Joseph Arthur + Jonny Kaplan and the Lazy Stars
Doors – 7pm
Jonny Kaplan and the Lazy Stars – 7.45pm
Joseph Arthur – 8.45pm
Joseph Arthur announces a one-off gig at The Borderline in London in advance of his next solo album, The Family, coming later this summer.
Joseph Arthur is a singer, songwriter, poet, and artist from Akron, Ohio, known for his solo material, and as a member of RNDM and Fistful of Mercy. Combining poetic lyrics with a layered sonic palette, Arthur has built his reputation over the years through critically acclaimed releases, collaborations and constant touring; his unique solo live performances often incorporate the use of a number of distortion and loop pedals, sometimes live painting and a sprinkling of beat-poetry.
His 20+ albums range from solo records to collaborations with a who’s who of rock‘n’roll, including Lou Reed, Dhani Harrison and Ben Harper of Fistful of Mercy, Peter Gabriel, T-Bone Burnett, and RNDM with Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament.
Originally discovered by Peter Gabriel, and subsequently signed to his Real World record label in 1997, Joseph quickly established a reputation as a formidable and creative talent with his experimental folk-rock style, diverse instrumentation and eclectic electronic production elements. Live, he pioneered the use of loop pedals and layered vocals years before Ed Sheeran et al picked up on it. An accomplished painter, he’s displayed his works in galleries around the world, and his online-only Museum of Modern Arthur (museumofmodernarthur.com) serves as a repository for his creations. He is also a prolific writer, principally of poetry but has also written a children’s book!
“Joseph Arthur is a long-term disrupter and a challenger of the norms. He is possibly the most talented musician of the last twenty years in the US. Over the years, he has adapted and changed his style but has always amazed with his offering. Long may this disrupter bring joy to our lives.” Huffington Post
“His influences are plain enough – Dylan, Waits, Cobain – but by the end he sounds like nobody but himself; dark, lovelorn and clever.” The Observer