King Creosote - State Visit To Argyll Tour
Tue 4 Sep - Fri 7 Sep 2018
4 Sept Corran Halls, 5 & 6 Sept An Tobar, 7 Sept Iona Hall
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An Tobar presents in association with Rockfield and Iona Craft Shop...
Cosmic DIY swashbuckler King Creosote’s new LP, Astronaut Meets Appleman is an exquisite album from one of our best-loved voices, replete with a chamber-rock rabble and then some: harps and bagpipes come as standard, as does silence.
Returning after the stellar success of his heavenly soundtrack, From Scotland With Love – not to mention KC and Jon Hopkins' 2011 Mercury-shortlisted Diamond Mine – might seem a daunting mission to some, but the East Neuk space cowboy touches down with accordions blazing, freewheeling stealth curveballs, and a wry commercial disregard.
The album title, KC suggests, explores the tension (and harmony) between tradition and technology – between analogue and digital philosophies – and also invokes a feeling, he says, of “being caught between heaven and earth”. Listening to his music has a similar effect.
The KC idiom – equal parts geometry, self-deprecation, cosmic wonder and seafaring poetry – is still intact, but there is a renewed sense of space and letting the music breathe on the album – all the better to showcase a stunning ensemble cast that includes Catriona McKay (harp), Mairearad Green (bagpipes), Gordon Maclean (double bass), Hannah Fisher (violin, vocals), Sorren Maclean (guitar, vocals) and Pete Harvey (cello), alongside KC's regular rock diviners Des Lawson and Captain Geeko, and his baby daughter Louie Wren (on ambient reverie, 'Peter Rabbit Tea').
Astronaut Meets Appleman was largely recorded at An Tobar in Tobermory and this tour, promoted by An Tobar, The Rockfield Centre and Iona Craft Shop, brings the band back to Argyll for 4 dates with the last night in Iona Village Hall finishing with a special appearance by The Crailidh Band. Led by King Creosote on accordion, the band will have you ceilidh dancing till you drop.