Dan Michaelson, of Absentee fame, headlines for us this month. He makes the kind of soulful country folk that makes music critics spout all kinds of nice things, like this:
“Your ears naturally tune into Michaelson’s skill at putting words to the parts of relationships that usually stay silent. The cruel asymmetry of romance is addressed exquisitely, recalling the resigned grandeur of the Go-Betweens’ Robert Forster “ **** The Times
“impressive – comes on like Smog fronting the songs of Ed Harcourt” Uncut
“Spellbinding, genuinely heartbreaking songs.” The Quietus
So basically, if these music hack types are to be trusted, we’re expecting great things.
Also on the bill is East German Anne Freier, otherwise known as I Am Harlequin. Anne grew up in East Germany at the end of the GDR regime. After the wall came down, her parents introduced her to the world of opera and ballet, to which she took an instant liking.
She wrote her first English song when she was seven years old with the help of a bear-inspired English book for children, and her younger sister, who provided the backing vocals. The creative pair then regularly performed – using the sofa as their stage – rather uncoordinated dances, original and cover songs in front of an audience of family and friends. Definitely one to watch.
And finally opening for us we have the lovely sounds of London’s Professor Penguin. We missed them earlier in the year, but stoked to finally have them on an Oh! Inverted World night.