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Looking after our mental health is so important in turbulent times, which we’ve all experienced our fair share of over the last couple years. Someone who knows all too well about life’s hardships is talented Philadelphia-born, Manchester-based, musician BC Camplight, who uses his music to express his tribulations; and he’s certainly not a guy who’s had it easy. His life has been shaped by experiences of loss and personal struggles, and he was even deported from the UK in 2015, estranged from his home, girlfriend and dog. But he possesses the extraordinary ability to turn these difficult times and dark emotions into stunningly beautiful, riveting and somewhat comical musical works.

His show at The Cluny on Wednesday 23rd March is set to support his 2020 album, Shortly After Takeoff, which he wrote in response to his experience of deportation and the loss of his dad shortly after. The album demonstrates eclectic inspirations and is defined by disorienting rhythms, hushed vocals and beautiful harmonies, which share with the listener this deep, dark time in his life. As BC Camplight himself says: “It’s important to stress that this isn’t a redemption story. I’m a guy who maybe lives a little hard and I’m in the thick of some heavy stuff. But as a result, I think I’ve made my best record.”

Joining him at The Cluny will be drummer Adam Dawson and guitarist Francesca Pidgeon (who some might know in her art rock guise as Dilettante) and who also feature on the album.

BC Camplight performs at The Cluny, Newcastle on Wednesday 23rd March.


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