Damnably is stoked to book the most extensive UK tour for folk legend Kath Bloom.
We’ve booked tours for a few legendary acts not on our label such Dick Dale, Codeine, COME, Bitch Magnet, Julie Doiron but Kath is probably the most devastating songwriter and singer in the world and we are all massive fans so this is a joy for us.
Damnably regulars Splintered Man & Capt.Lovelace joining her as backing band, supports and chauffeurs.
Tickets are on sale now and links below.
“Bloom sounds like a woman who has spent years in the wilderness…An earthy, unpretentious presence, she can snap a heart like a twig” – Pitchfork
April 22 Bristol – All Hallows Community Co-op
April 23 Bexhill – Albatross Club Bexhill
April 24 London – Windmill Brixton
April 25 London – Cafe Oto
April 26 Birmingham – Kings Heath Kitchen Garden Cafe
April 27 Coventry – The Tin Music and Arts
April 28 Glasgow – The Glad Cafe
April 29 Edinburgh – Summerhall
April 30 Newcastle – The Cluny
May 1 London – Walpurgis Nacht Festival
The daughter of world-renowned oboist Robert Bloom, Kath was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut, where she trained as a cellist.
However, she soon gave away formal musical education for the acoustic guitar, which she taught herself over long afternoons spent among the tombstones of her local cemetery.
After a time working with conceptual artist Bruce Nauman, Kath met avant-garde guitarist Loren MazzaCane Connors in 1976, teaming up with him for a series of now highly sought-after recordings of traditional blues and folk songs and Bloom’s originals.
Some records were released in editions of as few as fifty, most no more than 200 copies, until the duo released their Swansong Moonlight in 1984.
After a period of child-rearing, family life and daily financial struggle, Kath began to return to songwriting and recording in the early 90s, revealing a mother-of-three songwriter as accomplished and affecting as any of her more acclaimed colleagues such as Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch or Hazel Dickens.
In 95′ Richard Linklaker’s inspired use of her song ‘Come Here’ in ‘Before Sunrise’ introduced kath to a new generation of fans as did ‘Loving Takes This Course’ two disc set, featuring one disc of covers (Bill Callahan, Josephine Foster, Devendra Banhart) and one of the original versions of Kath’s songs is as good a place to start as any. Bloom is a tiny, wiry, mature woman, that strums with a claw-like hand, wearing a belt of harmonicas that she switches to match the chords of each song. Closer to fellow outsider Michael Hurley than enigmatic female folk acts that fell off the map like Judee Sill or Karen Dalton, but in her prime her vocal power is reminiscent of Peel favourite Sandy Denny.
Splintered Man are a acoustic-based duo initially devised by Simon Kobayashi as an outlet for songs he couldn’t do in his other band, smallgang. They’ve developed a great repertoire of songs that have been acclaimed by the likes of Chris T-T and Chris Brokaw amongst others.
For fans of: Mark Kozelek, Bill Callahan, John Fahey
Born in Arcachon Bay France, Beatrice settled in Norway then returned to France and Bordeaux at 20, and now resides in Brighton. An adventurer, in love with the quaint European rail network that serves as an escape from the geeky computing world she inhabits for a living. ‘Capt. Lovelace’ refers as much to pornographic actress Linda Lovelace as the world’s first computer programmer Ada Lovelace. Beattie has shared stages with Tom Brosseau, Girlpool, Mike Watt & The Missing Men and released her debut EP /* Preview Pane */ on Damnably in August 2015.
Are you ready to ride with her?
For Fans of: Sibylle Baier, Cat Power, Julie Doiron & Hobo Nouveau