by / September 21st, 2010 /

CW Stoneking – The Workmans Club, Dublin

Aiken Promotions are proud to present…
CW Stoneking
Live at the Workmans Club
29th January 2011
Tickets on sale this Monday 20th Sept
Tickets €15 on sale this Mon from
“The most authentic twenty-first century voodoo-jazz-blues-delta-dixie experience of them all” – The Word
New album Jungle Blues out now on King Hokum
Latest single The Love Me Or Die our Oct 4th
4 stars – Mojo / 4 stars – Uncut / 5 stars – Rock ‘n’ Reel

When Seasick Steve introduced CW Stoneking to the stage at the BBC 4’s Folk America festival in London last year he said how he was turned onto him by Charlie Gillett and laughed as he told the audience: “This boy’s lost in the 1920s and 30s. He’s not kind of, he really lost”. What followed was a prime lesson in how to steal a show as CW, along with his band The Primitive Horn Orchestra, proceeded to swing their way through a set of what he calls blues, hokum and jungle music that led the Observer to proclaim “hearing Stoneking perform live is, somehow, like listening to an old 78 recovered from a dusty attic in New Orleans”.

Despite the ensuing demand, until now much of Stoneking’s recorded work has been unavailable in the UK but this is all set to change withthe release of Jungle Blues. Featuring the late-night rhythms of The Primitive Horn Orchestra and augmented by the drums of Jim White (Dirty Three / Cat Power) the album was inspired by the impossibly tall-tale of the doomed sea-voyage he took on-board The Mississippi Song-O along with four scientists on their way to West Africa to study a parasitic worm that attacks the eyeballs of humans. Think Titanic, starringthe Handsome Family and a soundtrack by Charlie Patton, and you’ll get half the picture. Why only half the picture? Well, this is no Blind Melon Chitlin-style blues parody. Despite CW’s knack for stretching the truth further than a fresh piece of gum his love for old-time jazz and blues is beyond doubt and his uncanny ability to pen a tune that could just as easily been written ninety years ago has few equals – a point proven by the fact that his recent London shows saw queues right around the proverbial block and his forthcoming tour of Britain fast becoming a must-have ticket for aficionados.

Born in the secluded town of Katherine, Australia to American parents (his father, the author – and occasional screenwriter for TV shows such as Mission Impossible – Billy Marshall Stoneking, emigrated in the 70s – “the bumper stickers said, ‘America, love it or leave it’. So I left.”) and then brought up in the Aboriginal community of Papunya (pop. 299) his love of the blues was nurtured in his teens and his skill as a writer and performer honed in some of themost God-forsaken bars of Australia’s outback before travelling the country solo and then with the band The Blue Tits. His debut album King Hokum – released in 2006 – led to the kind of international acclaim that allowed him extensive tours of the USA and Europe and was followed in 2009 by the release in Australia of Jungle Blues – a record that is now finally to receive an eagerly awaited and long overdue UK release.