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MxLL – Cunning Folk (George Hoyle)

Cunning Folk (George Hoyle) is a musician, storyteller & music promoter & folklorist.

He has performed worldwide in indie bands, cosmic house acts, experimental music collectives & as a folk artist.

He sings songs of place & magic & ritual & songs from the tradition of the British Isles.

His music has been described as “Charming & mesmeric” (Guardian), “beautifully-rendered pastoral and Pagan acoustic folk-pop.” (fRoots) & “Engagingly idiosyncratic” (Prog).

His current album “Constant Companion” was Folk Radio UK album of the month.

He runs the South East London Folklore Society, co-founded the annual Bermondsey Folk Festival & performs regularly at London Dreamtime storytelling events in forgotten corners & secret places.

For Musicity x Low Line, Cunning Folk created a piece in response to the space of the Biscuit Factory.

 

George has a decades long connection with Bermondsey worked there for many years. The piece he has made for the Biscuit Factory reflects the industrial heritage of Bermondsey. The viaduct next to the Factory carried the London Bridge to Greenwich Railway, the first commercial line in London, which had a station at nearby Spa Road. You can still see the orphan platforms if you take the train from London Bridge eastwards. The Peak Freans factory was known as “Biscuit Town” & you could tell what day of the week it was by the smell of the biscuits being made that day.

George sampled some archive recordings of the biscuit factory floor from the 1980s & used filters to morph it into a sound resembling a heartbeat one would hear on an ultrasound. The piece is an expression of the palimpsest nature of the Biscuit Factory.

 

Credits:

The Biscuit Factory’ by Cunning Folk releases June 1 as part of London Festival of Architecture.

To listen to ‘The Biscuit Factory’, open the Musicity x Low Line Web App and go to the Biscuit Factory!

Musicity x Low Line is commissioned by Better Bankside, Team London Bridge, Blue Bermondsey.

With thanks to: London Festival of Architecture, Flanagan Lawrence Architects, ARUP.

Photo credit: George Hoyle.