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Upcoming shows: Hannah Ashcroft... Gratis: Common Holly... John Craigie... Kate Davis... Kiwi Jr... Penelope Isles... Rachael Dadd... Smoke Fairies... Twen... Shards... Angel Olsen... Beans on Toast... Lady Lamb... Later Youth... Robin Richards... Alice Boman... Polly Paulusma & Annie Dressner... Heather Woods Broderick... Robbie Cavanagh... Jesse Malin... Alberta Cross... Spinning Coin... Wolf Parade... Andy Shauf... Peggy Sue... Pictish Trail... Gratis: Seazoo... Dana Gavanski... The Dears... The Lovely Eggs... The Handsome Family... Joan Shelley... glowe...

When: 7.30pm on Thursday 23 January 2020
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re excited to be working with John Craigie for the first time.

Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff clever observations, John Craigie carries on the legacy of classic singer-songwriters, while blazing a trail of his own. Recently, that trail twisted and turned into new territory for the Portland, OR performer who The Stranger appropriately dubbed ‘the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg‘. His music speaks loud to both audiences and fellow artists. Todd Snider notably hand-delivered a gift on-stage, and Chuck Norris has sent fan mail. His fifth full-length album, No Rain, No Rose boasted two collaborations with Gregory Alan Isakov, namely Highway Blood and I Am California. Both quickly cracked one million Spotify streams and counting as his knack for a captivating narrative and rustic aural palettes powered the 13-track offering together.

As No Rain, No Rose landed, he caught the attention of none other than Jack Johnson. Soon after, Craigie found himself onstage for 12 shows during Johnson’s 2017 summer tour including performances at The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA and The Gorge in Washington. Along the way, he earned acclaim from SF Weekly, Seattle Times, AXS, and more. Festival appearances also include Oregon Country Fair, Kate Wolf Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Burning Man, and many others.

When Craigie plays, it’s one of those special shows that can make you laugh and cry in the same song. It’s a musical journey that can’t be denied.

‘Craigie’s latest, I Am California, is haunting, poetic, and just how a longing for California should sound. Draped in nostalgia and covered in memories, Craigie paints a beautiful homage to the Golden State, with the assistance of singer Gregory Alan Isakov’ – Impose Magazine

‘The record opens with the shanty-like Dylan-meets-Prine number Virgin Guitar, which displays Craigie’s talent for understated singing coupled with poetic lyrics.’ – The Portland Tribune

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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