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Like many people in the UK, I first discovered Charlie Parr through his collaborations: his astonishing album of country-gospel with the Black Twig Pickers (2010’s Glory In The Meeting House) and the following year’s Keep Your Hands On The Plow, which included fellow Duluthians Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker from Low (Sparhawk has been more than a little evangelical about Parr over the years, no pun intended). But there’s been more than a dozen other albums in his 15 year recording career and if the ones I’ve heard are any indication, they’re probably all wonderful.

Parr has a new label (Red House Records) and a new album out this month, Stumpjumper. Recorded with a full band (and away from his Minnesota base) for the first time, the album is nonetheless as raw and pure as ever; Parr’s remarkable voice and his guitar, dobro and banjo to the fore. Parr is touring the UK to accompany the release – rare enough in itself – and credit is due to the Jumpin’ Hot Club for securing a Newcastle show, in the Live Theatre’s Studio venue on Friday 12th August.

Support for the evening comes from Cath & Phil Tyler, whose own blend of British and American folk traditions is a perfect fit for Parr’s music. Not one to miss.

Charlie Parr and Cath & Phil Tyler play Live Theatre, Newcastle on Friday 12th August.


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