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Upcoming shows: The Burning Hell... Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton... The Rural Alberta Advantage... Half Waif... Andy Shauf... Elisa... The Handsome Family... Man & The Echo... Meilyr Jones... Mark Eitzel... Hurray for the Riff Raff... Haley Bonar... Jens Lekman... The Unthanks... Skinny Lister... Lowly... Jenn Grant... Angel Olsen...

When: 7.30pm on Monday 5 December 2016
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

When: 7.30pm on Thursday 8 December 2016
Where: The Brudenell Social Club, 33 Queen’s Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 1NY

We’re delighted to be working with The Burning Hell again – in Manchester and Leeds!

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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 festivals like Glastonbury and Dawson City to bars, living rooms, abandoned bunkers, and a mental asylum in rural France.

Musically, The Burning Hell runs the gamut from introspective folk to hyperactive rock and roll, and so 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.

‘How to describe The Burning Hell? A wordy rock band with clarinet and horns, or should it be pop? It’s hard to do them justice with a description of the sound; the real skill is in the song-writing.. the songs are funny and moving and clever. I’d advise anyone who likes live music, charming beardy men, and songs with a story, to get themselves a ticket’ – RebelRebel

Tour support for both comes from The Burning Hell’s bass player Nick Ferrio!

Opening the show in Manchester is Ivan Campo. Ivan Campo borrow inspiration from majesty to malady via reality and, every now and then, wander into the realms of make believe. Writing, recording and performing together since 2004, they have developed a unique style, infused with echoes of films, snatched memories, and a healthy sense of the absurd. Their latest seven track EP entitled Fantastic Blue was released through Debt Records in August 2014.

Opening the show in Leeds is Bored Housewife.

MANCHESTER: Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from the bar (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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LEEDS: Buy tickets now. Tickets are also available from the Brudenell bar, Crash RecordsJumbo Records and on 0871 220 0260.

This show is a co-promotion with Please Please You and the Brudenell.


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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 19 January 2017
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be working with Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton – founding members of The Be Good Tanyas!

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Fifteen years ago, Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton – two founders of the wildly popular group The Be Good Tanyas – first joined forces. Now they come together once again, with a worldwide touring schedule and new studio album coming in 2017. Their new project, as always, is a page from the big book of North Americana and outsider folk.

Holland grew up in Texas, and by her teens was performing as a traveling musician. In the late 1990s, she called San Francisco home before making her way to Canada where she co-founded the Tanyas with Vancouver singer-songwriter Samantha Parton. Parton had spent her post-high school years travelling with her guitar, and drawing strong musical inspiration from visits to the southern US; she spent time living in New Orleans, Holland’s ancestral home.

After contributing to the Tanyas’ acclaimed Blue Horse LP, Holland moved back to San Francisco while Parton continued to tour and record with the group until a serious car accident took her off the road in 2012. With this new creative incarnation, expect to hear newly written originals, fresh arrangements of The Be Good Tanyas material, and songs from their individual catalogues.

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When: 7.30pm on Monday 23 January 2017
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be working with The Rural Alberta Advantage once again!

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The Rural Alberta Advantage‘s percussive folk songs about hometowns and heartbreak, and relentless tradition of touring have taken the trio from humble recognition amongst indie rock die-hards as ‘Canada’s best unsigned band’ to sold-out tours and devoted fans around the world with featured coverage from Spin Magazine, Pitchfork, The New York Times and Rolling Stone all taking note. The band has been nominated for two 2012 Juno Awards (Best New Group and Video of the Year for their song Stamp), long listed for the 2011 Polaris Award, and awarded the CBC Music Prize for Best Independent Artist in 2014.

The RAA has released three albums on Saddle Creek/Paper Bag Records: Hometowns (2009), Departing (2011) and Mended With Gold (2014). The trio of Nils Edenloff, Paul Banwatt and Robin Hatch are currently hard at work on the band’s next album and will be previewing new material the way they love best, by hitting the road for a unique set of road testing shows in some of their favourite venues across North America and Europe through 2016/2017.

