Braw Gigs

Edinburgh based DIY concerts focusing on the noisy and experimental side of things.

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1st August - Awesome Tapes from Africa, David Barbarossa, Braw Gigs and Cry Parrot DJs @ Dissection Room, Summerhall. 11pm. £10 entry - Tickets available from the Summerhall Box office.

6th August - part wild horses mane on both sides: 'Conduit of Bottomless Submundane' + Usurper @ Embassy Gallery. £6 on the door.

22nd August - Josephine Foster @ Summerhall. Tickets £10, available from the Summerhall Box Office.

24th August - Heatsick, JG Wilkes (Optimo) @ Summerhall. Tickets £10, available from the Summerhall Box Office.

Summerhall Festival Opening Party - Awesome Tapes From Africa, Golden Teacher, David Barbarossa, Braw Gigs/Cry Parrot DJ’s!

Braw Gigs, Cry Parrot & Summerhall present:


Awesome Tapes from Africa (DJ)


Golden Teacher (live)
David Barbarossa (DJ)
Braw Gigs/Cry Parrot DJs

Friday 1st August
Summerhall Edinburgh

Tickets: £10 advance

Available here:

Braw Gigs, Cry Parrot and Summerhall are delighted to team up to present Summerhall’s opening celebrations for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


Since 2006, Brian Shimkovitz’s Awesome Tapes From Africa blog has been shedding light on obscure and wonderful sounds from across the continent. As a DJ he brings the blog to life with sets that blend folkloric pop, left-field dancefloor gems and hip-hop bangers he’s collected on African marketplace finds. Travelling from club to festival to DIY space, Awesome Tapes From Africa DJ sets celebrate the music and musicians whose cassettes Shimkovitz has collected over the years.


Golden Teacher started life as a studio collaboration between Glasgow’s experimental hardcore trio, Ultimate Thrush and Glasgow’s all analogue house duo, Silk Cut. The results of their collaboration - a vibrant mix of acid-house, afrobeat and leftfield disco - turned the ears of all who heard them, not least Twitch who after one listen asked if he could release the project on Optimo Music label. They have since gone on to release a slew of acclaimed EPs for the label and have toured all over the world.

Joining in the fun will be Glasgow’s finest esoteric record spinner David Barbarossa. Braw Gigs and Cry Parrot will be on hand to open proceedings with a few of their own selections too. Expect a night of outernational sounds for the dancefloor in the stunning setting of the Summerhall Dissection Room.

Braw Gigs Presents: Makoto Kawabata, Chalaque, Genetic Noose!


Since 1978 Makoto Kawabata has been the leader of Acid Mothers Temple, a group which seems to be in a constant state of movement, whilst also finding time for playing solo and with many bands and projects, often in collaborations such as Acid Mothers Gong (with Daevid ALLEN and Gilli SMYTH), Acid Mothers Guru Guru (with Mani NEUMEIER), as well as performances and recordings with luminaries of the deep global underground like Simeon of Silver Apples, Damo SUZUKI (ex.CAN), J.F. Pauvros, Keiji Haino and many more.

Support will come from Manchester’s psych rock trio, Chalaque – the initial blueprint depicted Nick Mitchell as a maniacal loner blues deconstructionist and the shift to a ‘power trio’ formation sees him taking a similar approach to the concept of a rock band. Near-endless solos (melodic, modal yet played with an abondon that defies technique) dominate the performances with chord progressions inserted only rarely. Behind Mitchell, the rhythm section falls apart almost as much as it provides a grounding, resulting in a distinctly recognisable but utterly dismantled rockist cacophony.

Opening will be Glasgow’s Genetic Noose - Isolation harrowed Power Electronics from Powderhouse cunt Tom Jenkins. Waulking songs, Industrial beats and rife with merciless feedback. Akin to drowning yourself in the Minch after too many Ingmar Bergman films!

Tickets are £7 - available from or purchase on the door.

Braw and Summerhall Present: Rashad Becker, Terence Sharpe!

