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Fallen Angels Club and Vocoustics Presents:

Tim O'Brien + Ray Bonneville

Friday 16th May

The Tunnels (01224 211121)

9adv tickets from TicketWeb and 1-UP.

2006 'Male Vocalist' and 'Song' of the Year (International Bluegrass Music Association)

2005 Grammy Best Traditional Folk Album

1997 'Album' and 'Recorded Event' of the Year (International Bluegrass Music Association)

1993 Male Vocalist of the Year (International Bluegrass Music Association)

Tim O'Brien is a multi-awarding winning, multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bouzouki) from Nashville - but is not a commercial 'Nashville' or 'country' artist at all. He draws from gospel, old-timey, bluegrass, world, folk, blues, and swing music to create a vision of authentic Americana that is the equal of anyone recording today.

A singer of unusual clarity and originality, a self-taught multi-instrumentalist of rare ability, and an incisive songwriter who, during the last 20 years, has made a lasting mark on what some are calling Americana music through his innate musicianship and his wide-ranging tastes. Whether it's the reinterpretation of an old fiddle tune, a revitalized honky-tonk shuffle from the 1950s, or an original, bluegrass-inflected folk song, O'Brien's music feels familiar and comfortable while never lapsing into the predictable. These rare talents earned him a Grammy in the Best Traditional Folk category for his album Fiddlers Green in 2005.

WS Journal called him a player who updates and clarifies classic repertoire without stripping it of its earthy essence, and who writes classic-sounding material stamped with his own perceptive personality. He describes what he's been doing all these years more concisely: 'making something new out of something old.'

New album out on March 25th.

"The most exuberant record I've heard in ages...breathtaking." (Folk Roots Magazine)

One of the best singers and musicians you are ever likely to see (Kate Rusby)

MySpace.com - Tim O'Brien - NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Folk / Bluegrass / Roots Music - www.myspace.com/timobrienmusic

Tim O'Brien - Welcome

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www.myspace.com/ fallenangelsclub

www.myspace.com/ vocoustics

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some reviews of his new album:

About.com

Tim is back with a killer solo songwriter record full of country- and blues-inspired original folk songs. Tim O'Brien's career has been built on the sheer fact that the man can seemingly do anything musically. Navel-gazing folk songs, check. High-powered bluegrass fiddle tunes, check. Meandering mandolin noodling, check. Toe-tapping blues tunes, check. Classic old timey Celtic and American gospel songs, check. Bazouki, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, vocals...get the point?

popmatters.com

'Chameleon' may be some of his best work to date, even if hes veered from the traditional bluegrass that made him famous in the country music world. Chameleon shows why hes one of the best pickers in music as he plays the guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, bouzouki, and mandola.

Chameleon sees OBrien as more of a Woody Guthrie folkie type, dispensing both silliness and political commentary with a sly wink.

Some of the catchiest songs on Chameleon see OBrien getting political, albeit with a wacky twist or two. World of Trouble has a little Cotton-Eyed Joe breakdown, this time with Osama bin Laden as the titular figure. This World Was Made for Everyone is deliberately reminiscent of Woody Guthries This Land is Your Land; that is, cutting commentary combined with earwormy hooks, this time about Manifest Destiny, 19th century New England whaling practices, and air pollution. After all, as OBrien sings, This world was made for everyone / Especially for us. George Bush, Clinton, Jesus, and Bob Geldof also get name-dropped in a couple of tracks which are equally chock-full of OBriens whimsical and wry social observations.

OBrien has definitely picked the right name for this new record, because in just the past few years weve seen him go from traditional bluegrass to Scots-Irish ballads to his current incarnation as witty folkie. Sure, he may be a chameleon, but lets hope he stays this color for a while. It sure seems to suit him.

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Ray Bonneville

www.raybonneville.com

MySpace.com - Ray Bonneville - Montreal/Austin, CA - Americana / Roots Music / Blues - www.myspace.com/raybonneville

Ray Bonneville is a roaming gritty blues poet who won a prestigious Juno Award, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy, in 1999, for his third album, Gust of Wind.

A distinctive artist, a man who cooks up a deep groove soup, stirring his own unique percussive electric guitar style, his weathered voice, and soulful rack harmonica lines into songs that can be believed. The result is a powerful and visceral sound, with an almost primitive quality to it and a lot of forward momentum.

“He creates his own powerful and unique version of the blues” (Dirty Linen).

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