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Upcoming shows: Rachel Baiman... Rachel Sermanni... Aoife O’Donovan... Heartless Bastards... The Surfing Magazines... Francis Lung... Penelope Isles... John Francis Flynn... Josh Rouse + Vetiver... Smoke Fairies... Douglas Dare... Lael Neale... Left Lane Cruiser... Simone Felice... Efterklang... Dana Gavanski... Beans on Toast... The Sheepdogs... Hannah Ashcroft... Keeley Forsyth... Spencer Cullum... The Happy Soul... Roddy Woomble... Group Listening... The Weather Station... Wyndow... Sam Amidon... Elkyn & S.T. Manville... Samana... Robyn Hitchcock... Federico Albanese... The Beths... Pictish Trail... William Crighton... Sondre Lerche... La Luz... William Fitzsimmons... Kristin Hersh... Danny George Wilson... The Besnard Lakes... Tré Burt... Jake Xerxes Fussell... Andy Shauf... Ryley Walker... Charlie Parr... The Unthanks... The Wave Pictures... Hania Rani... The Lovely Eggs... The Handsome Family... Charles Watson... Ólafur Arnalds... Polly Paulusma... Tommy Alexander... The Dears...

When: 7.30pm on Saturday 22 January 2022
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

PLEASE NOTE: This show has sadly been cancelled. Refunds are available from the point of purchase, and please watch this space for a new date in 2023. Here’s a message from Rachel’s team:

‘In light of the ongoing covid pandemic and travel issues from the US and especially Canada, as well as Celtic Connections cancelling a number of shows, Rachel and her manager have made the difficult decision to cancel her January tour. As much as everyone tried to keep this tour in place it seems everything was working against us. Rachel tours the UK with Kris Drever later in the spring and will be back for headline shows in 2023.’

We’re excited to be working with Rachel Baiman for the first time!

Rachel Baiman’s June 2017 label debut Shame was featured on NPR’s ‘Songs We Love’, called a ‘rootsy wake-up call” by Folk Alley, and described by Vice’s Noisey as ‘flipping off authority one song at a time’. Now Baiman has announced Thanksgiving (out 2 November on Free Dirt Records) – a self-produced four-song EP, featuring her live trio as well as special guests including Molly Tuttle and Josh Oliver.

Baiman’s Thanksgiving is an intriguing follow up to Shame, allowing her a chance to stretch out stylistically, moving effortlessly between bluegrass, to folk, old-time and country. The bittersweet lyricism she’s become known for conveys the push and pull of hardship and hope we often feel during the holiday season.

Raised in Chicago by a radical economist and a social worker, Baiman was surrounded by social justice issues her entire life. ‘If I wanted to rebel against my parents I could have become a finance banker or a corporate lawyer,’ she says of her childhood. While her classmates went to church or temple on Sunday mornings, Baiman attended the Ethical Humanist Society of Greater Chicago, a non-religious community formed around discussions of morality and current events. ‘That was always a tough one to explain at school,’ she says with a laugh.

As a teenager, Baiman found music to be a welcome escape from worrying about global politics: ‘I often found the constant discussion of seemingly unsolvable problems to be intense and overwhelming, and when I moved to Nashville to pursue music it felt like something positive, beautiful and productive that I could put into the world. Now that I’ve had some years to devote to music.’

Baiman has been recording and touring internationally for the past four years with 10 String Symphony, and has played fiddle for numerous other artists including Kacey Musgraves and Winnipeg folk band Oh My Darling. ‘I find it hard to escape from the values that I grew up with, and I feel compelled to write politically, to speak out about things that I’ve experienced or seen,’ she says. ‘Songwriting is a unique opportunity to do that, because it avails a more emotional vehicle for discussion. I love the political tradition of folk music, from Woody Guthrie to Tupac, and my hope is that this record adds another voice to it.’

This show is a co-promotion with Please Please You.

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When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 26 January 2022
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

PLEASE NOTE: This show has been rescheduled for January 2022 from its original date in November 2021. Original tickets are valid and all other details remain the same. Here’s a note from Rachel:

‘Newcastle, Manchester, Edinburgh & Aberdeen have been so swiftly rearranged and I am so pleased about it and can’t wait to sing for you patient, wonderful humans.’

