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When: 7.30pm on Monday 20 April 2009
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

We’re delighted to welcome back Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, who is this time touring with a full band!

American film school drop-out Owen Ashworth started to make music on a small Casio keyboard back in 1997. His first two albums, Answering Machine Music and Pocket Symphonies for Lonely Subway Cars, were made using nothing but small battery-operated keyboards and Ashworth’s vocals (alongside occasional accompaniment by guest musicians). These early albums are now available on one CD, appropriately titled The First Two Albums by Casiotone for the Painfully Alone.

Ashworth has released numerous EPs and full-length albums, with a trademark austere lyrical style that conveys emotions through its simplicity and directness.

CFTPA expanded their sound in 2006 with Ashworth’s newest release Etiquette, now using more instruments and effects (as well as more professional production and vocals from Jenny Herbinson). We think it’s his best so far, though Twinkle Echo runs a close second.

And in fact it’s no ordinary band for this tour: it’ll feature Nick from the Dead Science and Owen’s brother Gordon, who will also do a set under his Concern name. Joining them will be local support Table – we think they all make for perfect bedfellows.

This is a co-promotion with Pineapple Folk.

Tickets from WeGotTickets.com, Ticketline.co.uk, SeeTickets.com, Piccadilly Records on Oldham Street, Ticketline Box Office in St John’s Centre, Liverpool, and on 0161 832 1111.



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