Ear Trumpet Music & Colston Hall Presents: Joan Shelley + James Elkington

Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, singer/songwriter Joan Shelley brings the traditional attitudes of folk singers across the UK and blends them with the dispositions of Dolly Parton and Roger Miller

25th May 2020
8pm | £13.08

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

Veering away from confessional archetypes, Joan Shelley instead likes to concentrate on her sense of time and place; how seasons change our surroundings, landscapes, waterfalls and flowers and how, as humans, we look to these natural miracles to try to make sense of the world. She’s shared the stage with artists such as Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Doug Paisley, opened for the likes of Wilco and Andrew Bird, while Jeff Tweedy produced her self-titled fifth album.

Kentucky-based singer-songwriter Joan Shelley followed her debut album ‘Electric Ursa’ (2014) with ‘Over and Even’ (2015), which was named album of the year at NPR Music and in the Los Angeles Times. Rolling Stone gave it 4 stars and called it “a masterfully turned set of folk reflections.” Shelley made the record with guitarist Nathan Salsburg, recording the bulk of the tracks over just two days. She has since spent timing touring the US and Europe, and will be releasing an album in 2017.

Chicago songwriter and guitarist James Elkington has collaborated with everyone from Richard Thompson to Jeff Tweedy to Tortoise. His sophomore album at Wilco’s Loft, expanding upon his celebrated 2017 debut Wintres Woma as well as his recent production and arrangement work for the likes of Steve Gunn, Nap Eyes, and Joan Shelley. Casting glances back to British folk traditions as well as toward avant-garde horizons, these brilliant new songs, as accessible as they are arcane, buttress Elkington’s brisk guitar figures and baritone poesy with strings, woodwinds, and backing vocals by Tamara Lindeman of the Weather Station.

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)
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