Now in its third year, the Certain Three Tour comes to the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar next Thursday night, January 12 which will include Katie Kim, The Lost Brothers and Puzzle Muteson. The creation of Irish based booking agency Word of Mouth, the idea is to feature three acts each with something different to offer and send them out as a triple bill with an alternating running order. The two previous tours have featured O Emperor, We Cut Corners, Alessi’s Ark and The Ambience Affair amongst others.
The slow-burning subtlety of Katie Kim’s latest album, Twelve, might never have come into existence if a computer bug hadn’t wiped out 50 songs singer Katie Sullivan had been working on.
It’s the album that came out of nowhere. The simple cover has a black and white photograph of a young woman on it, standing with her back to a mirror. She is, you reckon, the Katie in Katie Kim. The album is called Twelve, even though there are just 10 songs. That’s all you have to go on.
Since the release of The Lost Brothers’ acclaimed debut album, Trails of the Lonely, The Lost Brothers have kept on the move, calling no place their home. Last year alone has seen them perform in London on the same bill as Bob Dylan and Van Morrison, they opened the main stage at this summer's Electric Picnic festival, and they have been busy in Nashville recording with Brendan Benson of the Raconteurs. The brothers have just returned from New York where they played the Other Voices Show, with a line-up that included the best of Irish actors, musicians, and writers. On their follow up album, So Long John Fante, they continue to keep good company by their side. Recorded in 12 days last year in Sheffield along with Richard Hawley's Band, the brothers delved into their record collection and bookshelves for inspiration.
Puzzle Muteson is the alter ego of an enigmatic songwriter from the Isle of Wight, who renders his music in a tremulous tenor over a finely spun web of fingerpicked guitar. Born in London on the Isle of Dogs, the southern English island provided unexpected shelter for the shuddering transformation into one-man band Puzzle Muteson. After obsessively listening to Puzzle Muteson’s own raw tapes, producer- arranger duo Valgeir Sigursson and Nico Muhly nurtured the songs that now inhabit his debut recording En Garde, released via Valgeir’s Bedroom Community label. For booking info please contact The Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on 094 9023733.