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When: 7.30pm on Friday 18 November 2022
Where: Hallé at St Michael’s, 36-38 George Leigh Street, Ancoats, Manchester M4 5DG

PLEASE NOTE: This show now takes place at St Michael’s, also in Ancoats – around 200 metres from Hallé St Peter’s, at 36-38 George Leigh Street. All other details are the same and original tickets remain valid.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE: Tonight’s show begins with Jaimee Harris’ performance at 8pm, with Mary Gauthier’s set following straight after, from around 8.30pm. Seating is unreserved, so please arrive early. 

We’re delighted to be working with Mary Gauthier for the first time.

On June 3rd, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, and now accomplished author Mary Gauthier will release her new album Dark Enough To See The Stars (Thirty Tigers). Over the course of eight studio albums, Mary Gauthier has firmly planted herself as a truth teller, a songwriter unafraid to dive into the emotional core of her chosen subject. Her poignant songs move people deeply and often evoke an emotive response. It is one of the many things that connect her so deeply to her fans, and why they love her. On Dark Enough To See The Stars, she mourns the loss of dear friends that include John Prine, Nanci Griffith and David Olney, but Gauthier takes a slightly different course by offering an optimistic side of herself with songs that celebrate the joy of new love and personal contentment. A prime example can be heard on her enchanting new ballad Amsterdam.

With The Band-inspired opening track Fall Apart World, the tender and thoughtful About Time and the eternally grateful Thank God For You, it’s evident that with Gauthier’s life experience she takes nothing for granted. She also looks at love from a different perspective in remembrance of her departed colleagues and mentors with songs such as How Could You Be Gone and ‘Til I See You Again. The title track, co-written with Beth Nielsen Chapman, is a realisation that through loss and darkness there can be a beautiful sense of clarity and an understanding about what truly matters.

Dark Enough To See The Stars is the follow up to Gauthier’s powerful 2018 release Rifles & Rosary Beads, which was co-written with U.S. veterans and their families and served to help them cope with the trauma experienced both abroad and at home. The album received a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album and won Album Of The Year at the International Folk Music Awards (Folk Alliance) and Gauthier was awarded the Americana Music Association UK International Artist Of The Year award in 2019. Gauthier was featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Associated Press, NPR Weekend Edition, and a powerful segment on CBS This Morning. In 2021, Gauthier released her first book, entitled Saved By A Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting. In the memoir, she shared her life experiences from addiction, abandonment and loss to compassion, empathy, kindness and ultimately triumph. It is a truly inspiring work that received critical praise and was included in Rolling Stone’s Best Music Books of 2021.

Tour support comes from Jaimee Harris. On the heels of her debut album Red Rescue, hailed by many as one of the top Americana albums of 2018, Jaimee Harris does not disappoint with the release of The Congress House Sessions, a thoughtful, intimate EP with stripped-down recordings of some of her most requested songs. These new recordings, recorded at the storied Congress House Studio by Mark Hallman (Carole King, Ani DiFranco, Eliza Gilkyson) and Andre Moran (Sarah Borges, Rickie Lee Jones), feature some of Austin’s favorite players, including Jane Ellen Bryant and Kris Nelson on backing vocals, Ray Bonneville on harmonica, Brian Patterson on electric guitar, and Sammy Powell on piano.

This will be one of the first public concerts in St Michael’s since its recent re-opening, having been closed since 2004. The Roman Catholic church was founded in 1859 and became the heart of the Little Italy Community in Ancoats.

This show is a co-promotion with Edge Street Live.

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

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