SUNDAY 4th NOVEMBER
CATHERINE FEENY + SPECIAL GUESTS
Doors open 7.30pm | On Stage 8.00pm
American folk singer Catherine Feeny is known for her incisive lyrics and mellifluous voice. Following her participation in and consequent arrest at the Occupy Wall Street demonstration this past fall, Feeny's new material has a political fire and a progressive rhythmic sensibility that stand in contrast to her earlier work. See this compelling performer -- who has shared the stage with Suzanne Vega, Martha Wainwright, Dr. John and Wilco -- play live.
In the fall of 2011, former Norwich resident Catherine Feeny travelled from her home in Oregon to the financial district of New York City to sleep in a small privately-owned public park. She stayed for 5 weeks, getting to know some of the other hundreds that were there, sharing ideas, and gaining new understanding. It was a roller coaster -- from the dizzy excitement of communing with thousands of people in Times Square and Washington Square Park, to the frightening confrontation of brute force as she was arrested in Zuccotti Park.
This galvanizing experience inspired Feeny's fourth solo album, "America," due out early this fall. A bold and haunting statement about a nation on a precipice, "America" deftly juxtaposes the fragile beauty of hope with the menace of arrogance and corruption.
Feeny's music has been featured in the film "Running with Scissors," as well as successful television series' "The O.C." and "One Tree Hill." She has toured extensively, supporting the likes of The Indigo Girls, John Prine and Wilco.
PLUS ROXANNE de BASTION
Roxanne’s journey started when she set out on her own, leaving her hometown Berlin for London, equipped only with her guitar and a one-way ticket. She grew up in a bilingual, musical home and played her first gigs at the age of 10 (performing her favourite Beatles songs in small cafés and clubs) and began writing her own songs at the age of 15. Not knowing anyone in London, Roxanne started playing at as many open mic nights, bars and music venues as she could, travelling throughout the country via bus and train in order to play her songs to as many people as possible.
Roxanne releases her single ‘Red and White Blood Cells’ on Nomad Songs, October 12th as a free download. This two-minute track is the first taster of her debut album, which was recorded and produced by Gordon Raphael (The Strokes / Regina Spektor) in Berlin and is due for release next year.
‘Red and White Blood Cells’ is raw, bold and in a league of its own. Roxanne’s voice and quirky lyrics soar over pulsating, electric guitar, culminating in an explosion of distortion. Recording this track was, as Raphael put it, “buckets of fun” and you can hear it.
A young person making modern and original music but recorded old school, makes for a fresh sound in an otherwise overproduced universe of ‘same old’.
Tickets: £7 advance/£9 on door