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Barbican announces new shows: John Grant singing songs of Patsy Cline with Richard Hawley and Band plus legendary German musician Michael Rother

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John Grant sings the songs of Patsy Cline with Richard Hawley and Band

Two of the most dynamic and revered live artists, John Grant, and Richard Hawley come together in the Barbican Hall on Sunday 24 September for a celebration of the late legendary country star - Patsy Cline.

Originally commissioned by Factory International for Manchester International Festival 2023, this unique collaboration brings together two modern-day icons to perform Cline's beloved repertoire for the very first time. John Grant, renowned for his searing wit, tenderness, and commanding stage presence, will lend his powerful vocals to the proceedings, while Richard Hawley and his band, often considered one of the best live acts in the UK, will provide their signature sound, taking the audience on a musical journey through Cline's beloved hits, reimagining them with unique artistry and emotional depth.Top of Form

Drawing from a songbook full of classics like Walkin' After Midnight and Crazy, audiences will hear the crème de la crème of country pop from Grant and Hawley. With songs spanning romance, heartbreak, and drama, infused with joy for good measure, this promises to be a sonic and visual feast that will leave a lasting impression.


Michael Rother plays NEU!, Harmonia & Solo Works

The legendary German guitarist and multi-Instrumentalist Michael Rother is set to grace the Barbican Hall next year with a cross-section of his ground-breaking material, including music from NEU! Harmonia, and his later solo projects. The Barbican Hall performance will showcase Rother's innovative contributions to the music scene and his influential role in shaping the sound of experimental music.

As a key figure of the innovative music scene originating from Germany in the early 1970s, Michael Rother's music has been a source of inspiration for generations of musicians. His unique blend of experimental rock, ambient, and electronic sounds has influenced artists ranging from David Bowie and Brian Eno to Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth, U2, Radiohead, and Primal Scream, and beyond.

Rother's illustrious career began when he joined Kraftwerk in 1971, going on to form the legendary bands NEU! and Harmonia. He has since released 10 solo albums, including two new releases in 2019 and 2020, showcasing his innovative and ever-evolving musical prowess. His work has gained global recognition since the official re-release of the NEU! albums in 2001, and he has played to audiences around the world, collaborating with numerous musicians and bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Paul Weller. Rother has also written film scores for two feature films, further showcasing his diverse musical talents.

In 2022, Rother released the highly acclaimed album As Long As The Light, his first collaboration with the Italian musician Vittoria Maccabruni, demonstrating his continued commitment to pushing the boundaries of experimental music and creating ground breaking soundscapes.