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Tony Black and the Collectors

Having played at The Gallery Cafe back in May, Tony Black and the Collectors have already established themselves as one of our favourite acts.

Tony Black writes upbeat, catchy, observational songs about life, loss, work, and the joys of public transport, incorporating eclectic influences while never losing sight of his love of two-and-a-half-minute pop classics. He has just finished ‘One Less Thing to Carry’, his third album and the second with his band the Collectors (Xavier Fernandez: Drums, Ben Galinsky: Bass). The band’s sound has been described variously as: “a cross between Billy Bragg and Bagpuss”, “The Violent Femmes playing Wire and Thomas Mapfumo”, and “The White Stripes meet The Proclaimers”, but also as “resolutely English”.

Support comes from C Joynes, a highly-regarded Cambridge-based solo instrumental guitarist.

C Joynes is one of the UK’s most inventive and highly regarded solo guitarists. Over the last 10 years he has recorded a string of acclaimed albums exploring the fault-lines between traditional music, field-recordings from around the world, free improv and lo-fi experimentalism. His most recent album, ‘Split Electric’ (2016), a collaboration with Nick Jonah Davis, finds him blending the brittle ringing tones of electric folk with overdriven garage blues throw-downs and lumbering muddy-booted psychedelia. This is his first US tour.

“An inheritor to Davy Graham; a lone operator prone to unexpected collaborations, with a repertoire that crosses continents and timezones with consummate ease, and dashed off with a phenomenal, yet lightly applied technique.” ROB YOUNG, THE WIRE

As much Conlon Nancarrow and Ali Farka Toure as Blind Lemon Jefferson, the compositional mind at work here can take apparently disparate threads of modernism and ethnic tradition and treat them as though they were all archaic blues styles learnt from dusty 78s.” BRUCE RUSSELL, THE WIRE

“His epigrammatic re-castings and re-readings of widely-travelled folk melodies and rhythms from a variety of traditions suggest shared memories that might be intensely universal while seeming strangely out of reach.” KEVIN MACNEIL BROWN, DUSTED MAGAZINE

Doors: 7.30pm

Price: £4 on the door

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