|30th January 2024|
Oran Mor Byres Road, Glasgow West End G12 8QX
£20 + BF
|Event organiser/part of Celtic Connections|
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TV appearances by legendary Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awardee Doc Watson were the inspiration for acclaimed singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien’s lifelong love of bluegrass and old-time music. Now a Grammy winner himself, the West Virginia-born musician penned bluegrass hits for Colorado band Hot Rize, and following country hits written for Kathy Mattea, artists including Garth Brooks and The Dixie Chicks covered his songs. Creative collaborations over the years have featured O’Brien’s sister Mollie, songwriter Darrell Scott, and renowned names such as Steve Earle, Mark Knopfler, Dan Auerbach, and Sturgill Simpson.
Joining O’Brien to revisit songs from The Crossing – his classic album connecting American Appalachian and traditional Irish music – are formidable music comrades including Dirk Powell, Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle.
Ashley Campbell and Thor Jensen form a unique meeting of musical genres as the duo Campbell/Jensen. With Ashley coming from the world of country and Americana and Thor having a diverse background from rock to gypsy jazz, they create a fresh sound as a duo. Ashley Campbell, daughter of country legend Glen Campbell began her career playing in her father's band on several world tours and has found success as a solo artist in the country music scene; most notably with her debut single "Remembering" which she wrote for her father. Her original music has taken her all over the world, from China to Japan, to the mainstage at London's O2 Arena to opening for Kris Kristofferson and the Bellamy Brothers. She has also been spotlighted for her banjo playing with Rascal Flatts in the music video for their hit single "Banjo".
Thor Jensen, a virtuoso guitarist and songwriter from New York has traveled many different roads. From touring the world with Hazmat Modine, playing Americana with Quiet Life opening for the likes of Dr. Dog, Portugal. The Man and Shovels and Rope, then onto joining the Stephane Wrembel Band, playing the music of Django Reinhardt, performing at Carnegie Hall and all over the world, all the while immersing himself in New York's jazz scene. Ashley and Thor met in late 2021 and have been playing music together ever since. Both being strong instrumentalists in addition to the combination of Thor's deep baritone and Ashley's clear as a bell vocals, together they make a one of a kind blend. Ashley and Thor released a cover of the Tom Waits song ‘Long Way Home' in June 2022.
In January 2023 Campbell/Jensen hired a cottage on an Island North of Northern Ireland, Turtle Cottage. There they brought in a portable studio and engineers and recorded Campbell/Jensen Debut album. Due to be released 2023.
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