With so many gigs this weekend (Akron/Family and Magic Arm last night, Pains of Being Pure at Heart on Friday night - Indie Credential review here - plus Black Lips tonight and Eurocultured and Hungry Pigeon Festivals continuing), it's difficult to pick out one but this is quite special: Alasdair Roberts at Dulcimer in Chorlton.
Since his days in Appendix Out, I've had an arms-length relationship with AR - checking in occasionally over the years but never calling myself a devoted fan (I only own one of the five albums under his own name). But some of those occasional songs are magical. Here's what promoter Hey Manchester says about tonight:
Our evening-long celebration of folk music features a headline appearance from Alasdair Roberts.... If you're a fan of James Yorkston, King Creosote or Smog, be sure to check him out. We've also invited some of our favourite local folkies to play - Denis Jones, Starless & Bible Black, John Stammers and Sparky Deathcap - plus there's a rare appearance by Londoner Lora Linhares-Marx
It all starts at 6pm (£10 on the door or here in advance) and there's even talk of a BBQ. Sadly tonight I'm heading to Burnley otherwise this would have been unmissable.
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