Rashad Becker

Becker is a shadowy figure, generally more comfortable behind the scenes of Good Music (TM) and as an engineer at Dubplates & Mastering where he is widely considered to have some of the most finely tuned ears in music. He describes his music as “playing the traditional music of imaginary species”

"Becker’s name will be known to a lot of people – indeed it appears on many, many records – but his music won’t be. His day job is as the mastering and cutting engineer in Berlin’s world-famous Dubplates and Mastering, where his role involves entering into a creative dialogue with the music of others, helping them to achieve what they set out to with their compositions in the final product. Before he got the D&M gig, he was originally a musician in his own right, and he continues with this as an irregular sideline, making and manipulating loops and electronic sounds. What wasn’t a surprise about his performance at Cafe Oto was how precise it all looked and sounded as he carefully twisted dials to produce a sequence of very crisp and discrete tones, sparse and improvisational (if you had to pick something from Becker’s other work to compare this to, it sounded like an early, experimental, Mego, a less harsh Pita or Hecker). What was more unexpected was just how conversational it all sounded. Aside from the samples of human voices that he dissected and looped, most of the other frequencies used were within the range of the human voice – it sounded like a long stream-of-consciousness sentence made up short syllables, electronic oohs and wahs, sections of muttering, and occasionally bickering. Whatever he does, it seems Becker has the knack of giving sound its voice.” - The Liminal

Support from: 

Terence Sharpe

Terence Sharpe is an Irish sound artist and composer living in Edinburgh, his sound work is concerned with physicality and presence, affect and sensation and he presents these ideas through harsh, reduced noise that interchanges with moments of restrained minimalism. He has just completed his first album and is developing future installation works. 

Tickets - £7.50, available from the Summerhall Box Office.

Saturday, 5th July. 
The Red Lecture Theatre.

Braw Gigs, Cry Parrot and Summerhall Present: Demdike Stare & Nate Young @ The Mash House, Edinburgh!

Braw Gigs, Cry Parrot and Summerhall are delighted to present the Scottish debut from two of the most formidable artists in contemporary experimental music; Demdike Stare and Nate Young.

Demdike Stare is a collaboration between Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker, two childhood friends from the North of England with voracious appetites for record collecting. After years spent mining vinyl bins for source material, the pair started working in earnest back in 2008, re-appropriating sounds they had spent a lifetime cataloguing into weird and immersive music of their own. Demdike have so far produced a trio of albums (Symbiosis, Tryptych and Elemental) loosely themed around the occult and the rich heritage of Library music, while a number of intriguing mixtapes released over the last couple of years have indicated that the project is headed in new and unexpected directions.

In 2013 the first in an ongoing series of exploratory 12″s brought together under the ‘Testpressing’ banner appeared on Modern Love, finding Demdike heading onto more intense, brutal terrain. Inspired by everything from Industrial music to Noise, Free Jazz to House, Techno and Concrète – Demdike Stare have refused to rest on their laurels or become too comfortable with their surroundings, something that’s perhaps most evident when evaluating the sheer scale of the projects they have undertaken in the last 18 months. From live-scoring films for the BFI to more commercial soundtrack work in Hollywood, from their ‘Concealed’ productions with Krakow’s Sinfonietta Cracovia, to the esoteric selections of their ‘Before My Eyes’ sessions with Raime/BEB and the searing late night sets anyone lucky enough to have seen them play will no doubt have imprinted on their minds – you just never know what mood you’ll find them in.

Founding member of legendary Detroit band Wolf Eyes, Nate Young has been at the fore-front of American experimental music scene for two decades. Over his countless collaborations, personal guises and work as part of Wolf Eyes, his music has joined the dots between everything from industrial music, US hardcore, free-jazz, avante-garde electronics and ‘noise’ music to more recently self-described “trip-metal”. In the last few years Nate has been honing an equally distinctive solo sound that blends myriad sources from musique concrète, vintage film atmospherics, layered synths and archive library recordings into a skewed, disorientating and thrilling sound world. For this live performance he will performing his ‘Regression’ project; the third volume of which was self-released by no other than Demdike Stare last year.

Braw Gigs and Cry Parrot DJs will be on hand to open proceedings.

