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Gabriel Kahane

Gabriel Kahane holds up a map of North America

Songwriter Gabriel Kahane takes an unflinching look at America in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, performing songs from his new album Book of Travelers as well as his back catalogue.

Kahane woke up on 7 November 2016, the day after the American Presidential election and boarded a train at Penn Station, traveling 8,980 miles around the continental US talking to strangers. He presents his findings as a musical travelogue, turning everyday stories into an exquisitely crafted collection of songs – an eloquent, defiant, and hopeful portrait of contemporary America.

Ranging from indie pop, to alternative folk, to chamber music, Kahane’s music is reflective of an artist used to working in many modes – he’s collaborated with artists such as Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Bird, and Paul Simon, alongside prestigious commissions for Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall and, recently, Broadway, with an original score for Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery.

Approximate running times:

Doors: 7.00pm

Start time: 7.30pm

Running time: 1 hour 15 minutes no interval

Timings are approximate and subject to change


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‘stories translated into exquisite little songs‘


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Watch: Gabriel Kahane - Baltimore


The official video for Gabriel Kahane's Baltimore track, taken from his album 'Book of Travelers'.

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