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clunkclick presents

Rose McDowall & Band + Guests

Sat 20 October // 20:00 / Venue Space

Tickets: £10 advance/£12 on the door


Following the break-up of her group Strawberry Switchblade at the end of the 80s, Rose McDowall embarked on a celebrated career in the post-industrial music scene. A member of Current 93 during their purple patch and a guest on records by artists as diverse as Felt, Coil and Nurse With Wound, McDowall’s status as the unofficial queen and muse of the underground is well deserved.

After the recording of several demos which resulted in the ‘Cut With The Cake Knife’ album (Night School/Sacred Bones, 2015), McDowall formed Sorrow to further explore her interest in psychedelic, eldritch folk music. Considerably darker in tone than Strawberry Switchblade, but still resplendent in McDowall’s angelic, heartfelt vocal, ‘Under The Yew Possessed’ is a cult album that belies a classic pop song writing sensibility. Issued in a limited gold vinyl edition for Record Store Day 2018, ‘Under The Yew Possessed’ enjoys a full Night School reissue later this year followed swiftly by ‘Gem’, a new album of recordings with Shawn Pinchbeck.

Now working with a new live band comprising of several members of Scotland’s ever burgeoning music scene (The Cathode Ray/Trama Dolls/Sons & Daughters), Rose McDowall makes an all too rare appearance south of the border at the heart of the DIY underground-overground, the newly reopened Star and Shadow Cinema on Warwick Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.