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Jacken Elswyth presents 5 traditional American folk tunes. Two are played straight, two are instrumental adaptations of songs, and the last is transformed into a starting point for improvisation against a shruti-box drone. Old-time Appalachian playing sits alongside inspiration from American Primitive guitarists and English folk revivalists to form a style that emphasises the ringing, droning qualities of the banjo.

Laurel Uziell and David Grundy present two excerpts from a long improvisation for synths and electronics. Washes of sound by turns shimmering, rumbling, and pulsating, punctuated with fluttering atonal synths.

Laurel is an improvising musician who also despairs, reads, and writes poetry – they've recently released the pamphlet 'Instant Cop Death' with Shit Valley press: shitvalley.tumblr.com . They write about electronic music for straylandings.co.uk .

David is also an improvising musician and poet, and co-runs the small press Materials (material-s.blogspot.co.uk). He writes about music, poetry, and beyond at streamsofexpression.blogspot.co.uk .


The Betwixt & Between 1 mascot is a Blemmyae - a member of a headless people described by Pliny the Elder. They were later cited in the Mirabilia section of the Letter of Pharasmenes to Hadrian, and then in the Liber Monstorum, a medieval listing of fantastical creatures. They often appear at the edges of medieval maps - notably on the Hereford Mappa Mundi.


'Beautifully rendered solo clawhammer banjo tracks to set old-time and primitive hearts a-flutter, juxtaposed with electronic improvisations that invigorate and intrigue... The stuff I live for!' - fRoots

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released April 21, 2018

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Betwixt & Between Tapes London, UK

Betwixt & Between Tapes is an occasional series of split cassette tape EPs, pairing Jacken Elswyth's banjo playing with collaborators across the points where folk, drone, improvised, and ambient music meet.

Jacken Elswyth is a London-based banjo player exploring traditional tunes, extrapolations thereon, and improvisational pieces for clawhammer banjo.
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