Billiardman is the brainchild of Joby Talbot, orchestral
arranger and keyboardist for THE DIVINE COMEDY and co-writer
with Neil Hannon on songs like ‘The Certainty of Chance’
and ‘Eric The Gardener’.
When not busy with The Divine Comedy, Joby Talbot is
a classical composer who’s works have been widely performed
by a range of orchestras and ensembles but his most
widely exposed work has been the manic score for television’s
‘The League of Gentlemen’.
Joby has worked with artists as diverse as Michael Nyman,
Evelyn Glennie, Tom Jones and Travis, for whom he did
string arrangements on TRAVIS'S ‘The Invisible Band’.
Billiardman is said to bring together Joby’s two worlds
of classical and pop music with elements of minimalism,
funk, techno and expressionism. He describes the music
as ‘five minute mini symphonies for band’. The project
has been three years in the making and promises ‘a refuge
from the commercialism of pop and the aridity of classical
The band is a diverse collective featuring:
Joby Talbot: Piano & Keyboard
Rob Farrer: (The Divine Comedy): Vibes, Percussion
Simon Pearson: (Goya Dress, Jimi Tenor): Drums
Julian Pais: Guitar
Ivor Talbot (The Divine Comedy): Guitar
Martin Elliot: (Michael Nyman Band): Bass
THE DUKE QUARTET has established itself as one of Europe’s
most dynamic and unique string ensembles. Their imaginative
recordings and performances have been praised for quality
of musicianship, technique and diversity of repertoire.
Following work on MORRISEY'S ‘Viva Hate’ album, the
quartet quickly became one of the most in-demand quartets
in the industry, They have brought intuitive and original
string arrangements to the recordings of BLUR, and CATATONIA,
A vibrant part of the national chamber music scene,
The Duke Quartet perform regularly on BBC Radio 3 but
have also performed alongside artists such as BLUR and
JOHN CALE on numerous television programmes including
Later and Top Of The Pops.
Increasingly dissatisfied with playing one kind of repertoire
to one kind of audience, The Duke Quartet are actively
writing and recording music which blur genre boundaries
and demonstrate that classical music can sit alongside
improvisation, electronica or guitar. It will be compositions
in this vein that the quartet will be bringing to their
performance at The Great Lakes.
The Duke Quartet are: John Metcalfe: Viola
Louisa Fuller: Violin
Rick Koster: Violin
Tickets are £7.00 in advance from www.ticketweb.co.uk
or £8.00 on the night.
The event will begin at 8:00.
For more information contact The Great Lakes on