A weekend of acoustic performance by contemporary visual artists and musicians set in the unique space of St. Cecilia's Hall in Edinburgh in July 2008. St. Cecilia's Hall is the oldest purpose built concert hall in Scotland and has special acoustic properties, owing to the oval shape of the room and the elliptical domed ceiling. The programme consisted only of acoustic music, divided into two themed evenings entitled For the Voice and Imaginary Landscape respectively. The event showcased a wide range of innovative acoustic compositions, including unaccompanied singing, non-amplified improvisation and interactive mechanical musical contraptions.
Three Blows highlighted the innovative practice of Scotland-based artists / musicians Tattie Toes, Correcto, Richard Youngs, Sarah Kenchington, Tony Swain and Rude Pravo. We also had a seminal figure from the experimental music scene performing as a headline
act on each night of the weekend: Red Krayola frontman, Mayo Thompson and "prepared guitar" pioneer Keith Rowe.
Three Blows was a not for profit arts organisation established in 2007 by curator Sarah Lowndes and producer Katie Nicoll, to develop and produce innovative projects and events. The aim of the organisation was to benefit artists and musicians by providing them with a unique performance context both in terms of venue and programme, to introduce new audiences to interdisciplinary activity and to stimulate debate around new artistic practices through discussion events. Other projects by Three Blows include the all-women performance event Urlibido (2010) and the sculpture park, Dialogue of Hands (2012) both of which were presented as part of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art respectively.