The Thekla Archives: 2013

Valerie June, Thekla presents Valerie June: 14+ EVENT

  • Monday 25th November 2013

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VALERIE JUNE
www.valeriejune.com

If Valerie June had been a roots artist in America 80 years ago, and she often sings as if she was, she might have been a principle influence on today’s myriad retro troubadours, hers a stunningly emotive amalgamation of blues, folk, gospel, soul, Appalachian and bluegrass (including irresistible banjo). She exists, however, today, an artist as modern as an iPod Shuffle, a musician for the generation which carries the entire history of recorded music so casually inside its. Like a potent distillation bubbling on a Prohibition-era porch, Valerie June makes self-styled “organic moonshine roots music”, music for the porch parties of today, a party where she strums her guitar, plucks her banjo, opens her mouth and delta-blues-country stridently sashays out, a stunning peal somewhere between Dolly Parton and Billie Holiday. Or is it more Wanda Jackson and Shirley Goodman, you know, from Shirley & Co, who sang Shame Shame Shame so disco friskily in 1974? Valerie June does this to you: reaches inside your musical brain and shakes it, unleashing ghosts, emotions and memories, all fluttering like countless musical flakes inside the snowglobe of your mind.

MONDAY 25 NOVEMBER

THEKLA BRISTOL
The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 6:30pm
14+

Tickets £10.50 advance
www.alt-tickets.co.uk
Bristol Ticket Shop
& all other good ticket outlets

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