RED BALLOON MUSIC PRESENTS… IDA WENØE With guests Seafoam Green & The Gentle Good
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Red Balloon Music are proud to present a headline show from IDA WENØE, alongside Seafoam Green and The Gentle Good.
Amongst a digital mountain range littered with accomplished folk-ish bands and singer- songwriters, it is a rare miracle to come across a cave so rich in jewels as the one beneath Ida Wenøe’s ribcage.
Clash Magazine’s description of her sound as being “bewitching acid folk with a deeply personal edge…” and Paul Lester’s comments in The Guardian that she “sounds like the young narrator of her own magical-malevolent fantasies…” line the tape heads up nicely.
While she has an obvious appreciation of Americana, her sound is very definitely laced with more English undertones: the kind of sound Edward Woodward might have heard downstairs in the local inn had the Wicker Man been filmed in a remote Danish village, while Sarah Lund scoured for clues in her jumper.
Like the best of the Nordic Noir leaving the Danish mainland, the recordings are at once both sonically pure and grimy; there’s a shared loneliness that makes you feel that you’re not at all; and all the while there is an honesty to the songwriting that tugs at your sleeve.
After years of solo tours, bad record deals and the odd single release means Dave O’Grady spent the last 15 years practicing his craft as an apprentice songwriter, now comes the time for his first offering of songs.
The Psych/Folk outfit fronted by the Dublin born songwriter and produced by Rich Robinson was a result of a chance meeting during studio recordings in Nashville, 2011, and followed by a couple US and European tours, Dave and Rich began writing in California.
The pair penned a number of songs together in the hills of Topanga, which naturally came to be the debut Seafoam Green album.
THE GENTLE GOOD:
Inspired by nearly forgotten Welsh melodies and the brilliant music of the 60s folk revival, The Gentle Good is the work of Cardiff based folk singin’ finger-picker Gareth Bonello.
Singing in both English and Welsh Gareth weaves dark folk tales around an intricate guitar style and a haunting voice to create beautiful modern folk music tinted with psychadelia.
A captivating live performer Gareth can enchant an audience with just a guitar, and has played to audiences at home and abroad at festivals such as Glastonbury, Latitude, The Green Man, End of the Road, The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Lorient Interceltique and South by Southwest.
Comparisons range from the music of Nick Drake, Martin Carthy, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, John Martyn and Donovan by the likes of Mojo and the Guardian.