Howe Gelb has long been burdened with mantles such as ‘godfather of alt-country’ and ‘elder ambassador of desert rock’, but in truth, he can’t be categorised. For 40 years Gelb has carved his own unique path through rock, country, blues, punk, garage, lo-fi, jazz, gospel and flamenco gypsy music, singing songs filled with vivid imagery and dry observations in a warm, infectious drawl. In his early years, he was compared to Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Captain Beefheart. These days, artists are compared to Howe Gelb. Don’t miss this chance to catch a true original.
“A wandering troubadour in search of treasured happenstance.” Quietus
“Gelb’s long-held fascination with words, particularly the way certain ones rub up against one another or encourage an allusive phrase, usually stretched over an odd meter, is a joy.” Uncut
Mark McCausland’s influences include the writings of Patrick Kavanagh and John Fante, the music of Billie Holliday and Patrick Sky, and the paintings of Jack B Yeats. The Guardian described his most recent album, ‘After The Fire After The Rain’, as ‘sublime’ while The Irish Times stated that the album was ‘deeply soulful’.