Gorilla On Tour – Brighton

Ryan Van Winkle, Brighton Rock in hand, starts the night at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar (which by the way, was actually rather sticky) with some meandering prose before introducing the poet SJ Fowler. His twenty-one original meditations inspired by the topic of scent flit between dark humour, delightfully light observations and sad snapshots memories.

Following his poetry, the accordionist fresh from France, Garance Louis, stole the stage with jokes and charmed us with her splendidly sexy and playful songs. Her set took a deeper, more romantic tone when Hannah from the Moulettes, joined her on stage with her cello. Garance finished with a happy peppy little ditty, which suited Brighton perfectly as it lilted like a carousel that one could imagine would have sat at the end of the pier in some hundred years ago. Collision’s Dance Company seized the floor, giving one of the best performances of the tour. Verity, Sol and Bianca looked amazing under the glowing red and blue lights, the accordion/cello backing as they performed “The Voice of Reason”.

On stage, Ryan Van Winkle dips his Brighton Rock into his wine, and assures us it makes it better. Well, it certainly could not make it worse (I tried some, it was decidedly too sticky and a bit gross). It’s an easy transition to Deborah Pearson’s piece about a very likely future.  Sentimental yet slightly downbeat, she recollects things yet to happen, in an altogether relevant fashion.  It left me with feeling like I could have been characters in her story, or that maybe we had been in the situation before.

Robin and Candy then swept over with a gentle set of duets. Candy’s melodic floating vocals complimenting and contrasting well with Robin’s fine cords. Robin was soft and sweet and disarmingly sure of himself. His songs were redolent of 1970’s folk, rather romantically winsome. The song about the London Riots had a pacifying lullaby-like quality, while covering his perspectives on the current shifts in society.

Last to take the stage was The Moulettes. Although they are normally a much larger band, we were treated to the original trio, Hannah, Ollie and Ruth. There are so many adjectives I could use to describe them! Overall, they could not have been more perfect for this time of year, they weaved into songs the feeling of autumn, the cadence of Ruth and Hannah’s vocals are warm in tone with an underlying electrical charge, one moment smooth and cool, the next hard and brisk. Absolutely enchanting. Then we danced to the end of the set, finishing with a track that literally rocked the floor boards.

The night was a delight, and as it dawned on me that we are drawing to the end of this wonderful tour, I must urge you to make it to the Bristol for the last Golden Hour night event!  Thursday, starting at 7pm. 


The Golden Hour: Haggler’s Corner

What a whirlwind of a delight last night’s Golden Hour at Haggler’s Corner was.

After an adventurous day parked out front of the Sheffield City Hall, we meandered over to Haggler’s Corner. Past the garden, and the carpentry work shop, up the stairs and into a lofty upstairs room, Haggle’s Corner was that perfect combination of relaxed over stuffed leather couches, black tudor beams, and the perfect amount of flickering light to inspire all kinds of creative behavior.

Ryan Van Winkle kicked off the night with an obscure reference to his singular pubic hair that he wraps around his ‘carrot’ (why he is storing carrots in his pants was a little bit beyond me, but the audience found it uproariously funny) before introducing us to William Letford. William is a Scottish poet, and his poems were a mixture of fast talking reflections on the myriad of topics that comprise from his daily life, and sex. Lots of very sexy poems. I like poetry, but I like poetry even more when it is about fumbling around in the dark for love, while being spun by a tall man with a thick Scottish accent.

Following Billy, we had the glorious chanteuse Hailey Beavis. Her warbling high notes sent shivers down my spine as she weaved out stories in haunting melody infused acoustics. Singing about love and god, she quite literally entranced us. She ended her set backing the Collisions Dance Company’s Voice of Reason, a perfect amalgamation of movement bring out the best in her vocals.

Anneliese Mackintosh graciously took the microphone and dispelled all the mystery surrounding what is exactly us women are thinking in the mornings, and what we do for hours secretly in the toilet while our lovers sit and wait. Her ever so slightly melancholy musings on love and the mild frustrations of undefined relationships left me thought provoked and a little relieved that at least I wasn’t the only crazy one out there.

