A special one-off performance featuring new collaborations, hosted by alt country troubadour Howe Gelb and his band, to mark the 25th anniversary of their first album, Valley of Rain.
Performing old songs and new, they are joined by Kristin Hersh, guitarist and founder of seminal art-rock band, Throwing Muses for an unforgettable night. FreeStage 6.15 - 7.15pm Oh Ruin
2010 is the 25th anniversary of the first Giant Sand album, Valley of Rain, and to mark the occasion, Howe Gelb and his band host a very special evening of brand new collaborations and performances. After 25 years this could be a time for retrospect, but with a new album scheduled for October, this is instead a celebration, a milestone in the life of the profoundly talented alt-troubador, Howe Gelb. And this one-off performance sees Howe and his legendary band Giant Sand celebrating with very special guest Kristin Hersh, guitarist and founder of seminal art-rock band, Throwing Muses.
In June this year Kristin releases her new album Crooked. No ordinary release, Crooked is being published as a book. Containing photos, lyrics and essays, it also offers access codes which unlock an online treasure trove loaded with music and interactive content. This year also sees the publication of Kristin's memoir, Paradoxical Undressing.
In Their Own Worlds is an exclusive invitation to see Giant Sand performing songs old and new, a solo set from Kristin, and Giant Sand providing a unique score as Kristin reads from Paradoxical Undressing.
'From the outer reaches of the country landscape comes the muse of Howe Gelb, the most prolific man in alt country (yes, even more than Ryan Adams) and head honcho with Giant Sand.' BBC on Giant Sand's Cover Magazine
'I'll jump at any chance to be on stage with the wild and wacky, kooky and cozy Howe. With Howe, I never know exactly what will happen, but it's always great to be a part of it.' Kristin Hersh
June 2010 brings a surprise release from Howe Gelb, this time collaborating with flamenco gypsies from Spain. Mixed in Bristol by John Parish, Alegrias, meaning 'Joy’, by Howe Gelb and A Band of Gypsies, is still a Howe Gelb record, but soaked with the collision of flamenco and indie-rock.
Gelb, together with co-producer Fernando Vacas, (Russian Red, Prin La La, Flow) recorded with Spain's national treasure, Raimundo Amador, (Bjork, B.B. King). Amador changed the face of flamenco in the late 70s by being the first to morph it with the blues and redelivering it to the counter culture. Along with a host of Cordoba flamenco gypsies, they have managed to capture the magic of this new music and present an astonishingly beautiful album.