Inland 16.8: Dry Land Ecology Festival

Some exciting performances coming up at The Substation in Newport between the 28th and 30th of September . Alongside some of the the most interesting figures in Australian contemporary music, I'll be performing twice: in audio-visual duet with Hanna Chetwin's 16mm films on Thursday the 29th, and presenting a recent piece for 8-track cassette tape on Friday the 30th.

If you'd like to book tickets online, they are available at 

7:30pm Wednesday 28, Thursday 29 & Friday 30 September 2016
The Substation, 1 Market Street, Newport
Tickets $25/$20
Wednesday 28 September 2016
Natasha Anderson, Rosalind Hall, Jeanette Olivia Little, Sabina Maselli, Amanda Stewart, Lizzy Welsh, Alexander Garsden
Thursday 29 September 2016
Hanna Chetwin, Rosalind Hall, Francis Plagne, Amanda Stewart, Lizzy Welsh, Rohan Drape
Friday 30 September 2016
Paddy Mann (Grand Salvo), Evelyn Morris (Pikelet), Francis Plagne, Byron Scullin, Alexander Garsden


New release: Chalk/Chetwin/Plagne split cassette with Joe Talia

I'm very pleased to announce the release of some music I recorded with Andrew Chalk and Hanna Chetwin at Andrew's home in Hull in 2013.

It's out now on a split cassette on a new Melbourne label, Nice Music. The other side features a beautiful piece by my good friend Joe Talia.

Details and sound samples are available at the Nice Music bandcamp:

Funeral Mutes reviewed in April issue of Wire magazine

Februrary/March Shows

Feb 28th
Francis Plagne & Magic Steven duo
+ works by Jenny Barnes, Jessika Kenney, Oliver Mann, Joe Talia, Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, Jakob Ullmann, Rohan Drape, Alexander Garsden

at Inland 16.1

Church of All Nations
180 Palmerston St. Carlton

March 8th
Crys Cole & Francis Plagne duo
+ Makiko Yamomoto, Jonny Marks.

at Make It Up Club, guest programmed by Samaan Fieck

Bar Open
317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

March 10th
Hanna Chetwin & Francis Plagne duo
+ Islaja, Jasmine Guffond, Half High

at Liquid Architecture 2016: Ritual Community Music

The Tote
71 Johnston St, Collingwood 
March 14th
Hanna Chetwin & Francis Plagne duo
 + works by Jessica Aszodi, Simon Barker, Anthony Pateras, Julia Reidy, Rohan Drape, James Rushford, Alexander Garsden. 

at Inland 16.2

Glebe Justice Centre
37-47 St Johns Road, Glebe

March 16th
Francis Plagne (with Rohan Drape and Alex Garsden)

+Exotic Dog, Laurence & Dean

Life Groove Cafe
325b Paramatta Rd, Leichardt

Inland 16.1 Sunday 28th of February

Magic Steven and I will be reprising our duo, last seen in 2014, I believe. Spoken words and stray sounds.

New LP now available



























Now available

Funeral Mutes is now available from Round & Round, Polyester Records and AG Picks in Melbourne, from Repressed Records in Sydney, and from Norman Records in the UK. Digital and physical copies are available through Bandcamp. Direct orders also welcome:

Francis Plagne is pleased  to announce the release of his new LP, Funeral Mutes, the second release on his vanity label, Mould Museum. Although there have been some collaborations (with Food Court and Andrew Chalk) and a tape in the meantime, Plagne's songs were last heard in long-player form on Tenth Volume of Maps, released in 2011. Here, aided by long-term collaborators Alex Garsden, Yuko Kono, James Rushford and Joe Talia, he continues his exploration of idiosyncratic, extended song forms and fragmentary lyricism. Primarily recorded over a few days in late 2013 in conditions approaching ‘live-in-the-studio’ (with overdubs added in 2014), Funeral Mutes presents six songs that detour through silence, blown bottles, Stormcock-influenced prog folk, a hint of chicken scratch and a drum solo. 

‘Plagne’s songs admit to another time, and extend to take in another, possible projection of what the world could be – carefully scripted everyday fantasias, with his backing group playing in thoughtful service to the song. Stripped back to essentials, this music plays tricks with the temporal compass. Funeral Mutes’ hermetic spirit might remind, in passing, of Mayo Thompson, Tyrannosaurus Rex, and/or Canterbury prog. Following singular logic, however, its gilded glide is all its own.’ - Jade Pillar, 2015

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Joe Talia, 2013-2015.

Design by Annie Portelli.

Edition of 300 with glossy A3 lyric insert.

'Hearing Every Drop' video

Hearing Every Drop - from Francis Plagne's upcoming album Funeral Mutes.
Directed by Hanna Chetwin
Cinematography by Thom Neal
Costumes and props by Pat Mooney and Hanna Chetwin
Edited by Mitch Goldberg
Performed by Elizabeth Nabben, Nick Chilvers, Stephen Philips, Alya Manzart and Klara Kelvy.