CAHALEN MORRISON & ELI WEST

Music |
22nd January 2015


Before the gig enjoy a warming bowl of traditional Appalachian mountain chicken & dumplings with a botlle of American craft beer £10pp. Please Click Here to book online

Thu 22 Jan | Doors 7.30pm | £12.50/£14.50OTD/£11.50 U16

Cahalen Morrison & Eli West are, simply put, two of the most innovative and subtle roots musicians today. Their music draws from old folk sources, but it sounds vibrantly alive. Cahalen Morrison writes songs that sound like a Cormac McCarthy novel: simple, beautifully crafted, and seemingly formed from raw natural elements.

Eli West brings jagged, angular arrangements based in bluegrass and old-time, but refracted through a 21st century lens. Like Ansel Adams’ photography, their music is instantly accessible and built from the simplest materials, but at the same time seems to transcend its base fundamentals. Together, Cahalen and Eli tap the root of the old country and bluegrass duets. As the sparse landscapes of Cahalen’s vocals reflect the warm glow of Eli’s voice, it’s clear that this duo was made to sing together.

When they released their stunning debut album, The Holy Coming of The Storm it met with instantaneous reaction on both sides of the Atlantic. Bob Harris invited them to record a session for his BBC Radio 2 show, saying their music was “quite extraordinary”, and Mary Ann Kennedy recorded a studio session for BBC Radio 3’s World on 3 as well.

They created such an impact during their first ever UK tour in 2011 that Celtic Connections gave them a show of their own in Glasgow and they then appeared at just about every major outdoor event in 2012.

When The Saturday Review section of The Times asked Chris Wood to choose his Six of The Best Folk Acts, he included Cahalen and Eli, saying they were “passionate, committed, accomplished, searching and sailing in the sea of their own inheritance”.

“Beautiful rootsy Americana” – Time Out

“Quite extraordinary” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“Really, really terrific” Mike Harding BBC Radio 2

“Thrilling” The List

“A major new talent” Maverick magazine

“Outstanding” fRoots magazine

Venue: Malt Room – unreserved seating
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Please Click Here to visit Cahalen & Eli's website and listen to their music for free. 

DATES & TIMES

22nd January 2015

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