‘The Rural Alberta Advantage are best seen live, where their acoustic crescendos and Nils Edenloff’s Jeff Mangum-esque vocal acrobatics impress most’ – Under The Radar

Local support comes from Playacting. Classical guitar, drums, bass and atypical rhythms. Playacting is the solo math-pop project of multi-instrumentalist Evan Wilson (ex-New Hips, ex-Deaf to Van Gogh’s Ear). Quiet bits, loud bits, frantic bits, calm bits. Intricate guitars and rhythms with clear, precise vocals. In the studio Wilson plays all the parts, live he’s joined by Alan Wells on drums and Rik Fisher on bass.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from the bar (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 24 January 2017
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re delighted to be working with Half Waif for the first time!

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Half Waif is the project of Nandi Rose Plunkett, based in Brooklyn, New York. In the home of her Indian mother and Irish/Swiss/American father, Nandi grew up listening to a mix of Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, Celtic songstress Loreena McKennitt and traditional Indian bhajans. In college, she studied classical singing and became enamoured with the inventive works of Olivier Messiaen and Claude Debussy. A lover of synthesisers and pop tunes, her resulting work as Half Waif features richly layered compositions of various origins. Placeless, and yet the product of many places: the imaginative wilds of Northern Massachusetts; Ohio’s stark fields; Brooklyn buzzing at night; and ancestral homes across the ocean.

As Nandi tells it, ‘Half Waif was born at a time when all my identities were fracturing and shifting. A waif is someone without a home, but here I was with too many homes, a half waif by virtue of feeling unattached to any specific place, but to many places at once. I took up the torch of Half Waif to make sense of all of the sounds and stories that have made me.’ Indeed, Half Waif brims over with sounds: underwater echoes of Celtic melodies; mossy, blinking electronic soundscapes; and the ultra-sad chord changes of 19th-century art music – a carefully crafted glass menagerie of song.

Half Waif’s first release was a split 7″ with avant pop heroes Deerhoof. Her debut LP KOTEKAN, released in July 2014 and produced by Devin Greenwood (Mirah, Anais Mitchell, Sufjan Stevens), is a kaleidoscopic blend of contemporary classical music and experimental pop, with melodies that range from Top 40 pop to ancient Celtic/British folk song.

With the addition of bandmates / longtime friends Zack Levine and Adan Carlo, Half Waif’s compositions have taken on a more immediate pulse live, rooted in the meeting of acoustic and electronic elements: booming drums & bass surging against a textural wall of pitched digital blips and sparkling synths, creating a lush sound that belies their compact trio format. The project released its second full-length album Probable Depths in May 2016, an ambitious collection that boldly displays Half Waif’s unique brand of mood ring pop. The trio has since toured nationally and will make their debut in Europe in early 2017.

‘Unique rhythms… A deceptively huge sound’ – The Line of Best Fit

‘Every so often, a song comes along that completely knocks the wind out of me because it just sounds really cool’ – Stereogum

‘Beautifully ornamented melodies – intricately woven, as if using harmonies to climb into the sky’ – Pitchfork

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from the bar (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 9 February 2017
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be working with Andy Shauf for the first time!

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Acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter Andy Shauf has announced an extensive European tour in February 2017. Shauf will tour in support of his critically acclaimed album The Party, which was released earlier this year on Anti-. The tour follows his 13-date, sold out North American tour.

His new song, Quite Like You, has also been premiered on Clash. Its animated video, featuring an alien house party, was directed by Chad Van Gaalen (METZ, Black Mountain, Holy Fuck).

Next to receiving an overwhelming critical acclaim from music critics around the world for The Party, Andy Shauf was shortlisted for Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize in 2016, alongside Grimes, Carly Rae Jepsen, U.S. Girls and 2016 winner Kaytranada.

‘Canadian troubadour Andy Shauf is a find’ – The Guardian

‘It’s a baroque-pop exercise with echoes of Seventies smarties like Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman and Steely Dan, though rather more empathetic than them’ – The Independent

‘A graduate of the school of Burt Bacharach, solo Lennon, Macca and Wings, The Carpenters, Harry Nilsson and Elliott Smith, Shauf can locate the game changing chord that great songs pivot on, for which lesser talents fumble in vain. The Party conceals killer lyrics in music of extraordinary beauty and lushness’ – Sunday Times

Tour support comes from Tasseomancy. Tasseomancy is the musical project of sisters Sari and Romy Lightman. Influenced by the likes of Robbie Basho, Broadcast, Mary Margaret O’hara and Alice Coltrane’s Turiya Sings, the band has developed a unique sound that combines the lyrical and vocal traditions of folk music with the experimental attitudes of psychedelia, new wave and new age music. In 2011, they released Ulalume, a collaborative record with Timber Timbre, while also joining the electronic queer group, Austra. They’ve since left that band to focus on their own project, and in May 2015 released Palm Wine Revisited.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from the bar (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Sunday 19 February 2017
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

We’re delighted to be working with Elisa for the first time!

