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Sunday 30 March 2014 at 8:00pm


South Street Arts Centre
21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU, United Kingdom

Tel: 0118 937 3456


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south street & doubledotdash!? present...

live music from:

NATHAN SALSBURG (louisville, usa)
nathan salsburg is an acoustic guitarist and the curator of the alan lomax archive, a pennsylvania-born kentuckian who has logged good time in coastal maine – what he does with his instrument is singular, nearly mystic: agile and engaging, his compositions are songs that feel desirous, questioning and vital, as if they weren't just channeled into being, but demanded revelation.

musically, nathan has emerged from a venerable tradition that includes lena hughes and frank hutchison, john fahey and ry cooder. there are moments in nathan's pieces – these nimble rhythmic shifts, steps from one place to another – that make your knees quiver. listening to him play, it's hard not to feel subsumed by gratitude.

WILD ISLAND (oxford)
formerly WILD SWIMMERS. the next phase. the songs of mark knight played by him or him and others. quiet and loud indie rock music inspired by robert pollard, lou barlow, folk music, books, friends, other things.

and to round the evening off...

from 1978 to 1983, ALAN LOMAX and a video-crew traveled through the american south, documenting its traditional music — brass bands, second-liners, and mardi gras indians in new orleans; miners, moonshiners, and primitive baptists in kentucky; flat-footers, string bands, and piedmont blues in north carolina; cajun cowboys, fiddlers, and zydeco stompers in french-speaking louisiana; and fife-and-drum ensembles, gospel quartets, and former railroad track-liners, levee-camp muleskinners, and players on the pre-war blues circuit in mississippi.

this footage ultimately totalled over 400 hours and was edited into lomax's "AMERICAN PATCHWORK" series, which aired on american public television in 1991. but the lion's share has never been seen publicly. nathan salsburg, curator of the ALAN LOMAX archive, will screen a program of assorted clips from the "AMERICAN PATCHWORK" collection.

this special event will cost you £6 to get in. plus booking fee - so actually £7.20 from south street. south street get the booking fee which helps the present their excellent music, theatre, and comedy programmes.

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