UPCOMING SHOWS





Caroline Spence & Robby Hecht
Colin Cutler
The Crescent, York
Thursday 23rd August, 7.30pm

Robby Hecht & Caroline Spence met while performing at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in 2013. Since then, these two friends have gotten into the habit of taking time off from their solo projects to write and sing together in their hometown of Nashville and on tour across the country. After their two duet singles, "Two People” and “Parallel Lines” were streamed nearly 8 million times on Spotify, Robby and Caroline figured they were doing something right and decided to write and record a full album. This new album, Two People, is named in honor of the first song they released together, but the title really speaks more to the heart of the collection itself. All of the songs on Two People are about the endlessly beautiful and difficult task of joining your life with another’s. In the case of Spence and Hecht, the results are elegant harmonies and effortlessly human songs that cut right to the point.

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Robby Hecht, based in Nashville, is a classic singer-songwriter in the vein of James Taylor and David Wilcox. In many ways his music is an antidote to the hectic, thoughtless, sometimes crass and careless world we all confront today. Robby is thoughtful, deliberate, insightful and compassionate. If there is a melancholy thread in his lyrics and music, it is one justified by the feelings and circumstances he elucidates and it is impossible not to share his emotions with him.

“Robby Hecht sings like a whisper, like a hesitant truth that simply can’t go unsung anymore. His songs can invoke starry nights and fog rolling in on the beach. Lights turning off. Front porch silences and morning walks alone. Holding hands for the first time, letting go for the last.”

No Depression

Robby is the quintessential performing songwriter- pull up as close as you can to the stage, tune out the world and focus on his lyrics and music. You will be transformed and break out in spontaneous applause when he ends each song.

Having won numerous songwriting awards from industry mainstays like the Kerrville Folk Festival and American Songwriter Magazine, and garnered nods and admiration from both Miranda Lambert and her fellow writers in the Nashville underground, the Charlottesville, VA native has carved out a place for herself as one of the best young singer-songwriters. With 2017's Spades & Roses, Caroline has delivered a record to meet the expectation: Quite simply, 11 songs of gorgeous Americana that remind us of why we fell in love with the genre in the first place.

NPR dubbed her “one to follow” and American Songwriter Magazine called her latest album, Spades & Roses "an album of stunning beauty and lasting impact.” Rolling Stone named Caroline as one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know.” Caroline has spent much of the past few years on the road headlining shows, opening for the likes of John Moreland, Jim Lauderdale, Tyler Childers, and Peter Bradley Adams, and making appearances on NPR’s MountainStage and at AmericanaFest. Caroline lives in Nashville, TN where she is working on her third album.


Tickets for this show are £10 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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Twin Bee
Sherbet Flies + French Exits
The Crescent, York
Saturday 25th August, 7.30pm


There’s only one existing document of a summer 2013 recording session between Ambulance/Avenging Force brotherhood Adam and Graeme Bell, friend and sessions knob twiddler Andy Donovan and Meg from Hiroshima. It’s twenty-three minutes tumble passed in wild abandon, with a big hectic nod towards a mid-Nineties Bob Pollard watching closely on.

We made them play with Royal Blood last time.

We’re still incredibly sorry about that.

Come show this mysterious band some special love once more on August Bank Holiday Saturday five years on.

Listen here.


Support comes from Sherbet Flies (will they never leave?!) and the French Exit.

 Tickets for this show are £5.
 
You can get tickets in advance from here, or you can just pop along and gimme a fiver.

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Amy May Ellis
(Full band)
Triangle Triangle Triangle, Lorkin O’Reilly + FAWN

The Crescent, York
Thursday 20th September, 7.30pm. £5adv


It’s not enough Amy and her band get together for a live concert. A shame given their shows are beautiful experiences; the vocals float and soar above a gently ebbing, folk-infused backing of rolling bass, sensitive percussion and wandering electric guitar. Support from banjo wielding country-stomp five-piece Triangle Triangle Triange, super-talented Scottish singer-songwriter Lorkin O’Reilly and a solo set from Ilana of York indie-folk band FAWN.



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Tickets for this show are £5 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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Jim White
w/ Clive Barnes

The Crescent, York
Thursday 6th September, 7.30pm

 

One of a series of live shows we're co-promoting with our friend at High & Lonesome.

Jim White gets around. When he’s not releasing his own critically acclaimed solo albums he splits his time producing records for other songwriters, exhibiting his visual art in galleries and museums across the USA & Europe and publishing award winning fiction.

His sixth solo studio album, the bizarrely titled Waffles, Triangles & Jesus, is a mind-bending joy ride of sonic influences featuring a bevy of his hometown Athens’ roots musicians, plus west coast indie darlings Dead Rock West, and rock and roll maverick Holly Golightly.

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Prior to Waffles, Triangles & Jesus, White released five eclectic, totally uncatagorisable albums plus another six even stranger side projects. Numerous songs from his back catalog have appeared both in film and television, with his Primus-esque Word-Mule being featured in Breaking Bad, and more recently his cautionary rocker Crash Into The Sun appearing Ray McKinnon’s highly praised Sundance Channel series Rectify.

UK fans may recognise White as the narrator and defacto tour guide for the award winning BBC documentary, Searching for the Wrong Eyed Jesus, a road movie set in the rural South, which the LA Times described as “Decidedly strange, delightfully demented.” Prior to becoming a musician White led an aimless, diverse life, working countless menial labor jobs: dishwasher, landscaper, lifeguard, cook, surfboard laminator, road builder, culminating with thirteen long years driving a taxi cab in New York City.

White is presently at work completing a memoir, Incidental Contact, based on a series of uncanny coincidences that befell him during his days driving that taxi in New York City. Two chapters of Incidental Contact, The Bottom and Superwhite, have been published in the literary music journal Radio Silence, with Superwhite being awarded a Pushcart Prize for short fiction. White was a pro surfer. He served as literary commentator for the National Endowment of the Arts. He was a European fashion model. Samuel Beckett once played a practical joke on him. There’s lots more non linear information that doesn’t really fit the usual bio format. But that’s Jim—he gets around.

