Late heads-up for this heavy-duty triple bill tomorrow night at Bush Hall...
The James Blackshaw Ensemble
with Frank Fairfield + Ryan Francesconi
at Bush Hall - London
(Thu 2nd Sep 2010 / 7.30pm / £9 adv)
Three singular auteurs of guitar-led composition unite for a very special evening of heavenly sounds in the capital.
The James Blackshaw Ensemble: Think Steve Reich's 'Electric Counterpoint' for comparison … but be prepared for much more besides, as Blackshaw experiments with sonorous feedback drones, multi-tracked piano, measured strings and wind arrangements, heart-wrenching melodies, harmonic shifts and pointillist textures.
Frank Fairfield: A California based fiddle, guitar and banjo player and ardent 78 collector who was the specially-chosen tour guest of Fleet Foxes, Fairfield sings soaring hillbilly knockouts, arcane rambling songs and murder ballads in a reedy tenor with that irresistible dust to digital quality.
Ryan Francesconi’s stock has soared of late as the main man on Joanna Newsom’s stunning triple album “Have One On Me”. He arranged and played all over that stunning opus as well as figuring centrally in its live incarnation and the Ys Street Band of Newsom’s previous record.