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Upcoming shows: The Catenary Wires + Milky Wimpshake... Gratis: John Myrtle... Gratis: Butcher the Bar... Peter Broderick & Friends... Tacocat... The Beths... Deerhoof... Mark Mulcahy... Jenn Grant... Tallies... The Bevis Frond... Sam Outlaw... The Album Leaf... Jesca Hoop... Chance McCoy... Peggy Sue... Gratis: Dumb... Skating Polly + She Makes War... Gratis: Dehd... Shana Cleveland... Lambert... Robyn Hitchcock... Samana... Martin Kohlstedt... Francis Lung... Weyes Blood... Sinkane... Sam Amidon... Tropical Fuck Storm... The Delines... Sebastian Plano... Erland Cooper... BC Camplight... Sean Rowe... Jesse Malin...

When: 7pm on Tuesday 3 December 2019
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

PLEASE NOTE: Due to demand, this show has been upgraded to Soup Kitchen. All details remain the same, except doors will now open at 7pm, rather than 7.30pm.

We’re delighted to be presenting Sean Rowe’s only UK show outside of London!

Though he grew up in the generally frozen landscape of Troy, New York, Sean Rowe spent many of his formative summers in DeLand, Florida — a small town between Orlando and Daytona Beach — where his father was a residential caretaker at a home for troubled youths. It was there, in a mercifully air-conditioned, mostly unused building filled with donated musical instruments, that Sean taught himself to play drums and then bass. For those who have wondered where his distinctly low and percussive approach to guitar playing comes from, I believe you now have your answer.

During those same years, when he wasn’t listening to heavy metal or building his early musical chops, Sean was in the woods exploring, foraging, and obsessively learning all that he could about the natural world around him. Since then, his fascination with the subject has only grown and through his new web-series, Can I Eat This?, he’s found a means of indulging two of his great passions: music and nature. In each of the forthcoming episodes of Can I Eat This?, Sean will guide a fellow musician on a foraging mission for all manner of wild foods. The two will use their harvest to prepare some tasty creation and end their adventure by performing a cover song together. Look for new episodes this summer!

This year started with a successfully-funded Kickstarter campaign to support the production of Sean’s new full-length album. For this record, he teamed up with longtime producer and friend Troy Pohl, who helmed production on the albums Magic, Madman, Her Songs, and various other EPs. The two traveled to Eau Claire, Wisconsin to team up with producer and multi-instrumentalist Shane Leonard and engineer Brian Joseph at Joseph’s famed Hive Studio. All involved have described the experience as something quite remarkable and Sean is eager to release the finished work later this year.

Over the course of his career, Sean Rowe has recorded five full-length albums and several EPs. His music has been used widely throughout film and television, with notable examples including NBC’s hit dramas The Blacklist and Parenthood. Rowe’s song To Leave Something Behind was the only non-score track to be featured in Ben Affleck’s hit 2016 feature film The Accountant and has since received nearly 4.5 million streams on Spotify alone. He tours nearly nonstop and later this year, he’ll return to Europe for two weeks with stops in the UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, and Germany.

Tour support comes from Steph Grace. One woman, one guitar, one incredible voice. Australian performer Steph Grace is proof that some of the best music comes from the purest ingredients. That’s what European crowds took away when they witnessed Steph supporting English artist Passenger on his 2019 summer tour: 6000+ crowd arenas spellbound by the power of her pure, honest and rousing folk-soul storytelling.

After a decade mastering her craft in the pubs and streets of Europe and Australia, the Sydney-born artist relocated to Europe in 2018 to team up in the studio with Chris Vallejo (Passenger, INXS, John Spencer Blues Explosion, et al.). With Vallejo at the helm, Steph collaborated with Josh Schuberth, (Ben Folds; Josh Pyke), and Jon Solo (Angus & Julia Stone), and will release fresh material in 2019, following acclaimed 2016 release ‘Concentrate’. The new songs, like her performance style, came naturally: “I rented a small granny flat in someone’s backyard on the beach at (Sydney’s) Narrabeen and took my guitar, recording equipment, a bunch of wine. Sometimes I just read books or went to the beach but mostly I buried myself in words.”

As a 100% independent artist – without label or management representation – the fact that Steph tours and performs at such an elite level is further testament to her rare talents and hard-working ethic. Some musicians entertain; others transform – Steph manages both, radiating effortless charm, charismatic depth and a storyteller’s warmth, with the magnetism to command the tone of any room, from a 50-cap club to a 10,000-strong arena. With solo shows and summer festival bookings locked in throughout Europe and beyond, Steph is an independent artist on the cusp. And it all comes down to that incredible voice – as well as the soul behind it.

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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