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Good On Paper Presents: Mesadorm


Just a few short week's after our stage at this year's Stroud Fringe we proudly bring you Mesadorm's debut performance in Stroud with guests Dear Robot. Tickets are just £8 in advance (see links below!) or £10 on the door...


Mesadorm is a new collaborative project between Blythe Pepino (Vaults), Aaron Zahl, Daisy Palmer (Rae Morris, Goldfrapp, Lillian Boute), Jo Silverston (The Unthanks, Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo, Frank Turner) and David Johnston (ZunZun Egui, Phil King, Chairfight!). The relationships in the project go back many years and has a distinctly Bristol centred heritage.

After a few years testing the mainstream stage with a major record deal Blythe has moved back to her roots as a left field rock and electronica song writer. Here you will find her in happy harmony with Aaron Zahl who has recorded and produced the up and coming debut album fleshing out the musical world with his electronic sound scapery. Having known each other since they were teenagers and weathered various phases of life and musical outfits, Zahl, Pepino, Palmer and Johnston have a unique connection that plays out in this project with depth and assuredness. The writing sits somewhere between the domestic observation of Suzanne Vega and the powerful, elemental other-worldliness of Bjork.

Dear Robot are an atmospheric indie pop band from Stroud and Leipzig. Starting out in 2016 as a rock two-piece, drummer James Dolman and singer/guitarist Tom Jacob soon recruited Florence Pettet and her synthesisers to expand the band’s sound. Drawing from a wide range of influences such as The Cocteau Twins, Radiohead and Grizzly Bear, what resulted was a unique and heady mix of synth laden, rhythmically intricate guitar pop, at the heart of which is a collection of thoughtful, well-crafted songs. The group have recently released their first single ‘Subject/Object’, produced by Sean Genockey (Reuben, Eagles of Death Metal, Suede, Manic Street Preachers), a shifting and immersive track with a dark disco beat. New single ‘Nowhere’, produced by Aaron Zahl (Mesadorm) is due for release in September.

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Good On Paper @ Stroud Fringe 2017

Poster by Joe Magee

Poster by Joe Magee


THE PROCESS (ARTISTS FILMS) In the magnificent interior of Stroud’s St Laurence’s Church, Good On Paper, in collaboration with award winning illustrator and film maker Joe Magee, present the screening of a series of short films that show the process of art being made. You will be given a fascinating glimpse into the studios of a wide range of artists from young locals to superstars such as Picasso - and can watch them at work as paintings, drawings and sculptures emerge from nothing - often using intriguing techniques and elaborate performances. Joe: “I tried to pick a good variety of interesting work covering many decades. These films are so engaging and often quite mesmerising. It’s a privileged position to observe the differing approaches of painters - for example some splash paint around in a frenzy, whilst others are considered and meticulous. You really see the artist’s ’struggle’. Most of the films are just a few minutes and all are very entertaining - and some very humorous.” Artists who can be seen at work include Stanley Donwood (Radiohead artist), performance artists John Wood and Paul Harrison, Joe Magee, Moina Walker, Picasso, John Cage, Kandinsky, Ushio Shinohara, Matisse, Paul McCarthy and many others…(7:30-10:30PM) 


ADAM BETTS Betts’ debut solo album 'Colossal Squid’ showcases his unique approach to music combining his love for the irregularities in electronic music (by the likes of Aphex Twin, Autechre, Arca and Oneohtrix) with his visceral connection with live drums. As a member of Brian Eno’s favourite London experimentalists Three Trapped Tigers, the Heritage Orchestra and more recently with Shobaleader One (after being headhunted by Squarepusher) Betts has spent years exploring the boundaries between electronic and live music. For all his technical ability, the experimental format and instrumentation, Betts’ live show is an enthralling, evocative, rewarding journey of mesmerising musicianship, avant-garde in formation, yet undeniably catchy and invigorating...(9:30-10:30pm) /

