Venue: The Labour Club (Website)
Event: Masters of Budvar present
Location: 95-97 Charles St Northampton England NN1 3BG
The Labour Club, Corner or Earl & Charles, Northampton NN1
Friday 7th December 2007
THE WINNEBAGO ORCHESTRA
"When enlightenment thought took a wrong turn"
The Winnebago Orchestra were formed in England in 2001. They are former Blue Aeroplanes guitarist Caroline Trettine and multi instrumentalist Spencer Roberts.
Together they perform a singularly eclectic, yet brilliant blend of melodic English beat poetry and song. After releasing a couple of albums on their own independent Oporto Records in 2002/3, they were snapped up by tuition (home of Go-Betweens and Kevin Ayers) in 2005.
It's impossible to draw comparisons, so no one does!
However, their influences range from the melodic pop of The Go Betweens, through to Nick Drake, Love, Fairport Convention, The Velvet Underground right through to Erik Satie and Laurie Anderson, but this provides but a fraction of a guide to their unique musical appeal.
Spencer's unique musical talent creates sounds and landscapes which act as a cinematic canvas to singer-songwriter and former Blue Aeroplanes guitarist Caroline Trettine. Caroline, a former protegee of Billy Bragg, adds an extra dimension to The Winnebago Orchestra with her sensual and folk orientated vocal style.
The new Winnebago Orchestra album 'Born in the Sun' will be released in the UK, November 2007; Germany 25th January 2008; the USA and the rest of Europe January 2008 too.
Well-loved local artist Liam Dullaghan and Sophia Marshall made two very well received albums as The Havenots. Tonight, with their third album "Weakender" shortly to be released, they reunite for a rare appearance together here at Masters of Budvar.
Praise for the Havenots' previous releases:
Bad Pennies (Circus 65) 2003
The voices are spectacular. Dullaghan's lazy drawl already likened to Ryan Adams on smack, Marshall's classically trained larynx somewhere between Emmylou and Hope Sandoval. Heartening stuff. - Helen Keen, Uncut ****
Never Say Goodnight (Cooking Vinyl) 2005
The Havenots Never Say Goodnight Cooking Vinyl COOK327 ****
Only three years into the Havenots' career and already the Leicester couple have produced two stunning albums. NEVER SAY GOODNIGHT is the splendid second after 2003's BAD PENNIES, and the two song-writing youngsters (Liam Dullaghan and Sophia Marshall) already sound like old pros. Here they have an album solid with good songs, blends of gorgeous pop and unbridled folk-tinged melancholy.
>From the rocky, Garbage-lite Sweetest Feeling to the fragile Ryan Adamsy Ghost to the ethereal Byrds influenced Lets Just Start Again, this bundle of tracks will no doubt to be a hit with both the alternative country in-crowd and Radio 2's more mainstream listeners. Sophia sings like a fallen angel while Liam tempers his smoky tones into a calm summer breeze. And Chicago songwriter Chris Mills guests on mandolin and synths as well as helping out with production. If their success continues at this rate, who knows, maybe one day it will be Wembley. Never say goodnight. - HK
Album Of The Week - Irish Sunday Tribune
Will undoubtedly be a contender for album of the year for everyone who hears it. Unreservedly recommended. - Jeremy Searle, Americana UK
Spellbinding: four stars. - Uncut
Superstar DJ Special Horse
He is a horse that plays records. He is a special horse. Your thoroughbred superstar DJ comes from the dark regions of NN2 to bring first rate cuts of psychedelia, folk and blues to delight you all. Sugar lumps all round!
All in the delightfully spacious new Labour-Drome!
First band onstage around 9:15pm
Bar until midnight