Press:


Rough Trade Album Of The Month December 2017

#9 Americana Albums of 2017
★★★★ - Mojo Magazine

Americana Album Of The Month
8/10 - Uncut Magazine

‘Jim White brings a diverse wealth of worldliness to his arcane observations, which on Waffles, Triangles & Jesus finds familiar Americana tropes and sounds given his distinctive twist.’
★★★★ - The Independent

‘White remains one of modern music’s most fascinating artists. A former dishwasher, landscaper, model, lifeguard, cook, surfboard laminator, road builder and taxi driver, White emerged alongside the nascent ’90s alt.country scene as someone making a sound entirely of his own. Across five albums – and his live shows – he’s built a reputation as a consumate storyteller with a DIY aesthetic and an outsider mentality.’
The Line Of Best Fit

Performing alongside Jim will be Clive Barnes:

Clive Barnes is world renowned guitarist, singer and songwriter of rare quality. He has released four studio albums to date the latest of which The Ghost Country garnered rave four and five star reviews with previous album Welcome To Farewell winning Album of the Year in US publication Acoustic Guitar. Clive tours consistently throughout the US and Europe as a solo act and also as guitarist with the likes of Eric Bibb, Joe Cocker and Taj Mahal. He has toured as opening act with Jeff Beck, Alison Krauss, Gary Clark Jr, David Crosby, Dr. John, Gregg Allman, Solomon Burke, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Seasick Steve, Rodrigo Y Gabriela and many many more.

RTE's Harry Guiren noted in a review of Clive Barnes performing at Vicar Street, Dublin, "Clive is a guitarist who can make one guitar sound like six. Barnes transported the entire, hushed venue across the Atlantic to where the paths taken by the Delta Blues, Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen all led to his own special territory." 


Tickets for this show are £14 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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Gunn-Truscinski Duo

The Golden Lion, Todmorden
Monday 10th September, 7.30pm

The Crescent, York
Tuesday 11th September, 7.30pm 

We’re extremely pleased to be working with genius guitarist Steve Gunn once more when he and drummer John Truscinski are briefly in the UK with near-exclusive Gunn-Truscinski Duo shows at Golden Lion in Todmorden and The Crescent in York.

More info to follow.

Tickets for these shows are £9 in advance.
 
You can get tickets for Todmorden here and for York here.

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John Murry
Benjamin Folke Thomas
Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
Wednesday 12th September, 7.30pm


John Murry's The Graceless Age was the album of a lifetime. When it was released in 2012, it entered the hearts of thousands of listeners and gathered accolades from critics worldwide. An extraordinary work of breathtaking scope and ambition, it came from nowhere and seemed to have set up John Murry as a major artist. The album was listed by UNCUT as one of the 10 best records of 2012. Mojo also included it in their 10 best albums of 2013, as well as The Guardian in their Top 50 of 2013 and American Songwriter in their Top 5 of 2013.

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'Intensely beautiful....like Father John Misty, Mark Lanegan and Josh T Pearson rolled into

one really broken dream'
Q Magazine

'A work of genius.....I don't expect to hear a better album this year'

The Guardian

'a masterpiece.'

Allan Jones UNCUT Magazine

The accolades rolled in and John toured the world. He entranced and devastated audiences with his raw, unfiltered live performances, and it looked like his trajectory was set, that music had won and would have the final word. And then Tim Mooney, died suddenly and unexpectedly. Tim was John’s mentor, his beacon, his bedrock, the person who along with music had become the one constant positive force in John’s life … it was then John’s world fell back in to chaos. Over the next few years, John would lose the footing that he had struggled so hard to establish. He would lose his wife, his daughter, temporarily his freedom and ultimately his country.

Eventually John completed his descent and landed in Kilkenny, Ireland where he found some solid ground as part of a welcoming arts community. Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies convinced John to travel to his Toronto studio where Michael put a band together consisting of brother Peter Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) on drums and Josh Finlayson (Skydiggers, Gord Downie, Lee Harvey Osmond) on bass. John brought along Cait O’Riordan (The Pogues, Elvis Costello) whom he had met in Ireland and who wanted to be a part of John’s journey.

The five of them put aside five days to record all bedtracks and overdubs, with the brief that they would let the songs dictate where the journey took them, spontaneity was the order of the week. The result, A Short History Of Decay is an intensely personal document of an artist’s fall from grace. It contains all the tragic elements of that unwritten Southern Gothic novel: the revelations of a man coming to terms with the personal shortcomings, the flaws and the perverse twists of fate that led him to the end of one journey and the beginning of another.


Tickets for this show are £12 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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 Escape-ism
(Ian Svenonius - The Make Up)

TERRY
The Crescent, York
Saturday 15th September, 7.30pm

 

It's our privilege to be working with indie legend Ian Svenonius (The Make-Up, Chain & The Gang) for the first time when his new project Escape-Ism come to York. A real one-off show this with the addition of fab Australian group TERRY in support.

Escape-Ism

Introduction to Escape-ism shouldn’t only be reviewed in the music press but in the “world affairs” column of a conspiracy-minded newspaper, on a hot-rod review TV show, or possibly at an important conference by a renowned astrophysicist. It’s that important!

Why? Because it’s the first “solo” record by Ian Svenonius—of groups The Make-Up, Chain & the Gang, The Nation of Ulysses, XYZ, Weird War, etc. and author of underground bestsellers such as The Psychic Soviet, Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ’n’ Roll Group, and Censorship Now!!—and as such, it’s profound, prophetic, perverse, and poetic… It’s introverted glitter, violence against the state, obsessive desire; it stomps on convention, shreds constitutions, clobbers pre-conceived notions of what a record can be.

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Yes, that’s right: a single-person performance by I.F. Svenonius—recognized by Performer Magazine as the “greatest performer on the planet”—Introduction to Escape-ism is a bite into a one-banana bunch.

A drum box, a guitar, a cassette player, and a single slobbering, sinful voice singing out…for a way out. Live, it’s a new paradigm of performance: raw, gestural, idiotic, sublime, revolutionary, poetic, faux naïf, unknowing, a drainage pipe that leads to who knows where.



TERRY

TERRY is a latent man of mystery. Terry is also a band from Melbourne, Australia. Divide him in half and you split the genders, into quarters and you get Amy Hill (also of Constant Mongrel, School Of Radiant Living), Xanthe Waite (Mick Harvey Band, Primo), Zephyr Pavey (Eastlink, Total Control, Russell St Bombings) and Al Montfort (UV Race, Dick Diver, Total Control). Guitars, bass, drums, all four sing. Terry are busy people and Terry is a particularly active project too, having released two EPs and a full length album ('Terry HQ') last year on Upset The Rhythm. In 2017 it proved time to 'Remember Terry', whilst this summer Terry returns with 'I'm Terry'!

