On this page we will bring you details of which artists we have booked for 2017
Please note that for gigs at The King’s Head; this is a pub room and not entirely seated. If you need a seat, we advise you get there early. Refunds will not be given.
Hungrytown? As somebody said, they sound like a throwback. Which is what they are in a way because this country duo are sprinkled with the hillbilly dust of the 1930s.
The name – evocative of hard times – came from a sign they saw in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia…Hungrytown Road. There is no trace of a place that bears that name but Hungrytown lives in the exquisite pairing of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson who make their Kalamazoo debut tonight.
The Old Timey sound is the stock in trade of this couple from Vermont but Rebecca’s highly original and often haunting songs tell new tales of heartbreak, lost love and changing times. Her voice – praised by the legendary Roger McGuinn for its “sweetness and worldly wisdom” – is backed by the gorgeous harmonies of husband Ken, arranger and multi-instrumentalist.
As Steve Bennett of Acoustic Magazine put it:”The songs hark back to earliest Americana, tracing a sepia-tinged line from the Carter Family to Gillian Welch.”
“Had they been around in the 1960s,” says Rock ‘n’ Reel’s David Burke,”you can imagine them packing the Greenwich Village clubs and coffee houses.”
The critics use phrases like “musical gold” and “pure class.” Catch them if you can.
Friday 12 May
Support: The Blinkin’ Buzzards
Welcome back, Wizz!
Time, once again, for all budding folk-blues pickers to sit at the feet of the master. Kalamazoo nights don’t come better than this.
The ageless maestro remains a musical marvel. Truly the guitarist’s guitarist. The most under-rated of all, according to the legendary Bert Jansch.
Unfamiliar with Mr Jones? Well, this is the man who is name-checked as an influence by Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Rod Stewart and Ralph McTell (To a teenage McTell, Wizz was a legend in 1961!).
Ralph would say that the likes of Wizz, Alexis Korner and Davy Graham changed the course of popular music in Britain.
Wizz’s own influences range from Big Bill Broonzy to Muddy Waters and Ramblin’
Jack Elliott. After 60 years in the business he inspires new generations with his
unique guitar style, eclectic repertoire and a right hand worthy of Broonzy himself.
Friday 9 June
Support: The Blinkin’ Buzzards
Alasdair Roberts was born to be a folk musician.
The music is in the blood of this highly original Scottish artist making his first appearance at the Kalamazoo. He is the son of singer and guitarist Alan Roberts, who performed and recorded with the legendary Dougie MacLean and Alex Campbell.
Hardly surprising, then, that he was writing songs as a kid and forming a band called Appendix Out with school pals. His break came when he handed a demo tape to US folk star Bonnie Prince Billy (Will Oldham) and a record deal with American label Drag City followed.
Now, several albums down the line, he has critical acclaim. “A rare talent,” says music writer Barnaby Smith, of the Quietus. “…who can relate folk music with such scholarly authenticity and penetrate on such an emotional level at the same time.” Timothy Monger of AllMusic says:”His almost mystical take on traditional Scottish fare and dedication to crafting original material in a similar vein have placed him in a category of his own.”
And Neil Spencer of The Guardian summed up one Roberts album thus..”The twisting melodies and cryptic imagery are a delight. By turns, droll, pungent and lovely.”