Saturday 29th September
John Craigie + Jenny Biddle (live album recording)
A sublime event co-headlining between Aussie and resident Borderer Jenny Biddle, and Los Angeles-based John Craigie. Both are consummate songwriters and musicians, telling tales ranging from the heartbreaking to the outright hilarious, each in their own very different styles.
If Tracy Chapman married Joni Mitchell but then had a saucy love affair with Ani Difranco, you’d get Jenny Biddle. With SIX albums under her belt and an iTunes chart-topping single, indie folk/blues songsmith, Jenny Biddle, wraps herself around her guitar, and like a marriage between body and instrument, she commands the guitar to talk “with uncommon skill and absolute self-assurance” (Syke, 2013). Her audience is compelled to join her on a voyage of passion and story in song.
Acoustic guitar-maker, proficient pianist, recovering chocoholic, and harmonica squawker, our Aussie singer is now based in sunny Scotland, touring internationally, and practising the art of making a woodstove fire with wet wood.
For this evening Jenny will be RECORDING A LIVE ALBUM which the audience will be a part of, something truly not to be missed.
Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff clever observations, John Craigie carries on the legacy of classic singer-songwriters, while blazing a trail of his own.
Recently, that trail twisted and turned into new territory for the Portland, OR performer who The Stranger appropriately dubbed, “the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg.” His music speaks loud to both audiences and fellow artists. Todd Snider notably hand-delivered a gift on-stage, and Chuck Norris has sent fan mail. His fifth full-length album, No Rain, No Rose boasted two collaborations with Gregory Alan Isakov, namely “Highway Blood” and “I Am California.”
As No Rain, No Rose landed, he caught the attention of none other than Jack Johnson. Through a serendipitous series of events, Craigie’s 2016 live effort Capricorn in Retrograde… Just Kidding… Live in Portland landed in Johnson’s car stereo during a California coastal road trip. Shortly after, Jack reached out and Craigie soon found himself onstage for 12 shows during Johnson’s 2017 summer tour, and again in the summer of 2018.
Tickets are available priced just £12 (£8 unwaged / student)* from Music Glue (external link)
Saturday 10th November
“UK Reggae at its best…”
Grown out of their small-town suburban roots to speak to the trudging nation, The Drop have established themselves touring the UK festival circuit and self releasing a string of singles and EPs, gaining a loyal grassroots following along the way. Marrying jump-up grooves, down & dirty bass, epic walls of sound and clever lyricism they create a mesmeric stage show, captivating the audience from the first track to the reluctant last.
Taking some time out after a frantic first few years of gigging to perfect their long awaited debut album, ‘Last Stand’, they are primed for a return to the stage. The album, recorded at the prestigious KONK Studios, remains true to the live experience they’ve developed and features dub pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry on lead single Dunna Runna.
Described as ‘UK Reggae at its best’ (BBC 1Xtra), The Drop’s contemporary take on Jamaican Roots music has been accepted and acclaimed across the board.
Tickets are available priced just £14 (£10 unwaged / student)* from Music Glue (external link)
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