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UK indie legend CHRIS HELME (THE SEAHORSES) headlines with support from Edinburgh songwriter CHRIS BRADLEY (‘a big talent in the making’ – The Sunday Times) – and Oban troubadour MIKE NISBET (‘incredibly graceful… Rufus Wainwright-esque’ – Curious Joe blog).
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Helme’s is an enviable back catalogue, bolstered further by his acclaimed works with The Yards, but it’s The Rookery’s knack for melody and imaginative, intricate, three-way guitar interplay that brings each track to such lush, blossoming, climaxes. Add to this Helme’s keen ear for arranging and those brooding string passages resonate even more deeply.
Recorded in just 9 days at The Rookery, a country hideaway nestled in the wilds of the Yorkshire Dales, the album reveals a beguiling vulnerability in both Helme’s voice and lyrics. The wonderfully restrained Darkest Days’ somber refrain, ‘Following you, leads me astray’, rings out with the sentiment of changing direction, putting paid to past misdemeanors, while on the forthcoming single Long Way Round, Helme is found resolute in his plaintive cry, ‘Now you’ve found yourself, you’re on your own’. An apt lyric indeed as his solo path turns this dramatic corner.
There is plenty on offer here as Chris and producer Sam Forrest (Nine Black Alps) showcase their depth of sonic understanding as fuzzed out guitars are married with distorted Mellotron, melting strings, whistling feedback and haunting orchestral vocals.
Melodies rooted in traditional folk structures are vividly reimagined on an album of startlingly rich variation. Even the Rolling Stones’ stomp of Daddy’s Farm bookended between the blues filth of Pleased and the gorgeously mellow Summer Girl, doesn’t stick out, testament to Helme’s most powerful weapon – his voice.
This aspect to his music was never in question. From the earliest days of his career, his voice always commanded attention, and The Rookery’s variation is seemingly bound by this one continuous thread. File next to CSN&Y, Led Zeppelin 3, Buckley, The Coral, and enjoy.
See the video for ‘To My Ears’ and latest single ‘Waltzing’ (released in February accompanied by a brand new animation video by Dave Lemm): http://www.youtube.com/17secondsrecords
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Though only 22 years old, Nisbet’s talents have flourished since his interest in music began. “I’ve been playing and writing music for years,” he says. “With ‘Vagrant’, it feels like I’ve really found my stride. The Diving Bell and Marcus’ involvement was really important to the whole process.
Simple acoustic guitar and percussion, married with vocals that belie Nisbet’s young age, succeed in creating a resonant escape to the desert, a personal and emotional travelogue through themes of waywardness, discontentment, relationships and fear.
While the album’s subject matter may be imbued with a real sense of its creator’s unsettled frame of mind, it soundly captures Nisbet’s love of traditional folk and rootsy Americana and confidently presents an accessible album of ideas that, says Nisbet, “I hope many people will find themselves relating to in one way or another.”
From 8pm in The Ballroom. Advance tickets £7 / £9 on the door. Over 18 only