|Friday Sep 06, 2013 6:00 PM - Saturday Sep 07, 2013 12:00 AM | £7.00
INVER COTTAGE presents SING FOR YOUR SUPPER with RM Hubbert and Alasdair Roberts
INVER COTTAGE presents SING FOR YOUR SUPPER - A double header of live music featuring Scottish Album Of The Year 2013 Winner RM Hubbert and the singer/songwriter Alasdair Roberts.
Set in the beautifully intimate surroundings of Inver Cottage, an old fisherman's croft on the shores of Loch Fyne...
Food will be available from 6pm until 7.30pm - local produce from the the loch and the surrounding hills...
A feast of music and food, this is gonna be one hell of a special evening!!
RM HUBBERT - In an era where the growth of music technology has arguably reached maximum velocity, guitarist RM Hubbert's spartan third solo long-player is a lesson in the virtue of intimacy, comprising 10 spellbinding reveries stripped of unwarranted embellishment.
Beyond the communion of Hubbert's guitar work largely shaped from the clay of flamenco structures and techniques and voice, which features for the first time since he embarked on a solo career, the most conspicuous noises are the creaks and squeaks of his instrument custom-built by luthier Anders Eliasson in south-west Spain plus skeins of echo and distortion conjured by producer Paul Savage, whose sizeable list of credits includes Mogwai and King Creosote.
The result is an album that occupies territory where few contemporary musicians tread, its stoical messages of letting go and acceptance implicit (as on his previous solo records, the deaths of Hubbert's parents and his subsequent diagnosis of chronic depression loom large, though never in the foreground). Recorded and mixed in short bursts totalling seven days across 12 months, Breaks & Bone is as open-hearted as its maker, an intrinsically human collection that forges hope from sadness, a future from the past, wonderment from woe.
Whereas Hubbert's debut solo album First & Last (self-released in 2009 and reissued in 2011 following his signing to Chemikal Underground) was an exercise in using music to communicate feelings sparked by the passing of his parents, here the guitarist speaks to them directly Feedback Loops for his mother, album closer Slights for his father. Bolt, on the other hand, subverts the medium, working both as a love song and as a dialogue with the disorder that stalks him.
It was while touring his second album, Thirteen Lost & Found released in 2012 and crowned Scottish Album of the Year in June that Hubbert was inspired to sing on record for the first time since his previous group El Hombre Trajeado disbanded in 2005. Without collaborators Aidan Moffat and Alasdair Roberts to add their parts to live performances of album tracks Car Song and The False Bride respectively, Hubbert took to the mic himself and revelled in the experience. Produced by Hubbert's long-time friend Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Thirteen Lost & Found paired him with the aforementioned vocalists besides Emma Pollock, Hanna Tullikki and others, yet despite its reduced cast Breaks & Bone is very much in keeping with its immediate predecessor in terms of mood, sound and emotional scope.
Those who have witnessed Hubbert's shows will be familiar with his mischievous sense of humour. Fittingly, the album's cover star is none other than D Bone, Hubbert's dog (named in tribute to one of the guitarist's musical heroes, the late D Boon of Californian punk trio Minutemen) and the subject of the album's instrumental opener Son Of Princess, Brother Of Rambo.
As compassionate as it is concise, Breaks & Bone further cements RM Hubbert's burgeoning reputation as an artist of unparalleled eloquence and empathy.
ALASDAIR ROBERTS - Alasdair Roberts is a musician (singer, guitarist, writer of songs and interpreter of traditional ballads) who currently lives and works in Scotland. Raised in rural Perthshire, he has been based in Glasgow for many years. Since 1996 he has been releasing albums of his music on Drag City Records, firstly under the name Appendix Out and then under his own name. The most recent CD/LP to bear his name is a collection of self-written songs entitled 'A Wonder Working Stone' by Alasdair Roberts and Friends (Drag City, 2013). Earlier records alternate between original material and interpretations of traditional songs and ballads of Scotland and beyond. He tours regularly both solo and in band formats and works with a wide variety of collaborators, musical and otherwise.
Inver Cottage (View)
Strachur PA27 8BU
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|