We’re excited to be working with Rachel Sermanni for the first time!

Rachel Sermanni has shared her new single Travelled, the moody epic at the heart of her forthcoming EP Swallow Me. She has also announced a national headline tour for this November.

Out 2 June, the EP was written predominantly while the Scottish singer-songwriter was pregnant. Travelled finds Sermanni mourning a way of life that was about to slip away and stumbling in the face of the unknown. Speaking of the track, she said: ‘I was staying with a beautiful family in Portland when I wrote Travelled. This is definitely a depiction of the dark night of the soul situation I was having at that moment in coming to terms with my choices.’

Sermanni has always sung of the struggle and desire to flow, to love, to live and to feel. The looming spectre of motherhood though was a test for her spirituality, which was furthered during a period spent residing in a Buddhist monastery, like never before. Sermanni gave respect to every feeling and thought that arose during her pregnancy, riding them as if aboard a spooked horse, going whichever way they led her. ‘The thread that weaves most clearly throughout this collection is one of letting go. Jellyfish go where the current flows. It takes courage to be passive. If you can accept everything, you can embody the jellyfish.’

By sitting with these feelings and entertaining thoughts many would shirk, Sermanni grew content with her future, happy to surrender to wherever the tides would take her. Certain that this path was her path.

A prophetic and wise creature, Sermanni makes music that inspires gathering, a coming together. She is a central totem for you to project your anxieties on and by hearing her conscious untangling, you discover a clarity all your own.

‘Think Joni Mitchell meets Lisa Hannigan, with a delectably eccentric Scottish twist’ – The Guardian

Local support comes from Caoilfhionn Rose. Caoilfhionn Rose (pronounced Keelin), is a singer, songwriter and producer who was born in Manchester, England, with family roots in Northern Ireland and Yorkshire. Emerging from a diverse music scene, she ties together remnants of Manchester’s musical past with its evolving present.

Caoilfhionn released her second album Truly on 9 April on Gondwana Records. It was co-produced by Kier Stewart of The Durutti Column. It moves through a tapestry of curious musical inflections; nods towards folk, jazz, ambient, electronica and even a subtle influence of psychedelia. Rose’s song writing draws from a diverse palette of influences, including Building Instrument, Rachel Sermanni, Alabaster DePlume and Broadcast.

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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 3 February 2022
Where: Hallé St Peter’s, 40 Blossom Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6BF

PLEASE NOTE: This show has been postponed until February 2022. Ticket vendors will be in touch with existing ticket-buyers to confirm that your tickets are valid for the new date.

We’re delighted to present Aoife O’Donovan in one of Manchester’s hidden gems.

Recognised for her ethereal voice and substantive songwriting, Aoife O’Donovan is also known for her collaborations. Called ‘a vocalist of unerring instinct’ by the New York Times, O’Donovan is one of the most sought after vocalists and songwriters of her generation and her career has allowed her to collaborate with some of the most eminent names in music across a wide variety of genres.

The most recent example is I’m With Her, the band comprised of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and O’Donovan. Their debut album See You Around, released in February 2018, has garnered praise from NPR, who instantly hailed the collection as ‘willfully open-hearted’, and the Guardian called their sound both ‘ethereal and purposeful’.

As a solo artist, O’Donovan has released two studio albums. In the Magic Hour (2016), a 10-song album full of the singer’s honeyed vocals mixed with gauzy, frictionless sounds: splashing cymbals, airy harmonies, and the leisurely baritone musings of an electric guitar. Mojo described the record as ‘exhilarating and exploratory,’ while the New York Times named The King of All Birds one of the Best Songs of 2016. Aoife toured 2016 in support of the album and ended that year releasing a live album, Man In A Neon Coat: Live From Cambridge, with her touring band. Her debut solo album, 2013’s Fossils, is a moody collection of original songs with a country lilt. The record received critical acclaim and was featured on a number of Best of 2013 lists including NPR Music, American Songwriter, New York Magazine and No Depression. In 2018, Aoife contributed an original song titled Are You There to the film What They Had, an official selection at both Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals.

