Texas-born, Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter and storyteller Jarrod Dickenson makes a welcome return to the island this weekend.
Last fleetingly seen in these parts during November’s Three Legs Festival – which saw him battle his way through Hurricane Sandy to perform gigs, workshops and songwriting circles – Belfast Nashville Songwriters’ Festival Grand Prize-winner Dickenson has brought his brand of folky Americana back this side of the Atlantic for a British Isles tour that includes dates at the Institute in Laxey on Saturday, and Jabberwocky in Douglas on Sunday.
In his own words, Dickenson is a ‘tall, ginger-bearded, hat-wearing kid from Texas. On my better days, I am a songwriter.’
In the words of others, he delivers his material with ‘a voice like a young Tom Waits. Simply breathtaking’ (Maverick Magazine).
Jonathan ‘Jonno’ Gollow of JonnoPromotions was the man behind the Three Legs Festival, and also this latest visit.
‘I met him in 2011 at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters’ Festival, and really liked his work,’ explained Jonno.
‘He’s a lovely guy, and has top class, really great songs. He’s very good live too, I like him a lot. He’s staying over for a couple of days, doing a small performance and workshop at Ballakermeen High School, and other community stuff.’
Fresh from stints supporting David Ford in the USA, expect music from his well received most recent album The Lonesome Traveller, at his Laxey debut. Limited to an audience of 60, support will come from home-grown singer songwriter Matt Creer. Tickets for the Institute show – starting at 8pm – are £15, from Laxey Chemist or www.etickets.im/jp and as usual for the venue it’s bring your own drink.
Sunday’s performance at Jabberwocky will be to an equally select audience of 40, with guest support from Richie Moore.
Again tickets are £15, available from Jabberwocky.
Last year’s The Lonesome Traveller joins 2010’s Live at Roost House and 2009 debut Ashes On The Ground in Dickenson’s impressive back catalogue of releases, each featuring a stellar cast of guest musicians complimenting his warm expressive singing voice.
Also courtesy of Jonno, Australian guitar legend Jeff Lang is returning next month for a brace of gigs on July 13 and 14.
The slide-guitar specialist and purveyor of what he himself describes as ‘disturbed folk’, Lang will play at Port St Mary Town Hall on the Saturday, followed by a Sunday evening appearance at Jabberwocky.
The big gig Saturday, relaxed gig Sunday format is one Jonno is a fan of.
‘Jabberwocky is a good chill out space, and of course it’s nice to have something to do on a Sunday night,’ he said.
‘Also for musicians, who are out gigging on a Saturday night and don’t get to see anyone else play.’