Sunday 11th November 2018
Kacey Johansing + Tiger Lion
Doors 8:00 pm
Price £13 + booking fee / £17
Having followed up her hugely acclaimed album Impossible Dream with an exclusive Record Store Day 7” release Bratt, HALEY (FKA Haley Bonar) returns to the UK for a series of intimate shows including one at the wonderful Rialto Theatre.
HALEY was first discovered by Low’s Alan Sparhawk who spotted her at a local open mic club in Duluth, Minnesota and was so impressed he immediately invited her to join them on tour. Which is how, a week later, nineteen-year-old Haley was transformed from college student to ambitious dropout, crammed into a Honda Civic with a guitar and a drummer for company, touring the US opening for Low. In the decade since Haley has released a succession of recordings, each of which have garnered more praise than the last, and has seen her collaborate with the likes of Andrew Bird (with whom Haley occasionally plays live) and Justin Vernon (who contributed guest vocals to the Last War album). Her most recent album, Impossible Dream picked up wild acclaim from the UK music press, followed by two sold out UK tours, and her debut appearance on Later… with Jools Holland.
She chose International Women’s Day 2017 to announce that she would officially adopt her mother’s maiden name (McCallum, a Scottish name meaning “a person of peace”) and now performs and releases under the moniker HALEY, the first fruits of which were the single Bratt, released for Record Store Day 2018.
Currently holed up in the studio, expect more music very soon.
“Haley Bonar’s Impossible Dream is the fine and discerningly lean album she has long threatened to make.” **** Mojo
“This is a wonderful record – involving and irresistible.” **** Q
Support comes from Kacey Johansing
Described by The Bay Bridged as “gorgeous acoustic pop”, San Francisco based musician Kacey Johansing creates songs with meandering melodies, lush harmonies and moody aural landscapes. Weaving together elements of folk, jazz, pop and classical music, it sounds as if she spent years studying in old smoky theaters with icons Leonard Bernstein and Joni Mitchell directing the show, and The Beach Boys in the orchestra pit. A soulful, honeyed voice and lilting vibrato land her the leading role.
Listen to her here: https://kaceyjohansing.bandcamp.com/
Local opener support comes from Tiger Lion
Tiger Lion is the project of French-born, London/Brighton-based Clémentine Blue. It is an experiment in musical instinct – raw, global, tribal – overlaid with Clémentine’s luscious vocals. This autumn
Clémentine returns with single Black Sea marrying deep analogue synth sounds with samples of drums from an imaginary country. In the shimmering of these dark fluids we can see the mirage of a love song, an ode to geographical separations and quest for connection.