MODULUS III Bristol based improvisational trio featuring Drew Morgan, Dan Moore (Will Gregory’s Moog Ensemble, Andy Sheppard’s Pushy Doctors) and Matt Brown (Dakhla). If Kraftwerk, La Monte Young and Miles Davis got into a room together, this may have been the result. Twitching, urgent percussion tumbles into a colossal beat as minimalist Fender Rhodes drifts over a pulsating synthesizer bass line. Plaintive cello and piano twist and murmur around a huge electronic ambient backdrop. Everything happening spontaneously and with seamless fluidity. They never play the same thing twice. (8-8:45pm)

BODY CLOCKS An electronica duo from Stroud now based in Bristol. Influenced by the likes of Four Tet, Bonobo and Kiasmos they create a mesmeric live experience by merging live double bass and guitar with layers of sampled beats and atmospheric soundscapes. (7-7:30pm) /

RUN LOGAN RUN A collaboration between drummer Dan Johnson and saxophonist Andrew Hayes. Taking cues from the British Punk Jazz scene and utilising extended breathing techniques and special FX (championed by players such as Mats Gustafson and Colin Stetson), Run Logan Run create music that is both beautiful and brutal...(6-6:30pm) /

STROUD FRINGE CHOIR A choir collective put together for this year's Fringe by award winning composer Emily Hall featuring Emily Barker, Blythe Pepino (Vaults, Mesadorm), Melanie Golding and Stephane Marlot. A choir with a band philosophy, all the music is created by members of the choir who all come from Stroud's rich musical community. (5-5:30pm)


MANU DELAGO Having already collaborated with Björk, The Cinematic Orchestra, Anoushka Shankar and the London Symphony Orchestra, celebrated Hang player, percussionist, producer and composer Manu Delago has just released his third solo album via Tru Thoughts.  'Metromonk' finds this boundary-testing artist distilling and delicately exploring extremes of dynamics and mood; manipulating the Hang in experimental and inventive ways, the many voices and tones of this rare instrument are given top billing among a minimalistic palette of beats and acoustic sources. This special live AV show of Manu Delago Handmade is a definite must-see. The performance is delicate and sophisticated, moving with ease between heavily rhythmic and free-flowing spherical sections. Each of the three performers takes on several instruments, displaying the great musical diversity of every member of the ensemble. (9:30-10:30pm) /

DOUGLAS DARE London-based singer-songwriter and pianist Douglas Dare grew up in the small coastal town of Bridport in South West England. His second album Aforger, released in 2016, was mixed at the iconic Abbey Road Studios and produced by long-time collaborator and Dare’s live drummer, Fabian Prynn. His live sound combines acoustic instrumentation including piano and percussion with glitchy electronic elements. Inspired by the likes of Portishead, Elliot Smith and James Blake, Douglas combines a rich and haunting vocal with lyrics crafted from his own poems and short prose. (8-8:45pm) /

EMILY HALL AND MIRA CALIX Emily Hall is an award winning Stroud based composer who has written for many different ensembles and orchestras including the London Sinfonietta, LSO, BBCNOW, the Brodsky Quartet, Opera North, LCO and the Hungarian Radio Choir. She is a member of Bedroom Community, the Icelandic record label comprising 11 different diverse but like-minded musicians from across the globe. Mira Calix is the award-winning UK based South African music producer Chantal Passamonte. Living in the UK since the early 90’s, she’s signed to Warp Records and has toured with with the likes of Radiohead, Boards of Canada and Autechre. Music and sound have always been at the centre of her practice, which she continues to integrate with visual media and technological innovation to create multi-disciplinary performances and installations.(7-7:30pm) / / /

RHAIN Singer and pianist who spellbindingly evokes the voices of Kate Bush, Björk and Joanna Newsom whilst weaving them into her own idiosyncratic style. Rhain recently released her debut ep which features the likes of John Parish (PJ Harvey), Alex Lee (Florence and the Machine) and Drew Morgan (Modulus III) and has since supported the likes of Lucy Rose and Rufus Wainwright.(6-6:30pm) /

SIMON MCCORRY A Stroud based cellist, composer and sound designer Simon has been making music and creating sound design for theatre and film for over 15 years, working with theatre companies including Headlong, Old Vic Productions, Tiata Fahodzi, Theatre Hullabaloo, Cirque Bijou & Actors of Dionysus. He also releases work under 'Amonism' for various labels, creating music combining influences of modern classical with electronics and field recording. (5-5:30pm)

Plus DJ set by JunKroom Records and a Record Stall selling hundreds of new, second hand and hard to find vinyl (Saturday and Sunday only). 

