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Berwick Visual Arts presents Metal Militia - A commission by S Mark Gubb featuring Nicholas Barker and Berwick RBL & Eyemouth RBLS Pipe Bands

Henry Travers Studio
Friday 6 June 7pm
All ages
Duration: 30m

*The first 50 people through the door on the evening will receive a limited edition t-shirt featuring the Metal Militia logo designed by Christope ‘Lord of the Logos’ Szpajdel, the world’s leading designer of Black and Death Metal band logos.

Overview of the event:
Legendary extreme metal drummer, Nicholas Barker (Lock Up, Brujeria, Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth), performs a unique musical collaboration with members of the Berwick RBL & Eyemouth RBLS Pipe Bands, Barker and the pipers will perform a selection of traditional piping songs, played along to his inimitable extreme metal drum beats.

This collaboration is part of a project, 'Metal Militia', by artist S Mark Gubb commissioned by
Berwick Visual Arts. The project takes as its starting point the events of March 1689 which lead to the birth of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers. Since this time, the people of Berwick upon Tweed have retained the unique right, by law, to raise a militia 'by beat of drum'.

Please note this one-off live performance will be filmed and screened at a later date in the Gymnasium Gallery during the 'Metal Militia' exhibition

An accompanying exhibition at the Gymnasium Gallery brings together multiple heavy metal drum samples to create a powerful and immersive light and sound experience and runs from the Saturday 31 May until Sun 13 July. Click HERE for more info.

About S Mark Gubb
S Mark Gubb was raised near Margate, Kent. His cousin introduced him to Iron Maiden aged 8 years old and he never looked back. His art is influenced by the political history and popular culture he grew up with, having an equal fascination with the things that he finds great and terrible about the world. Current projects include a major permanent public artwork commissioned for Cardiff city centre, a solo exhibition of new work at Exeter Phoenix, also a documentary about former G and S/New Deal sponsored vert-skater, Danny Webster. Previous shows/projects/residencies include PS1 MoMA (NYC), ICA (London), URRA (Buenos Aires), Matthew Bown Gallery (Berlin), Postmasters Gallery (NYC) and Castlefield Gallery (Manchester).

About Nicholas Barker
Nicholas Barker's professional career began in 1993, aged 20, when he joined UK Black Metal icons Cradle Of Filth. After four critically acclaimed albums and numerous successful world tours Barker went on to join Norwegian Black Metal rivals, Dimmu Borgir, where he achieved even greater commercial success. Barker's style has been described as high speed double bass drum patterns and "blast beats", incorporated into groove-laden beats and exciting fills. Cited among his main influences are Neil Peart, Gene Hoglan, Nicko McBrain, Stewart Copeland, John Bonham and Phil Collins. Nicholas is also a busy session player, lending his skills to the likes of Testament, Old Man's Child, Exodus, Ancient, Gorgoroth/God Seed, Anaal Nathrakh, Possessed and Benediction. He is currently the drummer in Lock Up and Brujeria.

Year: 2014

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