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Triptych 06: Odetta + James Blood Ulmer + Grant Campbell

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Triptych 06: Odetta/James Blood Ulmer/Grant Campbell

Saturday 29th April

The Lemon Tree

16 + 1.50 b/fee

Doors Open: 6.30pm


The irrefutable Queen of American Folk, African-American legend Odetta is one of the most influential and critical artists of our time.

Discovered by singer, actor and social activist Harry Belafonte, Odettas sublime guitar structures and baritone splendour inspired a legion of sonic monarchs; including Janis Joplin, (whom, it is said, found her voice when she heard Odetta); and Bob Dylan, (whom she famously inspired to pick up an acoustic guitar). Indeed, Odettas exquisite and singular star was recently re-kindled thanks to her breathtaking, vintage footage in Martin Scorceses Dylan grand slam, No Direction Home

A prominent figure in the Civil Rights movement who walked arm-in-arm with

Martin Luther King, Odettas atomic blues, folk, work and protest songs have long aroused political ardour and broken vital ground for black female artists.

Now 75, the exalted folk, jazz, and blues crusader remains one of American musics greatest treasures.

James Blood Ulmer

An extraordinary American guitar pioneer and rightfully lionised free-jazz iconoclast, James Blood Ulmers stellar career has seen him evolve from avant-garde visionary to elder statesman of the blues.

Long regarded as one of his generations most inventive musicians, multiple-Grammy nominee Ulmers groundbreaking art has challenged funk, free jazz, blues and African-American idioms for five decades.

As accomplished and mesmerising as he is experimental, Ulmer's advanced jazz, abstract blues, raga meditations and harmolodic aphorisms were informed and championed by saxophone marvel Ornette Coleman, with whom Ulmer resided, studied and recorded in the early 1970s.

Also saluted for his aural alliances with deviating luminaries including blues guru Ry Cooder, bebop jazz star Art Blakey and improv maestro Derek Bailey, Ulmers all-consuming, remarkable art is uniquely unparalleled and truly un-missable.

Grant Campbell

Evoking Micah P Hinson and Bruce Springsteen, gravelly Clydebank troubadour Grant Campbell is an inner-city cowboy, a brambly folk Romeo: a quiet delight to behold. His enchanting 2005 debut album, Postcards from Nowhere, was recorded at home in Glasgow. Its a gentle, exquisite exposition of amber ranch canticles and scorched alt-folk lullabies: it is unadorned, potent, gruff and wonderful.

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