All for free...(max capacity 300!)

Listen to our Good On Paper at Stroud Fringe playlist via Spotify, YouTube and Soundcloud and visit the facebook event page here for further news and updates!

The Good On Paper stage at Stroud Fringe 2017 is kindly sponsored by Renishaw and Darbyshire


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Good On Paper @ The Prince Albert vol.2

Following on from our 2016 'post launch/we are still here!' party we return to the Prince Albert for ‘we are still here! vol 2’ with a line-up across two stages consisting of musicians, poets, comedians, a record stall, food, two bars and more...


TEZETA (10-11pm)
An eight piece instrumental group combining elements of experimental jazz, afrobeat, soundtrack composition and collective improvisation. The musicians are part of Bristol based collective ‘Bloom’ and between them play with bands Yama Warashi, Count Bobo, The Evil Usses, Spindle Ensemble, Cloudshoes, Run Logan Run, Rae, Dubi Dolczek and many more…

EMILY BARKER (9-9:30pm)
An award-winning songwriter and performer of the theme to BBC TV’s Wallander and the title song in last year’s thought provoking film Hector starring Peter Mullan and Keith Allen.Finding a brief gap in a non-stop touring schedule (both as a solo performer and member of highly regarded country/folk trio Applewood Road) Emily is one of Stroud’s most cherished artists whose music is a blend of roots influences from country to English folk via 60s pop.
EMILY WOOD (8-8:30pm)
A rare and eagerly awaited performance of delicate melodies and insightful lyrics from acoustic folk and British blues songstress. Her soulful tones have raised comparisons to Laura Marling and Joni Mitchell and she has previously lent her vocal talents to the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club and Lucy Rose not to mention her former guise fronting the much missed Emily and the Woods.
TOM JACOB (7-7:30pm)
Multi genre guitar sorcerer Tom performs as part of early music consort Tetra, electronic pop act Dear Robot and is currently the touring guitarist in the increasingly popular Stroud based group Ardyn. Having recently witnessed a moving unaccompanied instrumental classical guitar epic as part of the popular Baroque Night at the Prince Albert we excitedly welcome him back for a full solo set…
STROUD CALLING (11pm-12am)
Neighbourhood DJ’s Will Mendoza and Tom Monobrow; self-confessed music obsessives with a passion for sharing music from the past, present and future finding a common thread through Soul, Reggae, Hip Hop, Funk, Latin, Afro, Disco, Electronica and more…


Stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary and recumbent rocker, Elvis McGonagall is the sole resident of The Graceland Caravan Park somewhere in the middle of nowhere where he scribbles verse whilst drinking malt whisky and listening to Johnny Cash. Elvis is the 2006 World Slam Champion, the compere of the notorious Blue Suede Sporran Club and appears regularly on BBC Radio 4 and occasionally on the telly. His sitcom, "Elvis McGonagall Takes A Look On The Bright Side" was recently broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
ANGIE BELCHER (9:30-10pm)
Bristol based stand-up comedian, performance poet and actor. She can be found on stage dishing naughty stanzas and awkward observations. An accomplished comedy actor and writer she has performed and written for stage, screen and radio with her energetic style. Her live work has been described as fruity and not for the feint hearted…
Since winning her first international poetry competition at the age of 19 Claire’s career path has encompassed fine art sculpture, singing, page and performance poetry as well as stand-up comedy. Clare writes about life’s issues, skilfully cutting to the heart of universal human experiences, evoking tears and laugh out loud humour in deft strokes of word craft.
Poet, writer, illustrator and comedian Bill Jones brings forth his alter ego; the harbinger of gloom Miserable Malcolm. Basically half an hour of uncomfortable melancholy…
An economic refugee from the home counties, Jonny began his ‘career’ spitting vicious political verse between bands at punk gigs until cured by a West Country shaman. Now he ‘does’ poetry that deafly fuses bittersweet autobiography, political disillusionment and surreal whimsy in an act which has established him as a firm favourite at festivals, arts centres and housing benefit offices up and down the country.


