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Mancunian musical firebrand Louis Barabbas may be better known as the frontman of the eponymous Bedlam Six, but when he’s not cavorting with the multi-limbed ‘dirt-swing’ band he continues to produce dark love songs with a flair for the theatrical. On his latest solo album, the wonderfully titled Gentle Songs of Ceaseless Horror, the master songwriter has produced a varied record which catapults the listener from devilish love songs to revenge-fuelled rants.

The pop-inflected You Did This To Me follows stunning opener A Matter of Life and Death, which wouldn’t be out of place on Nick Cave’s Murder Ballads. Louis’ voice seeps through the speakers, demonstrating a deadly sweetness; whether he’s intoning on Before It’s Too Late’s theatrical pomp, with its clashing cymbal and outlandish brass or the gentle softness of Faith In Myths. The combination of an exotic collection of tracks, from the bawdy whirlwind of Stone By Stone to heartbreaking lullaby The Stuff of Archive, presents an intoxicating mixture.

A reliably entertaining and consummate live performer, bewilderingly athletic and utterly charming, he’ll be performing two intimate gigs in the region including Newcastle’s Heaton Perk on Monday 29th February and Eaglescliffe’s The Waiting Room on Sunday 6th March. Whether you buy his records or see him live, I promise you won’t regret it.

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