Dutch Uncles bassist unveils classical EP

Robin-Richards-for-webRobin Richards, bassist with indie pop act Dutch Uncles, has unveiled a new solo EP of classical compositions.

Washington Trapeze is an instrumental piece in three movements and will be released on 16 September.

Robin will debut the piece live today at Festival No 6 in Portmeirion with celebrated composer and conductor Joe Duddell and a classical ensemble.

Joe is well known for his collaborations with Elbow and the Hallé orchestra and Richard Hawley and the BBC Philharmonic.

Richards said: ‘I’ve always used rhythmic, melodic and mathematical themes to realise concepts, taking influence from composers such as Steve Reich and Igor Stravinsky.

‘Where Dutch Uncles’ concepts have always been firmly based around pop, this time I’ve taken the opportunity to create a more long-form soundtrack in three movements, an intricate and emotive piece based on the most technically demanding form of circus performance; written for a string quartet, electric guitars and tuned percussion’.

The performance follows an announcement of a run of live dates for Dutch Uncles through November and December with their string ensemble, Out Of Touch In The Wild Light Orchestra.

Read our recent interview with Dutch Uncles.

The full list of upcoming live dates is below:

Dutch Uncles expanded live show with string ensemble
30 November – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
02 December – Komedia, Brighton
03 December – O2 Academy 2, Leicester
05 December – Islington Assembly Hall, London
06 December – Academy 2, Manchester

Dutch Uncles live dates
28 September – Ringmaster Festival Worcestershire
04 October – O2 Academy w/ Everything Everything, Newcastle
05 October – Picture House w/ Everything Everything, Edinburgh
06 October – ABC w/ Everything Everything, Glasgow
11 October – Ritz w/ Everything Everything, Manchester
12 October – Ritz w/ Everything Everything, Manchester
13 October – O2 Academy w/ Everything Everything, Liverpool
15 October – O2 Academy w/ Everything Everything, Bristol
16 October – Pyramid Centre w/ Everything Everything, Portsmouth
17 October – University w/ Everything Everything, Cardiff
18 October – The Institute w/ Everything Everything, Birmingham
20 October – UEA w/ Everything Everything, Norwich
21 October – Rock City w/ Everything Everything, Nottingham
22 October – O2 Academy w/ Everything Everything, Sheffield
24 October – The Forum w/ Everything Everything, London
25 October – The Forum w/ Everything Everything, London
15 November – Hare & Hounds, All Years Leaving Festival, Birmingham

www.dutchuncles.co.uk/live