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Tickets for this show are £10 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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 SLUG
The Crescent, York
Sunday 16th September, 7.30pm


‘Black ramps up the funk on groove-driven art pop gems’
Uncut Magazine

‘Combines Led Zep riffing, squelchy funk and a sprinkling of Odelay-era Beck’
The Times

SLUG the nom de plume of North East merrymaker Ian Black, returns with new album HiggledyPiggledy on 13 April 2018 via Memphis Industries.
 
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Whereas previous debut album, 2012’s RIPE, was made in collaboration with Peter and David Brewis of Field Music (Ian is an alumnus of the Field Music live band), HiggledyPiggledy was composed, produced and played entirely by Black enabling him to give free reign to his beguiling brand of Dada-rock.

Black taught himself how to produce while making HiggledyPiggledy, by all accounts a terrifying process that drove Black to the edge of sanity. To function he imagined himself variously as Lindsey Buckingham making Tusk, Eno producing Another Green World and Tod Rundgren laying down A Wizard A True Star.  In so doing Black was able to keep an equilibrium and make the record making experience experimental and spontaneous.

The album was inspired by a combination of The Residents, John Carpenter and the soundtracks of Don Cherry (particularly Holy Mountain) and Masahiko Sato (particularly Belladonna) plus the Dada art movement which will be self evident to anyone who’s seen the hilarious and life affirming SLUG live experience, replete with ever changing stage wear (snooker players, sailors, 50s jazz combo) and spontaneous crowd participation.

Black intended HiggledyPiggledy to be a more minimal affair than previous album RIPE, focussed more on rhythm and percussion. Thematically the record was written against the backdrop of political turmoil but really it’s about the strange life Black leads in his native Sunderland, an autodidact outsider living his life in Wetherspoons arguing with some of the questionable attitudes of locals.   Blacks stated aim to “have fun writing truly horrible lyrics”, playing characters “venting in pubs, writing in the character of how some people think and behave”. 
 
HiggledyPiggledy begins with first single ‘No Heavy Petting’ (the title taken from the dos and don’ts at Blacks local swimming pool), consciously written to be an aggressive album opener with and which pokes fun at Blacks own prudish attitude toward trash TV.  ‘Lackadaisical Love’ is another album highlight, one big 4/4 drum beat, fuzzy guitars like Maggot Brain-era Funkadelic, steel drums and fat moog bass. “A song about sex funnily enough” says Black.   Other noteworthy songs include “Dolly Dimple”, a song about the pornography of wealth, power and business all dressed up like a late 70s Bowie record and the Suicide meets Sliver Apples of “Arbitrary Lessons In Custom” about “how we lose touch with people and friends we love and the slow burn of how it happens”.

The results whilst punchy and direct remain rich, strange and sometimes unsettling.  HiggledyPiggledy, then, is a perfect intro to the wonderfully weird world of SLUG.  

Live the band swell to a six piece with Black on guitar and vocals, Andrew Lowther on bass, Damo Waters on drums, Rhys Patterson keys and guitar, and Ricky Murray keys and percussion.


Tickets for this show are £8 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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MUSH
The Fulford Arms, York
Tuesday 25th September, 7.30pm


One of our favourite bands to come out of Leeds over the last couple of years, MUSH mix elements of punkish-pyschedelia, krautrock and indie rock in the perfect way. Ace.


Like ‘Alt Facts’ before it ‘Gig Economy’ combines a wry social commentary with spasmodic and Idiosyncratic hooks and general guitar wonderment.

Mush have been causing quite the stir on the DIY scene supporting the likes of Rolling Blackouts, Omni, Ulrika Spacek, Drahla and Parquet Courts.

Their last single 'Alt Facts' was a favourite of Marc Riley on 6Music and made it on to the Rough Trade yearly compilation.

You can listen to the single here.

Mush go on tour in September “Gig Economy” is released on Dipped In Gold Recordings on September 14th


Tickets for this show are £5 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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Jess Williamson
The Fulford Arms, York
Thursday 4th October, 7.30pm

Introduced to us via a brief session of covers on the fab Aquarium Drunkard and subsequently touring opening for Kevin Morby, we've finally managed to persuade Jess Williamson to come to York in support of her third and best record, 'Cosmic Wink'.

‘Williamson outlines her personal mythology; as a lover, a daughter and, by the closing Piano Love, a future mother, via songs sung in a resonant, often Patti Smith-like voice, over a heat haze backing of Rhodes piano and guitar.’
Mojo Magazine

‘Its ghostly instrumentation and measured pace distort your sense of time in a manner similar to stark classics like Songs: Ohia’s Didn’t It Rain.’
Pitchfork

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When love burst into being for Jess Williamson, it was a force so powerful that it seemed to redirect the sun, re-casting all of her life in new light. That's how she tells her story across Cosmic Wink — her third album, and first for Mexican Summer — all of which came together in the midst of a series of transitions in her personal life.

In 2016, after living in Austin on and off for a decade, she left her home state of Texas for California. Deeply inspired by the move to Los Angeles and the bliss of new love, she rented a back house from an actor friend who was away on a movie and started writing the songs that eventually became Cosmic Wink. As she wrote, her beloved dog Frankie began going gray with old age.

All three of these seemingly dissimilar streams intersected to give Cosmic Wink a unified sound and feel. The openness of LA — and confronting the downbeat nature of her older songs while performing to hushed European crowds — challenged her supposition that "heartache, depression, and sadness" were "the only way to make interesting music," as she puts it.

"You're asking a lot if you expect an audience to be completely silent during your set and listen to every word. I started thinking about performing as something that could be fun, and having a good time playing with a band live, making songs that could be relatable to all kinds of people. I want my mom and her friends to like this album as much as someone with super obscure taste — and I don't think they're mutually exclusive."

Meanwhile, watching Frankie fade into old age gave her a new appreciation of the passage of time — and inspired the album's opening song, "I See the White." "I noticed the graying of the fur around her eyes," Williamson says, "and I realized that she was a physical manifestation of the passing of time, and it was heartbreaking. It's so easy to act like we have all the time in the world, to feel immortal or invincible."

