Edgelarks (Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, UK) + Joe Filisko & Eric Noden (USA) Tickets
6:00pm, Thu 4 January, 2018
Spotted Mallard, MELBOURNE, VIC
A very special double-bill from these two extraordinary international artists, fresh from Woodford Folk Festival.
Edgelarks ~ Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin (UK) :
Edgelarks fly in on the tailwind of BBC award winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. The new band name comes with a new project, taking the roots of their previous work - British traditional musics, Indian classical slide guitar, stomping roots beatbox harmonica party; adds a strong stem of original writing; and runs wilder with each gig.
The new album, also called "Edgelarks", concerns the liminal: borders, crossroads, travellers, refugees, twilight, dawn. In large part written during their travels in Australia in 2016 (Port Fairy Folk Festival, Blue Mountains Music Festival, Fairbridge Folk Festival), the album takes inspiration from new horizons, new stories, spacious landscapes. A key song, "Signposts", was directly written as a celebration of their time in Tasmania; a travellers anthem imbued with a touch of homesickness, but alight with the excitement of adventure, and the special connections music can make with others, even when you are a world away from home.
Edgelarks takes the idea that thresholds, despite often being places of marginalisation, are also places of change - and therefore places of hope. That in the end, we have far more in common than things that divide us, because we are all liminal - we are all just passing through.
"Best Folk Duo" : BBC Awards.
"Imaginative dobro, guitar and harmonica work ... evocative fiddle and banjo playing and enchanting vocals." 4.5 stars ~ Tony Hillier, The Australian
"Combination of virtuosity, intensity and charisma... Subtle, atmospheric, bravely original." : The Guardian
"A modern classic... one of the best duos on the planet." - BBC
Joe Filisko & Eric Noden (Chicago, USA)
Ultra-rhythmic and highly entertaining, this Chicago blues duo creates a very big sound with just a harmonica, a guitar and vocal harmonies reminiscent of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. Mining rag time, acoustic blues, old time country, jug band music and early jazz, Filisko and Noden are expert practitioners of styles that defined the blues in its earliest days, channeling the spirit of masters like Sonny Boy Williamson and Big Bill Broonzy, taking their traditions in vibrant new directions. With jaw-dropping virtuosity and hilarious story-telling, Filisko and Noden have a synergy born of many years on the road, taking their toe-tapping music across the world.
They return to Australia in January 2018 to perform at Woodford Folk Festival plus some very special shows. Unmissable!