holding hands octet / Fowl

Thursday 27 May 2021
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre


£13/£10/£6 – Get your tickets here

holding hands
Chris Dowding (trumpet)
Ralph Clarkson (trombone)
Dee Byrne (alto sax)
Rob Milne (tenor sax & bass clarinet)
Ben Higham (tuba)
Morris Masuda (samples, electronics & guitar)
Martin Pyne (vibraphone)
Azzy King (drums)

Hugh Nankivell
Graham Browning


The octet explores the relationship between the UK and US, and mixes orchestrated samples of Trump and others with pieces by Chris Dowding and Norwich-based saxophonist Rob Milne.

The octet features some of the most exciting improvisers from around the UK, including saxophonist Dee Byrne, vibraphonist Martin Pyne and tuba player Ben Higham. The music mixes hymn-like and lush brass textures with post-minimalist vibraphone patterns, merged together with electronics by several members of the group.

holding hands octet

At their most succinct Fowl are Hugh Nankivell and Graham Browning.

They make pieces that involve words and music, sometimes these creations are songs. Graham lives in West Yorkshire, Hugh lives in South Devon. During the last year they have been productive making a new album of music that emerged from the critical times we live in called HUMANKINDWEED.

This veers from the domestic, to horticultural, to spiritual, to DIY and to Travelodge. They specialise in songs that feature fowl and have 2 songs about Geese and one about Pigeons. Generally Hugh plays keyboards and sings and Graham plays guitar and sings, but in Fowl the things that are generally expected don’t always bear fruit.

“I’m absolutely transported elsewhere”

“A happy uncanny valley of songs”

Doors open at 7:00. Start time 7:30.


Pandemic policies. This information will be updated as things change.

Update: April 2022

  • Face masks: In the Main Hall, on the ground floor, these are recommended at all times, but are optional. Anyone who sits upstairs in the balcony MUST wear a face mask – with NO exceptions (not even those who are exempt). This is to allow people who are clinically vulnerable to have a place to sit where seats are naturally separated, so: (a) to provide a place for people who want to be as distanced as possible from others, and with anyone nearby wearing a mask; (b) as virus particles when airborne are generally heavier than air, this helps to mitigate the risk of transmission from people sitting in the balcony to audience members below.
  • The windows and doors of the venue will be open, allowing fresh air to be constantly moving through. Although we have heating, this might mean that the ambient temperature is a little cooler than some might like, and audience members should dress accordingly.
  • Please, if you can, take a Lateral Flow test before coming to the Arts Centre, and if this is positive, don’t come. These tests aim to pick up anyone who is infectious at the moment of testing, so please take the test as late as possible on the same day before coming to the Arts Centre. If you test positive, a refund or transfer of your ticket to another event can be arranged, if you let us know before the start of the event, by emailing boxoffice@ashburtonarts.org.uk.