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When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 24 April 2024
Where: YES Pink Room, 38 Charles Street, Manchester, M1 7DB

We’re excited to welcome Giant Sand to Manchester – their first visit in 19 years!

Giant Sand celebrate 25 years since the release of the legendary Chore Of Enchantment, the panoramic masterpiece that was the turning point for the classic line-up featuring seasoned songwriter Howe Gelb and latter-day Calexico members Joey Burns and John Convertino from 1999.

Filled with mind-bending one-liners, customary offbeat instrumentation, echo fields and hazy horizons, Chore Of Enchantment is a songbook of Howe Gelb’s greatest songs. The high level production by the legendary Jim Dickinson, PJ Harvey foil John Parish and acclaimed singer/songwriter/producer Kevin Salem, a tour-de-force of Gelb’s unique oeuvre.

Highlighting their eclectic and esoteric career, this reissue celebrates the band’s magnificent, long and winding career. This deluxe reissue features restored artwork and newly penned liner notes from MOJO’s Dave Henderson.

‘A beautiful, emotionally complex album’ – The Quietus

Giant Sand have been the primary outlet for the stylistic curveballs and sun-damaged songcraft of singer-songwriter Howe Gelb. In four-plus decades he’s managed to reinvent rock, country, blues, punk, garage, lo-fi, jazz, gospel, avant-garde noise and flamenco gypsy music with his impressionistic imagery and expansive observations of the world.

The reissue is released alongside 2010’s Blurry Blue Mountain. A gorgeous and much-celebrated collection of perfectly-crafted, personal songwriting from Howe Gelb. It’s another well-thumbed chapter recounted by one of Americana’s great writers.

‘An album full of heart, soul, and wit… there’s some very real magic to be found in the elegant force of Blurry Blue Mountain’ – AllMusic

Giant Sand will be touring the UK as a band, including Tommy Larkins on drums, this April.

Special guest is Ben Woods from The Golden Dregs. The Golden Dregs are a band based in South East London. Their latest album, On Grace & Dignity, was released in February 2023 on 4AD, followed by an EP of pop covers in November. Originally hailing from Cornwall, the project started life in 2016 as a musical vehicle for producer and songwriter Ben Woods.

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