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BRIT Award-nominated musicians to perform in Viet Nam

Update: May, 23/2013 - 12:48

Fyfe Dangerfield, frontman and songwriter for the band Guillemots.— Photo Courtesy of the British Council in Viet Nam

HCM CITY (VNS)– Guillemots frontman Fyfe Dangerfield to be joined by percussionist Greig Stewart, will perform stripped-down versions of their songs in Ha Noi and HCM City next week.

The event is part of a series of activities celebrating the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Viet Nam and UK and the 20th anniversary of the British Council's presence in Viet Nam.

Fyfe Dangerfield is best known as the founding member and songwriter of Guillemots, a band with members from all over the globe that first came to attention in 2005 with exuberant, colour-drenched singles such as Made-up Lovesong#43 and Trains to Brazil.

Their debut album Through the Windowpane followed in 2006, picking up a Mercury Music Prize nomination and vocal praise from many music luminaries, including Sir Paul McCartney, and a Brit Nomination followed the next year for Best Live Act.

Since then, the albums Red (2008), Walk the River (2011) and Hello Land (2012) have continued to feed the group's reputation for making unpredictable, dreamlike music, with the latter album also marking the start of an exciting new phase for Guillemots.

The band plans to release four albums loosely based around the seasons, recording in a Norwegian hideout with producer Jonas Raabe. The second "summer" album is currently in production.

Dangerfield will perform at the HCM City Conservatory of Music at 8pm on May 26 and Ha Noi Youth Theatre on May 28.

The band will deliver a workshop on Writing Music from an Indie Rock Perspective with emerging Vietnamese musicians at 10am on May 25 at Soul Academy, 214-216 Pasteur St, District. 3, HCM City.

The artists and Vietnamese traditional musicians will meet at the Ha Noi Youth Theatre on May 28 to discuss the use of Viet Nam's traditional instruments in their recordings. – VNS

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