Juxaposed to her sweet voice, the rough and energetic vocals of Billy Liar consumed the crowd as he jumped and strummed passionately in his acoustic set. His lyrics were compelling, but left me with the feeling that I never wanted to be one of the inspirations behind one of his songs, as one of his lyrics “there’s a reason I’m not friends with any of my exes” clearly depicted. He ended his set quite gently with a song that quite tenderly explore unrequited love before finishing with a good old-fashioned sing-along (which was simple, thankfully, as the night was creeping towards its end and I am not sure we could have handled anything too complicated)

After a few local poets took the stage, the night ended with the Shaking Whips, what a perfect way to end off any evening, but it was especially perfect in this venues at this exact moment in time. Her undulating vocals paired exquisitely with the simple garage band rhythm and smooth electric vibes. Rapturing.

The whole evening was spell bounding, and an experience not to be missed. If you can make it to any of our upcoming events, I would highly recommend it, these are occasions not to be missed.

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Tour Dates

As promised, we have released the dates for the upcoming Golden Hour Gorilla Bus Tour!

You can find us at these locations on these dates:

Date: 9th October
Bus Stop: Glasgow, Buchanan St
Golden Hour Event: Mono, Glasgow
12 King’s Court, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G1 5RB
7.30  – 11pm

Date: 10th October
Bus Stop:  Stirling, top of Friars St
Golden Hour Event: The Junk Rooms, Stirling
17 Friars Street, Town Centre, Stirling FK8 1HA
7pm – 11pm

Date: 11th October
Bus Stop:  Edinburgh, Castle St
Golden Hour Event:  Inspace, Edinburgh
1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB
7pm – 11pm

Date: Friday 12th October
Bus Stop:  Newcastle, Northumberland St

Date: Saturday 13th October –
Bus Stop:  Sheffield, Barkers Pool
Golden Hour Event:  Hagglers Corner, Sheffield
586 Queens Road, Sheffield, S2 4DU
8 – 11pm

Date: 14th October
Bus Stop:  Manchester, Picadilly Gardens
Golden Hour Event: Kings Arms, Manchester
11 Bloom Street, Salford, M3 6AN
7pm – 11pm

Date: 20th October
Bus Stop:  Leeds, Briggate St

Date: 21st /22nd October
Bus Stop: Brighton, Jubilee Square
Golden Hour Event: Sticky Mikes Frog Bar,
9-12 Middle Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AL
7pm – 11pm

Date:  23rd October
Bus Stop: Oxford, Bonn Square

Date: 25th October
Bus Stop:  Bristol, Centre Prom
Golden Hour Event: Cafe Kino,
108 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3RU
7 – 11pm

Date: 26th October
Bus Stop:  Cardiff, Churchill Way, Junction with Queen St

Date: 27th October
Bus Stop:  London, Covent Garden

Infused and Bemused

And, for a interactive and very snazzy version of these dates please visit


For the rest of the week, we will be doing featurettes on the different artist who will be joining us on the tour, the poets, the musicians, the dancers! Filling the world with perfume has never been such a pleasure.

Golden Hour Gorilla Perfume Tour


“An unforgettable cabaret style cavalcade of new writing, blistering, blissful music, and infused dance performances all in a beautiful space.”

The Golden Hour has performed throughout the world to packed houses, from the Edinburgh International Book Festival all the way to Melbourne with stops in Berlin, Paris, Beirut and Montreal. We’ve selected a special blend of talented performers, those who will make you pause, ponder, dance and stomp. All specially infused – a feast for all your senses.

During the day we welcome you into our lovingly painted venue-on-wheels- join us for bespoke mini-gigs with renowned poets and songwriters, fragrance workshops, and secret surprises.

By night, we go late and lively for an unforgettable cabaret style cavalcade of new writing, blistering, blissful music, and infused dance performances all in a beautiful space.

We will be posting the stops on our UK tour early next week, so watch this space. Image