The Self Isolation Songbook, by Art Terry + the Black Bohemians

Thursday 22h September

Get ready for gospel glam and orchestrated funk: Art Terry + the Black Bohemians perform songs of self-isolation.


On 26 March 2020, the UK went into lockdown due to Covid 19. The next evening, in the sudden stillness, musician Art Terry played a song on his guitar. Lying on the sitting room floor, his partner Helena Smith idly filmed Art and sang along. Equally idly, she suggested he record a song a day for the then unknown period of lockdown.

For the next 52 days, Art recorded a song each day. Each day Helena made a video for the song. The Self Isolation Songbook short film, comprised of the daily videos, was premiered at the We Out Here festival in 2021.

Following screenings, Art Terry + his big band, the Black Bohemians, expand on the self-isolation songs, with a full choir and brass section as well as keyboard, drums and double bass. Gospel glam meets hauntological funk: get ready to dance.

“Brings the questioning quirky funk of Sly Stone together with the provocative poetry of pathfinder Lou Reed.” – Resonance FM

”For well over a decade Art Terry has been an irrepressibly original and dynamic presence on the British music scene. The wily Californian draws from a deep well of black music to wade into fresh waters that drown all stereotypes on the blues, gospel, soul, funk and rock. His music has a vivid element of meta-theatre as well as a broad sound palette, and he remains a genre all of his own.” – Kevin LeGendre, BBC Radio 3

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