Independent promoters and artists, The Black Bird Collective aim to put on alternative, inspiring and unforgettable live shows for music lovers.
The Black Bird Collective is a DIY music collective founded by Christian Murison and Laurence Collyer and now run by Christian and Matthew Rochford with help from our friends.
Between them they have experience of promoting shows in the UK and Europe, music reviewing and photography, recording and releasing music, film, TV, radio and fanzines.
The Black Bird Collective aim to bring bands and performers to the area who might otherwise not be heard as well as providing a platform for quality local acts to shine.
THE STORY SO FAR...
A string of sell-out shows, an intimate house gig, a record shop in-store and festival appearances...
Artists: Peter Kernel Pattern Pusher The Little Unsaid Nordic Giants Cate Ferris Laish Emma Gatrill Martha Rose Rue Royale RISE (Talitha Rise) Matthew & Me (Pale Blue Eyes) The Diamond Family Archive Mae & The Midnight Fairground (Mae Karthäuser) Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall Tobias Ben Jacob Lukas Drinkwater Jessi Norgard Tim Jones Lux Harmonium Lonely Eddie
Comperes: Christian Murison (The Black Bird Collective) Laurence Collyer (The Diamond Family Archive/Map Recordings) Tobias Jacob (Jacob & Drinkwater/Lampliter/The Roots Union) Ted Evans (Cult of Super Ted)
DJs: Rupert Morrison (Drift Records/Sea Change Festival) Laurence Collyer (The Diamond Family Archive) Julia Seizure (Generating Steam Heat) Ali-Up (Generating Steam Heat)
Venues: The Barrel House, Totnes The Angel Gallery, Totnes The Dartmouth Inn, Totnes The Drift Record Shop, Totnes The Totnes Brewing Company, Totnes Unit 23 / South Devon Arts Centre, Totnes Studio Lounge, Totnes
Festivals Party In The Town, Totnes 2018 The Bimble Inn, Sunrise Celebration 2012
What people have said about us and our shows:
'Decent, ethical, caring, passionate, music loving beautiful humans. This collective of musicians and music lovers set the bar for everything that you would wish the music industry to be.' Martin Evans (Radio DJ)
'Top drawer promoters... I had a lovely time playing for them as part of an extremely well curated bill. Real effort and belief put into making the show as good as possible, and getting a fantastic turnout.' (Tim Jones & The Dark Lanterns)
'Absolutely exceptional promoters who go the extra mile to create very special gigs. Excited to continue working with them.' Heg Brignall (Heg & The Wolf Chorus)
"The Black Bird Collective has hit the nail right on the head with this venture, bringing beautiful, honest music to local audiences" PRSD
"It’s great to hear of such inspirational shows happening here in the South West and long may it continue" Ballad Of A Thin Man
"I thought the whole show was great... the music, the vibe and the DIY approach" Tobias Jacob (Lampliter/The Roots Union)