The G-Man presents...John Blek (Wexford)

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Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:16 am

The G-Man presents...by Candlelight

John Blek (solo)
with special guests


The Sky & The Ground
112 South Main Street, Wexford
Tuesday 2nd December
9pm
FREE

John Blek hits the Irish roads to introduce some new-born songs from solo record 'Cutting Room Floor' to fans around the country. The Sky & The Ground Candlelight Session also happens to be the first 'The G-Man presents..." session to take place in The G-Man's hometown of Wexford.

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John Blek's Cutting Room Floor

Recorded over one 20 hour session in a friend's home, 'Cutting Room Floor' is an intimate collection of 9 alt folk songs compiled by John since the release of John Blek & the Rats' last album 18 months ago. This solo endeavour began simply as a longing to document some songs that had fallen by the way side, but turned into a strong collection of live acoustic performances that needed to be shared. The process involved very little overdubs and focuses on the strength of John's lyrics and vocal performance.

John Blek & The Rats
Born in the modern day dust bowl that is Ireland, John Blek & The Rats take inspiration from range of musical styles such as the outlaw country of Willie Nelson, the protest ballads of Woody Guthrie, the 100 mile-an-hour lyricism of Jack Keruoac and the melancholic country rock of Neil Young. Despite their musical roots being deeply embedded in the past, John Blek & The Rats have a sound that is fresh and modern, while also doffing its hat to a gone bye era. The streak of melancholy that runs throughout their music is tempered only by their penchant for footstomping rhythms and contagious choruses, a passion for revelry and, at times, lunacy.
In May 2013, John Blek & The Rats released their debut album ‘Leave Your Love At The Door’, receiving positive reviews and featuring on national radio and television.

Media:
Official Video: 'Portland, Oregon' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84L0OnOCiIY

What others say:

"Defiantly knocking on the door of major international breakthrough with their Americana rock sound fused with perfectly crafted songs”
Evening Echo

“There are lots of reference points here, not least the ghost of Townes Van Zandt, the Felice Brothers and Willie Nelson. But equally it all sounds refreshingly local. And though the 12 tracks on the band’s impressive debut are new, they exude a warm sense of familiarity.”
Irish Times

"Steeped in rootsy Americana, this fine mid-tempo collection treads those same heartworn highways as the influences that Blek wears on his sleeve"
Goldenplec

For more info visit:
johnblekandtherats.com // http://www.facebook.com/pages/John-blek ... s-Official // twitter.com/jblekandtherats

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- John Blek plays The Sky & The Ground, Wexford Tuesday, 2nd December.
- Entry is FREE with doors at 9pm.

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