£8 early bird tickets available now. £10 full price (plus booking fees) from here

Braw & Summerhall Present: Bridget Hayden & Guests!

Bridget Hayden

Born to a family of painters and musicians, subject to visions, synaesthesia and social paralysis, Bridget Hayden has translates feelings and experiences into sound, light, paint and text.

After having gone through various phases of performing styles - from playing with a five piece band, to playing as a duo, exploring aggressive noise making, shambollic trance and hypnosis, as well as playing with tonal discord, she went solo in 2006 to hone the sounds she could hear in her head, being more gentle and intricate, but also much more vulnerable to obliteration.

The soft blues she grew up hearing her mother sing and the chaos seeking dirge of noise were melded together on her last record; “A Siren Blares in an Indifferent Ocean”. After five years recording, editing and mixing, it was finally released on Kraak Records in spring 2011 to critical acclaim.

“Spiders on vaseline rock and roll free formlessness” - Julian Cope

“Unholy and intoxicating” - The Wire

“Like floating a contact mic through a thunder cloud” - Forest Gospel

Support from

Andrew Paine

Glasgow based label boss of Sonic Oyster Records and frequent collaborator of Richard Youngs, Paine refuses to settle in one genre or style, but carries a succinct brooding and emotive personality to everything he produces. Recent performances have seen him utilize a’cappella vocal meditations, layered field recordings and even a didgeridoo.

Rhian Thompson

One half of Edinburgh’s Hockyfrilla, amongst countless other collaborations and recording projects. Rhian Thompson manipulates found objects, assorted gizmos and warped electronics to life - conjuring up a harsh and delicate experimental synergy.

Doors 8pm
Friday, 30th May
Red Lecture Theatre,
Summerhall, Edinburgh.

£6 Entry. Tickets available from the Summerhall Box Office

Braw Gigs @ The Bongo Club - Foodbank Benefit Show!


For one night only, Braw will commandeer the infamous Bongo Club with four local performers, all for a good cause.

Expect some avant-noise-rock thuggery from Braw Gig’s fav’s Muscletusk – but beforehand you can expect warped vocals, manipulated electronics and treated Saxophone workouts from the duo FUA, an audio-visual performance from the ethereal WIDT, originally hailing from Warsaw, Poland, plus drone specialist Fordell Research Unit. Terence Sharpe will also be DJing throughout the night in-between the acts.

We will be doing a collection for the Edinburgh Central Food Bank at this show and would like to encourage everyone to bring canned or non-perishable item(s) with them for donation, preferably not beans or soup because they’re often over-stocked with both those items. For legal reasons, they can’t accept opened, damaged or out-of-date food – but if there’s spares in your cupboard or if you could pop into a shop beforehand, it would be really appreciated.

Copied in below is some info regarding the types of food we’d be after and what NOT to bring as well, so please have a quick read of it beforehand -

£5 entry, tickets on the door only. Please bring some non-perishable food items with you!

7pm - 10pm
Saturday, 3rd May.
The Bongo Club,
66 Cowgate, Edinburgh.

Braw Gigs Presents: Adam Bohman & Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg, plus Guests!

Adam Bohman of the Bohman Brothers and formally a core member of the legendary avant garde group Morphogenesis and the London Improvisers Orchestra, has been creating free improvised sounds from everyday objects including an array of trinkets, springs, gizmos and junk to great critical acclaim.

He will be performing alongside Belgian improviser and sound poet Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg, who is incredibly well versed in all sorts of vocalising: throat singing, overtones, yodels, mouth sounds, falsettos, multiphonics, invented languages to name a few. The Bohmans and Jean-Michel were recently involved as performers in Peter Strickland’s critically acclaimed horror film ‘Berberian Sound Studio’.

Support will come from local Edinburgh improvisers Usurper (who will also be joined by Beryl Morag) and Dead Labour Process.

The Anatomy Theatre,
Summerhall, Edinburgh.

Tickets are £6 (plus booking fee) and are available here

Braw Gigs Presents: Flower-Corsano Duo, Ashley Paul and Acrid Lactations!

