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Charlie Parr – 19th Aug 2016

09/08/2016
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Bandicoot Promotions presents CHARLIE PARR on Friday 19th Aug 2016 at the Pine Lodge, Myrtleville, Cork.  Admission is free,  doors open 9pm.
Charlie Parr is a roots musician like no other today.  The Minnesota musician has built a frenzied following of fans around the world with his energetic performances and 12 records.  On his 13th album and Red House Records debut, “Stumpjumper”, Charlie showcases his blistering finger-picking as he switches between acoustic guitar, dobro and banjo — and keening, cut-through-the-crowd vocals that resonate with a conviction that runs deep and true. It’s the music of a self-taught guitarist and banjo player who grew up with his dad’s recordings of America’s musical founding fathers, including Charley Patton and Lightnin’ Hopkins, Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. His heartfelt and plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirituals don’t strive for authenticity: they are authentic.  Parr’s inspiration is drawn from the alternately fertile and frozen soil of Minnesota; his songs exude a Midwestern sensibility and humility.
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Most of his recordings to date have eschewed typical studio settings; he’s recorded in warehouses, garages, basements and storefronts, usually on vintage equipment, which gives his work the historic feel of field recordings. It’s not because he wants to sound like he was discovered 75 years ago by Alan Lomax; it’s  because most modern recording studios make the reticent and self-effacing Parr feel uncomfortable. After a health scare a few years back, he lives very simply, no alcohol and a vegan diet, often cooking up his rice and beans on his engine manifold on the lonely, cross-country drives. He doesn’t go in much for fashion and frills and lives simply on the road, usually sleeping in his car.

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