Leeds Communion September 2012
Communion Leeds & Oporto present a phenomenal line up from all over the world…
Since the release of their debut EP Little Wanderer, Head Thee Home in 2010, Washington Irving have been attracting an ever-growing fan base across the UK with their powerful blend of raucous folk pop, blending elements of the Arcade Fire, the Band, the Waterboys, Big Country, and the Pogues. Produced by Marcus Mackay (Frightened Rabbit, Snow Patrol, Sparrow & The Workshop), the EP has received airplay from the likes of Vic Galloway and Huw Stephans on Radio 1, as well as being firmly supported by BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson. Having toured all over Scotland, the band performed at T in the Park, made its debut outside Scotland with a string of dates in Ireland as well as a sold out show at the Lexington in London with Dry the River before finishing the year off with a live session on Radio 1 with Vic Galloway.
In January 2011 the band played a sold out headline show at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, and in April they completed their first UK tour to coincide with their new single – Abbey Gallop. The single was Produced by Ramsay Miller, formerly from The Cinematics, and mixed at Castle of Doom Studios 2 by legendary producer Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai, Broken Records, Super Furry Animals, Teenage Fanclub).
Currently working on their debut album, the band have had a great summer at festivals like Stag & Dagger, Wickerman, Deer Shed and Hop Farm.
“If there was any justice in the world, Washington Irving would be spread across the playlists of RADIO 1 & BBC 6 music, like a rash!” Tom Robinson – BBC 6 Music
“Washington Irving have found a wonderful balance between tapping into that beautiful Scottish habit of being completely miserable (think Frightened Rabbit’s seminal The Midnight Organ Fight for cheer level) and fantastically upbeat” – Rockfeedback
Tsar Nicholas III & the Exiles
Nick Wallace brings his latest outfit of wonderful misfits back to Oporto for a mele of warped Americana & post apocalyptic country. Their recent album “King of Corners” is fluently guttural, lyrical weirdness…. A dark and witty assembly of soul stripping tracks, speaking of blues based tales of madness, mayhem and murder for those with a penchant for Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash & walking on the wild side.
Daniel Martin Moore (Sub Pop)
Daniel Martin Moore is a singer and songwriter (and a great many other things arguably less relevant to this particular piece of text) from Cold Spring, Kentucky. On the strength of an unsolicited demo he sent out in January of 2007, Sub Pop released Stray Age in October of 2008, a quietly striking album and Daniel’s debut full-length. And, in February of 2010, they released Dear Companion, an album written and performed by Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore together, and produced by Jim James from My Morning Jacket and Monsters of Folk. Part of the intention with Dear Companion was to draw attention to the problem of Mountaintop Removal (MTR) coal mining, but the music stood on its own as well (Filter: “This is one painfully beautiful record”). Between the release of Stray Age and now, Daniel’s been busy, touring with Ben and Jim (including a July ‘10 performance at the Newport Folk Festival), Touring with Iron & Wine, Billy Bragg and My Morning Jacket & generally honing his craft to perfection.
Alongside Liverpool’s Misery Guts and Leeds via Blackpool songstress Steph Fraser this is an unmissable night of superb music.
Wednesday 19th September
7.30pm – 11pm (Communion DJ’s & bar ’til 2am!)
£5 adv from Crash, Jumbo & Online
Oporto, Call Lane, Leeds