with: The Humdrum Express
Thursday 29 September 2016
8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
£7 in advance £9 on the door
Purveyors of music that meanders from sea soaked waltz to Italian tarantella, from Brassy funeral march-esque lament to weep along Klezmar knees up, from chain gang holler to rag time finger snap. Skipping through the dark side of anything that makes you want to dance, steeped in melodrama and usually with not a small amount of tongue in cheek.
The Eskies have brought this unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and booze houses far and wide, sullying soirees and lowering inhibitions of get togethers and social occasions wherever they have ventured.
Their debut album ‘After The Sherry Went Round’ is in shops now and is also available for download from iTunes.
“Like a wagon storming the citadel, The Eskies’ brand of gothic-tinged gypsy-folk swaggers out of the speakers with intent.” – Hot Press Magazine
“From the sinister sway of ‘Eloise’ through to the jaunty ‘Jesus Don’t Save Me’ and the driving ‘Jailhouse Sun’, The Eskies have delivered a fascinating blend of fun-fuelled folk.” – The Independent
“The album is a raucous fanfare of folk, swamp blues and unquenchable merriment, paired with brain-burrowing melodies and witty lyrics, delivered at breakneck speed.” – Goldenplec
“Indeed, the album exudes a vim and vigor that bursts from out of the speakers…makes for an incredibly entertaining experience.” – The Last Mixed Tape
The Humdrum Express is the musical vehicle for Kidderminster based singer/songwriter Ian Passey.
“Brilliant, observationally… part of me just wants to stand up and applaud” – Steve Lamacq, BBC 6music
“The missing link between Billy Bragg and Half Man Half Biscuit” – Attila The Stockbroker
“Biting, observational acoustic wit, poetically lamenting everyday life in a somewhat unique and infectious manner” – Will Munn, Rhythm & Booze
Festival At Home, Cryptic Self Pity, Double Edged Swords, Copy Cats and Leopard Print Onesie have been championed by Steve Lamacq on his BBC 6music show over the past 18 months. All five songs can be found on the new album, The Day My Career Died.
The Humdrum Express has released five full albums (All Aboard, Little Victories, Elevation Of Trivia, Clone Town Blues and The Day My Career Died) plus several EPs.
Live work has included gigs with John Cooper Clarke, Bob Mould, Ian McCulloch, Half Man Half Biscuit, The Wedding Present, Hugh Cornwell, Miles Hunt & Erica Nockalls, The Members, TV Smith and John Otway.