Much respected and lauded duo featuring on drums and percussion Chris Corsano with Mick Flower (Vibracathedral Orchestra) on shahi baaja (Japanese banjo). A two-piece that have an ultra-sensitive and special chemistry, producing a music that really is a journey into a ZONE. They have that power to elevate through rhythm and primal harmonics but are also able to harness delicate moments, eastern harmonics, a widescreen expansiveness and a thrilling sense of noise and melody.

Mick Flower is a member of recently reactivated Leeds’ Vibracathedral Orchestra, and a lynch pin of the improvising rock/noise/drone world, who played and released with artists such as Oren Ambarchi, Tony Conrad, Sunburned Hand Of The Man, MV&EE.

Chris Corsano is a multi-faceted drummer, a list of his collaborations attests to this fact. He’s recorded and gigged with (among others) Paul Flaherty, Björk, Jim O’Rourke, Thurston Moore, Joe McPhee, Evan Parker, Heather Leigh, Nels Cline, Jessica Rylan, Six Organs of Admittance, Keiji Haino and Christina Carter. He runs Hot Cars War record label.

Support on the night will come from Brooklyn based songwriter and sound artist Ashley Paul, plus Glasgow improvisers Acrid Lactations. This will be their only Scottish show.

13th April
The Wee Red Bar
74 Lauriston Place. ECA.

Tickets available here, £8.50 + booking fee or £10 on the door.

Braw & Summerhall Present: Alan Courtis / Aaron Moore Duo, Noma, The Specimen - 18th March

The experienced improvising duo of Alan Courtis (Reynols) and Aaron Moore (Volcano The Bear) will be returning to Edinburgh once again.

Alan Courtis and Aaron Moore met in Paris in 2004. Eventually they began a long distance recording project that resulted in the highly acclaimed LP ‘Brokebox Juke’ released on No-Fi in 2009. The album appeared in The Wire magazine’s top 50 albums of that year. They have toured the UK and France and released the live album ‘Courtis/Moore’ on Moore’s own Earbook Recordings label in 2010.

Like the work in their respective groups Reynols and Volcano The Bear, one knows not what to expect from Courtis and Moore’s strong musical personalities and inventive improvisations when they take to the stage together.

Support will come from Glasgow based improviser Noma and Edinburgh synth duo, The Specimen.

18th March 
Anatomy Room, Summerhall.

Tickets - £7 from the Summerhall Box Office.

Braw Gigs Presents: Daniel Bachman, Ian Humberstone - 15th March!

Daniel Bachman is a 24 year old musician born and raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He has been playing what he describes as “psychedelic appalachia” since he was a teenager, releasing small run editions of tapes, CDs and LPs for the past three years, with a sound that evolved from drones and banjos to a now guitar centered focus. Touring off and on since the age of 17, Bachman has managed to cover thorough ground across the US, sharing stages with like minded folk such as fellow Fredericksburg native Jack Rose, for whom he fashioned the artwork for the posthumous release of ‘Luck In The Valley’. His newest effort is the full length LP ‘Seven Pines’, sprung from a year living and working in the city of Philadelphia. The sound results in a combination of homesick worried blues and the ecstatic buzz of fresh experience and a new life in unknown territory. Familiar and known, but also seeking to access memories from lives past, dead and gone.

Support will come from songwriter Ian Humberstone, whom also performs as Tisso Lake with various releases on Song, By Toad Records and Folklore Tapes.

Flyer by Pual N

Doors 8pm
Saturday 15th March,
Demonstration Room, Summerhall, Edinburgh

£6, tickets available here -

Braw and Summerhall Present: EightThumbs, John Chantler, Alex South!


