|Friday 16 February 2018 @ 09:00pm : -
Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys
Michigan songbird Lindsay Lou returns to the UK with her band and a brand new album to promote. The popular four-piece had previously taken Shetland Folk Festival and HebCeltFest by storm on previous visits and after flying in for their own (sold-out) headline show at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections in 2017, they soon became the talk of the town. Writing about his encounter with the band in a double-page spread at fRoots magazine, Tim Chipping said he almost made the mistake of opting out from catching them live, explaining: “After three songs, I’m convinced I have seen the most affectingly expressive singer since Amy Winehouse, backed by the new Punch Brothers.” The band was included in the BBC 2 TV Highlights show that was filmed at the city’s Royal Concert Hall on the opening night.
Touring behind the release of their most recent record, Ionia, they’ve been featured in the lineup of prestigious affairs such as The Shetland Island Folk Festival and Celtic Connections in Scotland, Stagecoach Music Festival in California boasting around 55,000 attendees, The Bluegrass Jamboree in Germany, and a number of the best acoustic music festivals in the US including: Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado, Merlefest in North Carolina, Wheatland Music Festival in Michigan, GreyFox in New York, Strawberry Music Festival in California, Redwing Roots Festival in Virginia, ROMP in Kentucky, and Pagosa Springs Folk Festival in Colorado. They were named one of NPR Music’s 12 best live performance sessions of 2015 by Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, a program which has featured acts like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Amos Lee, Joan Baez, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones and PHISH.
Her singing floats over the instrumental mastery and deep groove of her band with dynamics that range from a lullaby to a battle cry. In the words of David Grier, “Lindsay...sings the way you would want to if you could. Phrasing, tone, emotion, it's all there. Effortless seemingly. Simply mesmerizing. Riveting! Don't miss the musical force that is Lindsay Lou.” Lindsay's brand new full-length "Southland" (April 2018) is a collection of songs examining the range of emotions and complex themes of our changing times; delivered with soulfully fierce intensity and tender intimacy that demands your attention.