Warriors: Exhibition and art happening

Warriors: Exhibition and art happening  29 Sep 2017

I’ll be playing a rare live performance of my Lost in the Woods EP at the opening of this short, intense exhibition of female artists, featuring performance artists and live music.

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Exchange Place Studios – Exchange Place, S2 5TR Sheffield

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REBEL GIRL – Hannah Festival song 2017

I’m very proud to be an ongoing participant in and supporter of the Hannah Festival. I was away for the festival but made my pre-emptive offering to help kick the festival off to a punk rock start!

The festival is named after Hannah Mitchell, suffragette and socialist from a poor Derbyshire background. She worked for her socialist ideals, women’s suffrage and pacifism, eventually becoming a Labour MP and magistrate – her story is amazing and inspring. In her honour, I decided to have a stab at a cover of a favourite song of mine by another of my heroes, the aptly named Kathleen Hanna, also founder of the feminist Riot Grrl punk feminist movement.  The timing of this couldn’t feel more right, to have a go at expressing creativity, pride and anger in one foul swoop, and thanks to the Hannah Festival for giving me a reason to try something new.

This is the first recording I’ve attempted alone, and was done this morning on a crappy phone app – it’s rough and ready – could be better and more polished but it is done with punk rock feminist spirit at heart.

The Girl Next Door – Rebel Girl [2017]

[original by Bikini Kill 1993, written by Kathleen Hanna]

Lost in the Woods – NEW LIMITED CD RELEASE & VIDEO!

TODAY – Tuesday 9th June 2015 sees the first ever CD release, 5-track EP (limited edition of 50) from The Girl Next Door – along with a brand new video and audio previews online (below).  The Girl Next Door is a solo project of Missy Tassles, dilettante extraordinaire, whose main projects include Black Light Ray and Black Light Art Collective alongside keeping her own cartoon diary blog.CD-Web_wordpress

The Girl Next Door (and Missy Tassles) are proud to be included in this year’s Hannah Directory – released this week as part of Hannah Festival week.  The contributors to Hannah Directory are chosen for their enterprising spirit, making great things happen from the bottom up, often starting with no resources except their passion, commitment and imagination. The Girl Next Door/Missy Tassles is included among the best examples of that in the country.

“I’m delighted that The Girl Next Door is involved in Hannah Directory this year,” says Andrew Wilson, who co-ordinates the Directory.

Missy first began writing and playing songs around 2010;  The Girl Next Door project came about by chance, when asked by a neighbour to play a solo gig, which she took on as a challenge.  Asked to to play more shows here and there by those who saw her,  she was lucky enough to have someone (John White of UV Pop) offer to record some of her songs and the result is on this CD.

Here is a video for one the songs from the CD, Untamed Highway

Of this special limited release, Missy says: ” My aim was to try something a little bit PJ Harvey, a little bit Mazzy Star, a little bit White Stripes, with a big dash of catharsis.  All the songs mean something to me and I am proud of the fact that I managed to do something like this on my own for the first time.  It was an important step in my musical career at a significant time in my personal life; I limited the CD run to just 50 because I wanted a symbolic but modest way of underlining the project.  These recordings are pretty rough and ready but we wanted to capture something of the raw feeling in the songs.  My heartfelt thanks go to all those who have helped and supported and encouraged me along the way, and those who continue to do so.”

 Buy 5-track Lost in the Woods EP CD (price includes p&p!)
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Tracklisting:

1) Crazy (listen)

2) Have to Lie

3) Untamed Highway

4) Devil on my Shoulder (listen)

5) This is Not a Song

The CD launch is timed to coincide with the start of Hannah Festival week 2015, a festival celebrating all that is creative and interesting in the North, who have been very enthusiastic and supportive throughout.

The Hannah Directory, now in it’s third year, features more than fifty contributors in towns and cities across the north and includes fun, fascinating and innovative activities in fields including the arts, music, business and social organisation. It promotes the possibility of cooperation between people and places in England’s north for the common good.
Hannah Directory is named after an inspirational figure from the north of England, Hannah Mitchell (1872–1956), a suffragette and rebel who tried to create ‘beauty in civic life’ in her work on public libraries, parks and gardens.
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 Buy 5-track Lost in the Woods EP CD (price includes p&p!)
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Missy Tassles (The Girl Next Door) and Black Light Art Collective are part of Hannah Directory, hannahfestival.com.  This week is launch week – keep up to date with festival events  @hannahfestival on Twitter or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hannahfestival

Lost in The Woods CD EP release NEXT WEEK!

As featured in this weeks BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH, Tuesday 9th June 2015 will see the first ever CD release, 5-track EP (limited edition of 50) from The Girl Next Door.  The Girl Next Door is a solo project of Missy Tassles, dilettante extraordinaire, whose main projects include Black Light Ray and Black Light Art Collective alongside keeping her own cartoon diary blog.

The CD launch is timed to coincide with the start of Hannah Festival week 2015, a festival celebrating all that is creative and interesting in the North, who have been very enthusiastic and supportive throughout.

WATCH THIS SPACE for details of this release including images, music and a video, available from Tuesday 9th June!

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