Thu 14th September, 20238:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
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A staple of the contemporary Americana scene, Annie Keating writes and sings like a woman who knows deep down that heartache is the price of hope, and she can make us believe — in that way that only the best artists can — that all of it is worth the cost.
Talent spotted by BBC Radio‘s Bob Harris with the release of her breakthrough album, “Belmont” in 2008, Keating has been growing in stature and reputation ever since with each of the ten studio album and EP releases to date, drawing formidable comparisons to artists including Lucinda Williams and John Prine along the way.
In 2021, Keating released her eighth studio album ‘Bristol County Tides’, a record that told an evocative story of love, loss, and finding what matters most in uncertain times, on a pandemic journey from Brooklyn to the coast, through fifteen beautiful songs. Standing as her most accomplished and ambitious to date, the record was praised by Folk Radio UK as “personal and universal… unequivocally Keating’s finest hour yet.”
ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM
Annie Keating’s new release “HARD FROST” (due out June 1st, 2023) is another superb collaboration between songwriter Annie Keating and brilliant guitarist/producer Teddy Kumpel, who last produced the 15 song “Bristol County Tides” album in 2021.
Keating and her stellar studio band take the listener on a journey from the funk infused rock, grit and swagger of “Sunshine Parade” to the infectious, swampy honkey-tonk jam of “Lovesick Blues” and intimate storytelling on ballads like “Keepsakes and Heartbreaks” (a songs reminiscent of the late and great songwriter John Prine.) On this new album, she shows both her range and depth, with no two songs sounding alike, the songs ranging from raucous rock to tender acoustic storytelling.
With grit and grace, humour and heartache, the album keeps the listener spellbound for ten tracks including one stunning co-write with songwriter Lynne Hanson (“Lies and Dynamite” ) and a crackling cover of “So Lonely” written by Sting (of the band The Police).
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT THE NEW SONGS
“Hard Frost is an absolute triumph. A work of beauty. Hard Frost is certainly that most rare of articles – an album on which every single song is truly outstanding.” – At the Barrier
“Casting a sultry Brooklynite shadow over a swampy honky-tonk jam, “Lovesick Blues” would be as at home in the ember-like aura of a Mississippi roadhouse or the neon glow of a backstreet city bar. Toying with the old to create something new, the single finds Annie tipping her hat to the time-tested formulas of master bluesmen like John Lee Hooker or Howlin Wolf, while peppering-in a contemporary character all her own.”
“Sunshine Parade is Annie Keating at her joyous, devilish best. A righteous and relentless groove, infused with Keith Richards style guitars, infectious rock, grit and swagger. An intoxicating parade of sound. Funk infused rock and roll pack an undeniable punch… Joy that won’t be stolen or taken away fills the listener with an oddly hopeful jolt and swagger.”
UPCOMING NEW ALBUM UK/SCOTLAND SEPTEMBER TOUR
Hitting the road again in the September of 2023, for a stretch of upcoming UK/Scotland shows will see Keating assembling some of the UK’s finest players to bring an added raucous energy and unbridled joy.
Performing as The Annie Keating Band, the line-up will feature Scott Warman on double/electric bass (who recently appeared on Bob Harris’s charity release of Stand By Me alongside the likes of Mark Knopfler), rising star Joe Coombs on electric/acoustic/slide guitars (who has played internationally with a wide variety of artists such as Grammy nominated songwriter Yola on her Walk Through Fire Tour, Jaime Wyatt, Laura Evans, Robert Vincent, Sam Morrow and Lynne Hanson), plus Jamie Dawson on drums (a member of The Dreaming Spires and Steady Habits, and regular collaborator with Speedbuggy USA).
FURTHER PRAISE FOR ANNIE KEATING
“Honest, refreshing.” NEW YORK POST
“A cross between Willie Nelson and John Prine … you don’t get any better.” THE VILLAGE VOICE
“Country rock with a renegade bite.” LA WEEKLY
“Keating is building the reputation her talent deserves.” THE TELEGRAPH
Her performances radiate warmth and honesty.” THE IRISH TIMES
“Disarmingly engaging.” FOLK RADIO
“Her talent and ability are profound.” NO DEPRESSION
“She writes beautiful stories.” AMERICANA ROOTS REVIEW
“One to watch.” BBC RADIO
“Lucinda Williams without the angst, Keating will enchant anyone.” ACOUSTIC MAGAZINE
“Keating is the epitome of what it means to be a truly successful singer/songwriter” AMERICAN SONGWRITER
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A flair for Alt-country sounds and melodic pop hooks, Steady Habits is centred around the lyrical narrative of Connecticut-native, Sean C. Duggan. Joined by instrumentalist, Cathy Ife, the duo playfully combine their entwined harmonies and heartfelt storytelling.