Fortuna POP! Presents…
Darren Hayman (solo piano set)
Saturday 21st January 2012, 7pm
Cecil Sharp House,
2 Regent's Park Road, London NW1 7AY??
Nearest tube/overland: Camden Town
Nearest bus routes: 274 and C2
Tel: 0207 485 2206
Advance £12.50 from We Got Tickets/Door £15
Beginning in its current form in 2005, Glaswegian seven-piece Butcher Boy released Profit in Your Poetry in 2007 to a flurry of press activity, including a First Sight Feature in The Guardian and a 4/5 review in Uncut. Second release React Or Die (2009) made even more of an impact, The Times’ Peter Paphides intimating that the album was as important as any of those released by The Smiths or Belle and Sebastian in his 5/5 review. The album also received a 5/5 review from The Sunday Telegraph and scores of 9/10 from Drowned in Sound and 8/10 in the NME. The amount of critical acclaim garnered for their first two albums were surely heralding in a significant band for our time - but no-one was more shocked than the band themselves when React Or Die was voted one of The Times’ top 100 albums of the 2000s. The band have recently released their third album Helping Hands through Damaged Goods and it turns out it’s yet another momentous album, weaving rich storytelling and exquisite arrangements, allowing the strength of their songwriting to shine through.
“Like those of Tindersticks and The Chameleons, Hunt's intelligent, unshowy songs are often so intimate you feel privileged simply to be listening to them.” Metro
DARREN HAYMAN (SOLO PIANO SET)
Best known as the singer-songwriter of the phenomenally successful and much-loved Hefner, Darren Hayman is now six albums into an increasingly idiosyncratic career path; writing the theme tune and staring in a Spanish sitcom, playing a 30 people capacity show in a 100 year old paper mache observatory and playing possibly Britiain’s most remote festival on the Isle of Eigg. Darren is also writing the best tunes of his career; increasingly complex and mature songs. Following his January Songs project Darren has continued one of his busiest years with a brand new solo album of subtle, drifting piano ballads called The Ship’s Piano.
“London's laureate of sexual dysfunction, discomfort, and dog-eared under-achievement... the match of Ray Davies, or any of the quintessentially English masters.” (The Guardian)