• Sun
    02
    Oct
    2022
    20:00Café V lese, Prague

    McGoldrick McCusker & Doyle

    Folk music's legendary triumvirate of musical magpies Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker & Doyle are on tour again this October. As live music returns, Mike, John & John will bring you their own blend of top-class folk songs, tunes and charming bonhomi [read more…]

  • Tue
    11
    Oct
    2022
    20:00Kasárna Karlín, Praha-Karlín

    Sam Lee

    Sam Lee plays a unique role in the British music scene. He’s an acclaimed, award-winning inventive singer, a folksong collector, conservationist and promoter of live events as founder/director of The Nest Collective who’ve helped shake up the music [read more…]

  • Sun
    26
    Mar
    2023
    20:00Futurum Music Bar, Praha-Smíchov

    Lauren Ruth Ward

    A multifaceted warrior heralded from Baltimore, Maryland, LaurenRuth Ward‘s lyrics are alchemy drenched in raspy power. Single by single, Ward’s been releasing her new body of work that’s both electric and introspective. Following the death and rebi [read more…]

 


Past events

  • Tue
    13
    Sep
    2022

    Andrew Combs (US) + support: Alasdair Bouch (UK)

    20:00Café V lese, Praha-Vršovice

    Andrew Combs

    Though born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Nashville-based singer-songwriter and artist Andrew Combs can’t say for certain he identifies with any one place in particular. Through years of drawing on ethereal and visceral beauty wherever he can find it, his work is more accurately a measured synthesis of a wide array of “places”: the literal and the figurative, those he has been to and others he has yet to see. His newest full-length album, Sundays (out August 19, 2022), is reflective of those varied places that inform Combs’ creative work.

    Written on the heels of a mental breakdown Combs had at Christmas of 2020—amid the long, monotonous grind of an ongoing global pandemic—Sundays came together in Nashville in early 2021. In the wake of this debilitating psychological crack-up, Combs turned to the practice of transcendental meditation to find balance and to, in the words of surrealist director David Lynch, “catch the big fish”. Alongside his collaborators, Jordan Lehning and Dominic Billet, Combs would go into the studio every Sunday, the goal being to capture a song he had penned the previous week as he plumbed the depths of his own heart and mind.

    And from the album’s first notes, one does get the feeling of a lazy Sunday: the pace loping along for several measures, creating the sensation of a slow, carefree morning—up until the point it suddenly doesn’t seem so serene. Through the course of the 11-song collection, Sundays manages to capture that sense of being mentally and emotionally unmoored, the anxious tension of falling apart, of being incapacitated and grasping at whatever one can hold onto for equilibrium. As a result of his deep dive into his own fragmented subconscious, Combs’ writing speaks to the absurdity of our tendency to point our fingers rather than look within (“Mark of the Man”), the naivety of youth (“Adeline”), and the perspective gained in deep self-reflection and meditation (“Still Water”). But at the center of Sundays is a pervasive sense of quiet hope, and a recognition of an inherent balance that’s possible, succinctly summarized in the refrain of “(God)less”:

    We are capable of such a mess,
    But God still lives on in godlessness.

    As for instrumentation, the often bleak and completely minimal approach on Combs’ newest record lies in stark contrast to his earlier work. Going away from the more traditional roots arrangements on his albums All These Dreams and Canyons of my Mind, Sundays leans away from the more linear Americana-inflected instrumentation and structure and into darker and more sparse territory. Instead of lush strings and longing pedal steel behind fingerpicked acoustic guitar, we find a lonely, thumb-strummed electric being colored by brooding woodwinds—yielding a blend of hopeful lift, and a somberness that channels the dark tension of a film noir detective show.

    For Combs and his collaborators, the technical side of the recording process was something of an experiment and a departure of its own:

    “[Sundays] was recorded in mono, with no delay or reverberation on anything. It started as an exercise in keeping arrangements simple—adding many overdubs without the option of panning just becomes muddy, so we had to strip things down to accommodate. The mono sound ended up being the perfect match for the minimalist, meditative songs I was writing. The overall tone feels like a black-and-white short film.”

    Indeed, the sense of dull ache that underpins Sundays feels akin to the sparse, cinematic silence of an Ingmar Bergman film; the record’s second song, “Anna Please”, was directly inspired by Bergman’s Cries and Whispers (1972). In its own understated way, highlighted by the minimalist sonic palette and Combs’ soft, breathy tenor, Sundays runs the gamut considering the absurdity of human thought and behavior. But, as we make our way through the album, it feels as though an almost-imperceptible progression is happening, a movement toward some kind of resolve, at least, if not peace.

