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THE TRAIL OF THOMAS LOVE AT ENGINUITY (14th September 2015)

THE TRAIL OF THOMAS LOVE AT ENGINUITY

An Evening of Songs & Projections with 5-piece band

THE TRAIL OF THOMAS LOVE

An Evening of Songs & Projections with 5-piece band

Shropshire Songwriter & Photographer performs exclusive and enchanting multi-media show

Coalescing images from the Ironbridge archives with Nathan Tromans own photographs, on a 6m screen backdrop

(the show is also being filmed)

performing as part of the Shifting Worlds Symposium: Re-Imagining the Industrial Revolution

Enginuity, Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge, Shropshire, TF8 7DQ

Saturday 10 October – 7pm - £5 – Seated - all ages show

Box Office: www.ironbridge.org.uk/plan-your-visit - 01952 433424

Tickets also available from Left For Dead Records, Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury. 01743 247777

www.facebook.com/LeftForDeadshop and Eighty Six’d cafe, Ironbridge – www.eightysixd.co.uk

TTOTL ONLINE LINK: www.facebook.com/thetrailofthomaslove

TTOTL VIDEO: A Road That Takes You Home: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhFkF6RjAIg

The Trail of Thomas Love is the musical adventure of Shropshire born songwriter and photographer Nathan Tromans. He was the voice and words behind indie rock band Mustard, before going on to form John the Revelator. JTR shows included those where he shared the stage with Jose Gonzales, James Yorkston, Teddy Thompson, Joan as Policewoman and Mojave 3. His songs are imbued with the elemental and spiritual influences of artists who have stirred his heart over many years from Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave to Bill Callaghan (Smog), Damien Jurado, Bonnie Prince Billy and Sufjan Stevens, keenly blended with his own personally crafted visions and expressions.

The Trail of Thomas Love is rooted in Shropshire’s Severn Gorge, playing mystical and shadowy yet enchanting music, exploring the myths of the surrounding landscape, the longings of its real and imagined characters and their journeys and homecomings. A ‘sense of place’ runs deep into the heart of both his songwriting and photography.

Inspired by living in this unique place, and the layers of narratives that exist in its wooded dales, Nathan has taken weekly walks developing a series of landscape photographs, which take their cue from the many paintings and engravings, which record the transition of this landscape. These quiet and patient moments reveal the subtle observations of the relationship between those who have lived and worked in this gorge and its natural habitat, as it continues to be framed for an ever-increasing number of visitors.

As part of ‘Shifting Worlds’ Nathan is working with Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Meadow Arts and Arts Council England to present a programme of contemporary art inspired by the birthplace of industry, artists and academics that will also include David Nash, Gavin Turk, Professor Ann Sumner, and Dr Roy Edwards. Shifting Worlds examines the role of the natural world, technology and imagination in the transformation of the landscape and society. It will develop and present new and innovative ways of interpreting the industrial heritage of England.

Nathan expressed his delight at being invited to take part; “this is a wonderful opportunity for me, to bring my songs and photographs together in such a unique way, these separate practices are in many ways born of the Gorge landscape and this show has enabled me to explore the possibilities of finding some synergy between them”.

Nathan, a Coalbrookdale resident has ancestors traced back to the 17th century in the Gorge. His great, great, great grandfather, Thomas Love was an Ironstone miner who mined the very stone that gave birth to the industrial revolution, and left the Gorge as the industry evolved and expanded in to the wider west midlands area. He added, “my photographs are on the surface an exploration of the topography of the landscape, however I hope to suggest and express much more, I’m fascinated by how the landscape can reveal its’ story and retain its’ mystery, these potential mysteries and myths are also an important inspiration for my songs”.

‘Nathan’s work is a unique exploration of a landscape and narrative that has had a profound effect on the lives of almost everyone in Great Britain. Coalbrookdale was the cradle of the Industrial Revolution and its significance has been highlighted in many books and papers; but what Nathan’s work provides us with is a very personal interpretation of this historically and archaeologically important place. As a musician and a photographer he has created an innovative performance that challenges our assumptions about industry and its impact on the lives of those who lived through it.’

For further information and arranging interviews please contact:

Markus Sargeant – Event Liaison & Co-Producer – 07973 121958 markus_sargeant@yahoo.com

Matt Thompson – Senior Curator – Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust - matt.thompson@ironbridge.org.uk - www.ironbridge.org.uk/collections/shifting-worlds