|May 2019: Preston Jazz & Improvisation Festival 2019 Gig Announced (Sunday 2nd July 2019)|
On Sunday 2nd July 2019, Graham Massey's Toolshed will be performing live at the Preston Jazz & Improvisation Festival 2019 (Venue: The New Continental, Preston).
"Graham is a multi-instrument musician, accomplished on keyboards, guitar, drums and Soprano Saxophone and a proponent of experimental jazz-rock. A prolific writer and producer, his rich ability to move between, and blend genres creates a set of wildly free ranging music.
Graham was a founding member of the seminal and internationally successful electronic group 808 State and his collaboration, remixing and production list reads like a “who’s who” of contemporary music from the past 30 years, including the likes of David Bowie, Quincy Jones, Bjork, Goldfrapp, SMD, Primal Scream, YMO and many others.
TOOLSHED started as an electronica club in Manchester’s Northern Quarter of the late 90s, playing host to many of the post rave improvisers such as Autechre, Mathew Herbert, Kieren Hebden & Squarepusher. Graham Massey ran the ‘house‘ band made from a revolving line up of local improvisers invited to jam around his computer and vintage synthesiser collection. Twenty years later the project continues the idea with a line-up of some of the North West’s finest musicians performing a special set to be recorded live."
|April 2018: Ahead of Toolshed gig this Wednesday at Band On The Way, Mixcloud of previous Band On The Wall gigs|
Ahead of our gig Band on the Wall next Wednesday (18th April) .I have taken a load of BOTW gigs I was involved in over the years and made a mix . I first played there in the late 70s and have seen so many musical heroes play on that stage -its a sort of music church. Looking forward to playing with TOOLShed (Paddy Steer ,Sam Healey & Craig Hanson and excited to hear the band that Denis Jones has assembled for his album launch,It should be special !
1. Lopetta live BOTW 1996 by Graham Clark /Graham Massey
|March 2018: Preston Jazz & Improvisation Festival 2018 Gig Announced (Thursday 7th June 2018)|
On Thursday 7th June 2018, The Toolshed Collective will be performing live at the Preston Jazz & Improvisation Festival 2018.
"TOOLSHED started as an electronica club in Manchester’s Northern Quarter in the late 90s,
The “house” band, which was directed by 808 State founding member Graham Massey, was made from a revolving line up of local improvisers, invited to jam around his computer and vintage synthesiser collection.
20 years later and Toolshed continues to thrive, on this occasion presenting as a 6 piece, playing an hour-long set together, plus various solo performances and component ensembles including;
Paddy Steer – MCR’s king of the DIY scene. He builds his own synths, makes his own costumes, puts out his own records, drives them to his customer’s doors, etc.
Afrodeutsche - Henrietta Smith-Rolla has been causing a real buzz of late with her solo Techno sets and her improvised acoustic piano soundtracks. Her regular slot on NTS radio is not to be missed.
Skeltr - a duo of Sam Healy (Sax & Keys) and Craig Hanson (Drums).
|March 2018: Denis Jones Album Launch (333) with Toolshed at Band On The Wall, Manchester Gig Announced (Wednesday 18th April 2018)|
On Wednesday 18th April 2018, Toolshed will be performing live at Denis Jones' album launch at Manchester's Band On The Wall.
Band on the Wall and Now Wave present...
14+. U16s to be accompanied by an adult.
Please note the ticket price includes a 50p venue restoration levy
The current line-up features Graham Massey and Paddy Steer being joined by Sam Healey’s exuberant alto sax and the compelling drumming of Craig Hanson.
This was cancelled at the last minute due to floods in Manchester.
|May 2016: Manchester Jazz Festival 2016 Gig Announced (Wednesday 27th July 2016)|
On Wednesday 27th July 2016, Toolshed will be performing live at The Manchester Jazz Festival 2016 in Manchester:
Hobgoblin Festival Pavilion
Graham Massey guitar, keyboards, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet / Paddy Steer bass, synthesisers / Sam Healey alto saxophone, keyboards / Craig Hanson drums
Originating from Manchester residencies in the late ‘90s and centred around 808 State’s studio, Toolshed is a hub for open-minded musicians. With a history stretching back for over 30 years, their shared vocabulary spans post-punk, techno, free improvisation and more composed pieces. The current reincarnation recruits young jazz players into the mix – a powerhouse of prog-operatics, lost-synth-liberation and homemade instruments.
