So this fellow was one of my highlights of End of the Road festival last year, which as you can imagine, had a lot of highlights! Dan Mangan played the mainstage on a beautiful sunny day with just a string section, for the first time ever. Ballsy. He was utterly fantastic that day and I'm chuffed to bring him to Brighton in the intimate confines of The Hope.
Once a mere fresh faced folk singer from Vancouver, Canada, Dan Mangan now stands at the world’s doorstep. He has toured the US with The Walkmen, Decemberists and Okkervil River and played Glastonbury twice.
The 2010 Polaris Music Prize short list nomination for his sophomore album Nice, Nice Very Nice capped a stellar year in which Dan won iTunes Album of the Year in the singer songwriter category, a trio of CBC awards and was named XM The Verge Artist of the Year.
His new album 'Oh Fortune' was produced by Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Cave Singers) and is a far more ambitious offering than its predecessor. A rich, textured, indie-folk(ish) statement that explores the genre’s boundaries with great influence from his band, which pushed Dan beyond his comfort zone sonically, even as he dug deeper within himself.
His band now includes free-jazz experimentalists Gord Grdina (guitar), Kenton Loewen (drums) and the inimitable John Walsh (bass), as well as a near orchestra that helped shape the production. There was also a ringer call to Seattle’s Eyvind Kang (Bill Frisell, Beck, Mike Patton, Marc Ribot) who helped write the lush arrangements on Oh Fortune.
So yeah, did you notice the seamless transition between my tinpot English and the PR speel there? Thought not. Either way, I'm really looking forward to this show. It will happen on Friday 27th April, with support from Zeus and The Line of Best Fit's Oh! Canada DJs. Tickets can be purchased here as well as the usual ticket outlets; Resident Music, Rounder Records and Ape.
Here's a video. I hope his beard is this well grommed in real life, or there'll be trouble.
Right, that's that. Remember that we have our first show of 2012 tomorrow night. It's at the Hope and features Woman's Hour, The Vaudeville and Two Jackals. More info on that can be found here: http://love-thy-neighbour.blogspot.com/2012/01/first-show-of-2012.html