Curated by renowned English singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock, The Floating Palace is a series of five intimate evenings of musical collaboration and experimentation, featuring folk legends Martin and Eliza Carthy, Missouri-born singer-songwriter Krystle Warren, Scottish songstress KT Tunstall, and alt-country experimentalist Howe Gelb (Giant Sand).
The artists accompany each other on songs they know and songs they have only just met – something they would normally only get to do in the studio, or after hours. The Floating Palace was inspired by the Incredible String Band song, The Waltz Of The New Moon, by the pleasure ships built by Roman emperor Caligula on lake Nemi and by the Floating Palace in Jaipur, India.
Hitchcock says "Music is what you make it. This is a live experiment: a chance collection of musicians trapped in a lift, with only our voices, our instruments and a steady supply of oxygen, passing a couple of hours until the firemen rescue us - or till the cable is cut and we fall too far, too fast. What would we play together, the six of us? Transpose that lift to a stage, with a small PA and a live audience, and you have Howe Gelb, Krystle Warren, KT Tunstall, Eliza and Martin Carthy - five players I deeply admire - joining me in The Floating Palace."
The Floating Palace – UK tour dates 2012
Sun February 5 - Celtic Connections, Glasgow
Mon February 6 - The Sage, Gateshead
Wed February 8 - Barbican Hall, London
Sat February 11 - Brighton Dome Concert Hall
Sun February 12 - Warwick Arts Centre