MARK ROGERS & MARY BYRNE
Brooklyn duo Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne recorded their debut, "I Line My Days Along Your Weight," as a true duet: facing each other inches apart, intent upon listening. They wove together archaic instruments – baritone guitar, resophonic guitar, and hundred-year-old mandolin – into a new and vibrant third voice. Each song was recorded live to analog tape, the studio equivalent of tightrope-walking without a net. With Mark's deeply expressive, contextual fingerstyle and Mary's emphatic, unaffected singing, this striking debut invites listeners into a space most intimate, and most human. On October 14, 2014, Massachusetts-based Important Records (Diane Cluck, Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch, Marisa Anderson, James Blackshaw, many others) released the album on CD and limited-edition LP.
RED RIVER DIALECT
Red River Dialect formed in Falmouth, Cornwall in 2009. The line-up of the group has revolved a number of times, but the group that recorded 2012’s “awellupontheway” is much the same, in temperament if not atomically. The band have completed a new record, titled Tender Gold & Gentle Blue.
Whilst the previous recording drew comparisons to Fairport Convention, Dirty Three, the Waterboys, Arbouretum, Nick Cave and P.G. Six, this album takes leave from the swirling, psych-folk-rock immanence of “awellupontheway” which was always, already bound up with its own departure. Cello, violin, piano, vibraphones and banjo weave around the acoustic guitar and vocals of songwriter David Morris, where previously electric guitars, bass, drums and amped fiddles were found.
“Red River Dialect are interesting in that they appear to fuse this traditional strain of inclusive, rabble-rousing folk rock with more adventurous, psychedelic influences that place them right at the genre’s cutting edge… (they) are obviously neither bandwagon-jumping dilettantes nor finger-in-the-ear luddites, but experienced musicians and long-term enthusiasts whose fusion of styles is always in service of the song… Awellupontheway fuses folk-rock’s past with its future, carrying forward the energy, urgency and melody that has long served the form well, and merging it with the more experimental, avant-garde approach of some of our most exciting guitar bands… Red River Dialect is a language open to all.” The Quietus
Tickets will be £5 on the door.