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Washed by the Moon | A Film By Dan Shutt

Grupi Lab is a supergroup of southern Albanian singers, legendary for their performances of the region's ancient polyphonic songs. Led by 'Artist of the People' Golik Jaupi, a favourite musician of communist dictator Enver Hoxha until his death and Albania's transition to democracy in the 1990s, Grupi Lab will be visiting the UK to showcase these 3000-year-old shepherd songs for the first-ever time. The members of the group rotate between the main voice, the powerful drone (the 'iso') and various intricate vocal chirping techniques that imitate goats, bells and the sounds of the Albanian mountains. When Grupi Lab sing, the earth shakes! The tour is taking place to promote the release of the documentary 'Washed by the Moon', an ode to southern Albania's unique vocal polyphony. DVDs will be available for sale at all performances, and the film will also be available to view online on the Lush Player from the beginning of the tour. 10 October Live broadcast on NTS Radio (midday); concert at Cafe Oto, Dalston, London (8pm) 11 October Concert at the Cube Cinema, Bristol (7pm) 12 October In-store performance and film screening at Rough Trade, Nottingham (3pm) 13 October Performance on closing night of TUSK Festival, Sage Theatre, Newcastle (7pm)