Ghost Trace Stellar

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Ghost Trace Stellar


Ghost Trace Stellar
Star and Shadow Cinema
Stepney Bank
Newcastle Upon Tyne
T: 0191 261 0066

Friday 17th July 2009
7.30pm - late
Free Entry (There is a nominal £1 membership fee to join the Star and Shadow Cinema for a year)

out-of-copyright archive jazz / blues / music hall / folk covered, reworked and remixed

Bands, musicians, producers and DJs perform covers, versions, remixes or interpretations of the 1920s and 30s out-of-copyright folk, blues, jazz and music hall from the Open Music Archive as a series of live plugged and unplugged performances.

Ghost Trace Stellar features specially created sets of covers along with archive DJ sets and a discussion with Open Music Archive - Ben White & Eileen Simpson examining the implications of Free/Libre and Open Source models of creative production and distribution.

This event opens up a temporary channel for music, exchange and discussion that operates beyond individual proprietary and commercial interests. The performances from the event will be recorded and licensed under Creative Commons ShareAlike, generating a new resource - free for use and reuse.


coming soon . . .

Upload photos of the night here

To upload a photo you will firstly need to create an account or login (sorry this is to combat spam). Otherwise email your files to info(AT)openmusicarchive(DOT)org.

There are also some shots here at Flickr

Listen again

The event was streamed live on the night. These are excerpts from the stream - mixed and mastered versions coming some time soon . . .


Live sound by Dave De La Hay.

Audio downloads

Live stream extracts

sound file Emily Portman - In The Jailhouse Now 3.42MB MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)
sound file Bryonie Danby - Waiting For A Train 6.49MB MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)
sound file Onoma 15.07MB MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)
sound file Graham Mitchinson & James Hutchinson 7.47MB MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)
sound file Les Cox Sportifs - Deep Blue Sea Blues 3.20MB MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)
sound file Nathalie Stern - Big Four Blues 6.51MB MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)
sound file The Fishery Commission - Brakemans Blues 6.53MB MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)
sound file Cathode 17.60MB MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)


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19:30 Doors

19:30 Intro talk with Eileen Simpson and Ben White (Open Music Archive) and Polytechnic

20:00 Emily Portman
20:20 Bryonie Isabella Danby
20:40 Onoma
21:00 Graham Mitchinson & James Hutchinson

22:00 Les Cox Sportifs
22:20 Nathalie Stern
22:40 The Fishery Commission
23:00 Cathode

00:00 last orders
00:30 close

Open Music Archive DJ set featuring out-of-copyright source/copyleft covers in between live performances


Videos by Kate Sweeney hosted at

Icon mov.png Bryonie Danby

Icon mov.png Onoma

Icon mov.png Les Cox Sportifs

Icon mov.png The Fishery Commission

Icon mov.png Nathalie Stern

Icon mov.png Cathode

Icon mov.png Graham Mitchinson & James Hutchinson

Icon mov.png Emily Portman


Listen to the Ecologies net radio epidode where Dominic Smith plays tracks from The Open Music Archive and from the Ghost Trace Stellar event.

More Contributions

One Dime Blues remixed by Posset

Six Cold Feet remixed by Posset


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Source recordings, lyrics and sheet music


All the musicians, Kate Sweeney, Sneha Solanki, Dominic Smith, Craig Wilson @ Urban & Eastern, Bridie Jackson, Laurie Shepherd & Nick Pride, Joe Posset, Nicky Rushton, Liz Murray & Nicky Coutts, Victoria Proudfoot, Jamie Allen, Lindsay Duncanson, David De La Hay, Will@ptechnic, all at the Star and Shadow, especially the volunteers! and everyone who has given their time and energy to make the project happen.

Organised by Polytechnic & Kate Sweeney with Urban & Eastern records
Part of the Polytechnic ecologies programme.

The Arts Council England - Lottery Funded.