India Electric Company | Live at The Art House Southampton | Fri 2 May 2014

Fresh from touring with the likes of Midge Ure, Hazel O’Connor and Show of Hands, alongside headline concerts across Europe, Cole Stacey & Joseph O’Keefe are now India Electric Co.

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2013 saw them receive airplay on BBC Radio 3 and BBC 6 Music and play the likes of Glastonbury and Larmer Tree Festival. Sometimes folk, sometimes not.

“Just so fresh…one of the more interesting collaborations of the year. A big sound for a duo.” – BBC 6 Music (Tom Robinson)

“Lovely arrangements…fantastic!” – Johnny Coppin

Unpretentious, absorbing and far from the madding crowd, India Electric Company’s carefully blended sound vortexes around a supple joining of voice and instruments. Concocted in the Devonshire countryside and Parisian cafes, Cole and Joseph produce intricately woven textures which belies the fact that there are only two of them.

“Fresh, original and inventive. [On Hire] is one of the best albums from young songwriters I’ve heard all year.” – Steve Knightley (Show Of Hands)

Like wandering minstrels roving along the fringes of the 21st century, they have spent much of the last 18 months touring Plymouth to Paris, Sidmouth to Skye and every independent coffee shop that lies between.

“Just so fresh…one of the more interesting collaborations of the year. A big sound for a duo.” – BBC 6 Music (Tom Robinson)

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From playing jazz on West Holts Stage at Glastonbury Festival to performing Mendellsohn’s Violin Concerto for Terry Pratchett, Joseph’s virtuosity on violin, accordion, guitar and piano (to name but few) has made him one of the most sought after multi-instrumentalists in the UK.

“Stylish and timeless” – Woman’s Weekly 

Cole, described by Steve Knightley (Show of Hands) as “an impassioned and ambitious singer-songwriter,” has been performing around England with his Faith guitar in hand for several years. He has an uncanny ability to tell the same three ‘jokes’ on stage regardless of surroundings – be it supporting Midge Ure in sellout shows in Scotland or playing to five people in a yurt at Sidmouth Folk Festival.

Supporting tonight will be from Tenderlore! They are Hayley McDonnell, Olly Lewis and Rob Kitney, individually singer/songwriters and guitarists, together an alternative folk trio rich in harmony and lyrical intent!

The trio met whilst at University in Southampton as fellow singer/songwriters. Inspired by each others’ music they began to work together on each others’ songs and began contributing to the local music scene. Tenderlore are in the process of recording new material whilst continuing to perform wherever they can. Having had individual success (Olly performed at Glastonbury Festival 2010 alongside Laura Marling and Dry the River due to winning Live and Unsigned 2010), the trio are very excited about what lies ahead for them together as a trio. Their first month together has already proven to be successful with many performance opportunities coming their way, including supporting an X Factor finalist. Having applied to many festivals this coming summer, Tenderlore prepare themselves for all that their music has to offer. 

You might also enjoy some of our other shows..

10173668_10152469426790769_315798232201550529_nApril 22nd – Will McNicol

April 26th – The Travelling Talesman (

May 3rd – Jake Yapp

May 6th – We’re No Heroes

May 17th – Fruitcake (Ten Commandments from the Psych Ward)

June 6th – The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes
SS Shieldhall, Dock Gate 4, Southampton

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I am a founding director of a Community Interest Company called The Art House Southampton CIC in the UK. I am a community artist / promoter / facilitator / technologist / general tinkerer! I believe that through the arts, people can rediscover themselves (and thereby reclaim their power.)
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