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When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 25 January 2023
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LW

PLEASE NOTE: This show has now sold out! Watch this space for details of future Old Sea Brigade shows in Manchester.

We’re excited to be working with Old Sea Brigade for the first time!

Ben Cramer describes 5 AM Paradise, his vivid and moving third album as Old Sea Brigade, as a coming-of-age record: ten songs that balance youthful abandon with maturity and restraint, full of imaginative flourishes, evocative textures, and graceful melodies that lend magnitude to mundane moments.

Cramer first introduced Old Sea Brigade with his debut EP Love Brought Weight followed by his 2019 debut album, Ode To A Friend. He toured with artists like Passenger, Tall Heights, WildRivers, Joseph, Lewis Watson, and Luke Sital-Singh, developing an undeniable chemistry with Luke that carried over to the studio on the collaborative All the Ways You Sing in the Dark EP. At the same time, Cramer was establishing himself as a sought-after producer to artists from around the world who stopped by his Nashville home studio, including Australians Angie McMahon and Lawson Hull, London’s John Joseph Brill, Montreal’s The Franklin Electric, and rising talent from his local community like Braison Cyrus and Paul McDonald.

His 2021 sophomore album, Motivational Speaking, was called ‘some of the best quarantine art’ (Consequence) and ‘sharply written and infectiously propulsive’ (Uncut).

5 AM Paradise builds on those successes, as he revels in new sounds and ideas and explores the textures of everyday life in songs that make space for doubt and worry alongside joy and pleasure. He leaves his songs unresolved — posing more questions than he answers — so that they reveal more and more of themselves each time you hear them.

‘A warm, lovely dose of Americana’ – Brooklyn Vegan

‘A delightful slice of folk pop just perfect for a spring day, rain or shine’ – The East Nashvillian

Tour support comes from Joni. Rosy, amp-coloured vocals reverberate from a small green house tucked deep in the hills of Laurel Canyon. Joni, the project of singer-songwriter Joni Fatora, spent the last year holed up in her home studio writing and recording songs for her 2020 EP, Orchid Room. The result is a haze of intimate songs — daydreamy and feminine, classic yet modern. With a patchwork of influences ranging from 60s Tropicália to early 2000s indie rock, Joni evokes the feeling of indie darlings Cat Power, Feist and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

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