have her play.

Blacklands (Al Murphy)

Al Murphy

Playing with his full band with brand new material no less, Al rules! There’s a little taster of what you can expect here:

Splitting his time between London and Berlin, Al Murphy (or the Murphy Kid as he’s known to his friends) and band have been working under the Blacklands guise on and off for a while. They’ve now decided that musings on baying wolves, sinking ships, moons and death are exactly what the public needs in 2008 and have a single release planned in the summer to that end. Comparisons to Elliot Smith are bound to arise, but Blacklands have a sound of their own that’s well worth seeing.

Katie Malco
Katie was born in Edinburgh and is currently based in Brighton. While wowing all and sundry with her soothing poppy vocals, she plays a right-handed guitar upside down and while not playing solo she’s part of the excellent Alice Room.

“Few will write a tear-stained love song; and even less will make it sound as spine-chillingly beautiful as Katie Malco…she maybe a woman scorned but she still delivers it with the voice of an angel.” – BBC

Should be a great one, hopefully see you there.