by / September 8th, 2010 /

Joanna Newsom – Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin

Joanna Newsom plus special guests

Following on from her SOLD OUT Olympia show in 2007, Joanna Newsom is pleased to announce a special intimate concert at the Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin 14th September 2010.

Tickets from €33.60 including booking fee go on sale now from Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide.

Joanna Newsom is an American harpist, pianist, and singer-songwriter from Nevada City California. She started taking piano lessons at a very early age and played for a couple of years, but switched to the harp at seven. Her approach to the harp, from the percussive aspects of her playing to her chord changes, was also influenced by West African and Venezuelan harp music, which she began studying at a folk music camp she attended in her early teens.

Her first album ‘The Milk-Eyed Mender was recorded in 2003 with Noah Georgeson, and highlighted the incredible dynamic range of her harp and the delightful qualities of her voice. At the same time, she also listened to more vocal-based folk, punk, and jazz like Karen Dalton, Texas Gladden, Patti Smith, and Billie Holiday. By the time she reached high-school age, Newsom decided she wanted to become a composer, and while that became the focus of her studies, in her free time she began writing and recording instrumental songs. Eventually, Newsom’s passion for songwriting won out, and she began studying creative writing to work with words in the same way she was accustomed to working with music.

Although Joanna Newsom’s Appalachian-meets-avant-garde take on folk music is her most celebrated work, her range is even more inclusive than her solo career suggests: the classically trained harpist adds a decidedly different, textural sound to Nervous Cop, the noise rock trio that also features Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier and Hella’s Zach Hill, and she also plays keyboards for The Pleased, another San Francisco-area band more akin to Blondie or Television than her other projects.Joanna’s work has become prominent on the indie rock scene, and her profile has risen, in part due to a number of live shows and appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC. Her second album Ys was released in November 2006. The album features orchestrations and arrangements by Van Dyke Parks.

The album Ys went on to rank 3rd in Pitchfork’s Top Albums of 2006, and “Emily” the first track on the album was listed 9th on the website’s Top Tracks of 2006. As well as this, the album scored ‘perfect’ reviews with The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, Uncut magazine and PopMatters.com, all of whom gave the album either a 5/5 or 10/10 review.

‘Have One on Me’ is the latest album showcasing the achingly beautiful, imaginative and visionary music from harpist and singer Joanna Newsom.