The Belfast Barge venue at Lanyon Quay on the river Lagan will host American old-time musician Frank Fairfield’s first gig in Ireland on Thursday, 6 September. Playing a mix of old time folk songs, collected and composed, on fiddle, guitar and banjo, Fairfield also sings and hollers.
From California, USA, and still in his twenties, according to the publicity material, Fairfield is steeped in the pre-War Americana of Mississippi John Hurt and Dock Boggs. He started out as a street performer in LA with a mix of hillbilly ballads, rambling songs and murder ballads delivered in a reedy tenor voice. He performs a different set of traditional songs and originals each night, drawing on his encyclopedic knowledge of the American folk canon.
Fleet Foxes picked him to open for them on their 2008 US tour. He has released two albums on Tompkins Square (home of Michael Chapman and James Blackshaw), one solo and a collection of traditional material, the second, Out On The Open West (2010), featuring his own songs, and guest musicians. A 78 rpm collector, he has also compiled a selection of rare gramophone recordings from around the world entitled Unheard Ofs & Forgotten Abouts released on his own Pawn imprint.
The Moving on Music event starts at 8pm, with tickets available for £10 from Belfast Welcome Centre 028 9024 6609 and www.movingonmusic.co.uk.
Published on 23 August 2012