O’Donovan spent the preceding decade as co-founder and front woman of the string band, Crooked Still. She is the featured vocalist on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, the Grammy-winning album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile, and its one-third of the female trio Sometimes Why. Throughout her career, she has also collaborated with artists such as Alison Krauss and jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas, and is currently a member of the house band on the radio variety show Live From Here.

Tour support comes from Donovan Woods. Late at night, when a hush fell over the house after his kids went to bed, Donovan Woods got to work on his latest album, Without People. In a makeshift recording studio at his Toronto home, the acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter tracked his vocals and guitar alone and then emailed files to producer James Bunton. As Woods’ new songs took shape, backing musicians sketched out their own parts in isolation from their respective homes.

This is not how Woods, winner of the 2019 Juno Award for contemporary roots album (for Both Ways) and whose global streams have surpassed 210 million, prefers to create music. ‘So much of what I like about making records is the spontaneity of making music in a room together, and we missed that,’ Woods says. ‘But we tried our best to re-create that feeling.’

For an album made so piecemeal, Without People (out now on Woods’ Meant Well label) has been acclaimed as ‘a nuanced experience’ (American Songwriter), a thoughtful exploration of ‘fleeting interpersonal moments now under the microscope’ (NPR/KUTX) and ‘various aspects of human connection’ (Rolling Stone), and for striking ‘a gentle, poignant note’ (Billboard).

Hallé St Peter’s, located on Blossom Street in Ancoats, is a Grade II-listed, deconsecrated church, which was built in 1859. Having stood empty for decades, it was recently restored to provide rehearsal and recording space for the Hallé orchestra.

This show is sold as unreserved seating. It is a co-promotion with Please Please You and the Brudenell.

Age restriction: 14+. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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When: 7pm on Sunday 30 January 2022
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

PLEASE NOTE: This show has been postponed. We’re working on a replacement date and existing ticket-buyers will be notified by their ticket vendor once this is confirmed. Here’s a message from the band in the meantime:

‘We’ve made the hard choice to postpone our January / February 2022 tour dates due to touring and travel conditions related to Covid 19. We are working with promoters to reschedule these dates and will announce updated plans ASAP. All tickets purchased will be honored for rescheduled shows, or refunds available from point of purchase once new details are announced. We appreciate your understanding and we look forward to playing music for you all soon.’

We’re excited to be working with Heartless Bastards for the first time!

On the new album A Beautiful Life, Heartless Bastards share a wide-eyed and radiant vision for harmonising a broken world. The Ohio-bred and Texas-transplanted band’s first new music since 2015’s Restless Ones, A Beautiful Life affirms frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom as a songwriter with the power to profoundly influence our state of mind, often by alchemizing her idealism into viscerally potent rock-and-roll songs. With its delicate coalescence of so many eclectic touchstones – French pop and Celtic folk, space rock and symphonic pop, Disney scores and post-punk – the result is an album that immediately lures the listener into a more receptive mindset, one that leads to deeper generosity, greater compassion, and a restored sense of possibility.

Co-produced by Wennerstrom and Kevin Ratterman (Strand Of Oaks, Jim James, White Reaper), A Beautiful Life finds Wennerstrom joining forces with the likes of guitarist Lauren Gurgiolo (Okkervil River), drummer Greggory Clifford (White Denim), multi-instrumentalist Jesse Chandler (Mercury Rev, Midlake), keyboardist Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket), guitarist David Pulkingham (Patty Griffin), and longtime Heartless Bastards bassist Jesse Ebaugh. Although she debated releasing A Beautiful Life as a solo effort (as with 2018’s Sweet Unknown), the Austin-based singer/songwriter ultimately conceived the album as a continuation of the journey begun on the band’s breathlessly acclaimed 2005 debut Stairs and Elevators. ‘I loved the last iteration of Heartless Bastards so much – they’re like family – but the stars weren’t aligning for us to reconvene on this record,’ says Wennerstrom. ‘As the record came together I realised it’s always been my project, and I was determined to continue forth with that. I had so much faith in these songs and in myself, and in many ways it feels like a rebirth.’

Like many timeless songwriters before her, Wennerstrom channels her nuanced observation of the outside world into music that incites contemplation, catharsis, and a joyful sense of defiance. ‘It’s so easy to get caught up in the material goals that are prioritised by our society and the every-man-for-himself mentality of late-stage capitalism,’ Wennerstrom says of the album’s central themes. ‘That way of thinking presents a false idea of what a beautiful life is, and I think it’s so important that we as individuals all ask ourselves what it truly means to have a beautiful life.’

