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Kath Bloom And Men Diamler And Don Mandarin

Thu 28 July 2011 // 19:25

(Thurs 28th July / 7.30pm / £6)

For fans of the song and how to feel it. Kath Bloom (USA) is some kind of legend. She comes from a special place where country, blues and folk are made beautifully translucent and emotive. She has a special gift - her delicate, tender voice yet she retains that raw emotion and hard worn truths that allows each sung word to be felt. Kath is touring with Levi Strom and Jim Reynolds and they most likely will cut loose too.

Local poet souls Men Diamler and Don Mandarin bring their beat songs and rich voices to the table too. Some special night.

The more you hear of Kath Bloom, the more you notice it’s not just the arresting voice, but the power of the songwriting. “Beautiful” is the typical response—the kind of beauty that comes from truth, musical and the deeply lyrical. There are no good comparisons, but if you like the deep well of Emmylou Harris, the more poignant lyrics of Lou Reed, the joy of Maher Shalal Hash Baz or even Joni Mitchell you kinda in the right zone. In reality, she’s simply Kath Bloom: vocalist, songwriter and person.

Her albums recorded with Loren Mazzacane Connors in the 70's/80's are rare things, full of songs that float and melt into the ether. Impossibly beautiful. In the 90's Kath's music was famously featured in Richard Linklater’s film Before Sunrise. Since then she has been busy writing and recording to great acclaim. Two new albums in the last few years and she and her songs where also honoured on a tribute album featuring Bill Callahan, Scout Niblett and Mark Kozelek.

“Bloom sounds like a woman who has spent years in the wilderness... An earthy, unpretentious presence, she can snap a heart like a twig”

Read this great interview for more background/insight:


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