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When: 7pm on Thursday 24 October 2019
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

We’re delighted to working with Robyn Hitchcock for the first time!

Robyn Hitchcock is one of England’s most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician’s musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock’s father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration).

Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn has recorded more than 20 albums as well as starred in Storefront Hitchcock – an in-concert film recorded in New York and directed by Jonathan Demme.

Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as ‘paintings you can listen to’. His most recent album is self-titled and marks his 21st release as a solo artist. The album, released in 2017, was produced by Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs). Hitchcock describes it as a ‘ecstatic work of negativity with nary a dreary groove’.

It has received rave reviews from UNCUT, Rolling Stone, Paste, Tidal and more.

‘A gifted melodist, Hitchcock nests engaging lyrics in some of the most bracing, rainbow-hued pop this side of Revolver. He wrests inspiration not from ordinary life but from extraordinary imaginings’ – Rolling Stone

‘These 10 gems slither, rock, roll, glide and shapeshift, coalescing around Hitchcock’s typically anxious, strained but striking and immediately identifiable vocals’ – American Songwriter

‘Beloved of everyone from Led Zeppelin to REM, Hitchcock has only enhanced his status with this wonderful outing’ – Hot Press

‘Witty, moving and seriously catchy, Robyn Hitchcock is a glorious return for a man who wasn’t really gone in the first place’ – Paste Magazine

Special guest is Emma Tricca. Emma Tricca has travelled far in seeking the heart of her own music. Inspired by Odetta and encouraged by John Renbourn, she has been gigging around folk clubs honing her craft as songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist. Extended stays in New York and Texas followed, before she returned to London to start work on a first melancholic masterpiece, 2009’s crystalline Minor White. Five years on she would release Relic, even more poised and precise than its predecessor, adding gentle percussion and plaintive orchestration to the established pattern of hushed guitar and heartfelt vocals.

Then hungry for new directions, when her friend Jane Weaver urged her to ‘explore the weirdness’ in her music she called up Jason Victor, producer and Dream Syndicate guitarist. Hauling in Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley and New York bass hero Pete Galub they explored the rougher sound in her head. The resultant St Peter (2018) combined crunchy country rock, homespun psychedelia, Morricone soundtracks, New York underground grit and English folk grandeur to weave a wholly unique and surprising spell.

This is a 14+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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