High & Lonesome Festival 2015 Preview

Posted by vibrations on 01-11-15

On the 14th November, twelve months since the festival’s debut brought us the likes of Patrick Wolf and Scottish Folk star Rachel Sermanni, promoters Harry Ridgeway and Nick Simcock (of Dead Young Records) return with an even more formidable line up.

This time they’ll be moving proceedings from Leeds’ City Centre, to Hyde Park’s beloved Brudenell Social Club and its neighbouring Left Bank Church, with the fun set to commence at 1pm.

Headlining at The Left Bank is Texan born songwriter Josh T. Pearson, former front-man of the short lived phenomenon Lift Experience, who’s 2001 Americana masterpiece The Texas Jerusulam Cross Roads now holds legendary stature amongst fans of the genre. In the decade and a half since then, Pearson’s solo work has won fans with Guy Garvey, Mark Lanegan and Bat For Lashes driving the bandwagon, after his solo debut Last of The Country Gentlemen was named Rough Trades’ ‘Album of the Year 2011’. On the live circuit he’s shared the stage with the likes of Fleet Foxes and Joanna Newsom, with his live shows building up huge acclaim, praised for their moments of sublime intimacy and powerful choruses of orchestral Americana.

Set to close things at the Brudenell is Los Angeles’ prolific Julia Holter. Her swelling stream of avant-garde indie-pop albums has this year finally received the rapturous reception it deserves, after a commercial break-through with Have You in My Wilderness, which received 5/5 review from The Guardian amongst equal praise from other admirers. To translate her melodramatic and occasionally experimental records to stage, Holter surrounds herself with some of the most exciting American musicians in the industry – bassist Devin Hoff (Nels Cline, Xiu Xiu), drummer Corey Fogel and violinist Deanna Maccabe, all of them helping to bring the exhilarating textures of her records to life.

Joining these American heavyweights throughout the afternoon will be recent Bella Union & 4AD signings Holly Macve and Søren Juul, Slow Dive frontman and accomplished solo songwriter Neil Halstead, as well as Scottish DIY record legend RM Hubbert whose Thirteen Lost & Found beat Emeli Sande, Calvin Harris, Django Django to win the Scottish Album of the Year Award in 2013

There’s also an impressive line up of local bands joining the line up, with Dancing Years, Cottonwoolf and Hunting Bears’ Sim Walker appearing, as well as a host of food and art pop-ups to be announced over the next few weeks.

Tickets are £20.00 on sale from Crash & Jumbo Records in Leeds, The Brudenell Social Club bar and www.highandlonesome.co.uk

Dan Fielding

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