Pie&Vinyl Presents…VENA PORTAE with THE DIAMOND ROADSHOW live at the Square Tower

Southsea’s Pie&Vinyl Presents…in association with Action on Hearing Loss Charity


Live at the Square Tower, Old Portsmouth – http://www.squaretower.co.uk/

With support from…


Thursday 21st August  /   Doors 7pm – 10pm
Tickets: £6

Tickets available at Pie&Vinyl and on line – Here: http://www.southseaspieandvinyl.bigcartel.com/product/pie-vinyl-presents-vena-portae-with-the-diamond-roadshow-live-at-the-square-tower

Pie&Vinyl Presents are back…at the magnificent historical Square Tower in Old Portsmouth. We are proud to announce EMILY BARKER is back in town with her fresh side project VENA PORTAE.

Joining Vena Portae on the night is The Diamond Roadshow – an amazing music experience that sits nicely between cinema and concert. The band perform in front of projections and visuals, creating scounscapes and telling stories which brings a truly memorable experince. Like nothing you’ve seen and heard at the same time before!

There will be an assortment of drinks for sale on the night, but get this…WE’LL ALSO BE SELLING PIES! Our vegan brothers and sisters SWEETIE PIE will also be in the house (tower) selling dessert.

This show will be in aid for our charity partners ACTION ON HEARING LOSS, with all profits being donated to this great charity.


As always, we aim to please your ears, your eyes and your soul – and this event has three ticks firmly against it.

Tickets are available in store NOW, but be swift – as we have a limited capacity.

More info on the acts below:)


Vena Portae


Debut album out 18th August


Vena Portae are an Anglo-Swedish alt-folk band, comprised of BAFTA award-winning singer songwriter Emily Barker, songwriter and performer Dom Coyote, and Swedish producer and multi-instrumentalist Ruben Engzell.

Emily, Dom and Ruben found themselves snowed in on a visit to Ruben’s home near Stockholm in the winter of 2012. With little else around them except an array of musical instruments and a collection of recording equipment, they set about writing and recording an album, and Vena Portae was the result…

Vena Portae’s eponymous debut album draws the listener into an epic journey of love, loss, memory and longing. From the heady alt-pop highs of ‘Flames & Fury’ and ‘Summer Kills’, to the dark, hypnotic depths of ‘Turning Key’ and ‘Transatlantic’, this is an album that is atmospheric, moving and irresistible.

The album is due for release on 18th August and features stunning lead single ‘Summer Kills’, which is remixed by Swedish indie legend Peter Morén (lead singer of Peter, Bjorn and John). As the band puts it ‘Summer Kills’ is “A song about longing, about a broken past and an uncertain future. A song about regret and vain hopes. A song about love.”

“Vena Portae” means “vein portal” in Latin; it’s a short vein that carries blood to the liver. The band were inspired by ideas of roads, rivers, veins, portals, creative openings, connections between people, places and life force.

In the winter of 2012, Vena Portae found themselves in the tiny, snowed-in Swedish town of Mölnbo just outside Stockholm. They built a make shift studio, full to the rafters with analogue equipment, spring reverbs, electric guitars, banjos, pianos and an array of weird and wonderful instruments. Over the space of a month, they recorded a treasure trove of songs, inspired by heartbreak, passion, and intrigue, which together make up the album Vena Portae.

Emily Barker is the BAFTA award-winning writer and performer of the theme to BBC TV crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. With her band The Red Clay Halo, she also provided the atmospheric theme to highly acclaimed noir thriller The Shadow Line. Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo have released four critically acclaimed albums, toured extensively over the world, performed alongside friend and collaborator Frank Turner at the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony and recently released their album ‘Dear River’ in the UK on Linn Records to critical acclaim, with four and five star reviews across the board.

British songwriter-theatre maker Dom Coyote is an associate artist with the world renowned Kneehigh Theatre and has performed in sold out shows with them throughout the UK, South America and the U.S. He has performed and composed for acclaimed companies such as The Royal Shakespeare Company, Art Angel and the National Theatre as well as creating his own brand of gig-theatre, mixing alt-folk, rock, world music and multimedia.

Ruben Engzell is a shining light in the Swedish music scene. Working with Christian Kjellvander, Peter Morén and EP’s Trailer Park to name a few, Ruben worked on ground-breaking London projects such as Future Cinema and Sona Soul before returning to his home country to set up his own studio in SoFo, the creative heart of Stockholm.

Jesper Jonsson, who joins the band onstage as a live drummer/percussionist,
grew up on the remote Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic sea, before moving to Stockholm where he headed up the rhythm sections for highly regarded artists such as EP’s Trailer Park, Lisa Lindal and Laakso.

The album was finished off in a handful of sessions over the following year, with contributions from friends including Gill Sandell, Christian Kjellvander and Mats “Magic” Gunnarsson.

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The Diamond Road Show sits inbetween concert and cinema.

It is a travel through dream structures, events and un-foldings that inventively blend roadmovie-aesthetics with experimental trickfilm techniques.

The visuals are created by Low Brow Artist Pencil Quincy and his Magic Machine. Quincy combines early cinematic and animation technology with his inimitable, vaudeville style.

The soundscape is created by Digger Barnes: one-man-band, storyteller and outlaw. Each song a cinematic and atmospheric journey itself, drawing on influences from Americana, film-soundtrack and folk music from all over the place. Songs that play on the car radio late at night as you steer down the peaceful groove of a moonlight highway.

The Diamond Road Show has been constructed as an ongoing and changing cinematic music-project since 2009. A story that is always unfolding…



Digger Barnes is a restless character. His songs are dark portrayals of outlaws, criminals and suicides and reflect a life that is lived on the road.

Influenced by early roots music, murderballads and gospel tunes he creates his own ghostly universe that

could be described best as gothic americana or country noir.

Digger shared stages with Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Tim Barry (Avail), Tom Gabel (Against Me), Ben Nichols (Lucero), Jim Ward (At The Drive-In), Joey Cape (Lagwagon), Austin Lucas, Jon Snodgrass, Frank Turner and many more.


Pencil Quincy was playing the drums in several punkbands before he started to concentrate on the visual part of DIY culture. Nowadays he´s specialized in posterdesign, record artwork and filmmaking. He´s influenced by different artists such as Otto Dix, Joe Coleman and David Lynch.

Pencil Quincy is regulary on the road as an analog VJ with his invention “The Magic Machine”, a mobile trickfilm aparatus for live situations. Together with Digger Barnes he´s performing the Diamond Road Show since 2006.

Lately he started to play drums again and has a new punkband named “Alte Sau” together with organist Rebecca Oehms and singer Jens Rachut.






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