Dark Sound | Destructive Pop 2015

Dark sound

I am over the moon to be playing at the opening night of the Dark Sound 2015 festival which is taking place in Penryn in Cornwall this April! I can’t think of anywhere I would rather be than swimming in an ocean of dark sound. Preferably off the Cornish coast. You can read the about the philosophy behind the concept here but first a little snippet:

“Dark pop is the pop that most avidly and unavoidably tells us something about our deepest inner selves as it immerses the listener in sonic vacuoles of melancholy, loss, death, desire, void, addiction, rage and longing. As artist and audience alike, we find solace in the dark song that offers comfort and catharsis in every void, every cacophony and every whimper.”

I will playing on the first night, Thursday the 23rd April along with The Black Tambourines and The Isabelles. Click here for more information including tickets.

Thursday 23 April 2015 18.00 to Saturday 25 April 2015 23.00                                                             
The Performance Centre,                                                                                                                
Falmouth University,                                                                                                                            
Penryn Campus,                                                                                                                                
Cornwall TR10 9FE



Recording bass for ‘I Wave to you Brazil’

So I have now started recording the final song for my album which some of you will know from playing it live – ‘I Wave to you Brazil’.  Fingers crossed the album will be ready for this summer!

Lenny Paul Minko mic

Song of The day at God is in The TV

Lovely review of my single over at God has in The TV. You can read a small extract below or read the full review by clicking this link.

 ” ‘Mrs Magpie’ inhabits the kind of strange misty faraway netherworlds that link and sew both Susan Christie and Linda Perhacs into the colourful tapestry of femme folk along with Laura J Martin. In so doing sets her aside as a musician uniquely gifted by a creative spirit that always manages to be ahead of her peers and already on the next page with this bewitching and spectral wood carved  rustic posy: drawing you close with its hushed and intimate invitation daubing your monochrome listening days in vivid pastoral washes all showered in nursery rhyme enchantment. ”


Recording with Nick Duffy

Image Minko on cymbal and floor brush

Image Nick on bass drum

Image Listening to the mix

Image Minko on Farfisa

Image Cabasa and guiro

Image Nick on banjo

Image Minko singing plus beatbox shaker

Image More percussion

ImageNick on bass

Gig at the Cob Gallery Fri 19 December 2014

I am playing an acoustic set at 6pm at the World Wide Women ‘Ritual’ exhibition at the Cob Gallery in Camden Town. Photographer Michaela Meadow will be signing copies of ‘Viriditas’ – her stunning anthology of female artists and I will be playing my new single ‘I Miss You Tomorrow’. I will have some limited edition cds on sale too.

Cob Gallery 205 Royal College Street, London NW1 0SG 6pm

viriditasRitual poster


New single on the Late Junction 17 December 2014

Delighted to be on BBC Radio Late Junction again with my new single ‘I Miss You Tomorrow | Mrs Magpie’ with the formidable host Nick Luscombe. A pleasure to be played alongside Arca and Floating Points on the programme which you can listen to by clicking the image below.

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