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Upcoming shows: Alexis Taylor... Wedding... The Hidden Cameras... Sinkane... Itasca... Francois and The Atlas Mountains... Haley Bonar... Jens Lekman... BC Camplight... The Wave Pictures... Pictish Trail... Jesca Hoop... Funke and the Two Tone Baby... Weyes Blood... Laetitia Sadier... The Unthanks... Xenia Rubinos... Happyness... Holy Moly & The Crackers + Rob Heron... Skinny Lister... Sounds From The Other City 2017... The Travelling Band... Joan Shelley... James Leg + The Bonnevilles... Theme Park... C Duncan... Lowly... Chloe Foy... Jenn Grant... Angel Olsen... Aldous Harding... The Besnard Lakes... Julie Byrne... Tom Williams... Saint Sister... Nikki Lane... Mt Wolf... Sweet Baboo... Kiran Leonard... Laura Gibson... Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton... Will Varley...

When: 7.30pm on Thursday 23 February 2017
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re delighted to be working with Rainbrother for the first time – plus guests Wedding and Myles Manley!

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After the success of psychedelic folk outfit The Migrant, frontman Bjarke Bendtsen is ready to transcend furthermore into electronic folk-rock territory with the release of his latest project Rainbrother’s debut album Tales From The Drought, out on 3 February 2017 via General Bird.

Tales From The Drought is all about making your way while on the road, dwelling on memories both beautiful and troublesome and coming to terms with the decisions that have been made. Album opener Riverside is a stunning piece of songwriting that carries you away into the abyss and as the album continues, so do your thoughts. Each one a little more comforting than the next. Tales From The Drought invites the listener into a speckled dream, filled with steady beats, wistful Pink Floyd inspired guitar slides and a storytelling charm akin to the likes of Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver.

Rainbrother was formed after Bjarke eventually found his way back to Copenhagen. While touring with The Migrant in Europe, he performed with a group of fellow Danish musicians and after moving back to his home turf, Rainbrother was born. The album was produced by Noah Georgeson (The Strokes, Joanna Newsom, Devendra Banhart) whose flickering elements have been spun into the group’s tight rock sound making Tales From The Drought both an earthy and elevating affair.

Bjarke has already received praise from numerous well-regarded publications including Rolling Stone, Americana UK, Drowned In Sound and Pop Matters to name but a few. He has also been praised by the likes of BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne and has supported acts such as Kurt Vile, Villagers and Sharon Van Etten.

‘Endearing, touching and memorable’ – Drowned in Sound

Local support comes from Wedding. Wedding is the project of Thomas Craig and New Yorker Zachary Taube, joined by a live band. The group began during the pair’s time living in Berlin; now based in Manchester, they released their debut EP on RIP Records in late 2015. ‘Infectious, lo-fi garage pop,’ was Indie Shuffle’s view, while Clash wrote ‘songwriting of a rare intimacy’.

Rounding off this triple bill is Irish singer/songwriter Myles Manley. Clash recently called the Sligo musician an ‘eccentric genius’, while the Irish Times praised his ‘adventurous live shows [and] audacious ambition’.

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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