We’re really excited to announce our first ever event in Birmingham, which will feature a live set by amazing Minnesotan bluesman Charlie Parr. Support comes from one of Birmingham’s finest Americana acts, Mellow Peaches, and the Young Runaways, who play fantastically energetic anti-folk. It takes place at The Victoria, a beautiful Victorian pub that has recently been refurbished by the folks behind Island Bar and lies a stones throw from the train station.
The evening will feature projected vintage slides, homemade cakes and us pretending we can DJ, playing a nice blend of folk, Americana and leftfield indie and anything else old or new that takes our fancy and yours.
Charlie has toured the UK several times before, astounding audiences with his contemporary take on American musical tradition. His rousing, heartfelt songs speak plainly of the darker places ordinary folks often lose themselves and of the hope that gets them through.
Charlie counts among his fans Alan Sparhawk of Low and comics legend and aficionado of the blues, R. Crumb. He is touring in support of his new album Roustabout, which is released on 17 February on Misplaced Music.
Stream: ‘Don’t Send Your Child to War’
Here’s Charlie performing ‘1922’ at Ed’s Bar, Winona, Minnesota to give you a taster of what’s in store:
The Mellow Peaches are a trio of twentysomethings from Birmingham who have immersed themselves in American roots music, offering a take on blues and folk that is musically accomplished without ever being showy. Slide guitars and banjos are prevalent, along with a stompboard – a percussive plank of wood with bottlecaps nailed to it. I reckon you’ll be tapping your foot in time a few seconds into their first number.
Stream: ‘Run Paddy Run’
Influenced by the meticulous arrangements of Beirut and the bombast of Arcade Fire, Wolverhampton’s Young Runaways lineup shifts from two to eight players, including brass and strings. For Colour, they’ll be playing with the core of three – it’s sure to be intimate and captivating.
Located on John Bright Street, about a minute’s walk from New Street Station, The Victoria is one of the city’s most exciting venues. rapidly gaining a reputation for hosting great events. The decor adds a fresh, modern take on tradition and the range of real ask ales and fine spirits is a sight to behold (and drink, obviously).
Colour will take place in the upstairs lounge bar, with doors opening at 8pm. The event will finish around 11pm.