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Upcoming shows: Ólafur Arnalds... Kristin Hersh... Tiny Ruins... Mano McLaughlin... CC Smugglers... Dan Mangan... Skinny Lister... Steve Gunn... John Fairhurst... Holy Moly & The Crackers... Irma Vep... William the Conqueror... SLUG... Vera Sola... Weyes Blood... C Duncan... Otoboke Beaver... The Coathangers... BC Camplight... Simone Felice... Rozi Plain... Lowly... Josh Rouse + Grant-Lee Phillips... The Unthanks... Kiran Leonard... The Essex Green... Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton... James Yorkston... The Beths... Hayes Carll... Robert Forster & Band... Siobhan Wilson... Jason Lytle... Spencer Krug... The Sheepdogs... Lawrence Arabia... Gratis #1: Gaygirl... The Burning Hell... The Stroppies... Mark Mulcahy... The Album Leaf... Robyn Hitchcock... The Delines... BC Camplight...

When: 7.30pm on Thursday 8 November 2018
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re delighted to be working with Seamus Fogarty for the first time!

Irish songwriter Seamus Fogarty and his band borrow something from every genre from krautrock to traditional balladry and everything in between, mixing conventional instrumentation with found sounds and live electronics, all fronted by Fogarty’s plaintive vocal and songwriting. His latest album, The Curious Hand, released on Domino Records and co-produced with Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Wild Beasts), has received rave reviews across the board with the Guardian awarding it 5/5 (a ‘stunning, mercurial album’ ) while The Irish Times, the Observer, Q Magazine and Mojo all awarded it 4 stars.

Since releasing his first album in 2012 on legendary Scottish label Fence Records (King Creosote, James Yorkston), Fogarty’s profile has risen steadily. His songs have featured extensively on both BBC Radio 3 and 6 Music while earlier this year he performed a live session for Mark Radcliffe on his BBC Radio 2 Folk Show.

On the live front, 2018 has seen Fogarty and his band perform in the Main Hall of the Barbican, tour the UK with This Is The Kit and play headline shows at Kilkenny’s Rhythm & Roots Festival, Galway Arts Festival and Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. In January he bought his band over to Holland for a series of shows at Eurosonic Festival while this summer he’s played on the main stage at Green Man Festival, Haldern Pop in Germany, Larmer Tree Festival and Deershed. Closer to home, he’s been named as one of the first artists to perform at the next instalment of the legendary Other Voices in Ireland in September.

Having toured the UK on the release of The Curious Hand last October, he’s excited to present a mix of new and old material on this autumn tour.

‘Constantly unwinds and uncoils, taking us on magical journeys through fable and modern life and back again, often in the same song’ – the Guardian, 5*

‘The Curious Hand is that rare thing in folk: original, self-contained and unencumbered by the genre’ – Mojo, 4*

Local support comes from Joan the Wad. Joan the Wad – named after a torch bearing queen of the piskies – are a collection of Pennine Outliers; live music lifers cooking up a genre-dodging musical brew of soulful Northern electro folk in the creative cauldron of the Rossendale Valley. A spellbinding amalgam of sumptuous vocals, broken brushed rhythms, samples, loops and pulsating guitars create a charm of powerful trouble; think Joni Mitchell, Radiohead, Cocteau Twins, Jesca Hoop… Joan’s blazing torch lights the way on the filthiest of nights.

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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