Gideon Conn - Live Performance and Exhibition
“The people of Britain may not know it yet, but Gideon Conn is one of their national treasures” – Scroobius Pip
“What’s going on in that crazy noggin of yours” – Russell Brand
After finishing a degree in sculpture at MMU, Gideon decided to become a builder, but nipped that in the bud after 8 months because it was very hard work. That was the point when he decided to be a full time artist and musician. He became a feature on the Manchester indie folk scene and was known for doing drawings at gigs and giving them to bands as a souvenirs.
Known for effortlessly blending acoustic folk and hip hop, Gideon has a unique performance style which make audiences very happy. His songwriting combines finger picking acoustic guitar playing with jazz-inspired chord progressions and hip-hop rhythms, with a vocal delivery that encompasses singing, rapping, and scatting.
Gideon’s first single ‘I Want You Around’, a 10″ vinyl was released on Get Cape Wear Cape Fly’s label Mannequin Records. It was Xfm play-listed, and breakfast Single of the Week on Shaun Keaveny’s BBC 6Music show. This was followed by a BBC Maida Vale session with Huw Stephens. UK Support tours followed with Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, followed with appearances at Glastonbury, Bestival, Latitude and several other festivals. ‘Trademark’ featured on Rob Da Bank’s Bestival A-Z compilation.
Alongside his music, sculpture is Gideon’s number one passion. His work is often abstract and usually involves rhythm and processes. It’s about materials and how they behave, discovering the unexpected things they can do, and always about finding ways of breaking up space and the search for a new aesthetic. Materials include wood, paper fliers, ceramics, plastic, fabric, electric cable, cardboard and whatever else I can get my hands on.
Please note that we have space for around 100 people, on a strictly first come, first served basis.
We are expecting this event to be busy so please get in early if you are intent on a view!