When: 7.30pm on Monday 21 November 2016
Where: The Kings Arms, 11 Bloom Street, Salford M3 6AN
We’re delighted to be presenting an intimate, rare Manchester show with Rachael Yamagata
Rachael Yamagata is not your ordinary singer/songwriter. Yes, she has released numerous albums; had record label deals; toured the world multiple times with sell-out concerts; built a loyal and ever-growing fan base; earned her place as a media ‘darling’; made appearances on Jay Leno, Conan O’Brian, Carson Daly, 30 Rock, One Life to Live and The O.C.; been an NPR profiled artist; made a cameo appearance as herself in Sony Pictures To Write Love on Her Arms; had song placements in hit TV shows including NCIS: New Orleans, Vampire Diaries, Grey’s Anatomy, Alias, How I Met Your Mother and in and Hollywood movies including Hope Springs, Prime, Monster-in-Law and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; been nominated Best Female Vocal by the Chicago Music Awards (2012); opened for artists including Patti Smith, David Gray and Pete Townsend; and performed at venues including Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, SXSW, Austin City Limits, Glastonbury, and Bonnaroo.
But there’s so much more…
Rachael has performed with Bette Midler and Sheryl Crow at Senator Harry Reid’s 2008 fundraiser for President Obama; at the White House Cherry Blossom Festival for First Lady Michelle Obama; twice at Deepak Chopra’s ‘Sages and Scientists’ Symposium; as part of the R.E.M. tribute concert; with Steve Earle and Allen Toussaint for the Woodie Guthrie tribute; collaborated with artists including Toots and the Maytals, Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne, Conor Oberst, Jason Mraz and Katherine McPhee; and Australia’s The Voice winner Karise Eden reached #1 with Rachael’s song ‘You Won’t Let Me.’ She’s toured with many of said artists as well as The Swell Season, Sara Bareilles, Amos Lee, Liz Phair and more. Rachael was invited by the White House to take part in its Official White House ‘Tweet Up’ in the West Wing with fans, and was one of Chopra’s music playlist selections featured on Oprah Winfrey’s website.
Her latest album, titled Tightrope Walker, was released in 2015. It showcases her calling card ability to articulate humanity’s struggles within relationships and the freedom that comes from celebrating that which we face alone and head on. The production is riskier and cinematic – think Tom Waits meets Roberta Flack, Nick Cave hanging with Rufus Wainwright. Rachael confounds a labeled genre and instead embraces the production that serves the story. The paradox of her art mirrors that of her career and proves that we are never simplistic, but always full of surprises.
‘Finally the heir to Bonnie Raitt’ – NPR Music
Main support comes from The Gildings – aka Edmund Cottam. Teaming up with producer Martin Colclough (formerly of The Answering Machine and currently Label Manager at Heist or Hit Records) and mastered by Ed Woods (Manic Street Preachers, Idlewild, The Futureheads, Tom McRae), The Twisting Vine is a record that lurches between the delicate and the darkness. Mixing classical and folk traditions with contemporary influences and his unique baritone and poetic lyricism, Cottam has made an album of significance.
Opening the show is Tragicomics. Tragicomics is a new project from Christopher Eatough and friends. Old Songs For the New Celibacy is their first record. It features the talents of John Ellis, Jonny Booth, Dan Reader and the Up North Orchestra. It was recorded at Vibe Studios, Manchester UK in the summer of 2016 and mastered by Pete Maher.
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