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Never miss another 'The Blue Aeroplanes' show
Beatsongs 20th Anniversary Tour: The Blue Aeroplanes + Patrick Duff
The Blue Aeroplanes head out on their first UK tour for seven years, celebrating the 20th anniversary of their album 'Beatsongs'.
'Beatsongs' was originally released in 1991. Recorded at Oceanway in Los Angeles, the album was a broader-based affair than 'Swagger', featuring many songs that were to become staples of the Aeroplanes' live set for many years. Reissued in March 2013, the album was partly remixed and overdubbed in Bristol but all the tracks from the original playback in LA are included on CD2.
Image © Benji Cooper 2012
The Blue Aeroplanes' unique amalgam of rock, folk, poetry, punk, dance and art has been an acknowledged influence on a wide range of bands including REM and Radiohead. Combining pop smarts with serious weirdness, they have released almost thirty albums on various labels, several of which have charted in the UK Top 40 and the US Alternative Top 10. Their 1990 album 'Swagger' was Rock Album Of The Year in many publications including The Sunday Times. Ex-members have gone on to play with Massive Attack, Suede, Placebo, Goldfrapp and Primal Scream, while for many years they shared multi-instrumentalist Ian Kearey with folk legends the Oyster Band. They remain the only group to have been banned from The Rainbow Lounge, Lemmy's favourite hangout, and been invited to play at the Hay-On-Wye Literary Festival.
Now comes the release of the band's twelfth studio album, ‘Welcome, Stranger!’, recorded by the longest-lasting Aeroplanes line up to date. Original members Gerard Langley (poet/singer), and John Langley (drummer), sometimes with Wojtek Dmochowski (dancer), are joined by Gerard Starkie, formerly the main man of Witness and an Aeroplane since 2006, Chris Sharp (bassist and owner of The Fleece venue in Bristol), a band member since 2008, and the more recent additions Bec Jevons (guitarist and front-person of I Destroy) and guitarist Mike Youe. John and Mike also play with Bristol punk legend (and ex-Aeroplane) Rita Lynch, while Gerard is also Head Of Songwriting at BIMM Bristol, where he was responsible for guiding the early steps of George Ezra, among others.
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Patrick Duff, once singer in the alternative rock band Strangelove, is now a solo artist in his own right. Having travelled the world recording and playing at festivals he has collaborated with musicians on five continents. He released his first solo album 'Luxury Problems', produced by Adrian Utley of Portishead and Alex Lee of Goldfrapp in 2005.
In 2009 his 2nd album "The Mad Straight Road", a collection of 12 songs that took in Disney soundtracks, The Kinks, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, saw Duff establish himself as a solo artist. His 3rd solo album, "Visions of the Underworld", recorded live in a cottage in Dartmoor and released in 2013, saw him go back to the basics of his voice and his guitar.
Patrick's voice and songs are rich and dark with a hint of pop sensibility. Think Leonard Cohen, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Nick Cave and Johnny Cash.
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Venue: The Deaf Institute
Enquiries: 0161 276 9350
Bookings: 0844 858 8521
Disabled Bookings: 0844 858 8521
→ Oxford Road 7 min walk