(Aki Onda has cancelled his performance unfortunately but the show will go on with Eight Thumbs and Alex South as before. John Chantler from Cafe Oto has been added to the bill at the last minute. Many apologies for the late notice, but the show will continue nevertheless)

John Chantler

Originally from Australia but now a long-time UK resident after a stint in Japan, Chantler will release his third solo LP for the ROOM40 label in May 2014. ‘Even Clean Hands Damage the Work’ (recorded for the most part at the hallowed EMS studios in Stockholm) follows ‘The Luminous Ground’ – released in 2011 and included in The WIRE magazine’s top releases of that year. That was his first LP release focusing on the analog/digital modular synth system he first explored as part of the trio LP with Lawrence English and Tujiko Noriko – 2009′s ‘U’. The second volume in his Automatic Music series was released in January 2014 via The Tapeworm. Live, he patches a versatile system capable of self-generated, shifting patterns of sliding arpeggios and visceral noise, pointillist interjections and infinitely variable texture. 


EightThumbs is an improvisation quartet featuring Jer Reid (guitar), Fritz Welch (percussion/voice), Dougal Marwick (presets) and Shane Connolly (drums). They fly by the seat of their pants, pack no punches and their extemporising fluctuates from teeny-weeny intricacies to boisterous baloney.

Alex South

Clarinettist Alex South (The One Ensemble, Scottish Clarinet Quartet) performs Evan Ziporyn’s Impersonations alongside Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint, a genre-defining work for multiple clarinets in which the solo line is performed live against ten previously-recorded parts.
21st February.
The Anatomy Room.
Summerhall, Edinburgh

£7 entry
Tickets available from the Summerhall box office -

Braw and Summerhall Present: Mines Trio & Guests!


Tel Aviv based trio featuring Yael Barolsky, Ilan Volkov and Ram Gabay.

3 free improvised spirits
the lowest tones
the highest rolls
no chance of losing what we never owned

Mines will be joined by Shiori Usui on the night, along with supporting performances from Edinburgh’s Hockyfrilla and Ilan Volkov solo.

8pm. 25th January.

The Demonstration Room.

Summerhall. Summerhall Place. Edinburgh

£6 entry, pay on the door or book online here

Braw & Summerhall Present ‘Sublime Frequencies: The Films of Hisham Mayet’ - 16th December

Exhilarating, hallucinatory, harrowing, ecstatic and surreal, Hisham Mayet’s films and audio collections reveal a region’s rituals, rhythm and landscape, with an aesthetic of extra-geography and soulful experience. Employing an unflinching methodology that continues to inspire contemporaries and audience alike, his many documentaries have been redefining the nature of ethnographic film, and continue to provoke and amaze in equal measure.

Vodoun Gods on the Slave Coast

A Film By Hisham Mayet

Sublime Frequencies

50 minutes/2012

Hisham Mayet’s exploration of West African possession ceremonies continues in Benin. The cradle and birthplace of Voodoo, Benin was formerly known as the Slave Coast, and most of the slave industry was exported from its shores. Voodoo worship is integral to the every day lives of the people of Benin. This film, shot in 2010 during the country’s rich Vodoun celebrations, is an impressionistic lens on the myriad ceremonies that this rich and diverse culture has to offer. Showcasing intimate observations of a variety of Voodoo ceremonies: The cult of Sakpata (god of pestilence and healing), Egoun dramas shrouded in magisterial costumes and the secret police of the Zangbeto nightwatchmen, among other highlights. This will be the premiere screening of this visual feast.

Mayet will be showing this brand new film as well as discussing his methodology and that of Sublime Frequencies, a label he founded with Alan and Richard Bishop in 2003. Highlights will include stories of his experiences with the now legendary clutch of Saharan guitar groups (Group Doueh, Bombino, Inerane) he came upon in the region, as well as sharing his many adventures travelling and documenting possession ceremonies in the Sahel for the last 10 years.

Monday 16th December, 8pm.

The Red Lecture Theatre, Summerhall

£6 on the door.

Braw Gigs Presents: Sleaford Mods + Guests, The Banshee, 14th December!

Sleaford Mods


Two scowling men from the Nottingham area, making aggro punk poetry that sounds like the bastard child of John Cooper Clarke’s Beasley Street grown up on hard knocks, rave culture and the Wu-Tang Clan. Jason Williamson is the voice: a big man with an angry face, used to be one of that “door-swings-open, swagger-to-the-bar-crew” but now grown older and wiser. His delivery is venomous, confrontational, but often funny and delighting in twists of language: eyeballing the “scaly-faced booze pricks”, the geezers with their “concrete dagger swaggers”, and saving special contempt for “the cunt with the gut and the Buzz Lightyear haircut, calling all the workers plebs”.

