A Midsummer Night’s Update

Preparations are in full swing for The Midsummer Night’s Happening and state51 are working flat out on set dressing and installation. There’s a few exciting additions to the line up too…

Steve Beresford will now be performing on upright piano with the Kirchin Tape Lab. Jonny Trunk and Robin the Fog will be playing out reels created by Basil Kirchin for improvisational performances just like this.

João Branco Kyron of Beautify Junkyards will be coming over from Lisbon to give us one or two Tropicalia flavoured DJ sets in Pan’s Garden.

Barrie Cadogan of Little Barrie (and pretty much everyone else) will be joining Soundcarriers to provide some extra guitar and voice to their improvised set accompanying Julian House’s psychedelic film.

And Jonny Trunk and Wisbey are promising some kind of Wheel-of-Fortune device.

A Midsummer Night’s Happening


A solstice celebration hosted by state51, Ghost Box and Trunk Records. Both record labels have invited a variety of artists and friends to perform at this very special party. There’ll be live music, artwork, film and merchandise spread across three specially designed and themed interiors: Pan’s Garden, The Youth Club and The TV Chamber.

The Midsummer Night’s Happening is a private party open to a limited number of invited guests and friends. To receive your exclusive invitation, pre-order the limited edition print of Julian House’s event poster from either the Ghost Box or the Trunk Records shops.

The evening will start in with a live performance of Justin Hopper and Sharron Kraus’s  Chanctonbury Rings, accompanied by visuals by photographer Wendy Pye. The evening also marks the release of the album.

Then Wisbey will take the stage, he of Dirty Fanmail fame and, who could forget, The Ladies Bras. He’ll be asking the audience to request their favourite soundtracks, which he’ll perform on the home organ in his own inimitable style.

Another Trunk Records performance follows next, The Kirchin Tape Lab with Jonny Trunk and his OST co-host (and member of radiophonics outfit Howlround), Robin “The Fog” Warren. They’ll be playing out live tape reels from the as yet, unheard archives of Basil Kirchin.

Next is a very rare chance to see the Soundcarriers. They’ll be in instrumental mode to perform a live soundtrack to a film by Ghost Box co-manager and graphic designer Julian House.

Pye Corner Audio will headline the evening with a live set of Martin Jenkin’s unique haunted dance music and submerged sci-fi epics.

There’ll also be…

An exhibition of Frances Castle’s Clay Pipe Music artwork,
DJ sets from Ghost Box, Trunk & Clay Pipe Music throughout the evening and later,
Join The Mangle to screenprint your own Julian House designed Midsummer Night’s Happening T Shirt.
A state51 shop with merchandise and records from all those taking part.

All this and fresh cooked food!

It’s All Happening at The state51 Factory, 8-10 Rhoda St., London, 21st June 2019, 6:30 until late.

Prints and invitations will be sent before the event.

One invitation admits one person, please bring it with you on the night.

For more info and updates follow:


The Focus Group DJ Set & Films
in God’s Waiting Room, Belfast

The Focus Group (Julian House) will be DJing alongside some exclusive Ghost Box films at David Holmes’s God’s Waiting Room in Belfast on 27th October. Tickets…

Beautify Junkyards and Sharron Kraus at Café Oto, London on 26th October is now sold out. But both will be doing a matinee performance on Saturday 27th at 2pm (NOTE this is minus Focus Group DJ support – that’s Friday night only).…/cafe-oto-dals…/1266977

There are also a few tickets left for their gig at The Heretic’s Folk Club, The Shakespeare, Sheffield on Sunday 28th.


New Beautify Junkyards Video
and Live Dates

Beautify Junkyards are announcing their tour dates with this beautiful new video for ‘Sybil’s Dream’, taken from their Ghost Box album The Invisible World of Beautify JunkyardsThe film was created by US video artist Keith Rondinelli.