It's that last realization that gives Cosmic Wink its paradoxically joyful center — the sense that time is slipping out of our grasp not only broke her heart, but also gave her a new sense of gratitude for the possibility inherent in the time she was afforded, and an attendant love for life and the people around her.

Throughout the album's nine songs, Williamson's love spills from her, readily, in poetic exhalations. "This love predates my name and my face and my age," she sings in "Awakening, Baby." "I can feel your heart / Or is it mine / Or is it ours?" She and her partner weave together in a kind of cosmic enmeshment — now they're one person, now they're two again — but she always sounds like an individual in possession of herself.

"When I left Austin and went to LA, I started to take my process more seriously," she says. "I took my art more seriously. I didn't have a normal job or a lot of friends when I first got to LA, so I just spent all day alone in that house writing. I got really into Carl Jung and working with my dreams. The title of the record is a reference to the Jungian concept of synchronicity and learning to live in a more magical way, looking for signs — which is maybe silly to some people, but it was working for me. And in a way, the record itself became a validation of the risks I was taking."

Which isn't to say that it came easy. Frankie died exactly one month before recording was set to begin. Williamson had decamped to Lockhart, TX, to write and rehearse with her band. Unable to work, she pasted a series of portraits on her wall — people she "wanted to think of as guardian angels," as she puts it. Chan Marshall, Nina Simone, Townes Van Zandt, Patti Smith, and Leonard Cohen all served as icons. So did Frankie. And so did RF Shannon's Shane Renfro — her bandmate of four years and the partner with whom she'd found herself so intertwined.

Her relationship with Renfro prompted a series of questions that she explores throughout Cosmic Wink, even as she marvels at the joy that love has brought her: "How much time do I have with this person? What's going to happen after we die? Where will we go? Will you be there with me?"

She invited Renfro to collaborate on Cosmic Wink with her, as the producer. "It was the first time I was really willing to take a back seat to that process," she says. "Shane and I had already been working together for so many years, and I wanted this album to be a marriage of our strengths." Along with co-producer Dan Duszynski, Renfro slowly peels back Williamson's songs, getting at their essence with a tender grace.

The music is appealingly swampy, occasionally static in ways that recalls Amen Dunes and the spectral spin of Alice Coltrane, until Williamson's voice bursts through the circle in an ecstatic push. The songs unfold slowly, but her intimate delivery and the minute explorations of her band draw you into the details. She asks her subject to suspend their fixation on the passage of time in "Forever," and she's asking us to do so, too — come and get lost and see what you can see.

Cosmic Wink was recorded in Dripping Springs, TX, at Duszynski's property, where the band lived, worked, and cooked meals together for a week, with occasional breaks for wildflower gathering and loops through the cedar-spotted woods. Working from an intuitive feeling that it would take her seven years to establish herself musically, Williamson released her first two albums on her own Brutal Honest label, and intended to do the same with Cosmic Wink before signing to Mexican Summer.

Cosmic Wink is out nearly seven years to the day after playing her first solo show — another quiet synchronicity. "I don't feel like I've made it," she says. "I feel like I've opened the door and walked through it." On the other side? Everything the light chooses to illuminate.


Tickets for this show are £7 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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Daniel Blumberg
Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
Wednesday 10th October, 7.30pm.


Daniel Blumberg is an artist and musician from London. Over the past decade he has released an extensive catalogue of music under different names, while forging ongoing collaborations with musicians, writers and filmmakers such as Neil Hagerty, David Toop and Brady Corbet. He is a prolific visual artist, described by Hans Ulrich Obrist as “one of London's most exciting emerging new artists”

Most recently Blumberg has been playing and recording at London's Cafe Oto, working intensively with a core group of improvisers consisting of violinist Billy Steiger, saxophonist Seymour Wright, double bassist Tom Wheatley and cellist Ute Kanngiesser.

These regular sessions have culminated in the release of his debut record Minus on Mute Records (May 2018), accompanied by a companion LP of solos by the key players on the record including Dirty Three's Jim White. Alongside this OTORoku have released a live recording of the group and two discs by GUO, Blumberg's duo with Seymour Wright.

Minus is a powerful and highly personal work, one that weds a free-music ethos to the rawest emotional songwriting. Live the material is radically reimagined from show to show, with a rotating cast of players pushing Blumberg's fragile songforms to their limits.

Press:

'a statement of intent from an artist who has found his voice'

The Quietus

'a modern classic'

The Times

'one of the most unique and exquisite records you're likely to hear this year'

Billboard

Tickets for this show are £8.50 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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Dawn Landes 
JF Robitaille & Lail Arad
The Basement, York
Tuesday 16th October, 8pm

 Dawn Landes is a Kentucky born singer-songwriter who has spent many years living in Brooklyn, NY.

‘I was lucky enough to work with the legendary producer Fred Foster for my new record. Fred has been making hits for most of his 86 years. Not only did he produce Dolly Parton's first record (what?!) but he also produced Roy Orbison's biggest hits and some of my favorite Kris Kristofferson songs. I learned so much working with Fred on this record and I'm so very proud of it. We recorded everything in Nashville with the heaviest hitters around... Charlie McCoy, Steve Gibson, Bobby Wood, Eddie Bayers, Russ Pahl, Larry Paxton and more.’

Here's a glimpse of the star power in the studio during our sessions, live at Sound Emporium. Dawn Landes teamed up with Country Music Hall of Fame producer Fred Foster for her new album "Meet Me at the River" which will be released in August 2018.


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As a recording artist she has released four full-length albums to date and five EPs. In support of her releases, Landes has toured extensively in the US, Europe and around the world, often sharing the stage with artists such as Ray Lamontagne, Feist, Andrew Bird, José González, The Weakerthans, Midlake, Suzanne Vega, and Sufjan Stevens.

As an instrumentalist, she has toured as part of New York City American roots music band Hem. and Sufjan Stevens' touring band. A producer and engineer, she worked at Stratosphere Sound in New York City and at Philip Glass' own personal recording studio. In 2007 Landes helped found Saltlands Studio in Brooklyn, NY. She has collaborated with contemporaries like Justin Townes Earle, Will Oldham and Josh Ritter in the studio.

Her songs have been featured in commercials, popular films and TV shows, including The Good Wife and House. Landes has performed with The Boston Pops, NYC Ballet and recently at the TED Conference in Vancouver, BC, highlighting her forthcoming musical Row.


