‘If Paul Klee “took a line for a walk”, Butler takes a tune for a jog and the scenery is delightful.’ The Times
Club Inégales in Euston was the setting for the album launch of Dirty Beasts last Thursday, where we were joined by Friends, musicians and press to celebrate the release of Martin Butler’s recording on NMC.
Martin, Victoria and the New London Chamber Ensemble perform Dirty Beasts
Attendees were treated to a live performance by Martin and the New London Chamber Ensemble of Down Hollow Winds, and excerpts of Dirty Beasts narrated by the wonderful Victoria Newlyn, who perfectly captured the mischievous nature of the poetry in her vocal performance. The event gave guests the opportunity to hear a live performance of Martin’s work and snap up one of the albums a day early – if they were quick enough!
The evening also featured a Q&A with Martin himself, led by fellow NMC composer Peter Wiegold, within which he described his creative process with regards to Dirty Beasts as well as his compositional style as a whole and answered the audience’s burning questions.
Since its release, Dirty Beasts has received glowing praise from major press outlets such as The Times who stated ‘Butler’s clever settings give the poems the right gruesome undertow without being too obviously literal or smothering the words’.
Dirty Beasts is available in both physical and digital formats from our online store here.
Peter Wiegold leads Q&A with Martin Butler
NMC Chairman Andrew Ward says a few words
Peter Wiegold and Martin Butler (c) NLCE
New London Chamber Ensemble's Stephen Stirling (c) Joel Bell
Martin Butler (c) Joel Bell