Throughout A Beautiful Life, Heartless Bastards guide their audience through an unhurried pondering of that very question, an exploration that begins with the soulfully expressed frustration of songs like How Low. ‘It’s becoming harder and harder to choose a simple life; so many people struggle to get ahead so they don’t get left behind,’ says Wennerstrom, who names the Jackson 5 as a key inspiration for the track’s jangly R&B grooves. ‘I believe that a truly elevated, conscious society is one that seeks to lift each other up – one where we work for the common good.’ On You Never Know, the band brings in elements of Brazilian bossa nova and yé-yé, arriving at a sweetly spirited anthem against jadedness. ‘As we get older and experience the pain of certain plans not working out, we can build up walls to protect ourselves,’ Wennerstrom says. ‘This song is a reminder to stay open, stay present, and keep taking chances.’

One of the most hypnotic moments on A Beautiful Life, Photograph unfolds as a sprawling psych-rock epic, speaking to the urgency of unconditional compassion. ‘There’s an extreme divide that’s developed in our society, but underneath it all I think we all want the same things,’ says Wennerstrom. ‘One of the biggest challenges I’ve dealt with is learning that I can’t control the energy that comes at me, but I can control my reaction, and try to take a compassionate approach with everyone.’ And on Went Around The World, Heartless Bastards elegantly merge hip-hop beats and high-drama strings in a mesmerising meditation on the inherent connectedness of all life. ‘I’ve toured for years and backpacked around in my off time, and through experiencing new situations I’ve gotten to know parts of myself I’d never known,’ says Wennerstrom. ‘It’s reinforced for me that it doesn’t matter what our race or religion is, or whether we’re male or female, straight or LGBTQ – we’re all connected to each other, and to the planet that sustains us. It’s all family.’

In the making of Heartless Bastards’ most elaborately realised body of work to date, Wennerstrom immersed herself in a highly experimental process that sometimes involved breathing new life into song fragments she’d first created decades ago. ‘There are little pieces of songs that I’ve had in my head for 20 years, and that finally found their place on this album,’ she notes. As she dreamed up A Beautiful Life’s finely detailed yet free-flowing sound, Wennerstrom repeatedly wandered down what she lovingly refers to as rabbit tunnels. ‘I call them tunnels instead of rabbit holes, because they take me somewhere instead of leaving me stuck,’ she says. ‘I allowed myself to really feel my way through things, trusting that I was going to get to where we needed to go. I never abandoned my vision, and because of that the album became everything I hoped it would be and then some.’

After recording some of the basic tracking for A Beautiful Life with Danny Reisch in Austin, Wennerstrom headed to Ratterman’s Invisible Creature studio in Los Angeles, assembling such singular musicians as Andrew Bird and Persian setar virtuoso Fared Shafinury (both of whom contributed to the wildly rambling folk of The River). ‘I made sure to pick people whose style I knew would be a perfect fit for these songs – that way I could tell them, “Hey, I just want you to be you,”‘ she says. As the album took shape, Wennerstrom and her collaborators discovered an undeniable chemistry that led her to invite Clifford and guitarist Gurgiolo into the lineup for Heartless Bastards’ upcoming live shows, marking the start of an exciting new era for the band.

For the final track to A Beautiful Life, Heartless Bastards chose a slow-burning piece called The Thinker, a gently galvanising plea to ‘see the beauty in everything’. ‘There’s a line in that song that sums up the whole album for me: “I did it all for love and I’d do it again,”‘ says Wennerstrom. ‘For me music is a gift – I do it because I love it, and because it helps me feel more connected to the world. I think we all long for a deep connection, and I hope this record adds to the conversation on how we as a species can stop seeing ourselves as separate. I hope it helps everyone to think about how we can look out for each other, take care of each other, and lift each other up.’

This is a 14+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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When: 7pm on Friday 4 February 2022
Where: YES (Basement), 38 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7DB

We’re delighted to be welcoming The Surfing Magazines back to Manchester!

