What a better way to spend 'that day' on then in a lovely church listening to Alasdair Roberts and full band perform 2 45 minute sets, after having been lulled by the extra pleasant, Outshine Family.
Doors at 8pm and Tickets are £8 in adv from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/104576
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After his excellent solo show last November we're extremely happy to be welcoming Alasdair Roberts back to Manchester/Salford with his Quartet. They'll be hot off the heals of a European tour with Joanna Newsom and we can't wait to him feel up the church with his wonderful songs. Support comes from the excellent Outshine Family, fresh on the heels of their recently released album, Galeria De La Luz, which has ...been hotly tipped.
Alasdair Roberts Quartet
Alasdair is a Scottish folk musician based in Glasgow. His first releases consisted of home-made four-track recordings of his songs under the name Appendix Out and it was at this time that he struck up a friendship with Will Oldham and soon found himself being signed to Drag City.
Alasdair was gradually becoming more and more immersed in the traditional song and balladry of the British Isles, resulting in the first release under his own name, the solo guitar-and-voice album of traditional songs The Crook of My Arm. In 2001 Alasdair also found the time to collaborate with Jason Molina and Will Oldham; the result was the Amalgamated Sons of Rest EP, a brief collection of songs written by the three individuals, covers, traditional songs and one co-written track. He has just released his 6th album, To Long On This Condition, on Drag City.
To listen to Ali Roberts sing his first song of a set is akin to reading the opening page of an engrossing epic - you know there will be monsters, romance, and death ahead, all brought alive by a master weaver of myth, melodies and moralities.
Roberts' repertoire is made up of his own compositions and jewels from the treasure trove of timeless Scottish folk songs he regularly plunders, delivering songs with his own deftly intricate guitar playing and a voice both bold and subject to fragility.
Scottish folk singer Alasdair Roberts is an anomaly. His appropriation of antique songs calls to mind the prospecting of Daniel Day-Lewis's oilman in There Will Be Blood: he performs the subterranean, hardscrabble toil of research, then plunges his drill down deep, coming back with black gold. - The Independent
"I’m sure some of you remember Aussie producer Matthew Nicholson’s work under the Function moniker (if not, go searching), and thankfully after a short hiatus he’s back with a brand new project. Adding the talents of Room40 alumnus John Chantler (on percussion and electronics), Carina Thoren (vocals and flute) and Dom Garwood (keyboards and clarinet) Nicholson has created the Outshine Family, a sunbleached blend of folk loveliness and cracked electronics. Maybe the best comparison would be recent Sufjan Stevens (when he lets his imagination wander a little), but I can hear fragments of Stereolab, Animal Collective and much more buried in these sprawling pop symphonies. Nicholson clearly has a desire to take his songwriting into deep, cosmic places but also knows how to anchor these songs in the kind of ironclad pop it’s hard to forget. The songs of ‘Galeria De La Luz’ are not malformed, weighty and pointlessly progressive – rather when strings, flutes and all manner of modular noises erupt there seems a pointed relevance and context that brings everything together. I’m often suspicious of albums that throw together simply so many different styles into one chattering cloud of sound, but Nicholson reigns things in with a surprising ease. Maybe it’s his very careful choice of co-conspirators that helped though; the husband-and-wife team of John and Carina help add their dense, lilting swirl we first heard on the really rather good (and greatly underappreciated) ‘New Days’ LP and this works as a smart creative foil for Nicholson’s much more traditional skills. Outshine Family is a true success, and ‘Galeria De La Luz’ is far greater than the sum of its parts – now if only the weather outside would just lighten up a little, I’d say grab a margarita, stick this on and bask in the sun. As it stands though, one of those weird daylight bulbs will have to do… a huge recommendation! " -- Boomkat.