JF Robitaille & Lail Arad

A musical correspondence between London’s Lail Arad and Montreal’s JF Robitaille led to a tour of Italy, which led to some co-writing, which led to recording, which led to international radio-play, which led to 42 dates across the UK, Europe and India, which led right back to the studio, which led to The Photograph — the stunning new single from the highly acclaimed songwriters’ forthcoming duo album. In other words, they’re rolling with it.

'You really should take the opportunity to go and see them, it’s such a special combination and a great, great opportunity... Superb stuff.'

John Kennedy, Radio X
 

'Excellent words in there, antihistamine and Harold Pinter in the rhyme scheme, that’s very good indeed!'
Clive Anderson, Loose Ends, BBC Radio 4

'Two of our favourite songwriters team up for a series of gorgeous summer-y duets.'

End Of The Road Festival

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Lail Arad’s second album “The Onion” (The Vinyl Factory, 2016) received UK radio play from the likes of Lauren Laverne (BBC 6 Music), John Kennedy (Radio X), Jarvis Cocker (BBC 6 Music) and Robert Elms (BBC Radio London). Press coverage included The Financial Times, London Evening Standard, Paper Mag and Clash. The album also recieved extensive coverage in France and Germany. In 2016 Lail was awarded Women Make Music funding from PRS Foundation.

'A brilliant lament about 16 million cases of heartbreak by the wonderful Lail Arad.'

Billy Bragg

'I’m all about this woman’s new album.'

Lauren Laverne, 6 Music

JF Robitaille has long been celebrated as one of the most engaging songwriters in Canada. His 3rd album “Palace Blues” (Sparks/Universal, 2016) and single “Missing You” (feat. Julie Doiron) reached #4 on the CBC Radio 2 national charts. He's opened for the likes of St.Vincent, Jonathan Richman and Sean Lennon and has toured extensively throughout Canada and Europe.

'Robitaille is quite the pop tune-smith whipping off hook-laden numbers that feature smart lyrics, written from the perspective of the last romantic out there.'

Montreal Gazette 


Tickets for this show are £10 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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Tom Robinson & Band
perform 'Power In The Darkness'

Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Tuesday 16th October, 7.30pm

We're delighted to be working with Tom again as he returns to Leeds to perform the politically charged 1978 classic album in full and more.

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Born in Cambridge in 1950, Tom Robinson first became known in the late 1970s as a musician and LGBT activist with the Tom Robinson Band (TRB) who were early supporters of Rock Against Racism and Amnesty International. In 1977 their Top 5 debut release 2-4-6-8 Motorway became one of the landmark singles of the UK punk era. Other hits included Glad To Be Gay, Up Against The Wall and the band's debut album Power In The Darkness which went gold in the UK and Japan.

As a solo artist Tom had further solo hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio, and co-wrote songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John and Dan Hartman.  His 14th studio album Only The Now was released in 2015 featuring guests such as Billy Bragg, John Grant and Ian McKellen. Recent festival dates include Latitude, Green Man and headlining the Left Field stage at Glastonbury 2016.

As a radio broadcaster Tom hosts three shows a week on BBC Radio 6 Music, is a member of the Ivor Novello Awards committee and in 2016 was awarded a fellowship of LIPA to recognition his support for new music artists through BBC Introducing.

To mark the 40th anniversary of 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Tom pays tribute to the original TRB by performing his entire Power In The Darkness album with a classic four-piece lineup. His incendiary live quartet features Faithless drummer Andy Treacey, Richard Ashcroft guitarist Adam Phillips and keyboard virtuoso Jim Simmons plus Tom himself on bass and lead vocals.


Tickets for this show are £20 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from Crash Records and Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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Lisa O'Neill
Oporto, Leeds
Wednesday 17th October, 7.30pm


On her way to heaven, Lisa O’Neill hit “a pothole in the sky.” And so it begins, a perfect way to start this tale, this journey, this album. Because all great things and all great art usually stem from a bump in the road, or a pothole in the sky. This is Lisa O’Neill from Cavan’s third album, following a witty and charming debut (This Is An Album By Lisa O’Neill), and an altogether more cohesive follow-up (Same Cloth or Not) that marked her a serious artist, a contender, a voice, a forked tongue.

This one, however, is the recording Lisa O’Neill needed to make. It’s a recording of “the voice”. The Voice is everything for the folk singer – a conduit for the words, the emotion, the thought process. And if, like me, you ever felt a record needed to be made of an artist’s voice, about her voice, so beautifully focused on, centred on, honed-in on and in love with the voice, then this, friends, is the fucking record. Excuse my French.

This is achieved by the utterly brilliant and stark accompaniment. The drones that underlay the voice seem to egg her on. The doomed dance of the double bass-line grows and growls. The piano trickles manically, spinning in circles like a possessed children’s toy. And that casual drawl starts to sound more like a cracked, wracked, wrought plea full of desperation and fear. And you realise that this is no ordinary record.

O’Neill’s voice goes to all sorts of places throughout the course of this album, and the music provided by Mossy Nolan, Emma Smith, Joseph Doyle and Seamus Fogarty follows her like a dark swirling storm, often bringing to mind the loose impressionism of the Dirty Three. On ‘’Planets’’ O’Neill delivers her most extraordinary vocal and lyrical performance to date. It is remarkable and on this form she could go toe to toe with Nick Cave at his most fire and brimstone. Except O’Neill’s prose is elemental and mysterious, not angry.


Tickets for this show are £10 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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The Coathangers
Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
Thursday 18th October, 7.30pm


With their new live album, entitled simply "LIVE," out June 1st via Suicide Squeeze, Atlanta garage punks The Coathangers have announced a UK tour for this September.

To celebrate, they have shared a brand new live video for "Hurricane"; lead single from their 2011 album "Larceny and Old Lace" and a main-stay favourite of their high-octane live show. The clip finds The Coathangers at their visceral and frantic best as they tear through the performance with a wild, unshackled energy - a taste of what to expect from their forthcoming shows.

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In their thirteen years of existence, Atlanta’s tireless garage punks The Coathangers have cranked out five full-lengths and well over a dozen singles, splits, and EPs. Considering the band’s initial aspirations to merely hang out and play a few house parties, their relentless touring schedule is perhaps the greatest testament to the lasting power of their scrappy hook-laden records and the infectious energy radiating from their live shows. And while every Coathangers record has captured their buoyant turbulence and jagged euphoria, there is always some degree of magic that inevitably gets lost when bands go into the studio.

