Christchurch Folk Music Club
Acoustic roots with guts, gravel and smoke
If the smokier, darker edge of alt-country is where you like to dwell, if the likes of Steve Earle, Michael Stipe, Bruce Springsteen or Elvis Costello feature heavily on your favourite playlist then it’s time to meet Bill Hickman. Bill Hickman and his band will play the Christchurch Folk Club on Sunday 24th November celebrating the release of his latest album ‘Crossbones’.
Wellingtonian Bill Hickman has a voice that has you coming back for more, like a great shot of coffee it’s rich, dark, smokey and sexy as hell. Having sung over many a noisy bar he can belt it out with the best of them but he can equally deliver an achingly beautiful ballad.
The show from Bill Hickman and his band (Adam Crawford – Drums, Tom Joass – Bass and Cameron ‘Dusty’ Burnell – Mandolin and slide guitar) on Sunday 24th November will feature Bill’s strong gravel dragged voice, intimate song writing and country inflected acoustic guitar. ‘Crossbones’ brings a journey from the sweet to the anarchic from the alt-country ballad, through pop, kick-arse country to hard-hitting alt-rock. You’ll also no doubt hear tunes from his 2010 EP Ghost of Smoke ‘Over the space of just five songs he shows us what makes genuinely great roots music so utterly compelling’. (C.Haze, Spoke Magazine)
Fans of Warren Zevon, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams will hear touchstones in his songwriting and selected covers but if there’s a story worth telling then Bill is not one to be limited by genres or outfits. He’ll deliver Lyle Lovett’s beautiful ‘If I had a boat’ and Fred Eaglesmith’s hard-hitting ’49 Tons’ with equal weight and impact.
Don’t be fooled into thinking this will be an evening of quiet melancholy, Bill’s ‘primarily acoustic approach is gutsy too’, this man has done his time ‘screaming and yelling with metal bands’ and knows how and when to kick it up a gear.
Bill Hickman is a long serving stalwart of NZ stages and bars, having played in bands (The Shot Band, King Lazy and Parcel of Rogues) and as a soloist all over the country and further abroad. Over the years he has opened for a wide diversity of acts from metal’s Pantera to alt country royalty Gillian Welch and David Rawlings’ debut tour of NZ ‘Bill had the unenviable task of playing to an audience desperate to hear the headliner, but over the course of three sold out nights he got up and stunned not only the audience but also the main act themselves’. (C.Haze, Spoke Magazine)
‘Bill Hickman is a magical craftsman of songs. He will leave you spellbound. A must see.’ (C. O’Shea, Americana Show, Radio Active)
Here’s a couple of links to Bill Hickman in action
Doors open 7pm. Performance starts at 7.30pm, you will get a seat if you arrive close to 7pm.
VENUE: Irish Society Hall, 29 Domain Terrace, Spreydon The hall is situated up the long driveway, directly next to Domain Park, and there is plenty of well-lit off-street parking.
DOOR SALES CASH ONLY: Tea, coffee, biscuits and cake available during the break, also bar facilities for cold refreshments throughout the night, Eftpos available for purchases only, no cash-out facility. Please remember to bring your current Folk Club membership card as this is required for new club licensing.
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