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THE HANDSOME FAMILY ( Sold Out )

THE HANDSOME FAMILY ( Sold Out )

Handsome Family 2015
Date: Sat 28th
Mar
Time: 7:30pm
€25.00 €25.00
Crane Lane Theatre Phoenix Street, Cork City, Cork, Ireland +353 (0)21 427 8487

Bandicoot Promotions Presents
2 CORK SHOWS

Dates: Sat 28th & Sun 29th March 2015
Venue: Crane Lane Theatre, Cork city, Ireland

Headline act: THE HANDSOME FAMILY

Ticket: 25 euro (subject to booking fee)
Advance tickets available from Plugd Records, Tobin St, Cork
Doors: 7.30pm
Ph 021 4278487

Wild animals, tall tales, and folk-lore from American history populate New Mexico’s Handsome Family. Based in Albuquerque, husband & wife duo Brett & Rennie Sparks blend Appalachian holler, psych-rock and Tin Pan Alley inspired melodies to conjure up a world where David Attenborough meets David Lynch in a Honky-Tonk bar at midnight.

Their last album “Wilderness” (on Loose Records) explores the little-known enigmas of the natural world: immortal jellyfish, woodpecker tongues, dancing octopi, fly royalty, the secret language of crows, and mysterious ant spirals. Elsewhere we discover why the Sparks never take seaside vacations and learn all about compulsive window-smasher Mary Sweeney. It’s classic Handsome Family territory – twisted tales of the unexpected that may raise a smile but will also, thanks to Rennie’s knack for spinning a good yarn, leave you ever so slightly unsettled. Brett Sparks lays bear a succession of deceptively simple melodies and dexterous instrumentation that combine with his wife’s lyrics to a startlingly haunting effect and are delivered with a voice that glides between a Cash-like timbre and a southern high & lonesome plea.

The Handsome Family have been feted by the likes of Ringo Starr, Bruce Springsteen and covered by artists such as Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Cerys Matthews, Christy Moore and Andrew Bird. In a career that spans twenty years they’ve toured the world in their own charmingly DIY fashion – one car, one hotel room, one stage…. night after night after night – and in that time they’ve performed as a duo, with a band and have had onstage collaborations with such folk-royalty as Eliza Carthy, country legend Charlie Louvin and indie-kings like Nick Cave and Jarvis Cocker. The Handsome Family also had the opening theme in 2014 for the “True Detective”, the television crime drama on HBO featuring Woody Harrelson & Matthew McConaughey.