VELO BAKERY (5-11pm)
Bringing their mobile wood fired oven up the hill to the Prince Albert for the evening to offer some delicious pizzas...
Artisan bread and pastries from award winning baker Dom Salter
Fresh organic popcorn with organic flavours to add and shake...

Over 400(ish) second hand 12" records spanning multiple genres and eras at absurdly cheap prices. Full list coming soon...

The event also acts as an official fundraiser asking for a minimum £5 donation entry fee on the night in aid of local charities Stroud Womens Refuge ( and Rodborough Playgroup (

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Good On Paper @ Stroud Fringe Festival 2016

A free event as part of this year's Stroud Fringe Festival featuring live music from...

RIVAL CONSOLES 9:30-10:30pm
Signed to renowned label Erased Tapes (Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds, A Winged Victory For The Sullen) London-based producer Ryan Lee West, better known under the name Rival Consoles, is notable for making synthesisers sound human and atmospheric. With the release of his 'Odyssey' and 'Sonne' EPs West has gained a reputation for making thoughtful electronica that spans a wide spectrum of musical ideas. Foremost a guitarist, growing up listening to rock rather than club music, his new studio album ‘Howl’ sees West strive towards finding a more personal balance between music for home listening and larger spaces.
Manchester-based duo featuirng Claire Brentnall and Richard Knox (A-Sun Amissa, the Rustle of the Stars, Glissando). Together they create intensely emotive music full of light and shade that's both melodic and incredibly detailed. It's a sound that is at once accessible and exploratory and ends up as a triumph of dreamily surreal contemporary music.
PETRELS 7-7:30pm
Solo project of London-based musician and illustrator, Oliver Barrett. Since releasing his debut Haeligewielle in 2011, Petrels has toured across Europe sharing stages with the likes of Tim Hecker, Johann Johannsson, Esmerine and Demdike Stare
BODY CLOCKS 6-6:30pm
An electronica duo from Stroud now based in Bristol. Influenced by the likes of Four Tet, Bonobo and Kiasmos they create a mesmeric live experience by merging live double bass and guitar with layers of sampled beats and atmospheric soundscapes

Click here for our fringe playlist ft. Rival Consoles, Shield Patterns, Petrels and Body Clocks..

Click here for our fringe playlist ft. Rival Consoles, Shield Patterns, Petrels and Body Clocks..

Art Exhibition (open from 5pm) featuring:
Film Instillation
Thread Drawings
Cut Metal
Art Instillation
Screen Prints

Joe Magee, Debbie Smyth, Daniel Sparkes, Dan Rawlings, Ann-Margreth Bohl, James Kriszyk, Kate Williamson, Andy Lovell

plus DJ set from Sean Roe (JunKroom Records), a record stall, bar and more to be confirmed...

Did we mention it's all free? Visit the facebook event page here for further news and updates...

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Film/Music @ SITE Festival

Happy to announce a unique series of film screenings with live soundtracks presented in collaboration with Stroud Valley Artspace as part of this year's SITE Festival! Advance tickets can be purchased on-line via or in person from the SVA at 4 John Street...

Fri 8th Eraserhead w/ live soundtrack from Sheena

1977 American surrealist horror written and directed by the legendary David Lynch which tells the story of Henry Spencer, a man who is left to care for his grossly deformed child in a desolate industrial landscape. During the film, Spencer experiences dreams or hallucinations, featuring his child and the Lady in the Radiator. The live soundtrack will be performed by popular local dream pop/psych group and SVA’s artists in residence Sheena (featured in ‘Stroud Sounds’ article in Issue 4). Click here for facebook event page

£5adv/£4otd/£3concs 8pm

Fri 15th Turksib w/ live soundtrack from Bronnt Industries Kapital

One of the most breath taking documentaries ever shot, Turksib is an epic spectacle that lyrically and intensely depicts Stalinist Russia's improbable efforts to build a railway through one of the most inhospitable deserts in the world. With their live soundtrack commissioned by the British Film Institute, Bristol’s Bronnt Industries Kapital tap into the weird and wonderful emotions and intellectual political dilemmas thrown up by this incredible film. Pastoral solo psaltery melodies, Central Asian-style drones, graceful ensemble pieces, and propulsive drum rhythms combine to trace Turksib's dizzying transit. Click here for facebook event page

