When: 7.30pm on Sunday 18 March 2012
Where: Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 5NH
We’re excited to be promoting the Manchester headline debut for Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell, and our second event at the city’s cultural hub, Cornerhouse.
Delicate, haunting and heartbreaking are just a few of the words that have been used to describe Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell’s music. After meeting at Newcastle University six years ago, they formed an unlikely alliance – unlikely because Jonny with his bittersweet kitchen-sink dramas, shows sympathy with American storytellers like Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, while Lucy’s traditional folkie upbringing and vocal style couldn’t be more English. Just as likely to appeal to fans of Gillian Welch and the Low Anthem as the traditional folk world, their six-track EP entitled The North Farm Sessions received four stars from the Guardian and Q, BBC Radio 1, 2 and 6 airplay, and sold heavily on tour supports with The Unthanks and Bellowhead, and at summer festivals including Green Man, End of the Road and Cambridge. To The Boy from The North Farm Sessions EP is being used in an independent Irish film staring Andy Serkis entitled Death of A Hero, which premiered recently at Toronto Film Festival.
Eighteen months after their acclaimed debut EP, Jonny and Lucy finally release their debut album, Kite, produced by Adrian McNally (The Unthanks), It speaks volumes about the quality and quantity of their songwriting that none of the EP tracks feature on the debut album.
‘Such a beautiful record’ – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6Music
‘Delicate, thoughtful and intimate’ – four stars, the Guardian
‘Folk music’s best kept secret’ – Uncut
Main support comes from Christopher Eatough. Christopher writes and plays songs and was once memorably described as sounding ‘like Ryan Adams possessed by Elliot Smith, covering Rufus Wainwright‘. He has played with the likes of Neal Casal, Williams Fitzsimmons, Karima Francis and Jesca Hoop, and managed not to offend any of them. Having played at every major venue in the North West (and quite a few elsewhere) armed with only an acoustic guitar and a glass of whiskey, he holed up in the winter of 2010 to record a handful of tracks charting the past 18 months and their mysteries. The resulting album, A Creak in the Cold, released through Pull Yourself Together Records on Valentine’s Day, was heralded by Drowned in Sound as ‘a fascinating and occasionally disarming series of portraits on life and relationships… an album of timeless, ethereal beauty’. In 2012, Christopher aims to play more shows, record another album, and extend his not insignificant hat collection.
Opening the show will be Pip Mountjoy. Pip is a 17-year-old singer-songwriter from North Yorkshire. Last summer she was invited to record a session for BBC Introducing and has since been selected for the BBC Introducing masterclass at Maida Vale and Abbey Road studios. Her debut EP, Louisiana, which was described as ‘a beautiful, sweet and delicate thing’ by BBC Tees’ Bob Fischer, was self-released in December 2011 and can be heard on her Bandcamp.
This show takes place in the Annexe of Cornerhouse, Manchester’s main cultural hub, situated on Oxford Road.