Independent record label Smalltown America is swinging open it’s doors once again this month and welcoming the public for the next in their series of intimate studio recordings.
Established in 2001, Smalltown America has been responsible for launching the careers of some of Northern Ireland’s most notable rock artists: And So I Watch You From Afar, Fighting With Wire, Jetplane Landing and LaFaro among them. Long committed to the independent music scene the label is constantly releasing new music and is passionate about issuing its music on vinyl records in the digital age. On September 27th at 8pm, from its Bay Road studio in Derry/Londonderry – audiences have an opportunity to witness a very special, recorded performance from a mystery musical guest.
“We want people to feel immersed in the music”, Director Andrew Ferris explains. “The magic that happens in a studio when the red recording light goes on is indescribable. We are lucky now to have such a beautiful space for our artists to perform in and have the ability to invite audience members to get close and personal to a band. These are not gigs in the traditional sense, they more provide the chance for an artist to talk about their work, try new material or improvise. At our first studio show PØRTS wowed us all with their new songs for an as yet unreleased album. This is the kind of experience that is impossible to have in a traditional gig setting.”
Are there any clues to who this month’s mystery guest might be? “It’s part of the fun of the night,” Andrew continues, “We want people to sit back, relax with friends and have a unique experience, enjoying brand new music. The scene is full of fantastic new artists and through this series we will be shining a light on the best of them.”