Perhaps it’s the energy transference from the audience that’s missing or maybe it’s the push-and-pull of the musicians playing together in a volatile environment. Whatever the source of that inexplicable magic, The Coathangers have always wrangled a rowdy replication of that sweaty and sticky live feeling, but the time had come to properly document it.

Their quest for enchantment prompted The Coathangers: 2 Nights of Magic, a free two-night stand at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, California replete with magicians, tarot card readings, burlesque dancers, palm readers, and a giant papier-mâché rabbit for photo-ops. And out of those shows came ‘LIVE’, the first Coathangers release to document the band in their natural habitat.

“It’s kinda trippy, this record,” says guitarist/vocalist Julia Kugel. “It’s like our anthology… our entire career in 38 minutes.” Sure enough, ‘LIVE’ spans everything from the slow-burn pop of “Captain’s Dead” from last year’s ‘Parasite EP’ to the rabblerousing rocker “Tonya Harding” from their self-titled debut.

The boisterous magic was successfully captured by Dylan Ely and front-of-house engineer Eric Huff, with Kugel’s husband Scott Montoya handling the mixing in their new home studio. Now Suicide Squeeze is proud to offer ‘LIVE’ to the world on June 1st 2018 via digital formats and a limited pressing of 1500 copies of tri-color vinyl.


Tickets for this show are £9 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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Say Sue Me

The Crescent, York
Friday 19th October, 7.30pm


Gullivers, Manchester
Sunday 21st October, 7.30pm


Say Sue Me are a Surf inspired Indie-Rock/Pop act from Busan, South Korea and cited as one of 2018's ‘break-out bands'. Childhood friends Jaeyoung Ha (Bass) and Byungkyu Kim (guitar) met drummer Semin Kang and played in bands together since winter of 2012, when they met Sumi Choi at a tea shop in Nampo-dong. They liked her speaking voice and immediately offered her a spot as the vocalist in a new band that would become Say Sue Me. Sumi turned out to be a natural at songwriting. Semin sadly suffered trauma from a fall. New drummer Changwon Kim stands in while they await Semin’s recovery.

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Following showcases at SXSW in 2018, the band released their sophomore album “Where We Were Together” and a RSD covers EP which won praise from Pitchfork, NPR, Billboard, i-D, The Independent, Stereogum, Paste, MTV, Uproxx. Fader, DIS, The 405 & more.
Three tracks were playlisted on BBC 6Music where Lauren Laverne, Tom Ravenscroft, Gideon Coe and Don Letts have championed the band as well as Elton John on Beats1 and KEXP.

‘The most famous Korean Indie band in the world’
GQ Korea

‘…jangly indie-pop, handclap-rich girl-group classics and the lightly rumbling sounds of early surf-rock. At once stylish and timeless…’
NPR

‘…its vibrant and catchy instrumentation does so much work, “Old Town” suggests less the ache of being alone in a city than it does the tingly feeling that accompanies a life-changing milestone.’
Pitchfork

‘…jangle-pop hooks, stunning vocal melodies, and intricate guitarwork that stands up proudly against some of their influences like Yo La Tengo and Pavement…’
KEXP

‘…an addictive amalgam of sugary indie pop and gritty surf that showcases a finely-tuned sense of melody and technical skill… Nary a song on Say Sue Me isn’t a total ear worm.’
Bandcamp Daily


Tickets are £7 in advance in York and £8 in advance in Manchester.

Tickets for the York show are available from our friends at Earworm Records and online from here. Tickets for Manchester are available online from here.

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King Brothers
Black Mekon + Bones Shake

The Fulford Arms, York
Monday 22nd October, 7.30pm


The Fulford Arms, Please Please You and Behind The White Door are all joining forces to bring back the insatiable King Brothers!

All the way from Japan, the live show of King Brothers is something you don't want to miss! The last time they played here, one of the guitar players spent more time crowd surfing than he did on his feet! Their music is an intense sonic assault of trashy garage punk, played with ferocity and flamboyance. This is then cunningly mixed with traditional blues scales, to form their own genre altogether, the aptly named "Jet Blues." This show really is something to see with your own eyes. You will have never seen blues played like this before!


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In support, we have two bands.

Black Mekon are supporting King Brothers on their tour, so we have the pleasure of having them on this lineup. The band has toured in Japan and has also played at the infamous SXSW festival. They describe their genre as "THE Blues" and part of their bio reads "Not soaring or melodic. We play everywhere. Really short songs. Sexy. A bit old."

Opening up the event, we have the chaos that is Bones Shake from Manchester. A twisted trio. Trashy, whisky-drenched gospel blues, with added megaphone use. Enough said. 


Tickets for this show are £6 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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Kiran Leonard
The Crescent, York
Thursday 25th October, 7.30pm

We're delighted to be bringing Kiran back to York along with his full band back to York. He has announced a brand new album to be released in October and its lead single "Paralysed Force" is up to stream here now.

Kiran Leonard: ""Paralysed Force" is about how insecurities you should settle within yourself often get transplanted onto other people you know. Projecting the question towards another allows you to shirk responsibility for your own wellbeing, but all this does is suspend the issue at hand, and prolong an inevitable falling back.

"There's also a sort of compulsiveness, a wanting to be suspended, that's involved in it all, because sometimes it feels good not to have to think about yourself. I suppose the song's about being caught between those two points -- basically, that even if you know you're being irresponsible (and possibly daft), there's still a desire to give yourself up."

The album Western Culture marks a huge sonic progression due, in part, to the involvement of his venerable live band (Andrew Cheetham on drums, Dave Rowe on bass and Dan Bridgewood-Hill on guitar, synth and violin) on record for the first time. It is also the first Kiran Leonard album to have been made in a professional studio.

"It was nice not having to spend 2+ years recording an LP in drips in my front room," says Leonard. "It was mostly smashed out over nine days or so makes it a lot more focused than my long-ass records usually are. I think it’s both more accessible and more peculiar than my other records. There’s a nice Bon Jovi solo at the end of the seventh track."

Kiran Leonard is a 22 year old musician from Saddleworth, Greater Manchester. Debut album proper Bowler Hat Soup (2014) and follow-up Grapefruit (2016) were both recorded at home, with Kiran playing virtually every instrument himself. Derevaun Seraun (2017), a concept album in five movements inspired by five pieces of literature and arranged for piano, strings and voice, was an ambitious departure from his usual sound.

