We are pleased to be working with Eilen Jewell and her band for their debut Manchester show
Her music has been described as a country-flavored, blues-infused, rockabilly, Tex-Mex and surf version of contemporary folk. Jewell's discography includes several albums of original material and one of Loretta Lynn covers.
Crafting a unique style that mixes poetic ballads with swinging rockers, Eilen Jewell ranks among the best in the Americana genre today. As the reigning Queen of the Minor Key, Eilen leads a tight quartet who blend influences of surf noir, early blues, rockabilly, and 1960s era rock and roll.
Her latest album, 'Down Hearted Blues', is her first collection of blues - despite the fact that she credits the genre for igniting her musical curiosity in the first place.
"We really love to uncover the past. It's almost like digging for buried treasure," she says. "For me, that's where music is at. I like all kinds of music as long as there's the word 'early' in front of it."
For her new album, she and Jason Beek unearthed 12 vintage gems written or made famous by an array of artists both renowned and obscure, from Willie Dixon and Memphis Minnie to Charles Sheffield and Betty James. Then, like expert stonecutters, they chiselled them into exciting new shapes and forms, honouring history while breathing new life into each discovery.
Over the course of a decade, Eilen and her band have toured relentlessly. They have performed for legions of fans from Boston to Boise and Madrid to Melbourne at festivals, theatres, rock clubs and coffeehouses. Eilen's fans marvel at her warmth, unique wit, and onstage humour alongside her beautiful songs and fiery performances.
Anyone who's heard their latest release 'Commercial Suicide Man' with guest collaborator, our old friend, Vic Godard, will know that The Nightingales are sounding better than ever. That's why we're delighted they return to Manchester in September.
The Nightingales was formed by a few members of The Prefects following that band's demise in 1979.
Described in John Robb's definitive book on post punk ("Death To Trad Rock") as "The misfits' misfits" and comprising an ever fluctuating line up, based around lyricist/singer Robert Lloyd, the Nightingales enjoyed cult status in the early '80's as darlings of the credible music scene and were championed by John Peel, who said of them - "Their performances will serve to confirm their excellence when we are far enough distanced from the 1980's to look at the period rationally and other, infinitely better known, bands stand revealed as charlatans".
The group recorded a bunch of critically acclaimed singles - pretty much always ‘Single Of The Week' in the music press - and three albums, plus many radio sessions for their great supporter Peel. They also regularly toured the UK and Northern Europe, as headliners and supporting acts as diverse as Bo Diddley and Nico.
In the late Eighties the Nightingales stopped working but, following the occasional gig between times, they re-grouped in 2004.
After messing about with various part timers, starry eyed wastrels, precious sorts and mercenaries the group arrived at it's current line up, which features Lloyd, Andreas Schmid from Faust on bass, ex Violet Violet drummer Fliss Kitson and on guitar James Smith, who Lloyd had spotted playing with Damo Suzuki.
Since restarting the group have been more productive than ever - releasing six 7" vinyl singles, two 10" EPs and six studio albums, touring England, mainland Europe and USA numerous times, playing various festivals and recording many radio sessions along the way.
Until recently the Nightingales made one record for a label and then moved on. They continue to operate with no manager, booking agent, publisher, et al. They work equally well with pop musicians, rock n rollers and the avant garde. Independent, maverick, diligent, daft, blah blah.
The band's latest releases for their new mates at Tiny Global Productions, are a six track 10" mini album "Become Not Becoming" (2017) and a 7" 45 collaboration with the great Vic Godard in May 2018 - "Commercial Suicide Man".
Later in the year a new album, titled "Perish The Thought", will be released with an extensive UK/Euro tour to coincide.
By hook or by crook, more adventures will follow..
We welcome The Monochrome Set back to Manchester, celebrating 40 years since their creation. They released their latest critically acclaimed album, Maisieworld, in Spring 2018, showing they have no intention of resting on their laurels!
Featuring original members Bid (Guitar/Vocals) and Andy Warren (bass) with John Paul Moran (keyboards) and Mike Urban, who was previously in the band in the early 90s, on drums, The Monochrome Set formed in 1978 and were heavily influential in the 'post-punk' scene that evolved after the initial scorched earth of punk.
They last played Manchester in 2017, treating us to a cracking set at a packed Gullivers.