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Minnesota-based folk blues artist Charlie Parr is heading across the pond to promote his eponymously titled new album out this month, with a North East appearance at The Cluny on Monday 2nd September.

The album is a collection of new songs plus studio versions of audience favorites from throughout his career. One such favourite, Cheap Wine is a sinister narrative sung from the point of view of a liquor store owner with a dark secret who’s starting to crack. The plotline came from an idea for a novel that Parr eventually abandoned and mined for song ideas, and is typical of the artist’s inimitable style and storytelling prowess. The singer-songwriter fingerpicks his way through his songs, influenced by the Delta Blues styles of Charlie Patton and Bukka White, accompanied by his resonator and 12-string guitars which elicit an honest and authentic sound.

He’ll be accompanied at The Cluny by multi-instrumentalist JD Wilkes, a musician, visual artist, actor, filmmaker and creative wunderkind, whose compositions are at once whimsical, absurd and utterly enthralling. A true iconoclast, the self-described ‘southern surrealist’ is a joy to watch live. Don’t miss him.

Charlie Parr and JD Wilkes play The Cluny, Newcastle on Monday 2nd September


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