Garage rock supergroup The Surfing Magazines have unveiled their new single Sports Bar, the first release from their forthcoming album Badgers of Wymeswold, out this summer via Moshi Moshi Records.

Consisting of one half of Slow Club and two thirds of The Wave Pictures, The Surfing Magazines’ primary influences are Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground and all the great surf guitar music of the 1960s. They burst onto the scene with their eponymous debut album in 2017, a lauded LP described by Record Collector Mag as ‘a vintage-yet-modern rock’n’roll classic’.

Marking their first release since 2017, Sports Bar combines rumbling bass, slick vocals and witty lyricism to masterful effect. In typically mischievous fashion, the band describe it as ‘like The Modern Lovers if Marc Bolan had sung lead vocals instead of Jonathan Richman, with a bridge ripped out of Pavement, only better than any of those people’s music,’ and in doing so strike a curious balance of self-deprecation and self-belief – a quality that permeates their music as well as their description of it.

Mixing the noir surf textures of 1960s garage rock along with west coast sun beaten harmony pop, the 17-track Badgers of Wymeswold follows the acclaimed debut and is to be released July this year. The London-based foursome recorded the album at Ranscomb Studio in Rochester in February last year before the start of the first UK lockdown.

Pushing their sound forward, the band utilise their garage rock ethic and have both drummer Dominic Brider and rhythm guitar player Charles Watso lead on vocals across multiple tracks. The album sees a return of freeform saxophone parts, eerie violins and piano all appear, notably on tracks Nostaw Boogie and I’m Going Out Tonight To Play Some Pool. The title track is drawn from David Tattersall’s nightmare vision about his home town’s population of self-governing people, the album artwork was also made by Tattersall and depicts a collage of his referenced dreams. The extensive LP showcases their characteristic sound at their brightest, from softer ballads such as Poppies and Silver Breasts, surf guitar rock anthem Locomotive Cheer, and to the six bar blues Pink Ice Cream.

Their first release in four years, Sports Bar sees The Surfing Magazines draw on their trademark garage rock sound with undeniable results.

Local support comes from Granfalloon – the musical project of Manchester-based artist Richard Lomax. Lomax makes a hybrid of alt-folk acoustica, and lo-fi electronica – weaving oddball elements, such as Omnichords, acoustic guitars, and vintage drum loops, into dreamy songs and cinematic soundscapes. Their latest album Positive Songs is out now.

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When: 8pm on Saturday 5 February 2022
Where: Low Four Studio, Deansgate Mews, Great Northern, Manchester M3 4EN

We’re delighted to be presenting an intimate show with Francis Lung at Low Four!

Francis Lung is a singer/songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist from Manchester. He began writing and stockpiling music after the demise of his former band WU LYF in 2012. The unique brand of power pop featured on his recorded output spans genres as diverse as disco, soft rock and alt-country whilst gliding seamlessly between them.

Latest album Miracle was released in June 2021 on Memphis Industries. Despite its serious subject matter, Miracle is far from austere in sound, marrying the cinematic, dreamlike quality of Francis’ earlier music with the pared-back charm of great singer-songwriters like Judee Sill, Jeff Tweedy and Elliott Smith.

This show – part of Independent Venue Week 2022 – takes place at Low Four Studio, the recording studio and venue on Deansgate Mews in the Great Northern. Francis Lung made his video for The Let Down there.

This is a 14+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 8 February 2022
Where: Low Four Studio, Deansgate Mews, Great Northern, Manchester M3 4EN

We’re delighted to be presenting an intimate show with Penelope Isles at Low Four!

Penelope Isles are centred around siblings Jack and Lily Wolter, originally from the Isle of Man, and for several years now based in Brighton.

Their debut album Until the Tide Creeps In was produced by the band at the Bella Union studios in London and Brighton. They create dynamic blissed-out moments soaked in fuzz-noise waves – their songs fragile yet ferocious. Indie-psych currents and lustrous melodies blend with the siblings’ voices.

To support the release they played over 150 shows all over the world, including 100 shows in 2019 alone and three tours in the USA. They’ve hit the road with The Flaming Lips, Wallows and The Magic Numbers. Loved by fans, DJs, tour mates and writers, this debut marks them out as one of the most exciting UK bands of the last few years.