The band are embarking on a series of live dates in Portugal and the UK. They’ll be supported by Sharron Kraus and a DJ set by The Focus Group (Julian House) at the Café Oto gig in London.

23rd September FESTIVAL IMINENTE Lisbon


26th  October CAFE OTO London

27th  October CAFE OTO London (2pm Matinee)

28th  October SHAKESPEARE Sheffield

23th  November AVENIDA Aveiro

24th  November SALÃO BRAZIL Coimbra

Full details on the band’s Facebook Page

Beautify Junkyards & Sharron Kraus
at Cafe Oto (London) 26th October


26th October, 7:30 – Café Oto (London)
Beautify Junkyards, Sharron Kraus & The Focus Group (DJ)
Tickets £12

And coming this September, Other Voices 10 by Sharron Kraus (with Belbury Poly):


Ghost Box at Green Man

Lower case DJing from Julian House (The Focus group) and Jim Jupp (Belbury Poly)  at The Babbling Tongues stage at The Green Man Festival on Saturday afternoon (1:15pm after Bob Stanley’s pop quiz).


Ghost Box music & sounds, library music, soundtracks, voices, effects, hocusing, broken biscuits, and verb exp. New time hopping film backdrops too.



Ghost Box will be providing a little parallel world afternoon ambience in The Talking Shop tent at the Greenman Festival  next week in the Brecon Beacons.

Label owners House and Jupp  (aka Focus Group and Belbury Poly), will be playing a selection of library music, soundtracks, weird folk, ancient electronics, kooky psych  and even some Ghost Box tunes and sound effects. Accompanied this year by a selection of archival and in house film clips.

Timings are fluid at the moment but you can expect to catch them on Friday from 2:00 to 2:30pm and on Saturday at 2:30 to 3:00pm (ish).



Next Saturday, 15h Novemeber, The Star and Shadow Cinema in Newcastle will host Unearthing Forgotten Horrors. Its an annual mini-fest of folk horror cinema, short film, and spooked live music.

Headlining this year are Aderlating and Kemper Norton and there’ll be rare screenings of Mumsy Nanny Sonny and Girly and Shockwaves. Throughout the event selections from The Ghost Box Film Retrospective will be showing.

12:00am to 12:00pm, tickets £10 here


Next Thursday 25th September, Julian House and Jim Jupp of Ghost Box will be DJing and showing a special selection of Ghost Box films and imagery as part of a series of events in Rome’s Swiss Institute called Popular Helvetica.

The evening is called “Folk & Pop Sounds from the World”, and explores how a selection of contemporary record labels are repurposing and re-imagining folk and “world” music traditions in their own unique ways. As well as Ghost Box there’ll be a set from Switzerland’s Cyrill Schläpfer of CSR, and heading the bill is Alan Bishop of Sublime Frequencies. The evening will open with a live acoustic set  from an ensemble on traditional Swiss instruments lead by Cyrill Schläpfer.

Doors 17:30 and the ingresso is libero !
Tutti i dettagli in Italiano.


Ghost Box will be putting in an appearance at this year’s Greenman Festival in South Wales. On the afternoon of Friday 15th. Jim Jupp and Julian House will be Disk Jockeying between talks in the Talking Shop tent. The set will precede a rare and exciting  interview with Shirley Collins. So the serenely summery mix of electronics, psychedelia and soundtrack will have distinctly folky flavour. (Folk Militants please note: Its not quite what’s billed on the GM website !).

Also in the cinedrome tent (screening time TBA) you can see The Ghost Box Retrospective film, commissioned by the London Short Film festival earlier this year for the ICA.

Finally Ghost Box will be playing a show on Greenman Radio ( 87.7FM ) at 1pm on Sunday. 
Don’t forget your transistor radio.

UPDATE 13/08/14: There’ll be an extra slot for the Ghost Box DJs at 3-ish on Sunday afternoon in the Talking Shop to open for the mighty Gruff Rhys.
And the Ghost Box film retrospective will be screened at some point on Friday night (we think).