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Multi-Platinum Italian singer Elisa was only 16 when her raw talent was discovered by music producer Caterina Caselli, who encouraged her to move to the United States to become fluent in English and help her broaden her skills as a songwriter and artist.

In 1996, her debut album Pipes & Flowers was released under Caselli’s label, Sugar Music, and produced by Corrado Rustici. It took only a few months to win important awards in Italy including the prestigious Premio Tenco award (Best Record of the Year awarded by the critics) and the PIM award, the Italian Music Award. Soon after, the album was released in several European countries and Elisa toured throughout Europe as the opening act for international pop star Eros Ramazzotti.

Why did Elisa, an Italian singer, write her songs in English? She wanted to protect her inner world, a world that she herself still needed to understand and consolidate fully. Ironically, English is also one of the most spoken languages in the world and the passing of years has turned this attempt to hide and protect into an opportunity, one that made her music reach more people beyond the Italian borders.

In 2002, Elisa sang at the Winter Olympics closing ceremony in Salt Lake City, Utah and then again four years later at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy. The same year she also took part in Pavarotti & Friends, where she performed a duet with Luciano Pavarotti. Other performers were Sting, Andrea Bocelli, Zucchero, James Brown, Grace Jones, and Lou Reed.

Elisa’s album Heart was released in November 2009 and immediately topped the Italian album charts. It is Elisa’s sixth studio album and includes 14 songs produced by Elisa herself along with Andrea Rigonat. One of the tracks is an emotional duet with English-born singer- songwriter Antony Hegarty, known best as the lead singer of the band Antony and the Johnsons. A few weeks later it went triple platinum.

At the end of 2012, Elisa’s song Ancora Qui, whose music is by Italian composer Ennio Morricone, was included in the score of the Oscar winning movie Django Unchained, directed by Quentin Tarantino. Ancora Qui was one of the 75 songs eligible for Best Original Song Oscar. The version of the movie was the demo that was initially sent to Quentin Tarantino and was arranged by Elisa herself.

In 2013, Elisa released the album L’Anima Vola. It is Elisa’s eighth album, as well as the first in Italian. All of the songs were written in her language and this step has represented a crucial stage in Elisa’s work of writing songs. Italian was not en enemy anymore. The album debuted at No.1 on the Italian charts and was followed by a long tour that took Elisa to play in Italy and in Europe in 2014. L’Anima Vola Tour came to a conclusion with a sold-out concert at the Arena di Verona, the world-renowned Roman amphitheatre in Verona. Guests of the show were Belgian songwriter Ozark Henry, with whom she recorded a song titled We Are Incurable Romantics, and British songwriter Jack Savoretti.

In 2016, Elisa released the album ON, which features eleven songs in English and two in Italian. It is an album with an international pop feel that once again highlights Elisa’s growth as an artist and as a songwriter able to reinvent herself over the years. No Hero is the first single from the album with a message about bringing out the best in ourselves. It immediately topped the Italian charts. One of the song of the album features British songwriter Jack Savoretti.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange,  WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 22 February 2017
Where: Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD

We’re delighted to be bringing The Handsome Family back – for their first Manchester show in two years.

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Rennie Sparks disappeared one afternoon while waiting for a flight at O’Hare. A middle-aged businessman, McDonald’s bag in one hand, rolling-bag handle in the other – walked up to Rennie and, without pause, turned and sat down on her lap. A second later his French fries and rolling bag were on the floor and he was sputtering apologies, insisting he’d seen an empty chair.

Rennie often has trouble with automatic faucets ignoring her waving hands, but this unexpected airport invisibility was in 2014, the year the TV show True Detective used her song, Far From Any Road, as its opening theme. This was the year The Handsome Family (aka husband and wife Brett and Rennie Sparks) became visible to millions. Even as she was getting sat on by strangers, Youtube counts for The Handsome Family’s ‘hit’ song climbed from two million to ten million, twenty million and more. The song was in the top 10 in US and UK Spotify charts and spent months in iTunes top 100 in countries as far-flung as Vietnam, South Africa and the Ukraine.

