Charlie Parr Fights For CALM

8th August 2016

Charlie Parr

Charlie Parr

Let’s Go Baboon present what is likely to be their final gig in York, organised by CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably aiming to reduce/prevent male suicide), this is a special double bill with US Blues artist Charlie Parr and avant folk of Richard Dawson who recently performed at Primavera and the last All Tomorrow’s Parties). The gig is on Wednesday 10 August at The Fulford Arms, jointly done with Boss Caine. Available at the shows is a zine and badges and try and raise awareness and get people talking about opening up to mental health.

Long a part of the vibrant Duluth, Minnesota music scene (ALAN SPARHAWK AND LOW, TRAMPLED BY TURTLES), Charlie Parr draws his inspiration from the alternately fertile and frozen soil of Minnesota; his songs exude a Midwestern sensibility and humility. Percussive and raw, the 11 songs on Stumpjumper, 10 originals and his version of the venerable murder ballad, “Delia,” could be lost field recordings from another era.

Charlie grew up in the Hormel meatpacking city of Austin, MN (population 25,000) where most of the world’s favorite tinned meat, Spam, is still manufactured (he won’t eat hot dogs to this day.) The combination of growing up with both of his parents working union jobs in an industrial meat factory and his largely rural environment had a broad impact on Parr.

As one of the defining voices of the folk and roots scene, Stumpjumper harnesses the excitement of Charlie’s live show, highlighting his blistering finger-picking, foot-stomping blues and finely crafted songs like “Over the Red Cedar,” “Falcon” and “Remember Me If I Forget.” His songs are populated with a list of characters you wouldn’t ordinarily meet: old ladies going to buy “the cheap wine” (“they ain’t no better than the bums”), a woman with “an uncontrollable temper,” and people getting left out of getting the American Dream. While his albums sound like vintage field recordings, his live shows are anything but retro. Deservedly, he’s a cult hero in some circles.

Learn more about the artists and the gig HERE.

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