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Thu 30th May at 7:30pm
The Handsome Family
@ The Fleece, Bristol
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Celebrating their twenty years as a band, as well as the recent release of their 9th studio album, 'Wilderness', The Handsome Family kick off a UK headline tour in May.
Recorded at home in Albuquerque and at the Wilco Loft in Chicago, 'Wilderness' is a record that finds husband and wife duo Brett & Rennie Sparks blending Appalachian holler, psych-rock and Tin Pan Alley inspired melodies to conjure up a world where David Attenborough meets David Lynch in a Honky-Tonk bar at midnight.
The album explores the little-known enigmas of the natural world: immortal jellyfish, woodpecker tongues, dancing octopi, fly royalty, the secret language of crows, and mysterious ant spirals. Elsewhere we discover why the Sparks never take seaside vacations and learn all about compulsive window-smasher Mary Sweeney. It's classic Handsome Family territory - twisted tales of the unexpected that may raise a smile but will also, thanks to Rennie's knack for spinning a good yarn, leave you ever so slightly unsettled.
The Handsome Family are Brett and Rennie Sparks, a husband and wife collaboration from Chicago, that has been described as a unique, darkly comic country-gothic duo 'teetering between The Honeymooners and Macbeth'. Photo credit Val Hollingsworth.
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Gerard Starkie recorded two much lauded albums as the frontman for Witness, appeared on Later with Jools Holland and toured with the likes of Whiskeytown and Embrace until the band split in 2004. He released an internet only solo album in 2006 and now 2011 sees a new project, Potions, already receiving great reviews.
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Three girls from Amsterdam, with different musical backgrounds decided to start a band and go on tour. They play a variation of original compositions and forgotten old songs. These vary from slow ballads to fast and playful songs performed on banjo, guitar and a variety of instruments including mandolin, ukulele, violin, glockenspiel and accordian.
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Venue: The Fleece
Bookings: 0117 929 9008
→ Bristol Temple Meads 8 min walk