William Adamson

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The Caught by the River Social Club and Brownswood Recordings present, William Adamson (live)

+ DJ Andrew Weatherall and readings from the works of W.G. Sebald

With the recent album, Under An Eastern Sky, produced by heritage futurists 2 Banks Of 4, Rob Gallagher has created a topographical travelogue – a concept album in the truest sense – where the songs tell fragments of stories that have grown out of a small region in the Eastern Horn of England, with sounds more akin to recordings emanating from the Louisiana marshlands.

Musically, this wonderful LP suggests dog day afternoons, loafing, listening to Dr John, John Martyn, Tom Waits, Terry Callier, Terry Reid’s River, then switching to weather-beaten dub and blues in the night after a long walk in the light of a full moon. That may cause an eyebrow or two to rise, for the pair’s Two Banks of Four oeuvre seemed to ring with the bells of (Charles) Stepney, spiritual jazz meets Our Favourite Shop, all celestial charity-shop symphonies. But then again in the late ‘60s among Charles Stepney’s Chess moves were pioneering productions of experimental electric blues LPs by Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, which is a good place to start for William Adamson. (Kevin Pearce, Caught by the River, Spring 2013)

Tuesday 4th June 2013 at The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London W1

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