Yama Warashi (山童), meaning a small child-like spirit which lives in the mountains, was formed by Bristol-based Japanese artist Yoshino Shigihara with an eclectic band members from a variety of musical backgrounds. Her music, described as Japanese dream freak-out tribe, has an ethereal and evocative sound with a touch of moon cake, inspired by Japanese folk dance music, Bon Odori (盆踊り), free jazz and African music with a slice of electric psychedelia. Yoshino plays keyboard, percussions and sings songs in her mother tongue about mycelium, nuclear power stations and broken O, creating an entirely unique sound you won’t find anywhere else.
Giving a full live performance with Graeme Smith on Sax and vocal, Lewis Graham Fitzjohn on Bass and vocal, Conrad Vijay Singh on Guitar, Clarinet and vocal, Daniel Benjamin Truen on Drums, Lorenzo Pratti on Sax and Penny whistle and Agathe Max on Violin. They will entrance you with their songs about nature, mushrooms, the tangled relationships of humans and the phases of the moon. It’s like the 70s never stopped, in fact they just got weirder. Step on in to expand your mind, but beware, you might not walk out quite the same as you walked in. An experience not to be missed!