'Thee' Duke of Dark
Re-born in 2007 after years of failed attempts seeking his 'true-self' under another guise which yielded some fine material but inconsistent in vision and execution, 'Thee' Duke (title given by UK keyboard player-Parsley) hit his stride when he found complete solace in the works of Noel Engle (Scott Walker), and his many disciples (Bowie, Bush, Cave, Hannon etc.). Name change and musical direction firmly in grasp, he was now able to approach the art form without the need for 'compromise', and began exploring from 'untapped' resources, which led to a depth unknown to even himself. Realizing he wasn't Weller, Springsteen or even Sir Richard (as in Cliff), he now felt comfort in his own skin, and began to present his highly unique style in a manner rarely seen since the days of 'Bowie and Bush'. And this led to support slots for acts such as 'The Long Blondes', 'Everybody was in the French Resistance...now'!, and 'Theoretical Girl', as well as great support from highly regarded acts such as 'Art Brut', 'The Pipette's' and 'Camera Obscura'. "My songs are written for those who walk amongst the shadows fearing not truth but deception". The story continues...
Kim Logan arose from the swamps and beaches of Sarasota, Florida after a decade in the opera industry, to write songs and make records in Nashville. With her education from the Berklee College of Music, and years of the kind of hands-on learning you can only get in honky-tonks and on highways, Kim flexes her artistic muscles in every medium of art possible. In addition to the release of her debut self-titled album, Kim has penned published poetry and essays, consulted on and served as muse for fashion designers and vintage curators, and collaborated with everyone from filmmakers, to burlesque and hoop dancers, to portrait artists, in interdisciplinary displays of performance art. The second oeuvre of Kim's work, "Pseudoscience," began its release in August of 2016. The first two chapters are produced and developed by the formidable sonic wizards Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton), and Brett Orrison (The Black Angels). Kim continues to innovate, reinvent, and create from nothing. Kim is also an ensemble/comprimario singer with the Nashville Opera company, and can be seen in productions throughout their festival season. A classic, craftsman's songwriting sensibility, paired with sonic homage to each unique sub-genre in history which has influenced her, makes for Kim's gap-bridging, line-blurring, time-traveling sound.
Singer of sad songs on a happy instrument! Born and raised in London, UK, Katy Vernon now calls Minnesota home. She has written songs for as long as she can remember and is always happiest when she’s singing, even when dealing with some pretty tough challenges. Katy’s debut solo release was ‘Before I Forget’. This was both a tribute to her parents, whom she lost as a teen, but also an embrace of her new solo direction after discovering the ukulele and the songwriting it inspired. In a deliberate effort to use her writing to move beyond the grief and sadness of her earlier work Katy wrote the song ‘Pearl’ which she released as a single prior to this full length release. Each song on 'Present' is an exploration of the effort to embrace the here and now. Exploring the realities of life, the good and the bad, without being numbed or sugar coated.
Event: ‘Thee’ Duke of Dark, Kim Logan, Katy Vernon
Date: Sunday 11th June 2017
Time : 12:00 - 03:00
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