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Turin Brakes make live show return

Turin Brakes will be returning to the stage for an intimate acoustic show on 16 May 2009 at Folk in the Barn at Canterbury! The intimate trio show will take place at Canterbury Cathedral International Study Centre on Saturday May 16th!
Kate Walsh (who the boys recently worked with on her forthcoming album) is confirmed to support. This is a special concert in Assocation with Atkin Guitars. Full press release after the break.


Folk in the Barn and Atkin Guitars present….
Turin Brakes
supported by
Kate Walsh

Canterbury Cathedral International Study Centre
Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start

“Turin Brakes are a modern folk pop duo, comprising guitarist/vocalist Ollie Knights and multi-instrumentalist Gale Paridjanian, who grew up as friends in Balham, south London. Both were members of their local church choir, and in 1989 they sang in front of the Queen at the memorial service for the Marchioness riverboat tragedy. Ten years later they were making music together as Turin Brakes. The four-track EP “The Door’  was released in August 1999 on the tiny Brighton independent, Anvil, and led to a recording contract with the UK branch of hip French label, Source Records.  The duo’s semi-acoustic sensibility drew comparisons to bands associated with the US alt country scene and the UK’s new acoustic movement. Paridjanian’s dexterous guitar work and Knights” soulful vocals added a unique spin to their intricately textured, folk-inflected songs. The album was nominated for a Mercury Award and proved to be a slow-burning commercial winner, selling in excess of 200,000 copies over a period of two years.

Buoyed by the success of their first album The Optimist , Paridjanian and Knights broke into the UK Top 5 in February 2003 with the sublime “Pain Killer (Summer Rain)”. The single was taken from their second album, Ether Song, which saw the duo embracing a more pop-orientated sound to notable commercial effect.

5 critically aclaimed albums, 8 top 40 singles and numerous tours (including supporting David Gray)  and festival appearances later – last Autumn saw the band back in the studio recording new material. They have also  been working with and writing for Take That, resulting in the track “Here” on 2008’s The Circus, and Lisa Mitchell for her upcoming album The Attic Space. Their music has featured in numerous film and tv programmes, including Hollyoaks, The OC, Smallville and the recent Zach Braff (Scrubs) movie ‘The Last Kiss’ AND not forgetting the Special K advert!

Kate Walsh
“A graduate of the Brighton Institute of Modern Music, her first album was Clocktower Park, released in 2003 by Kitchenware Records. The album was named for a meeting place in her home town. In 2007, she released her second album, Tim’s House. It quickly became the No. 1 album on the UK iTunes Store knocking Take That off the Number 1 spot. The album also features her most popular song, Your Song. Her big break came when she gained iTunes customers’ attention when her song Talk of the Town became the iTunes Free Single of the Week from the week beginning 20th March 2007.  With her No.1 here and Top 10 iTunes across Europe then a No.1 on the US iTunes Folk Chart, Kate quickly became the talk of the global music industry, leapfrogging over established artists such as Kaiser Chiefs, Arcade Fire and Amy Winehouse through the massive word-of-mouth digital buzz.

A classically trained pianist and accomplished guitarist, her ‘Your Song’ recently featured in the soundtrack to the hit movie ‘Angus Thongs and perfect Snogging’.  Now signed to Mercury records – Kate is probably the most high profile ‘support’ artist we are ever likely to have. I’m sure after this we’ll see her back here headlining her own show.

Tickets  £17  and £15 for concessions
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