The Art and Writing of David & Ping Henningham
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A question we get asked a LOT is when the fantastic unreleased songs Half-handed Cloud played with us at our Monday School show in London 2012 will be released. Well, they are all on his brand new LP entitled ‘Flying Scroll Flight Control’ and Asthmatic Kitty have declared both the CD and transparent recycled plastic bottle vinyl versions ‘clear for take-off’ on 10th June. It is an awesome and expansive album, and you can pre-order Flying Scroll Flight Control now at Asthmatic Kitty. You can also revisit the aforementioned Monday School show here.

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Click thumbnail to view image. All pictures taken by Julie Rafalski. Thank you Julie!

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Wow, what started out as an experiment for Half-handed Cloud and the HFP became a totally SOLD OUT show! The email was ringing off the hook, there were people outside hoping to get in.. and those who did get in really made it a fantastic night for us by jumping in with both feet and braving a barrage of signs and music.

We began in the vestry, where punters passed through two halves of a covenant heifer to receive the first screenprint of the limited edition poster. A parade followed, through processional spaces to a brightly lit chapel. After this first set we emerged into a dark church where, behold, the poster was glowing in the dark! Lights on, and a picnic was laid out and the second print was done. More lights and the rest of the church was revealed, and our team of uniformed ushers transformed into a full band to play a set of new songs.

Thank you to all who came and made it a great night. And thank you to the band (L2R): Kerry Yong, Ping (hfp), Efe, John Ringhofer (HhC), Gavin Wright, Jon Haines, David (hfp) and Gaby Haines. More pictures and video will follow!

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Half-handed Cloud and Henningham Family Press proudly present a live music and screenprint show, with unreleased songs!

Date: Thursday 19th January 2012
Time: 8.00pm (performance starts promptly at 8.30pm)
Venue: St Barnabas Church, Shacklewell Row, Dalston, London, E8 2EA
£5 in advance inc. limited edition poster,  (£6 on door)

This one-off show will take place in St Barnabas Church, a recently reopened hidden gem in Dalston. The band will take the audience through areas usually inaccessible to  the public, playing songs from the extensive H-hC back catalogue and printing a limited edition glow-in-the-dark poster as we go. You will be whisked through the Old and New Testaments with us, singing, printing, eating and drinking, like some sort of Dada Sunday School. The show culminates in a set of previously unreleased songs.

This show is timed perfectly for that moment just after Christmas and New Year when you’ve been back at work for a few days and you’re feeling a bit aimless. No problem! Sitting ready on your mantlepiece will be the tickets you bought in December for the H-hC/HFP live show! Click the button below now and become slump-proofed!

We were all very proud of the show we did together in 2008, when we transformed the basement of the Foundry into a giant 12 foot record player. But for those of you who don’t yet know him, Half-handed Cloud is a prolific songwriter represented by Asthmatic Kitty and Sounds Familyre records. A long-time collaborator with Danielson and Sufjan Stevens, and former Illinoisemaker. He is proficient in resurrecting music formats; not just your limited edition vinyl, but cassettes! analog phones! MDs!
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We are pleased to announce the release of the Half-handed Cloud ‘Dove EP’ on Burnt Toast Vinyl. The album features seven new songs by John on the A-side, and spinning etched artwork by HFP on the B-side. A rotodisk spinning illustration! So you can listen to side A and then flip it over to watch side B.

We also present this music video for the song Slip Through the Cracks taken from the H-hC ‘Dove EP’. The 2011 release of this 12-inch gives us an opportunity to release this footage of our 12-foot vinyl show in London 2008.

We were privileged to discuss the songs with Half-handed Cloud as they were composed, and to perform them for the first time in 2008, a preview show of six unreleased songs! Now they’re released!

The poster of the 2008 show is available here for UK collectors and here at Asthmatic Kitty for Americans (silkscreen H-hC and HFP collaboration with three H-hC linocuts)

The vinyl record is available here from Burnt Toast Vinyl

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