20.00 (2 x 50 minutes)
Click here for tickets.
|April 2016: Preston Gig Announced - Future Sound 2016 (Sunday 15th May 2016)|
On Saturday 15th May 2016, Toolshed will be performing live at Future Sound 2016 in Preston (University of Central Lancashire):
A weekend of musical innovation with a programme of installations and performances from 24 established and emerging artists including; Graham Massey’s ToolShed, Aziz Ibrahim’s Fret Sector, Matthew Bourne, Mobius Loop and Elizabeth Vince.
Sunday 15 May:
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|February 2016: Leeds Gig Announced - IFAI2016|
On Friday 11th March 2016, Toolshed will be performing live at The International Festival For Artistic Innovation at Belgrave Hall in Leeds:
Graham Massey’s Toolshed headlines an evening of electronic music including Arthur Keegan-Bole, Frédéric Mathevet, Danny Saul and Si Waite (National Trevor).
Graham Massey & Paddy Steer have had many musical projects together for over 30 years. Biting Tongues (Factory), Homelife (Ninja Tunes), 808 State (ZTT) & Toolshed (Finders Keepers) to name a few. Massey & Steer are both active producers and remixers and Massey's CV reads like a who's who of contemporary music from Björk to Quincy Jones, Aphex Twin to Jon Hassle. If you were to cut this band in half you would find tree rings of UK D.I.Y music scenes from Post Punk, Rave, Improvisation, Jazz, Theatre and Film music.
Andy Votel describes Graham Massey’s Toolshed as follows:
“The music of Graham Massey's mutating Toolshed power house of prog-operatics, lost-synth-liberation and homemade instruments reveals the true multi-faceted backbone of his wider-known classic electronic projects such as 808 state and Biting Tongues. But within this partly improvised, fully inspired congregation of DiY funk, Angular Jazz and heavy psychedelic rock fans of Krautrock and the arkestral manoeuvres of Sun-Ra will draw similarities that have provided the new-psych movement with bands like Goat, Fumaça Preta, Tame Impala and many more. Known to share stages with formations ranging from to 40 to 4 piece Toolshed re-tracks its roots to their first mid-90's live/electronic events where Massey brought plugged-in-punk-funk to the masses with a mutable quartet and a toolbox of foreign adaptors and soldering irons."
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|October 7th 2015: Graham Clark and Graham Massey to perform at the Dulcimer in Chorlton|
Graham Massey and Graham Clark will be performing at "Crispy Ambulance's Subliminal Impulse Revue II" at the Dulcimer in Chorlton on Wednesday 7th October:
"I will be playing a set with Graham Clark at Dulcimer in Chorlton this Wednesday evening as part of Crispy Abulance's Subliminal Impulse Review. GC on electric violin, and me on synths/wind instruments. Tons of other unique music and film showings going on as well."
|October 2015: Toolshed Liverpool PsychFest Reviews In...|
|DrownedInSound have reviewed the Toolshed gig at Liverpool's Psych Fest:
"When three blokes dressed as wizards take to the District stage things start to get a little weird. When someone remarks one of them used to be in 808 State - of course, THAT Graham Massey - it begins to make sense. Playing a set of improvised, free form jazz that veers from Miles Davis inspired fusions incorporating space rock passages and electronic elements not a million miles away from Sun Ra's more experimental workings. Graham Massey's Toolshed emerge as one of Friday's - if not the entire weekend's - undisputed highlights."
And Damn You, Curfew! had this to say:
"Honourable Friday night mentions also go to Graham Massey’s Toolshed, for bringing a little bit of anarchy (and amazing costumes) into the world of free jazz"
And this from GetIntoThis say this:
"Later on, similarly dressed to impress in golden robes, Toolshed brought yet more madness with the jazz infused sounds getting the crowd dancing. With frantic rhythms and some of the quickest saxophone playing you’re likely the see, the whole set felt on the brink of complete chaos."
And another from GodIsInTheTVZine:
"It then feels entirely logical to spend some time in District in the blissful company of Graham Massey’s Toolshed who look and sound like they are the lost Mancunian disciples of that great free jazz explorer Sun Ra."