This show takes place at Low Four Studio, the recording studio and venue on Deansgate Mews in the Great Northern.

This is a 14+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 9 February 2022
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re excited to working with John Francis Flynn for the first time!

Fresh from an exhilarating sold-out show at Whelans in Dublin and a double award-winning appearance at the 2021 RTE Folk Awards, John Francis Flynn has announced extensive UK tour dates.

The newly crowned ‘Best Singer’ and ‘Best Emerging Artist’ at the RTE Folk Awards continues to gather rave reviews at home and abroad this will surely be a show not to be missed. The recent Whelans show saw Flynn and band expand upon the critically acclaimed debut I Would Not Live Always with lush, expansive soundscapes and pulsating versions of fan favourites My Son Tim and Lovely Joan.

John Francis Flynn is a singer and multi-instrumentalist whose work centres around traditional and folk material from Ireland. He is a founding member of the band, Skipper’s Alley, with whom he has toured extensively throughout Europe and America. While supporting Lankum on their 2019 UK tour he caught the eye of Geoff Travis and Jeanette Lee who quickly signed John to Rough Trade imprint label River Lea.

‘Folk Album of the Year’ – Mojo

‘Tin whistles, fiddles and tape loops create a fascinating new landscape of folk-horror vibrations’ – Folk Album of 2021, the Guardian

‘Double Tin Whistle and Tape-Loops. Revelatory new takes on English and Irish folk songs in the manner of Sam Amidon. A singular and striking clarity of vision… An extraordinary debut by any standard’ – Uncut Magazine

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When: 7pm on Friday 11 February 2022
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately, due to the current ongoing Covid 19 situations and the complications this causes for international travel, Vetiver and Josh Rouse have had to cancel their February 2022 tour as it is not possible to reschedule this co-headline run. Both artists look forward to returning to the EU/UK next time. All tickets will be refunded at their point of purchase.

We’re delighted to present this exciting pairing of two Hey! Manchester favourites, Josh Rouse and Vetiver!

You don’t have to work hard to enjoy Josh Rouse’s music. His songs present themselves to you with an open heart, an innate intelligence and an absolute lack of pretension. They are clear-eyed, empathetic and penetrating. Without pandering, they seek to satisfy both your ear and your understanding. The verses draw you in with telling detail, both musical and thematic, and the choruses lift and deliver. They resolve without seeming overly tidy or pat.

Rouse was born in Nebraska, and following an itinerant upbringing he eventually landed in Nashville where he recorded his debut Dressed Like Nebraska (1998). The album’s acclaim led to tours with Aimee Mann, Mark Eitzel and the late Vic Chestnutt. The follow-up – Home (2000) – yielded the song Directions, which Cameron Crowe used in his film Vanilla Sky.

‘Every time I’ve made a record, I’ve tried to make it different from the last one,’ says Rouse. ‘I always became fascinated by a different style of music. But at the end of the day, no matter how eclectic I try to make it, it’s my voice and melodic sensibility that tie things together.’

For his 2003 breakthrough album, 1972, which happens to be the year he was born, Rouse decided to cheer up a bit. Noting that he’d earned a reputation for melancholy, he says, with a laugh, ‘I figured this is my career, I might as well try to enjoy it.’ While the Seventies are often identified with singer-songwriters, Rouse was primarily attracted to the warmer sound of albums back then, as well as the more communal feel of the soul music of that time. The follow up, Nashville (2005), continued the hot streak and expanded his audience further.

After relocating to Valencia, Spain with his wife Paz, Rouse has released a steady stream of high quality songs and albums. Subtitulo (2006) contained the international indie folk hit Quiet Town. On El Turista (2010) he even experimented with writing and singing some songs in Spanish. In 2014, he won a Goya Award (the Spanish equivalent of an Oscar) for best song for Do You Really Want To Be In Love, from the film La Gran Familia Española.

The Embers of Time (2015) was one of his strongest albums – self-described as ‘my surreal, ex-pat, therapy record’. He followed that up with 2018’s Love In the Modern Age, which took its musical inspiration from the thinking man’s pop of the eighties: The Blue Nile, Prefab Sprout and the Style Council. And in 2019 he tackled the Christmas album on The Holiday Sounds of Josh Rouse but instead of well-worn carols or classics, he wrote an entire record of original holiday themed pop songs.