Millions of viewers ‘broke the internet’ watching the final episode of True Detective S1, but Rennie and Brett watched in their little house in Albuquerque, NM, feeling oddly alone. The Handsome Family were now known around the globe for a song they’d written 12 years earlier about fire ants and desert plants, a song now linked forever to a show about cops in a psychic swamp. The Sparks were arguably famous now, but at the same time unknown. They were not their famous song nor was their famous song written for the show that made it famous. All these disconnections, though, are fine when you’re a writer of songs.

For almost as long as they’ve been married (26 years) Brett and Rennie have written songs together (Brett, music; Rennie, words). Their finished work is never fully one or the other’s, but lives in unseen space between them. William Burroughs claimed he walked busy streets without being seen, simply by seeing everyone else first. This is similar to the Sparks’ approach to songwriting and why Rennie embraces her power to vanish. You have to willingly disappear in order to write lyrics for someone else’s voice, or to write music for someone else’s words. Invisible songwriters are happiest when their songs outshine them, leaving their creators unseen in the dust.

The Sparks have released 10 albums since 1995’s Odessa. Their songs have been covered by countless Youtubers and well-known artists like Jeff Tweedy, Amanda Palmer, Cerys Matthews, Christy Moore and Andrew Bird (who released an entire record of HF covers). Guns ’N’ Roses used Far From Any Road as stage entrance music for a South American tour, and both Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr are fans. Decades into their careers, after winning the TV theme-show jackpot – the Sparks still find their greatest reward in disappearing into new songs.

And so in the strange light of 2014 they began again to write. 2016 brings the release of Unseen – 10 songs by a couple both world-famous and happily invisible. Each song on the record has a guiding colour – gold, silver, green, red, white. Rennie is also a painter known for her vivid and surprising use of colour, and she finds herself painting even when her brushes are made of words. The stories of Unseen are mostly inspired by real events – Gold began when a bunch of twenty-dollar bills blew in Brett’s face in a parking-lot dust storm. Gentlemen is a tribute to William Crookes who built the first vacuum tube in 1875, hoping to detect spirits from unseen dimensions. And Tiny Tina – Rennie still hasn’t seen that little horse.

Unseen is about the light that emanates from things we can’t see – behind The Red Door, in the empty hands of blackjack losers (The Silver Light), and amidst desert bones bleaching in the sun (King of Dust).

Since 2001 Brett has made their albums in a converted garage at the back of their house. He recorded Unseen on a Mac and played most of the parts at night, with only hawk moths listening. There were guest musicians: David Gutierrez, mandolin on Tiny Tina and dobro on The Silver Light; Alex MacMahon, guitar on The Silver Light, baritone guitar and pedal steel on Gold; and Jason Toth, drums throughout (except Green Willow Valley). Rennie wrote all the lyrics. She sang and played banjo and autoharp, but didn’t bother to write down on which songs.

The Sparks’ music is steeped in the western gothic of New Mexico life. The unseen is powerful here. Nothing rusts, but entire oceans have disappeared. Ski masks mean robberies, but in the slow dive of the sun, enormous bugs awaken in thorny yards and unseen sirens and coyotes cry out to the purple sky. Just about anywhere you stand there’s been some blood drawn.

In 2016 The Handsome Family continue to sell out venues worldwide that they couldn’t have filled before TV fame. Live, Brett (guitar/vocals) and Rennie (banjo/bass/vocals) are joined by drummer Jason Toth (worldwide) and multi-instrumentalist Alex MacMahon (USA). Their shows are full of humour and chit-chat. The Sparks’ aren’t afraid to reveal their ordinary humanness. The invisible couple is also very happy to be seen.

Unseen, the new album from The Handsome Family, will be released 16 September on Loose. Available on 180g green vinyl, CD and download.

Tour support comes from Courtney Marie Andrews. At just 16 years old, Courtney Marie Andrews left home in Arizona for her first tour. For a decade or so since, Courtney’s been a session and backup singer and guitarist for nearly 40 artists, from Jimmy Eat World to Damien Jurado. She never stopped writing her own material, though. Picking up admirers like Jurado and Ryan Adams along the way, she has quietly earned a reputation as a songwriter’s songwriter.