Kiran Leonard has also just announced UK and Ireland headline dates for October / November, as well as a London date at The Victoria on 29th August which will serve as a warm up for their appearance at End Of The Road Festival the following day.

Kiran Leonard on ‘Western Culture’:

The starting point for writing Western Culture was a preoccupation with how language affects the way we perceive problems in the real world. That is, the structures that carry out the worst acts of violence in our communities (social hierarchies; borders and nationalisms; global finance) are all legitimised within a certain discourse; in this sense, the words we use have a funny sort of position, both as a feeble opponent to real-life violence, and as the critical foundation for that very violence.

I say this because my intention with the record was not to make a self-absorbed, “How-can-art-respond-to-these-problems” sort of gesture, because to me the problem is a lot wider than art. It’s to do with basic communication: it is impossible to understand or confront a brutality that we can’t articulate. So, these songs are mostly about this sense of missing the wood for the trees, and trying to stress the existence of connections between all these obstacles, past, present and future.

I think this thematic cohesion is matched by an effort to make the music on the record more compact and distilled. This is the first proper LP I’ve made at a recording studio (the excellent Low Four in Manchester), and the first record I’ve made with my live band (Dan Bridgwood Hill [dbh]; Andrew Cheetham [Jane Weaver, Easter, Yerba Mansa, Desmadrados Soldados de Ventura], Dave Rowe [Plank]). Leo from Cult Party, and Rosa and Jenny from Let’s Eat Grandma, and Elle Mary, and the guitarist Jon Collin, and Laurie Hulme (Songs for Walter) also lend a hand.


Tickets for this show are £9 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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Goat Girl

Sneaks
The Crescent, York
Saturday 27th October, 7.30pm


**UPGRADED VENUE. PREVIOUS TICKETS REMAIN VALID**


Rough Trade Records have just released the self-titled debut album by Goat Girl. Produced by Dan Carey (The Kills, Bat For Lashes, Franz Ferdinand) in his South London studio, the record already has the press hot under the collar and has helped the four piece secure a rather sweet US tour with Parquet Courts and a bunch of fine festival slots in the summer.

Across 19 tracks in 40 minutes, Goat Girl’s debut creates a half fantasy world out of a very dirty, ugly city reality. In the groups words: “Simply put, it’s an album that comes from growing up in London and the first-hand experience of our city’s devolution. We wanted to think of it as this place seen not necessarily just through our eyes, but someone who can’t get past the abnormalities and strange happenings that exist in our city. We think this gives the freedom lyrically and musically to explore unspoken truths and emotions that we all as humans feel.”

This world is populated by creeps and liars, lovers, dreamers and wonderful lunatics. It’s a very English album -- sharp-eyed observations like The Kinks, louche rage like The Slits -- but it’s also full of swampy swaggering guitars and Lottie’s filthy drawl. “It wasn’t exactly intentional to have this warped country sound, but I think that was initially what we were all drawn to and inspired by, bands that existed in a lo-fi,dissonant, scratchy context.”

Goat Girl belong to a burgeoning, close-knit south London scene, born in venues like The Windmill and including bands like Shame, Bat-Bike, Fat White Family, Horsey, Sorry, and many more. They’ve built up a strong live following over the last year, headlining their own UK tours and supporting The Fall, Moonlandingz, and Parquet Courts.

Goat Girl are: Clottie Cream, Rosy Bones, Naima Jelly and L.E.D.

Press:

‘Goat Girl are ready to turn indie music on its head and rip its guts out’
The Guardian

‘Goat Girl are the whip – smart, politicized young Londoners breaking into the big time’
DIY


Tickets for this show are £11 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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Ian Felice
(The Felice Brothers)
Plus special guest

Nick Panken
(Spirit Family Reunion)
The Winning Post, York
Saturday 27th October, 7.30pm


‘In The Kingdom Of Dreams’ is the debut solo album from Ian Felice of The Felice Brothers. The album was recorded in his childhood home of Palenville NY, with his brother Simone Felice on production duties. Simone produced and co-wrote recent hit albums from The Lumineers and Bat For Lashes. On the album, Ian was joined by the original Felice Brothers line-up of James Felice on keys, Simone Felice on drums and Josh Rawson on bass.

Ian has been the lead singer and songwriter for The Felice Brothers for over a decade. The band has put out nine records and toured ceaselessly throughout the world. Born and raised in the Catskill Mountains he moved to New York when he was 18 to study art and soon after began writing songs and performing with his brothers Simone and James. The Felice Brothers was conceived in 2006 after the recording of Iantown, a 10 song album of Ian’s first songs recorded in one night in January of 2006. In the weeks and months that followed, The Felice Brothers began playing bars, restaurants and busking street corners and subways, joined by their friends Josh Rawson on bass and Greg Farley on the fiddle. They continue to play and work as a band after 12 years of prolific song writing and performance and the creation of some 9 albums of original material.

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‘Ian Felice’s solo masterpiece’
No Depression

‘American folk-rock sibling goes it alone with impressive results.’
**** Q magazine
‘In The Kingdom Of Dreams largely returns us to the crepuscular atmospheres – the imminent dusk and spidery twilight – of their second Loose album, 2008’s The Felice Brothers, in the opinion of many a career highlight, and songs on it like “St Stephen’s End”, “Murder By Mistletoe” and “Wonderful Life”.’
8/10 – Uncut magazine


Tickets for this show are £15 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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John Smith
The Crescent, York
Sunday 4th November, 7.30pm

Born in Essex and raised in Devon, John Smith has gained a reputation through relentless touring as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and singer-songwriters. With five album releases in 11 years, his reputation now extends far beyond the UK folk scene, as reflected by sideman credits including Joan Baez, David Gray, Lisa Hannigan and Lianne La Havas.

Compared as a singer to John Martyn and Ray Lamontagne, Smith has evolved his own transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide techniques, switching between acoustic and electric guitars in various tunings. His uniquely intimate take on love, loss or even a mythic murder ballad, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following, made up of people willing to take part in the communion of a song.

He returns this Autumn for a 34-date UK / EU tour.

