Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells For Two

Edinburgh Fringe 2012 Press Release

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Assembly 2-27 August 2012

“ A musical tour de force. Genuinely entertaining. Amusing and mesmerising to watch” SydneyMorning Herald

“A hilarious and strangely moving night” ABC Sydney

Following sell out seasons at the Sydney Festival, and the New Zealand International Arts Festival, Tubular Bells for Two will make its UK debut at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Tubular Bells for Two is the final result of 2 years of work; the attempt to re-create the original album as faithfully as possible whilst accepting the challenge of undertaking such a large piece of music with only four hands and four feet. But most importantly, rather than simply mimicking Oldfield’s multi-tracked arrangements, this show captures the soul and emotional journey of this remarkable folk-rock epic.

Tubular Bells for Two started as an idea conjured up over a bottle of wine and two guitars by old school friends Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts. After arranging the music of this classic best selling rock music album by ear for acoustic guitar, more and more instruments were added as the two musicians amassed them from friends, rubbish skips and designed from whatever materials available (the first set of Tubular Bells were fashioned from fence posts). Amongst the vast collection of instruments onstage are keyboards, umpteen guitars, bass, mandolin, glockenspiel and loop pedals and of course tubular bells; this little project has become a mathematical and acrobatic musical rollercoaster. It is simply a show with two blokes and too many instruments….

In order to get seamless transitions between the complex sections of the work, Roberts and Holdsworth have to leap between guitars and pianos and drums (sometimes all three at once), recording and overdubbing loops live on the spot. With the stage packed with instruments this is both a spectacle for the eyes and ears.

Tubular Bells is about to celebrate it’s 4oth anniversary. It was the first album released by the newly formed Virgin Records in 1973. Despite many people in the music industry considering the work ‘unmarketable’ the album reached No.1 in charts around the world, selling in excess of 25 million copies. It received even more recognition when used as the soundtrack for The Exorcist.

For further information contact:

Fiona Duff
0131 225 2279/07710 419762

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