“This record was born of isolation,” Beth Orton shared with The Irish Examiner in a recent interview about her new album, Weather Alive. “I wasn’t interested in bringing other musicians in, I have relied on collaboration in the past, I went into this wondering what I could conjure on my own.”
“This record is a sensory exploration that allowed for a connection to a consciousness that I was searching for,” she elaborated in announcing the album’s release. “Through the resonance of sound and a beaten up old piano I bought in Camden Market while living in a city I had no intention of staying in, I found acceptance and a way of healing.”
Weather Alive is the tenth album of the genre defying singer-songwriter’s storied career, and first in five years. What started in isolation, however, evolved into a fuller collaborative effort as she enlisted a full band to create a grander, more immersive sound. Ultimately the record conjures a deeply meditative atmosphere which is sustained long after the final note has evaporated. Her voice is held in dreamlike musical suspension as she delivers rich bursts of imagery: steps down to the water’s edge, a Welsh choir on the wind, New York’s summer streets.
Swallow Hill Music and 105.5 The Colorado Sound are proud to present Beth Orton at The Oriental Theater on Monday, November 14. Beth will perform songs from Weather Alive, as well as those from throughout her career including from late 1990s classic albums Trailer Park and Central Reservation.
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Thursday, November 3 at 8 p.m.; $20 advance, $22 day of show
Kyshona has always lent her voice and music to those that feel they have been silenced or forgotten. She began her career as a music therapist, writing her first songs with her patients — the students and inmates under her care. She soon found the need to write independently and find her own voice, an endeavor which led her to the fertile ground of the Nashville creative community and songwriting culture. Audiences will find a common thread of empowerment, overcoming adversity, and finding hope in her work.
Friday, November 11 at 8 p.m.; $30 advance, $32 day of show
More than three decades into his career, singer/songwriter David Wilcox continues to push himself, just as he always has. Wilcox, by so many measures, is a quintessential folk singer, telling stories full of heart, humor, and hope, substance, searching, and style. His innate sense of adventure and authenticity is why critics and colleagues, alike, have always praised not just his artistry, but his humanity, as well.
Saturday, November 12 at 8 p.m., $18 advance, $20 day of show
Described as “one of the best acoustic pickers on the scene today,” Cary Morin brings together the great musical traditions of America like no other. With deft fingerstyle guitar and vocals that alternately convey melodic elation and gritty world-weariness, Morin crafts an inimitable style often characterized as roots-infused Native Americana with hints of bluegrass, folk, blues, and rock. “As a guitar player, I have huge respect for Cary’s style and technique…. If you haven’t heard him yet, you should. Try to remember that it’s only one guitar,” Music critic Bill Hurley writes, “His guitar skill is jaw-dropping, his voice is warm, worn of world experience, and his songwriting allows both of those things to flourish and captivate anyone in the room.”
Sunday, November 13 at 8 p.m.; $18 advance, $20 day of show
For twenty years North Carolina-native violinist/fiddler Andrew Finn Magill has been pursuing parallel careers in traditional Irish music, Brazilian choro, jazz and American fiddle. Joining him is guitarist, bouzouki player and singer Alan Murray, who lives in Boston, Massachusetts where he has established himself as an in-demand performer and teacher on the Irish music scene.
Monday, November 14 at 8 p.m.; $34 advance, $36 day of show
Beth Orton has long been regarded as possessing one of the most unique and expressive voices in music – a voice that has grown evermore rich and wise over time. For Orton, music re-emerged in the past several years as a tethering force even when her own life felt more tumultuous than ever. The result of that is her latest album, Weather Alive, which she will be performing songs from in her performance. Presented by 105.5 The Colorado Sound.
Friday, November 18 at 8 p.m.; $17 advance, $19 day of show
Flamenco guitarist, composer, and performer Gary Meyers didn’t grow up immersed in the exotic rhythms of Andalusia, but he intuitively taps into the Spanish spirit to perform this storied traditional music with reverence and dazzling virtuosity.
“Dirty Flamenco – Gary Meyers” appeals to fans of world music, guitar enthusiasts, and those who want to be whisked away to the calm of the beach. Gary’s sultry musicality has garnered favorable comparisons to contemporary artists such as Jesse Cook, Johannes Linstead, Gipsy Kings and Ottmar Liebert. Live, Gary is an intuitive performer with a command of flamenco and rhumba traditions who eases between set melodies and improvisatory flights of fancy to heighten the entertainment experience.
Saturday, November 19 at 8 p.m.; $18 advance, $20 day of show
Rabbi Joe Black has performed for congregations and communities around the world. His recordings and books have received accolades from sources as diverse as American Songwriter Magazine, The New York Times, , Parent’s Choice, The American Library Journal and Kids First: The Coalition for Quality Children’s Video. After an 18 year hiatus from recording, Joe went back into the studio this past December and recorded two new albums of original music: Praying With Our Feet – a collection of Jewish music, and Wire and Wood – new secular songs. He serves as Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanuel in Denver, CO – a position he has held since 2011. Westword recently ran a feature on Rabbi Joe, to learn more about his new albums read the article here.
Sunday, November 20 at 8 p.m.; $20 advance, $22 day of show
Members of one of Colorado’s most popular Celtic folk acts will perform a track-by-track recreation of Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks, a record that marked a creative pinnacle in Bob Dylan’s long and storied musical career. The 1975 album features Dylan classics like “Tangled Up in Blue” and “Shelter from the Storm,” and Avourneen’s live interpretation will mirror the sound and sonic structure of the album.
Saturday, November 26 at 8 p.m.; $15 advance, $17 day of show
It’s a long holiday weekend so be sure to get out of the house and see some live music! Fables of the Fall is a Denver-based end-timey alternative folk quintet. Combining elements of folk-punk, chamber music, metal and more, these Denver-based troubadours of the apocalypse bring a fresh take on folk music. Distance Walk is a Denver-based indie folk quartet. Their immersive and visceral sound is equal parts folk, post punk, old time, and baroque, one that they (half) jokingly call Bootgaze. The band features Olivia Shaw on fiddle, Niki Tredinnick (The Dollhouse Thieves) on vocals, clarinets, and percussion, Seth Fine on guitar, and Barry Osborne on vocals and clawhammer banjo.