Jonathan Byrd and The Pick-up Cowboy.
SUNDAY 24TH JUNE 2018
JONATHAN BYRD & THE PICK UP COWBOY (Johnny Waken)
‘Jonathan Byrd doesn’t sing songs, he sings truth’ – Mare Wakefield.
He is “one of the top 50 songwriters of the last 50 years,” says Rich Warren of WFMT in the Chicago Tribune. He displays John Prine’s gift for stark little songs that tell big, complex stories, Guy Clark’s lean melodicism, Lyle Lovett’s wry mischief, and Bill Morrissey’s knack for the revealing image.
Byrd grew up singing in the Southern Baptist church, where his father preached and his mother played piano. After four years in the Navy, he returned to home to play in rock bands. It was at an old-time fiddle festival in the mountains of southwest Virginia where his writing began to change. Assimilating the sounds of southern traditional music. Between heart lifting songs and heart breaking ballads, Jonathan shares the often missed, always poignant tales of small people that make this world such a big place
After 10 years as a full-time touring songwriter and 7 acclaimed albums, it seems this native of Cackalacky, North Carolina is getting the attention he deserves.
He has played the Shrewsbury Folk Festival on two occasions to great acclaim and has frequently toured the UK and Europe.
As usual he will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Johnny Waken, aka The Pick-up Cowboy.
Johnny cut his teeth on electric guitar in Pittsburgh with rock legend Norman Nardini. More recently, Waken joined a North Carolina theatre troupe, contributing scores for nine shows and winning awards for best original music. He is a real showman, playing guitar, mandolin and musical saw. We can guarantee that you will not have seen anything like him before.
At the end of 2017 Jonathan and Johnny teamed up with Kyshona Armstrong for a series of shows in America and released an album, Trio, containing Jonathan’s best loved songs.
Support will come from Hope in High Water from Milton Keynes. Hope in High Water are Josh Chandler-Morris and Carly Slade. They released their excellent debut album ‘Never Settle’ in May of last year. They were due to play Town Hall Live earlier in the year, at the cancelled Hannah Aldridge concert. We are pleased to have them play for us at this show
Prepare to be entertained.
Advanced Tickets for this concert are priced at £12.50 and can be obtained from the One Stop store in Kirton, from Brian on 01652 649230 or from www.wegottickets.com.