Williamson was born in Grantham in Lincolnshire, and lived in London and San Francisco, bouncing through a process of jobs and bands, before despair set in and he found his way back to the East Midlands. There, he founded Sleaford Mods, which began as a solo project but has now expanded to a duo, with co-conspirator Andrew Fearn handling bass guitar and beats.

Sleaford Mods released five albums on Nottingham label Deadly Beefburger before getting the attention of Steve Underwood of UK label Harbinger Sound. Harbinger is best known as a noise and industrial label, releasing new and archive material from the likes of Ramleh, Smegma and Hair Police. But Underwood heard something in Sleaford Mods’ attitude that he liked. Hence Austerity Dogs, a vinyl collection of new and old tracks of an appropriately austere stripe – the soul loops of some of the early material stripped away, replaced by a flinty bedrock of lurking bass guitar and lo-rent drum machine.

For Williamson, Sleaford Mods is a mission, an assault on a music culture that celebrates the clichéd and banal. “Expression has to be more than a skinny looker with a fucking Les Paul, or some careerist band who had their ups and downs but finally took off, blah blah. You go to work, come home, read something, and its usually riddled with images like that. That Jaimie bloke from The Kills, bashing his guitar onstage – it’s an image that’s been placed before you over and over. ‘Elegantly wasted’. High-fashion dogshit. So obvious.” - Fact Magazine

"Sleaford Mods rule" - Kim Gordon

Support from Glasgow’s reggae inspired experimental garble duo Confidential Waist Soundsystem and Edinburgh noise-drone harshness from Dead Wood.

£5 entry, pay on the door.
7.30pm, 14th December.
The Banshee Labyrinth, Niddry Street.

Braw Gigs and Cry Parrot Present: Wolf Eyes + Guests! November 24th.


& support from Urine Gagarin, The Specimen & Red Death (DJ set)

Sunday 24th November 2013
Nice N Sleazy, 421 Sauchiehall St Glasgow

£10 advance tickets available from Tickets Scotland, Monorail Music & online at

Cry Parrot and Braw Gigs team up the present the first Scottish show in over 6 years for formidable US-based noise act Wolf Eyes.

Some say Rock N Roll will never reach the same primitive raw vein hit of Bo Diddley at his more subhuman lurch, or that no unit could ever scramble the marbles left of what brain-boiling suburban electronic punk outsiders did in the mid-’70s: Whatever you think, there is no denying the homemade nuclear war Wolf Eyes has declared on music. Wolf Eyes was birthed in the shadows of late-’90s Michigan by a few like-minded individuals: Nate Young, Aaron Dilloway and John Olson. However, Wolf Eyes has grown beyond a band into a collective mutant ensemble, an art abstraction unit: musicians, print makers, photographers and more, all sharing a primal vision of decoding the wilderness of the humanoid soul using their deep audio arsenals.

Halfway through the first decade of the new century brings change to Wolf Eyes. With Aaron Dilloway relocating to Nepal, the band decided to scoop up Mike Connelly of noise kin Hair Police to pick up the slack. The band’s recent shows have been a return to a much more primitive and raw approach to the bands own version of Armageddon (which includes brews and Negative Approach’s “Ready to Fight” on repeat). New recordings like “Deranged” and “Droll vol. 19” highlight Wolf Eyes’ current state of mind, while new songs like “Leper War” tear it all to pieces.

Support for the show comes from two exciting new experimental acts from the Scottish underground. Urine Gagarin - featuring members of Kylie Minoise and Golden Teacher - and The Specimen - comprised of members of Edinburgh’s Muscletusk - will provide a suitably feral opening to proceedings with a fusion of noise, punk and free jazz stylings. Braw Gigs’ headhoncho Nick Herd (Red Death) will be doing some skewed and contorted djing as well before and between each act.