A Dream of Flight Over Walthamstow Marsh

October 23, 2013

In 1909 a man built a wooden aeroplane, and rolled it onto Walthamstow Marsh…


Here is ‘Flight’, from an album I’ve made with Jetsam called A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes.  The track is about the first British manned flight, which took place on Walthamstow Marsh in 1909. I’ve written my own lopsided version of the historical event here.


The album is an exploration of the Lea Marshes, incorporating chamber music, electronics, spoken word, avant rock and field recordings. It’s based on my short story about
a man who begins a torrid affair with an electricity pylon in the Middlesex filter beds, which appears in the anthology Acquired for Development By… (Influx Press, 2012)

Click here to read Acquired for Development By

The full album will be released on the Clay Pipe Music label in November. (The beautiful artwork you can see on this page is by Clay Pipe’s Frances Castle). But if you’d like to hear me and the band perform A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes live, join us for an evening of music, film and spoken word on Wednesday 6th November. As well as a live performance of our album, there will be short films, guest performances from Kadialy Kouyate and Kora Kareem Brown, plus DJing by the excellent Liminal Londoner.

Event details:

A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes

Wednesday 6th November @ Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street, E17 4SA

Doors 7pm.

You can order tickets here: tickets


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