Beth Orton : JAN 24 & 25 (SOLD OUT) & JAN 26
Elizabeth Caroline Orton, commonly known as Beth Orton, is a BRIT Award–winning English singer-songwriter. Known for her "folktronica" sound, which mixes elements of folk and electronica, she was initially recognised for her collaborations with William Orbit and the Chemical Brothers in the mid 1990s — but these were not Orton's first recordings. She released a solo album, Superpinkymandy, in 1993. Her second solo album, Trailer Park, garnered much critical acclaim in 1996. With the release of the albums Central Reservation (1999) and the 2002 UK top 10 album Daybreaker, Beth developed a devoted fan base. On her 2006 release, Comfort of Strangers, she moved towards a more folk based sound and away from the electronic sound of past albums. All of her recent releases are "carbon neutral", whereby a tree is planted in a poor area of Mexico for every certain amount of units produced, to offset the emissions generated when pressing the CDs and other marketing paraphernalia. Orton has left her longtime record label and will begin work on a follow up album to Comfort Of Strangers which will be released sometime in 2011 on ANTI-. Some new material has been written and performed already.
JAN 24 & 25 - SAM AMIDON (US)
Sam Amidon was born and raised in Brattleboro, Vermont by folk musicians Peter and Mary Alice Amidon. He has released three albums of radically re-worked folksongs: "But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted," recorded at his then-home of Harlem in 2006 with Thomas Bartlett; followed by "All Is Well" in 2008 and "I See The Sign" in 2010, both recorded in Iceland with producer Valgeir Sigurđsson.
Sam's folksong albums have received wide acclaim and have pulled many a soul back from the brink... his itinerant wanderings have taken him to far-off lands... and his solo performances have taken on a life and tenor of their own. Sam's drawn comics and enigmatic home-made videos, the "self-inflicted field recordings" resulting from these internal and external journeys, have resulted in exhibitions at the Tony Shafrazi and Audio Visual Arts galleries in New York City, and the Gallery Kuhturm in Leipzig. His audio-visual show/comics lecture "Home Alone Inside My Head" was premiered at NYC's The Kitchen in November 2010.
JAN 26 - CATHERINE TRIACOS (Sydney)
Sydney based singer-songwriter Catherine Traicos offers up a beguiling blend of alt-country, blues, roots and folk, delivered by one of the most distinctive and beautiful voices in contemporary music.
Catherine’s ability to combine surprising arrangements, her gorgeously delicate smoky voice and brilliant live performances have seen her compared to everyone from Gillian Welch, Cat Power and Beth Orton to eels and Cowboy Junkies.
6.00pm - Gates
7.00pm - Support act
8.00pm - Beth Orton
Support Act: SAM AMIDON (US) & CATHERINE TRIACOS (Sydney)