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Harmonic present
Saturday May 25th
The Workman’s Club
Tickets €12

With very special guests His Clancyness

Widowspeak is an American band comprised of Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas, known for its dreamy, western-tinged take on rock and roll. The outfit formed in 2010 and released two singles in 2011 (Harsh Realm, Gun Shy) followed by a debut album (self-titled) in the summer of that year, all on Brooklyn label Captured Tracks. Widowspeak was praised for its reverential spaciousness, Hamilton’s haunting voice, and Thomas’s spindly, Morricone-esque guitar lines; both drawing on 1950′s pop ballads and 1970′s psych, creating languid call-and-response melodies. The band then toured extensively, wearing in their warm, nostalgic sound.

Widowspeak began to write what would become their second record, Almanac, at the start of 2012, as popular fears of the apocalypse became imminently close to realization. Though not totally convinced of catastrophic disaster coinciding with the year’s conclusion, Hamilton nevertheless began writing lyrics seeped in doomsday imagery, darkness and dread, inspired by the idea of such a universal experience of the end. The album was recorded by Kevin McMahon (Swans, Real Estate) in a hundred year old barn in the Hudson River Valley of New York State during the transition from summer to fall. Producing with McMahon, Thomas expanded on the band’s demos, crafting layers of guitar, Rhodes piano, organ and harmonium. Almanac was released by Captured Tracks in January 2013.

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  • Dave C.

    I was really impressed with His Fancyness; a modern Lloyd Cole perhaps with some nice handiwork on a twangy guitar; tight band too.....Widowspeak were good also in an understated sort of way, somewhat understated in their performance, as led by the waif like singer who introduced every song beautifully though I didn't catch a single word all night......their music drew you in nonetheless; very worthwhile and thanks for Peter and Helen particularly for digging up yet another gem.

    May 27, 2013

  • Peter

    Nice one, eights good. See you all then

    May 24, 2013

    • Dave C.

      See yiz inside around 9.30 :)

      May 25, 2013

  • Helen

    Shall we around 8 bells? Glad ye didn't leave me on my own.

    May 24, 2013

  • Dave C.

    Hope to make it in Pete/Helen; they sound (and look) great! :)

    May 24, 2013

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