    And once we reach the end with “Shall We Go?”, a song informed by Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot, Combs’ invites himself and the listener to part ways. But there’s no “place” that we know we should go to, and it’s here that we realize that, even if we did, there would ultimately be no arrival. We are only asked to be patient, to look around us and especially within ourselves, to hold our anxious uncertainty in its delicate balance—while we wait for whatever is next to come up the road.

    - Kirby Brown

    As a support you will see Prague based, English songwritter Alasdair Bouch.


    The concert is supported by grants of Ministry of Culture of Czech Republic and State Fund of Culture of the Czech Republic.

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  • Sun
    26
    Jun
    2022

    Daniel Romano (CAN) + Adrian T. Bell (UK/CZ) + Carson McHone (US)

    19:30Cross Club, Open air stage, Praha-Holešovice

    Daniel Romano's Outfit

    Daniel Romano is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, visual artist and founder of You've Changed Records, member of Attack In Black, Ancient Shapes, Spider Bite and Alias Ensemble. In recent years he has been performing with his backing band Daniel Romano's Outfit, with whom he will also perform in Prague for the very first time.
    The Canadian music magazine Exclaim! described him as a musical chameleon and identified the basic musical genres he moves freely from one to another on his albums and in concert: gentle rustic folk, retro country, classic and psychedelic rock and punk. His albums have been nominated several times for the Canadian Juno Award and the Polaris Music Prize. He has certainly not slacked off over the past 2 covid years, releasing 14 albums of new songs and archival material, either on his own or under the name Daniel Romano's The Outfit, including the 22 minute suite Forever's Love Fool with Tool drummer Danny Carey and his latest album "Cobra's Poems".

    Guest: Adrian T. Bell - Prague-based native of Newcastle, England, a singer-songwriter with a distinctive and exceptional bass-baritone and former frontman of the respected The Prostitutes with his own band.

    Carson McHone - an American singer-songwriter from Texas. Her album "Carousel", was ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the best country & americana albums of 2018. In 2022, she's releasing her second album "Still Life", produced by Daniel Romano.


    The concert is supported by grants of Ministry of Culture of Czech Republic and State Fund of Culture of the Czech Republic.

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  • Sun
    05
    Jun
    2022

    Cash Savage & The Last Drinks (AUS)

    20:00Cross Club, Open air stage, Praha-Holešovice

    Cash savage & The Last Drinks

    It's imposible to overlook CASH SAVAGE & THE LAST DRINKS on the Australian music scene. In an era when the world is falling apart with such a deafening roar, Cash Savage’s voice rings loud over the cacophony. Songs of politics, grief, songs of rage - this is weighty music that has been written to cut through the noise. Savage’s band The Last Drinks are a powerhouse of fierce and brooding energy, every bit as committed to her songs and message. Every performance by this band is as epic as it is honest, raw and human.

    The band's last album "Live At The Hamer Hall" came out in november 2020. This stunning live album documents a lockdown performance by Cash Savage and the Last Drinks in the iconic venue, and captures the ferocity of the band’s live show, astonishingly without an audience.

    "One of the most powerful bands in the country… you won’t hear much that’s better than this." - The Guardian


    The concert is supported by grants of Ministry of Culture of Czech Republic and State Fund of Culture of the Czech Republic.

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  • Wed
    04
    May
    2022

    Brìghde Chaimbeul (SCO), NEW DATE

    20:00Punctum-Krásovka, Praha-Žižkov

    Brìghde Chaimbeul

    Brìghde Chaimbeul plays the Scottish smallpipes, a bellows-powered set of bagpipes with a double-note drone. A native Gaelic speaker from the Isle of Skye, she began learning the pipes as a young girl and at the age of seventeen won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Her 2019 debut album, The Reeling, produced by LAU's Aidan O'Rourke, won her major media plaudits, five-star reviews, and a BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award, for its fresh reading of traditional Gaelic tunes and outward looking assimilation of influences from Cape Breton, Eastern Europe and Ireland, played with an enticing virtuosic liquidity, emphasising the rich textural drones of the smallpipes. Still just in her early twenties, Brìghde Chaimbeul has established herself among the leading experimental purveyors of Celtic music.

     


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