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S&C present: Paper Beat Scissors (Canada) & Ceitidh Mac

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Empty Shop's in house gig arm, Seagull & Circle are delighted to welcome Paper Beat Scissors back to Durham, his stunning compositions blend indie folk, electronic beats and stirring vocals into captivating soundscapes - we can't recommend this enough. This time support comes from the wonderful Ceitidh Mac, a first for HQ.

£5 on the door // all ages - under 16s with a responsible adult

This is the last Seagull & Circle gig to happen at HQ before we wind down the venue in it's current guise (see our page for more info)
>> Paper Beat Scissors <<
“Crabtree’s voice yearns… Soon you’ll be drawn deep inside these enormously powerful layers of sound” – ★★★★ – Rolling Stone Magazine, Germany

Tim Crabtree’s haunting voice burns at the centre of the Paper Beat Scissors sound with an honesty and rawness that skirts discomfort. The relocated-Brit began the project following a move to Canada’s East Coast and soon caught the attention of his adoptive home, recording the highly-acclaimed self-titled debut with Michael Feuerstack (Snailhouse, Bell Orchestre, the Luyas) producing and Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara mixing. The album, released on Forward Music in Canada and Ferryhouse in Germany, Austria, Switzerland found its way onto BBC and CBC airwaves and the cover CD of Rolling Stone Magazine in Germany.

PBS has toured Canada and Europe, sharing the stage with the likes of Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon/Red House Painters), Owen Pallett, Tanya Tagaq, Great Lake Swimmers and Dan Mangan. An onstage collaboration with Clogs (regular collaborators and members of the National and My Brightest Diamond) was released as a limited-edition 7″ for International Record Store Day 2013. The new album “Go On”, set into motion with engineer Dean Nelson (Beck, Thurston Moore, Bat for Lashes), was released in 2015 to great acclaim.


“Absolutely stunning… wonderful… startling and beautiful” – ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“Rather splendid” – Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6

“Go On is a demonstration of Crabtree’s unique ability to use classical and electronic elements to blur the lines of folk music and leave you breathless.” – Exclaim!

“textured, beautiful, nearly magical…a confident, stunning collection.” CBC Music

“Go On is a stunning achievement” – NOW Toronto

“This isn’t merely indie folk music: Paper Beat Scissors is a genuine work of effortless art.” – Pop Matters

>> Ceitidh Mac <<
Originally form Pembrokeshire, Wales and currently based out of Newcastle Ceitidh Mac is a cello player and singer who combines the belly-warming tones of the cello with her voice, producing an original and intriguing sound.

Joined by Will Hammond on Vibraphone and percussion, they will be creating an original blend of traditional folk music, as well as their own material using experimental techniques on cello and percussion.