Tuesday 6th November – £6 Advance / £7 Door
CRACKLING VINYL present KATELL KEINEG / ALUN TAN LAN
Tuesday 6th November 2012, Telford’s Warehouse, Chester
On Tuesday 11th November, Crackling Vinyl is proud to present another night of brilliant live music and superlative vinyl excellence at Telford’s Warehouse in Chester.
I was introduced to Katell Keineg’s music by Anthony Brockway (via the excellent Babylon Wales blog – http://babylonwales.blogspot.co.uk ). I have been somewhat besotted ever since. Katell’s voice is true, unadorned and as rich as her fascinating musical heritage (see below). She’s sung everywhere from the East Village’s influential coffee houses to the high fallutin’ music halls.
Here is Katell singing at Bristol’s Colston Hall with 10,000 Maniac’s Natalie Merchant (and what an introduction from Natalie).
Tickets for Katell Keineg and Alun Tan Lan are £6 in advance from the venue itself (01244 390090) / £6+ booking fee from SeeTickets.com, or £7 on the door.
More information on this event’s artists follows:
Hear ‘Platfform 0’: http://soundcloud.com/radio-free-song-club/katell-keineg-platfform-0
‘St Martin’ video: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/5786604/katell_keineg_st_martin/
Katell Keineg was born in Brittany and was brought up both there and in Wales. In the mid-nineties, she went to live in New York and was quickly embraced by the buzzing café scene around St Mark’s Place’s Sin-é. In 1993, she released a seven-inch single on Bob Mould’s SOL Records label. That same year, Keineg sang on Iggy Pop’s “American Caesar” and following his passing of her single on to Elektra, they signed her and released her first album “O Seasons, O Castles” in 1994.
1997 saw the release of Keineg’s second album “Jet”. Recorded in Bearsville,“Jet” received rave reviews and led to much touring in the U.S. and Europe. It was even named one of the “Best Overlooked Pop Masterpieces Of The Decade” by Esquire.
In 2002, free from merger-addled Elektra, she released an E.P. entitled “What’s The Only Thing Worse Than The End Of Time?” on Brooklyn based indie, Field Recording Co. The recording included a live performance of “River Man” from a tribute to Nick Drake held at St Ann’s Church in Brooklyn. In their review of the night, The New York Times declared her “…a young songwriter due for her own cult, who travelled the fine edge between rapture and loss so essential to Mr Drake’s art.”
Following a second E.P. (Shaking The Disease), Keineg released “High July”, her third album, on French label Megaphone Music in late 2004, to further enthusiastic reviews.
Keineg was the subject of a 6-page profile in The New York Times Sunday Magazine in July 2006 which led to sold out gigs in the U.S. over the next couple of years. She released “Y Gwyneb Iau/ Trouble”, a 4-song E.P. in January 2009 and played at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble in Woodstock later that same year.
2010 saw the release of “At The Mermaid Parade” by Honest Jon’s Records. It was named “Album of The Week” by the Sunday Times and she subsequently toured and played festivals such as Green Man.
A download-only single in Welsh called “Platfform 0” came out in May 2012.
ALUN TAN LAN
‘Traeth’ live TV appearance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfC79yqQSQg
Llanrwst’s Alun ‘Tan Lan’ Evans is a troubadour in every sense of the word. His music has taken him from Welsh psychedelia (Serein), to a stint in Limerick playing in a band called Veneer who supported The Cranberries; from years as the hired guitar-hand of choice for Gruff Rhys, Euros Childs and Cerys Matthews to having one of his acclaimed psych surf band Y Niwl’s tracks used as the theme tune for Football Focus. In between he also made time to write the winning entry for the 2010 Can I Gymru competition and play session guitar on albums by Eitha Tal Ffranco and Gwyneth Glyn.
One constant throughout the otherwise ever-changing landscape of his musical career, is his wonderful solo recordings. Alun writes melodic and evocative folk songs that aren’t in thrall to the past or tradition. His solo albums Aderyn Papur (2004) & Y Distawrwydd (2005) ring with truth, yearning and the tasteful craft of his peerless guitar playing.
Alun releases a double album of solo recordings in time for Christmas 2012. It’s an album that has been sitting on a shelf at home while he toured the world with Y Niwl and Gruff Rhys. Ours aren’t the only ears that are excited and eager at this prospect.
This will be the first time that Alun Tan Lan has performed his beautiful solo songs at Telford’s Warehouse, Chester.
Chester’s excellent 2nd hand vinyl emporium, Grey ‘n’ Pink Records join us in the top room. Cash back available over the bar.
Previous live guests at Crackling Vinyl have included: Gulp, Cate Le Bon, Euros Childs, The Wellgreen, Laura J. Martin, Y Niwl, Colorama, Richard James, Toy Horses, T.G. Elias, Georgia Ruth, Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, Mowbird, Sex Hands, Chris T-T, She Makes War, Sam Airey, Houdini Dax, Trwbador, The Gentle Good, Golden Fable, Pulco, Harry Keyworth, Greta Isaac, Atlas Twins, Sophie Ballamy.
You can hear part of one of our DJ sets here: