Sunday, 27 August 2017

Martin Creed - Words and Music

Artist and musician Martin Creed has been performing Words and Music at The Studio in Edinburgh as part of the International Festival and British Council season Spirit of '47.

It is billed as "a delightfully nonconformist evening of words, music and more" and audiences are advised to "expect an extraordinary encounter between artist and audience, a bit contemporary music hall, a bit art lecture, shot through with Creed’s renowned wit and absurdity, and delivered in his own highly original style. Expect to be surprised, and you won’t be disappointed."

Creed has always produced musical compositions. He has composed for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and London Sinfonietta; launched his own label – Telephone Records – in 2011 to release his albums of ramshackle, catchy folk-pop; and performed at music festivals throughout the UK and Europe.

I appreciate the way that Creed is able to talk about difficult issues such as loneliness, but avoids it becoming a sob story.

His music is lighthearted and hardly melodic, yet the lyrics are poignant. The simplicity of the words and music and his casual method of delivery emphasise his vulnerability.

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