|September 2015: Two Toolshed Live Gigs Announced|
On the 5th September 2015, Toolshed will be performing live at Festival Number 6:
Celebrating the label’s tenth year of “Making Global Sound Local” the Finders Keepers record label bring their motto to the masses returning to Festival No 6 with a huge bag of foreign fuzz records and a multilingual live line-up of pocket punk, femme fronted psych, freak funk, homemade synth pop and commune folk for what looks set to be their most exciting prog-ram yet! Curated by label heads Andy Votel and Doug Shipton, the UnMutual Stage is very excited to bring Portuguese/Anglo/Venezuelan/Dutch punk funk powerhouse band Fumaça Preta to the festival who will, throughout the day, find kindred spirits in the arkestral manoeuvres of Graham Massey’s Toolshed (with special guest TBC) and the exciting debut performance from the mythical T.R.A.S.E project (based on a school made synthesiser by a 16-year-old in 1981). The UnMutual line-up also boasts husband and wife wordy punk duo The Lovely Eggs sharing a bill with Cardiff’s fuzzed-out femme fronted sonic tantrum Tender Prey while Welsh language kosmische pop newborns Anelog make their festival debut. Manchester’s very own Una Baines founder of the original The Fall will also bring her communal feminist agit-folk group The Fates to the stage performing songs from her ultra rare 1984 LP Furia in collaboration with members of the Folklore Tapes collective while extra fuzz comes from Liverpool’s dedicated sunshine psych combo The Sundowners. Compered throughout the day by Votel, Shipton and radio DJ veteran Pete Mitchell Finders Keepers promise extra festival surprises including visiting DJ guests, exclusive merchandise and a grassy dance floor crescendo featuring the FK DJs and B-Music regular Chris Geddes (from Belle & Sebastian) “Making Old Records Feel Young”.
In addition to The UnMutual music stage Finders Keepers will also host their audiovisual equivalent on Friday with the Speedlearn Separado! Cinema tent in which Votel and Shipton team up with Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals) to screen a giant patchwork of VHS video footage, lost TV and unreleased future freak film classics. loosely based around the 150th anniversary Welsh settlers arriving in Patagonia this multilingual psychedelic cinema programme with be punctuated with live translations, Q&A sessions, half-baked competitions, live rescores and much much less. Being ten at six promises to be the highlight of an eventful year for Finders Keepers Records.
For further details, visit http://festivalnumber6.com/graham-masseys-toolshed/
On the 26th September 2015, Toolshed will be performing live at the Liverpool PsychFest 2015:
Hocus Focus + Celebrating 10 Years of Finders Keepers Records
For further details, visit http://www.liverpoolpsychfest.com/ for Tickets.
|July 22nd 2013: Toolshed - Beardy Weirdy - Uploaded to Soundcloud|
Graham has uploaded a lost exotica jam with Tooldshed to Soundcloud:
"Improvisation at Room 101 & overdubs.
Graham Massey, Icarus Wilson Wright, Paddy Steer, Richard Harrison.
|May 20th 2013: Toolshed Podcast Number 2 Uploaded|
Tooldshed have released "Podcast Number 2" via Graham's Mixcloud:
"Toolshed, an experimental big band from Manchester UK. Includes Graham Massey (808 State), Paddy Steer (Homelife), James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco), Richard Harrison (Spaceheads), Seaming To, Graham Clark (Gong), Dave Walsh , Pat Illingworth , Howard Jacobs and many more."
|December 28th 2012: Toolshed "There Comes a Time" Uploaded to YouTube|
Toolshed have uploaded a new video to YouTube - "There Comes A Time":
"Toolshed Live at Belfast City Music Hall.
|July 7th 2012: Toolshed Podcast Number 1 Uploaded - "Jazz W*** Bol*o*ks"|
Tooldshed have released "Podcast Number 1 - Jazz W*** Bol*o*ks" via Graham's Mixcloud:
"TOOLSHED, a musical collective from Manchester UK with a flexible line up.
Podcast one features live recordings from various concerts:
His Last Journey (from Band on the Wall 1999)
(Dave Walsh on Fender Rhodes Piano, Paddy Steer on Double Bass, Graham Massey on Baritone Sax, Seaming To on Clarinet, James Ford on percussion)
Love In Outer Space (from a concert at Shunt London Bridge)
(Seaming To on Vocals ,Graham Massey on Yamaha Organ and Soprano Sax, Howard Jacobs on Percussion, Richard Harrison on Drums, Paddy Steer on Bass Guitar)
There Comes A Time (recorded at Belfast Music Hall)
(Dave Walsh & Richard Harrison on Drums , Howard Jacobs on Bass Clarinet & Congas, Paddy Steer on Bass, Seaming To on Vocals, Graham Massey on Guitar and Graham Clark on Violin)
Rated X (recorded at The Corner House Manchester)
(Dave Walsh & Richard Harrison on Drums, Seaming To on Moog Opus 3, Graham Massey on Vox Jaguar Organ, Paddy Steer on Bass, Howard Jacobs on Congas)