Howe Gelb

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"The Godfather of Alt-Country" He's a man of a million muses.

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Music Capital Presents:

An evening with Howe Gelb

With Special Guest: Mark Mc Causland ( The Lost Brothers )

Show Start 7.30pm (Doors - 7pm) // Tickets from £20.00 +bf


Due to the intimate nature of this show, the tickets are limited.


How do you write about a musician who has spent more than 30 years defying musical conventions? You could trot out all the cliche rock-critic terms: seminal, hyperbole, incendiary, eponymous, masterful, achingly poignant, priceless, alt-country, old-school, outlaw. Some of those might even fit if you shoehorned them into context.

★★★★ MOJO



▶️Howe Gelb: Terribly So

▶️ Howe Gelb: A Thousand Kisses Deep

▶️Howe Gelb & The Colorist Orchestra - "Counting On" - Live at the AB

▶️Howe Gelb - Paradise Here Abouts

▶️Howe Gelb: Every Now And Then ( Live )

Howe Gelb has long been saddled with such titles as ‘godfather of alt-country’ and ‘elder ambassador of desert rock’. In three decades he’s managed to mash elements of rock, country, blues, punk, garage, lo-fi, jazz, gospel, avant-garde noise and flamenco gypsy music.

In his early years there had been comparisons to artists along the paradoxical lines of Neil Young, David Byrne, Bob Dylan and Captain Beefheart, comparisons that all fit clumsily. Nowadays, other artists get compared to Gelb.

Born in 1956 in Pennsylvania, he moved to Tucson as a young man in the 70s. His first band, Giant Sand, emerged in 1983 and released their debut album, ‘Valley of Rain’. In the years since, he has released an estimated 40 albums or so. He’s not sure of the exact amount. Throughout his career he has collaborated with artists as diverse as Robert Plant, M Ward, Grandaddy, KT Tunstell, and Neko Case, among countless others.

He’s collected bands in Denmark, Spain and one with a full gospel choir attached in Canada, but they call his music Americana anyway. Whereas Howe just says he’s ‘from Earth’.

Giant Sand emerged in 1983 and released that group’s debut album, ‘Valley of Rain’ in 1985. In the 25 years since, he has released an estimated 40 albums or so. He’s not sure of the exact amount. Since his first record release came about by handing his demo tape over ‘in a less then lucid state’ to a touring band’s manager passing through Tucson in the early 80s, so had Howe continued the tradition by accepting the demos and facilitating the first releases of Grandaddy and M. Ward along the way.

2010 was a busy year for Howe Gelb and Giant Sand. The successful release of Giant Sand’s first new record on Fire Records ‘Blurry Blue Mountain’ marked a new chapter, whilst the prolific Gelb also found time to release a solo album with ‘A Band of Gypsies’. Recording in Cordoba, Spain during visits to the Andalucia city over a number of years, the group, featuring guitarist extraordinaire Raimundo Amador, released ‘Alegrías’, a  genuinely beautiful and seamless blend of Howe’s infectious drawl with the vibrant warmth of a stunningly gifted set of flamenco musicians.

For his next release, Giant Sand would go big, quite literally. Increasing in size to match Gelb’s big idea of a country-rock opera, Giant Giant Sand were formed and tasked with realising the vision that is ‘Tucson’. It is a sprawling yet personal 2xLP release which loosely follows the story of a drifter in the Arizona country. There are ballads, blues, desert rock and all else in-between.

Over the course of the last decade, Howe Gelb and Giant Sand have continued to evolve, skipping from genre to genre, revisiting old songs and continuing to build and evolve a unique body of work. 2018’s ‘Returns To The Valley Of Rain’ and 2019’s ‘Recounting The Ballads Of Thin Line Men’ saw the band re-record seminal albums, shining a new light on the songs and celebrating the band’s rich catalogue. Howe Gelb, residing in Tucson (Arizona), continues to look forward, innovate and reinterpret the great traditions of our musical history – where he goes next, we will simply have to wait and see.

Mark McCausland

Joining howe on the night will be Omagh-born songster and guitar slinger, Mark McCausland. Best known for being one half of popular folk duo, The Lost Brothers, marks musical heritage goes back to childhood where he grew up among a family of musicians.

After relocating to Liverpool, Mark's first tour was opening for Joe Strummer and the Masceleros, along with his first band The Basement, who were quickly signed to Sony/Deltasonic.

After the group disbanded, Mark shifted to Portland and formed The Lost Brothers, who have went on to release 6 acclaimed albums to date and continue to tour the globe.

In recent years he moved back to Omagh, where he co-founded the Boneyard record shop and writes a weekly column in the Ulster Herald. Through the years Mark has collaborated and worked alongside artists such as Arty McGlynn, Paul Muldoon, Glen Hansard, Howe Gelb, M Ward, Arborist, and Malojian to name a few. He continues to work and create from his home studio.

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