With plans to settle down for a bit and focus on her own songs, Courtney moved to the Northwest in 2011 to record her last full-length record, On My Page. However, the record had hardly been released before she was on the road again performing other artists’ songs, eventually leading her overseas to play guitar and sing with Belgian star Milow. At the tour’s end, though, the other session players joined her to record her 2014 EP Leuven Letters in one take.

It was during this time that Courtney also wrote many of the songs on Honest Life. She found herself realising the impact of growing up on the road and this constant reconciling between her and other’s art and identity. Honest Life will be available on 180g turquoise LP, CD and digitally in January 2017.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from the RNCM box office, Common (both no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Ticketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7pm on Friday 24 February 2017
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

We’re delighted to be promoting Man & The Echo’s biggest Manchester show to date!

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‘The Man And The Echo is a poem by W.B. Yeats. It’s about a man who is thinking of ending his life, but when he shouts out that he is going to lie down and die, he hears the echo and argues with it, deciding that he wants to live. It has a personal significance. I also think it’s a really cool band name’ – Gareth ‘Gaz’ Roberts, Man & The Echo.

Gaz Roberts can certainly relate to the other The Man And The Echo, but it was music – not life itself – that he was on the brink of ending. His band, Cheap Cuts, had built up a decent following in their hometown of Warrington, with their tragicomic songs about local motorway services and radio phone-ins and the singer’s rapier between songs wit. However, in the end, he didn’t feel there was anywhere left for them to go. A gig at London’s 100 Club was set to be his last until, like in the poem, fate intervened, the manager of the headline band came up and said ‘If you change the name and write a whole new set of songs, I think I’d like to manage you.’

Three years on, neither Gaz nor his Warrington bandmates have had much time to ponder their brush with the pop scrapyard. With the name changed, the songs duly written and that manager in place, they’ve signed to James Endeacott’s hugely respected 1965 Records, been invited to play Billy Bragg’s leftfield stage at Glastonbury, enjoyed lots of airplay and had influential BBC DJ Steve Lamacq call Gaz ‘a great northern storyteller’, comparing him to Jarvis Cocker and their gigs to the first time he saw Pulp.

There is a bit of Sheffield’s finest’s era-defining mix of smart, observational pop and musical glam about Man & The Echo. But there’s also a bit of ABC, The Smiths, the Divine Comedy, Dexys, Super Furry Animals, blue eyed soul, 50s/60s crooning, literary references, social commentary, humour and much more, as they have arrived at a sound that isn’t retro so much as ricocheting through pop’s many decades and landing squarely in the post-Brexit, conflicted, chaotic UK of the here and now.

Their recently released album, produced by Neil Comber (MIA/Django Django) delivers. Distance Runner – also their fifth single – is a sparkling pop homage to a ‘northern otherness’ of pylons, graffiti, farmer’s fields and containers, partly inspired by Paul Farly and Michael Symmons-Roberts’ book, The Edgelands. The sublime ABC-ish northern funky Operation Margarine was partly inspired by an idea in Roland Barthes’ Mythologies: ‘Margarine is advertised in the same way a church or army is upheld: by virtue of their own faults.’ Gaz is particularly proud of the song’s lyric, ‘It’s cheaper than revolution and it tastes the same.’ Not least because, endearingly, he originally assumed he’d borrowed it from Barthes, only to realise it was actually one of his own.

The soulful Very Personally Yours references ‘Cheshire grippers’ – men who stare, anvil-faced, with their pints. The dreamlike Goodnight To Arms came to Gaz after he read Ernest Hemingway’s Farewell To Arms and saw a comparison between the book’s ailing protagonist and nurse and himself and his wife, in the days when they had no money and would nurse a coke in a pub for hours.

Already – playing the guitars and drum kits that they received as Christmas presents when they were kids – Man & The Echo have managed more than Gaz could have dreamed of in those days, although, like the man in the poem, perhaps this was all meant to be.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 4 March 2017
Where: The Ruby Lounge, 28-34 High Street, Manchester M4 1QB

We’re delighted to be working with Meilyr Jones once more!

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It’s been an amazing – and busy! – year for Meilyr Jones. Following rave reviews for his solo debut album 2013, released in March via Moshi Moshi, he’s toured the land rapidly building a devoted fanbase and stealing hearts at festivals and headline shows.