Vetiver is the long-running stage and recording name of San Francisco’s Andy Cabic. Up On High is his seventh studio album and the first since 2015. Vetiver has toured around the world on headline tours and supporting artists that include Wilco, The Shins, Fleet Foxes, Beach House, Bob Weir & Phil Lesh and Vashti Bunyan. Vetiver craft nuanced, understated songs that reward careful listening, building a rich duality; a space where sunshine is only a chord away from melancholy, an introspective lyric underlies an extroverted chorus and subtlety tries to be outgoing in an effort to connect the dots of life’s ellipsis.

Up On High was recorded with longtime collaborator Thom Monahan (Neko Case, Bedouine, Fruit Bats, The Donkeys, Peter Bjorn and John, Beachwood Sparks, Little Joy). Instrumentation comes from an all-world cast that includes Eric Johnson (Fruit Bats, EDJ), Gabriel Noel (Kendrick Lamar, Father John Misty, Tyler the Creator), Dan Iead (Kevin Morby, Cass McCombs), Josh Adams (Bedouine, Wild Nothing) and Tim Ramsey (Fruit Bats, Little Wings).

This is a 14+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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When: 7pm on Saturday 12 February 2022
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

PLEASE NOTE: This show has been postponed until February 2022. All other details are the same, and original tickets remain valid. Here’s a message from the band:

‘Disappointingly, we must announce that our upcoming UK tour has once again been postponed. We had pinned our hopes on everything improving by April but as it doesn’t seem likely that gigs will be able to return to full capacity by then we have pushed our tour plans back to 2022. As a band of our size, playing in independent venues, we rely on sold out shows to make touring viable. So, here’s to 2022 when our dreams of all cramming into a sweaty, loud, sold out, local venue can be lived’

We’re delighted to be welcoming Smoke Fairies back to the Deaf Institute!

Darkness Brings the Wonders Home, Smoke Fairies’ widely acclaimed first album in four years and the first to come out on the band’s own label, Year Seven Records, was released at the start of this year and has seen some remarkable chart positions – especially for a band operating entirely under their own steam (#1 UK album in Rock and a #6 in the Independent Album Charts).

Following on from this success, a limited-edition 7” picture disc of latest single from the album, Elevator, will be released Friday 3 April. This release will sit alongside its sold-out sister single Out Of The Woods/Disconnect, which came out at the end of last year in conjunction with Rough Trade shops. Again, the picture disc has been beautifully hand drawn and designed by Manchester-based illustrator Daren Newman.

Elevator, taken from Darkness Brings the Wonders Home, was recorded with producer Phil Ek (The Black Angels, Fleet Foxes, The Shins) over the course of a rigorous month-long session in Seattle. Smoke Fairies (aka Jessica Davies and Katherine Blamire) drew their inspiration for the album from mysteries both real and imagined: sea monsters, flocks of crows taking flight in extravagant formation, and strange creatures dwelling in the mud near their new South London abode. ‘Times of darkness are when people are often the most imaginative,’ says Jessica in reflecting on the album’s title. ‘It helps you to see all the wonders of the world you hadn’t noticed before – the things you’ve been blind to because you’ve been on autopilot for so long.’

And following on from their sold-out UK shows in February, Smoke Fairies have announced further UK tour dates for later in the year – including at Manchester’s Deaf Institute.

Tour support comes from Samana. Having spent two years rebuilding a Georgian farmhouse in the wild Welsh countryside, Samana  – aka Rebecca Rose Harris and Franklin Mockett – filled their car with a refined selection of instruments and a tape machine and headed to France for a three-week residency in early 2020. However, the world had different ideas and before the end of the first week they were given a simple choice: head home immediately or stay and ride out the incoming lockdown which would force the closure of all borders indefinitely.

They decided to stay and keep working, a decision which would lead to a new record – the duo’s second full-length album following 2019’s Ascension LP, which was richly championed by Elbow’s Guy Garvey. All One Breath continues Samana’s enthralling musical journey, weaving between various musical styles and influences, from progressive folk to an experimental, transcendental take on soul, blues, and rock.

This is a 14+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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