|August 2016: Graham Massey's Toolshed vs Konstrukt (Tuesday 13th September 2016)|
On Tuesday 13th September 2016, Graham Massey's Toolshed (Manchester) vs Konstrukt (Instanbul) will be performing live at The Soup Kitchen in Manchester:
"Toolshed MCR VS Kontrukt Istanbul
You pay £5 for two of the worlds finest exponents of MOOG / TRANSISTOR ORGAN/ELECTRIC SAX/ FAT GUITAR /KICK BOX DRUMS & KUNG FOO BASS in a grand CONTEST .
Click here for Facebook Event Page.
|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)
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|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)