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When: 7pm on Wednesday 1 March 2023
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

We’re delighted to be bringing Sweet Baboo back to Manchester – this time to The Deaf Institute.

Sweet Baboo is the alter ego of North Walian musician and songwriter Stephen Black. His career has spanned over two decades and has seen him release six albums to date to critical acclaim.

He is currently putting the finishing touches to a new record, his first in over five years, which will be released in early 2023.

Sweet Baboo has not performed live since End of The Road Festival 2018 but that’s not to say Black hasn’t been busy – most recently in January 2022 releasing and touring his second album as Group Listening, entitled Clarinet & Piano: Selected Works Vol 2. with pianist Paul Jones.

It’s been a long while and it’s exciting to finally have Sweet Baboo back.

‘Beautifully judged (electronic) psych-pop record that hums with warmth’ – Uncut magazine on 2017 album Wild Imagination

‘With a blend of humility and affection, Stephen Black, [is] a honey-voiced man with a goal of becoming the Harry Nilsson of Snowdonia.’ – The Times on 2015 album The Boombox Ballads

Tour support comes from Clémentine March. French-born British songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Clémentine March has released two albums so far on Lost Map Records, Le Continent (2020) and Songs Of Resilience (2021), both reflecting her multicultural roots (childhood spent in France, music learning in Brazil) and her preoccupations, loss, love and transcendence. Her music loosely reunites Caetano Veloso’s melodies and Béla Bartók’s chord progressions, Pavement and cheesy tunes from a late 20th Century TV set. Clémentine is currently preparing her third album, due to be released in 2023.

Clémentine also has played (mostly bass) with artists the likes of Dana Gavanski, Alabaster dePlume, Snapped Ankles, Floating World Pictures, Naima Bock, and many others.

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