Now, in celebration of his most excellent year, Meilyr returns with a new recording of Return To Life, one of the many stand-out tracks from his album. This new version is a recording made with the band with whom he’s toured throughout the summer, serving as an alternate version to the more orchestrated original that features on the album.

Meilyr is soon to take to the road again, playing a clutch of regional shows in December, then again in 2017, for a five-date tour in March.

‘There are traces of Welsh peers Cate Le Bon and Euros Childs, but Jones has a broader palette: 30-piece orchestra, accordion, choir, field recordings et al… This is Meilyr’s time’ – MOJO

‘What a lovely record this is… 2013 fits snugly into the line of cosmic Welsh music alongside the work of Gruff Rhys and Euros Childs’ – The Guardian

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7pm on Thursday 9 March 2017
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

We’re delighted to be working with Mark Eitzel again – this time, at the Deaf Institute!

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Mark Eitzel’s tenth solo album and his first in three years, Hey Mr Ferryman, will be released on 27 January 2017 by Decor Records on LP, limited edition LP with bonus disc, CD and download.

Hey Mr Ferryman is Eitzel’s first full studio album recorded entirely in London. It was made at 355 Studios with Mercury Prize winner Bernard Butler (ex-Suede, McAlmont & Butler), who has produced and/or recorded albums with Tricky, Ben Watt, Bert Jansch, Edwyn Collins, and more. Butler produced Hey Mr Ferryman and played all of the electric guitar, bass, and keyboard parts on the album.

Butler wrote of the process: ‘I spent a fortnight on my own in the studio seeing where I could go, how to expand every mood, make the dark songs darker, the drama bigger, the joy more celebratory. I was elated when I sent initial mixes off and Mark was happy. The greatest gift for a producer is the trust of the artist with their work. I knew from the off with this record that the songwriting was in a different league. It was for me to find beautiful frames for each story.’

Mark says of the album “Many of these songs I demoed four to five times with different musicians and arrangements over a couple of years including the great Bruce Kaphan and Patrick Main as well as my UK band – and somehow they never came together for me. My manager met Bernard Butler at the school gates where their children go and asked if he would be interested. I sent Bernard my 15 demos and our original idea was to make an acoustic album because the budget was severely limited – but he had different ideas and insisted on re-recording the whole thing and did an absolutely amazing job. I think this might be the best record I have made since recording with Tom Mallon of American Music Club. He produced the songs much as I imagined them – though I didn’t know it.’

Hey Mr Ferryman features the vivid melodies long associated with Eitzel’s former band American Music Club (a.k.a. AMC), which remains a cult favourite to this day, as well as Butler’s distinctive guitar that serves to complement Eitzel’s expressive vocals. Of that voice, Pitchfork once wrote: ‘If Leonard Cohen’s voice is a story about the passage of time and Levon Helm’s is a story about losing what is most precious to you, Eitzel’s is about the circuitous roads we take in search of ourselves.’

As both a solo artist and the frontman for AMC, Mark Eitzel is a celebrated lyricist and champion of the downtrodden. A hauntingly evocative singer, he has earned even greater notoriety for his brilliance as a composer, combining the intensity of Ian Curtis, the pastoral beauty of Nick Drake, and the melodrama of Scott Walker and Jacques Brel to build one of the most impressive and darkly poetic bodies of song in the modern pop canon.

Mark Eitzel has released over 15 albums of original material with American Music Club and as a solo artist. The Guardian has called him ‘America’s greatest living lyricist,’ and Rolling Stone once gave him their Songwriter of the Year award. Originally formed in 1983, AMC released seven albums before breaking up in 1995. The band reunited in 2004 for two full-lengths, Love Songs for Patriots and The Golden Age. In April of 2012 while working on a solo record, Eitzel suffered a heart attack which forced him to slow down and delayed the album’s release. That autumn, Decor Records put out Don’t Be a Stranger to much critical acclaim, and in 2013, a newly healthy Eitzel embarked on what proved to be the most successful tour of his career to date. In 2015, he wrote music for Simon Stephens’ Song from Far Away, his second collaboration with the English playwright, and began work on the forthcoming Hey Mr Ferryman.

Tour support comes from Fernando Viciconte. Argentina-born Fernando came of age musically in LAm fronting the popular hard rock band Monkey Paw. He moved to Portland, OR, in 1994 were he Co-founded Cravedog Records. Fernando has released seven critically lauded independent albums and currently runs his own label, Domingo Records.

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