When: 7.30pm on Thursday 20 September 2012
Where: The Kings Arms, 11 Bloom Street, Salford M3 6AN
We’re excited to be welcoming back Withered Hand, who played for us at this year’s Sounds From The Other City.
Lauded by Rolling Stone, MOJO and Jarvis Cocker, Withered Hand (aka Dan Willson) is a member of Scotland’s infamous Fence Collective and his brilliant debut album, Good News, continues to win fans and crop up in unlikely places (including Skins, MTV), while this year’s Heart Heart EP further showcased Willson’s knack for glorious, wry, ravaged alt-rock. Dan has toured widely both solo and with his band since 2009, both in UK and mainland Europe and USA.
Withered Hand is performing a few rare UK dates as a band to promote the release of a new limited edition 10-inch vinyl EP entitled Inbetweens before heading out to Europe in October. He will also perform songs from an as yet untitled second album.
‘Sometimes it takes one spellbinding live performance before an artist’s seemingly obvious-to-everyone-else talent really sinks in. I’ve always appreciated Dan Willson’s songcraft in a rather passive way, but I walked away from this Withered Hand solo show a fully subscribed fan – and I wasn’t the only one’ – The Scotsman
‘Beautifully constructed lyrical frameworks’ – MOJO
Support comes from acoustic band Thugs On Wolves. From Greater Manchester, Thugs On Wolves are a four-piece band of brothers committed to providing interesting, convention-defying music. With thought-provoking lyrics and genre-spanning influences, expect them to transport you into a sonic wonder-world with their unique hypnagogic timbre. They’re one of the most exciting Manchester bands we’ve seen this year.
Opening the show is Newcastle’s Paul Handyside. Paul was singer and songwriter with 1980s indie darlings Hurrah! whose albums were released on Kitchenware and Arista Records (and recently re-released on Cherry Red Records). In 2001 Handyside formed alt-country group Bronze, releasing two albums, before going solo with the release of Future’s Dream in 2007. His songwriting is now a blend of americana, folk and English hymns. His second solo album, Wayward son, is due for release in 2012.
This show takes place at The Kings Arms, one of our favourite small venues in town. It’s a great independent theatre and arts hub, which also happens to be one of the best real ale pubs around, and is just a five-minute walk from Deansgate, just down Bridge Street.