“The future of folk music” - John Renbourn
“He’s a magician” - Ben Howard
“Spellbinding” - Time Out


Tickets for this show are £15 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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Holy Moly & The Crackers

Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Friday 23rd November, 7.30pm

 The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Saturday 24th November, 7.30pm

The Crescent, York
Sunday 25th November, 7.30pm

We're dead chuffed to be helping our Geordie buddies on their biggest ever UK headline tour in the autumn with shows in Leeds, Manchester and York. Tickets for all three are available online from the links above.

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Newcastle’s Holy Moly & The Crackers are one of the country’s hardest working bands.

You might call that a cliche, but how many others can you name that have covered the thousands of miles and played the amount of shows that HM&TC have, in just two years? Oh, and they’ve managed to write, record and release a critically-acclaimed album and start their own record label in that time too.

Lead singers Conrad Bird and Ruth Patterson met when they were teenagers in 2008 and Ruth was in the midst of adapting to a diagnosis of chronic arthritis. Ruth, at one stage cited for an orchestral career on the violin, had not played for two years. But, encouraged by their mutual passion for music, she battled through the new limitations to relearn her instrument and discovered a love and skill for singing.

Not long after the couple met costume designer and accordion player Rosie Bristow they started to perform Irish, American and Balkan folk songs together at open mics and dive bars. They were cutting their teeth, learning the ropes.

By 2015 the trio had moved to Newcastle and met jazz/funk bass player, Jamie Shields, and Tommy Evans - who would give Keith Moon a run for his money - on drums. The gang began to blend their love of the folk tradition with a contemporary rock sound, influenced by a wide range of artists - from Cold War Kids to Gogol Bordello and Jack White.

Since then the bombastic folk rockers have been on what seems like a never-ending tour,; playing over 300 shows, 60 festivals (including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness, Boomtown and Bestival) and tearing through trips around Italy, the Netherlands, France, Portugal and Germany. Wowing their raucous and ever-expanding fan-base with instrument-swapping, squeezebox-growling, fiddle-shredding, brass-howling hoe-downs, the group have been able to hone a sound that is organic and invigorating - forged in the sweat and heat of the live show.

In 2017 Holy Moly & The Crackers stepped up a gear. They signed a deal with Wipe Out Music Publishing and, working with producer Matt Terry at the legendary rock studio VADA, recorded and released Salem - a record that’s been described as “a new kind of sonic madness” by music magazine and long time supporters, Narc.

The album has taken them to new heights, and has seen the band’s idiosyncratic blend of folk and contemporary rock playlisted across Spotify, clocking up close to a million streams in the process*, as well as receiving rotation on BBC Radio and RadioX. The album’s hooky rabble-rousing lead single ‘Cold Comfort Lane’ has been featured internationally on adverts and TV shows, including E4’s ‘Tattoo Artist Of The Year’.

Now it is 2018. 22-year-old Nick Tyler has joined on guitar. Classically trained but influenced by psychedelic and DIY punk in equal measure, he is the final piece of the multifarious puzzle that is Holy Moly & The Crackers - the final Cracker, as it were.

This year HM&TC will release two stand-alone singles, recorded by Matt Terry and mixed by Dan Austin (Pixies), and back the songs up with with major international festival appearances, including a main-stage appearance at Beautiful Days and Colours Of Ostravia in the Czech Republic, before embarking on their biggest UK headline tour to date in November.

They will also head back into the studio to record their next album and continue their relationship with Matt and Dan, both of whom use dynamic formulas combining tight, pop sensibility with the naturalism of garage rock and folk/roots.

The last two years have been a whirlwind and you might think that it’s time to take a breather. But HM&TC are not that kind of band. The road is their home and they’ve got their foot to the floor.

Press

“One of Newcastle’s finest bands have upped the game on their new album”
The Crack

“This is one of the most original sounding albums doing the rounds at the moment”
God Is In The TV Zine

“A cauldron of swirling dark rock potions”
R2 Magazine

“Turn it on and turn it up. This one’s a rager”
No Depression (USA)


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Drahla
The Crescent, York
Friday 30th November, 7.30pm

Blending wiry post-punk with unpredictable art-rock, Drahla have established themselves as a formidable and distinctive band across their two sold out 7” singles and the ‘Third Article’ EP. So far they have earned support from a litany of radio shows, magazines and tastemakers, including the likes of BBC 6 Music, DIY, and Loud & Quiet. Formed in late 2015, Drahla quickly found their identity in Yorkshire’s fertile music scene with their minimal yet robust bass-heavy sound. Their reputation as a fervent live act is ever-growing, typified by them being asked to share stages with the likes of Parquet Courts, The Cribs, Buzzcocks, Dream Wife, Menace Beach and more.

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Drahla’s most recent release, the ‘Third Article’ EP, Produced by Hookworms’ MJ, was released at the end of last year on the band’s own Blank Ad label. Drahla followed the release with their first European tour, supporting Metz and the trio will be joining Ought on their UK tour in April. The band are currently working on new material for release later this year.

Tickets for this show are £6 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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 The Burning Hell
Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
Sunday 2nd December, 7.30pm

The Burning Hell is the alter-ego of Canadian songwriter Mathias Kom, and the band has been on the road in one form or another since 2007, playing everywhere from the chaos of Glastonbury to the loneliness of the Arctic Circle, popping up in bars, festival tents, living rooms, abandoned bunkers, and a mental asylum in rural France along the way. Musically, the lineup and sound of the Burning Hell has been ever-changing, running the gamut from introspective folk to hyperactive rock and roll. This means both that no two Burning Hell records sound alike, and that the band can adapt to its surroundings like a karma of anthropomorphic chameleons, taking the audience on a supermarket-cart ride through hooky, upbeat pop songs, dark ballads about pet euthanasia, and anthems for barbarians, economic conferences, and love.

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‘Kom’s writing is a breath of fresh air, and I can think of few songwriters I’d rather spend the apocalypse with…’
Folk Radio UK

‘The wordy songsmith behind Canadian quintet The Burning Hell, Mathias Kom has a dry wit and sharp eye that elevate indie-rock tunes into offbeat storytelling treats.’
Uncut Magazine

‘Those who love The Burning Hell really love them, and can't wait to share their respect for creative driving force Mathias Kom's hyper-literate, warm, and witty stories...Kom’s rapid fire lyrics contain deep emotional depth and wide narrative breadth while keeping a common touch.’
The Digital Fix


Tickets for this show are £9 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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