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Upcoming shows: Gratis: Granfalloon... The Bevis Frond... Jenn Grant... Sam Outlaw... The Album Leaf... Jesca Hoop... Chance McCoy... Gratis: Dumb... Skating Polly + She Makes War... Gratis: Dehd... Shana Cleveland... Lambert... Robyn Hitchcock... Martin Kohlstedt... Francis Lung... Mr Ben & the Bens... Weyes Blood... Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore with The Guilty Ones... Sinkane... Sam Amidon... Tropical Fuck Storm... The Delines... Mega Bog... Sebastian Plano... Gratis: Molly Linen + Cult Party... Dana Gavanski... David Thomas Broughton... Tusks... Erland Cooper... BC Camplight... Sean Rowe... Hannah Ashcroft... John Craigie... Kiwi Jr... Rachael Dadd... Angel Olsen... Beans on Toast... Jesse Malin... Peggy Sue...

When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 8 October 2019
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re delighted to be working with Old Crow Medicine Show’s Chance McCoy for the first time!

Chance McCoy is a Grammy Award-winning indie folk musician from West Virginia.

‘It can be scary to step away from something that’s been so successful,’ says Chance McCoy, ‘but it’s important to follow your passion. I really believe in the music that I’m making right now, so it feels like the right time for me as an artist to get off the main road and explore the path less trodden.’

A virtuoso fiddler, guitarist, and banjo player, McCoy is best known as a member of Grammy-winning Americana powerhouse Old Crow Medicine Show – but Wander Wide, his debut solo album, reveals a remarkable depth and versatility far beyond anything we’ve heard from him yet. Captivating in its cross of the traditional and the progressive, the record shows little regard for the conventional boundaries of genre and decade, blending old-school bluegrass melodies with modern rock and roll arrangements and rich, atmospheric production. McCoy based the album off of a live residency show he put on weekly at The Basement in Nashville, and the studio recordings here tap into the same exuberant energy he brought to the stage every night, complete with dazzling performances that unexpectedly twist and turn, sometimes transitioning from one tune to the next within the same track.

‘This whole record was built to be performed live,’ explains McCoy. ‘We recorded everything exactly the way we played it at the Basement, just three people making music together in the moment. Even my vocals were recorded live. It was really important for me to capture that feel.’

Special guest is Jon Coley. Jon plays an eclectic mix of Blues, soul and folk, mixed with fresh original songwriting, and is making a name for himself for his unique guitar playing. He is influenced by performers such as Nick Drake, John Mayer, Bert Jansch, Wizz Jones and especially John Martyn, and is known for his passionate vocal performances, reminiscent of Van Morrison and Amos Lee. He has quickly become a legendary figure in his present home of Manchester, and his family’s native Liverpool, where his grandfather worked to book bands for the Cavern Club alongside Bobby Wooler and owner Ray McFall.

‘Beautiful songwriting… I hear echoes of old friends in his playing’ – Ralph McTell

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from the bar (no booking fee), Vinyl Exchange, WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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