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I’m With Her will ‘See You Around’

I’m With Her, the band of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan, are headed to London in support of their full-length debut, ‘See You Around’.

Although their 30 January show at Bush Hall is already sold out, the trio will be back on 17 May at Union Chapel.

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Joseph: Dreaming with my eyes open

Joseph | Union Chapel | 7 February 2017

Three voices, an acoustic guitar, and foot stomps (oh, and the occasional handclap or tambourine shake) are all you need to create glorious music. If you’re Joseph, that is.

With what seems like no effort at all, the Closner sisters create complex vocal harmonies, either singing in unison to create one powerful, complementary voice, or emphasising their differences to add rich colours, textures, and counterpoints. The results are transformatory, lifting the trio’s finely crafted tunes far above their singer-songwritery roots.

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Billy Bragg and Joe Henry: Waiting for a train

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry |  Union Chapel | 8 October 2016

“I don’t have any songs like that,” deadpans Joe Henry, returning to the stage as Billy Bragg ends a particularly emotional rendition of ‘There Is Power In A Union’. The rousing anthem is the finale of an intense 25-minute solo set that finds Bragg weighing in on Brexit, Trump, and the Calais Jungle between in-your-face songs like ‘Accident Waiting To Happen’, Occupy London anthem ‘Why We Build The Wall’, and Woody Guthrie’s ‘All You Fascists Are Bound To Lose’.

Earlier, during his own solo slot, Henry illustrates his disillusionment with the United States – “I’m an American abroad on election day, looking for asylum,” he chuckles – with a more restrained approach. A stripped-down ‘Trampoline’, cerebral ‘After The War’, weighty ‘Odetta’, storytelling masterclass ‘Our Song’ (“This was my country/ This frightful and this angry land”), and Allen Toussaint’s ‘Freedom For The Stallion’ may lack Bragg’s swagger, but are just as politically charged.

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Billy Bragg and Joe Henry shine a light on Union Chapel

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry are bringing songs from their new album, ‘Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad’, to Union Chapel on 7 and 8 November 2016.

Featuring 13 railway-themed songs originally recorded by the likes of Hank Williams, Glenn Campbell, and Lead Belly, the album was recorded during a 65-hour journey on the Texas Eagle railroad service across the United States.

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Mark Lanegan: It falls like heaven’s rain

Mark Lanegan | Union Chapel |  3 May 2016

In concert, Mark Lanegan likes to stand still. In his career, not so much. Always moving forwards, since the initial success of Screaming Trees his discography is one of solo and band recordings, collaborations, side projects, and “imitations”. ‘An Evening With Mark Lanegan’ embraces all of it, creating a cohesive set by stripping back the music and focusing on what’s important: his ragged baritone.

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Milk Carton Kids: You took the words right outta my mouth

The Milk Carton Kids | Union Chapel | 22 January 2016

The Milk Carton Kids aren’t what you’d call, in the traditional sense, a triple threat. Sure, they can certainly sing, their two voices harmonising angelically around a single microphone. But instead of excelling at acting and dance, they’re phenomenal musicians. And stand-up comics.

They intersperse immaculately crafted, poetically literate songs of heartache, longing, and “the clouds moving over Pontiac skies” with laugh out loud stories of dog-perpetrated gun violence and life on the road. And instead of diluting the audience’s reverence for their music, the duo’s dry, self-deprecating humour only highlights the beauty of their songs.

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Turin Brakes bring ‘Lost Property’ to Union Chapel

Turin Brakes are back on the road next year in support of their forthcoming new album, ‘Lost Property’, due on 29 January 2016.

Olly Knights, Gale Paridjanian, Rob Allum, and Eddie Myer play London’s Union Chapel on 20 February as part of the extensive 21-date UK tour that also includes stops in cities like Leeds, Manchester, and Edinburgh.

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