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Joan Shelley

at

Kings Arms

Salford

Spring Bank Holiday Weekend

Saturday 23rd of May 2020

19:30

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Joan Shelley

Event Type

Genre : Music - Folk/blues/world

Description

Joan Shelley is a songwriter and singer who lives near Louisville, Kentucky, not far from where she grew up. Like the River Loves the Sea is her fifth album. She draws inspiration from traditional and traditionally-­minded performers from her native Kentucky, as well as those from Ireland, Scotland, and England, but she's not a folksinger. Her disposition aligns more closely with that of, say, Roger Miller, Dolly Parton, or her fellow Kentuckian Tom T. Hall, who once explained simply, succinctly, in a song 'I Witness Life'.

She's not so much a confessional songwriter, although Like the River gets closest to such subjectively emotional impressions as perhaps any album to date, and she sings less of her life and more of her place: of landscapes and watercourses; of flora and fauna; of seasons changing and years departing and the ineluctable attempt of humans to make some small sense of all or, at best, some of it. Her perspective and performances both have been described, apparently positively, as 'pure,' but there's no trace of the Pollyanna and there's little of the pastoral, either: her work instead wrestles with the possibility of reconciling, if only for a moment, the perceived 'natural' world with its reflection sometimes, relatively speaking, clear; other times hopelessly distorted in the human heart, mind, and footprint.

Since the 2015 release of her album Over and Even, Shelley has crossed the US and Europe several times as a headlining artist, sharing shows with the likes of Jake Xerxes Fussell, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Doug Paisley, Daniel Martin Moore, the Other Years and Michael Hurley. She has opened for Wilco, Chris Smither, Andrew Bird and Richard Thompson. Jeff Tweedy produced her previous record at The Loft in Chicago, and her current record Like the River Loves the Sea was recorded at Greenhaus Studios in Iceland.

Kings Arms

11 Bloom Street,
Salford,
Manchester.
M3 6AN

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