When: 8pm on Saturday 19 April 2014
Where: Night & Day Cafe, 26 Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JN
We’re delighted to welcome back Edinburgh’s Withered Hand!
Over the past few years Withered Hand – aka Edinburgh DIY folk-rock troubadour Dan Willson – has released an outstanding debut album, Good News, become a much-loved member of King Creosote’s Fence Collective, seen his songs picked up on MTV and cult series Skins, and gained an unlikely legion of fans including Jarvis Cocker and Rolling Stone magazine (who decreed him Artist to Watch).
He also struck up a friendship with indie statesman Darren Hayman (of Hefner), which led to a recording session in Hayman’s London home studio in late 2011. Some of the fruits of their labour were released in the UK by Fence Records on the raucous Heart Heart EP and the remainder unveiled on the more reflective Inbetweens EP, available outside the UK on Icelandic label Kimi Records from the end of 2012.
More recent Withered Hand shows have included collaborations with Pam Berry of seminal 90s US noise-pop band Black Tambourine and a rotating cast of musical friends embellishing Dan’s exuberant and original songwriting alongside trademark fragile and uplifting solo performances.
A long-awaited second full album, New Gods, will be released in early 2014 via Fortuna Pop!. Featuring guest appearances from Pam Berry, King Creosote, Eugene Kelly of The Vaselines and members of Belle & Sebastian and Frightened Rabbit, the album will be preceded by the single Horseshoe.
‘He records like Billy Childish and mixes like the Blue Nile’ – Darren Hayman (Hefner)
‘The UK’s best lyricist’ – King Creosote
Support comes from Mathew Gray, a songwriter from Burnley who is now based in Manchester. Influenced by the most lyrical of songwriters (Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Jake Thackray), he writes intelligent, comic and emotive songs. Now joined by The Awful Truth – featuring accomplished percussion, melodeon and double bass players – they create a traditional, yet distinct sound to deliver a wonderful show. Having released two EPs in 2013, which sold out and received good radio play, a debut album is due to follow in Spring 2014.