8pm £8adv/£9otd

Fri 22nd Sunrise w/ live soundtrack from Heliopause and Will Scobie

After his success with ‘Nosferatu’ German expressionist filmmaker Murnau was invited to Hollywood by Fox and spent a fortune creating the large, extravagant sets for ‘Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans’ in which a seductive city woman urges a farmer to murder his wife and elope with her. With dazzling sets and incredible visual clarity from a recently discovered Czech print, the film is a stunning silent classic. Heliopause and Will Scobie will be merging guitar and vocal loops with electronic sounds to create an original live score. Click here for facebook event page

8pm £8adv/£9otd

Fri 29th Fantastic Planet w/ live soundtrack from Asteroid Deluxe

This spellbinding futuristic sci-fi animation from 1973 directed by Rene Laloux captured the band's attention a few years ago. The film's surreal and mesmerising psychedelic imagery created by French writer and artist Roland Topor depict the extremely strange landscapes and life forms on the planet Ygam and of the various aspects of its life form’s society, such as their meditation and their technology. It has a brilliantly weird original soundtrack by Alain Gorague which will now be sonically re-imagined by Asteroid Deluxe...Click here for facebook event page

8pm £8adv/£9otd

Pick up issue #13 April 2016 (out now!) to read more about this years SITE Festival. The official festival programme is available to pick up in venues throughout Stroud and a downloadable version via

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Good On Paper at The Prince Albert

On Saturday the 9th January we will be holding a ‘post-launch(?)/we are still here!’ party at our local, with a line-up consisting of musicians, poets, comedians, actors and photographers that have featured in the magazine since our first issue! The line-up is now fully confirmed and includes:

Bristol based singer and pianist who spellbindingly evokes the voices of Kate Bush, Björk and Joanna Newsom whilst weaving them into her own idiosyncratic style. Recently performed her Stroud debut at the Good On Paper stage at this year’s Stroud Fringe Festival and is currently working on her debut ep with John Parish

(PJ Harvey) at Toybox Studios (22:00)

A great new project by poet Adam Horovitz & musician Josef Reeve originally commissioned by the Stroud Fringe Festival. Evocative poetry set to original music, exploring the peculiarities of growing up in a small town... (21:00)

A unique, one-off performance by a small ensemble of exceptional classical musicians brought together by local double-bass player Dave Ayre. Expect the unexpected (20:00)

Poet, writer and comedian Bill Jones brings forth his alter ego; the harbinger of gloom Miserable Malcolm…(19:20)

A seasoned performance poet who offers a unique blend of poems, songlets, surreal banter, off-kilter observation, bitter autobiography and a simply most wonderful moustache…(19:00)

Legendary poet, activist, letterpress printer and one of Stroud’s most cherished characters who is also a regular at Glastonbury Festival working on the Glastonbury Free Press (18:40)

Actor, writer and director of the Stroud Theatre Festival and Spaniel in the Works Theatre Company,  and our regular theatre columnist (18:20)

Performance art poet, writer, lead singer in Square Bomb and avid collector of typewriters... (18:00)


Purveyor of fine vinyl with a hearse full of 45’s from jump blues to northern soul with lots of oddball rock n roll in between (23:00 - 00:30)

Good On Paper resident photographer on hand to take pictures of you in a specially made photo booth!

(Times TBA)

Towing their vintage Carlight caravan up the hill to the Prince Albert for the evening to offer some quality, tasty street food…(from 17:00)

The event also acts as an official fundraiser asking for a minimum £3 donation entry fee on the night in aid of Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (visit for further info).

Poster designed by illustrator and award winning film-maker Joe Magee (Bill Bailey, Time Magazine, The Guardian) who we featured in issue #8 of Good On Paper:

Limited edition signed A3 prints will be available to purchase on the night!

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