James Blackshaw, Hamilton Yarns and Caroline Weeks
Saturday February 7th, 8pm, £6, BYO alcohol.
Westhill Hall, Compton Avenue, Seven Dials, Brighton
A one off UK show ahead of touring USA with Earth and Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls), James Blackshaw is a mesmerising guitarist initially inspired inspired by the guitarists of the 60’s Takoma label such as John Fahey and Robbie Basho.
Born in London in 1981, Blackshaw has so far released six solo studio albums, one live recording and has also appeared on numerous compilations in the last five years. “O True Believers” (2006, Important Records/Bo’weavil Recordings), “The Cloud of Unknowing” (2007, Tompkins Square) and “Litany of Echoes” (2008, Tompkins Square) have received huge critical acclaim from printed and online publications including Pitchfork, Billboard, The Wire, The Observer, The Times, Uncut, The New York Times, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Onion, Magnet and Acoustic Guitar Magazine. “The Cloud of Unknowing” was also listed as one of the 50 best albums of 2007 by The Wire (no. 24) and Pitchfork (no. 34). His latest album, “Litany of Echoes” was listed as Uncut Magazine’s 13th Best Album of 2008.
Blackshaw has recently signed to Michael Gira’s (Swans/Angels of Light) Young God Records label and is beginning work on his seventh studio album.
Inspiring eclectica, melodies tweezed from field recordings, swolen accordions soothed by flugelhorns, otherworldly and undeniably English at the same time.
Engaging and poetic, Caroline Weeks is a prolific musician who has played in countless fantastic bands including Bat For Lashes, pthhhh, Euchrid Eucrow and Hamilton Yarns. Her debut EP Songs for Edna is out in March.