Sunday, December 18, 2022

Casey Neill and Friends

8 p.m.

$12 in advance, $16 day of show
Limited Seating, first come first serve.
Expect standing room.

21 and over

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Casey Neill and Friends

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Casey Neill and Friends

Portland songwriter Casey Neill is presenting an intimate concert to celebrate the release of his new limited press CD 'Time.Zero.Land.' Neill engineered and mixed the songs and played the lion's share of the instruments. It's a dreamy affair with sonic homages to Elliott Smith, Nick Drake, Sade, and the Brit-folk pioneered by Bert Jansch, Richard Thompson, and June Tabor. The subject matter reflects the time bending nature of the lockdown years with deep dives into memory - hitchhiking in Ireland, recollections from the front lines of the 90s timber wars in the Pacific Northwest, and a take on the Irish sean-nos song 'The Rocks of Bawn'. For this show, Neill will be joined by Jenny Conlee-Drizos on keyboards and accordion, Jesse Emerson on bass, and other special guests are sure to join in. This being a holiday show of sorts, a range of fun covers are planned.

Casey tours throughout the USA, Japan, and Europe, at venues such as Town Hall in New York, San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, and the legendary Newport Folk Festival. Critic Marco Rivera described his music best for music blog Splendid: "Be it through raucous rockers, fragile acoustic ballads, passionate bursts of punk fury or soulful touches of Irish folk, Neill's narrative talent and concern for real people's struggles stand out. (Neill) evokes an epic feel that fits perfectly with the implicit grandiosity of this emotional material, delivered with a raspy, affectionate voice that recalls Life's Rich Pageant-era Michael Stipe. The results are so evocative, you'll be tempted to steep further in these memories, the better to share Casey Neill's particular blend of personal and historical experience."

In 1996, Casey Neill released his DIY record, Riffraff, which was an early milestone in the modern folk-punk movement. Signing with acoustic label Appleseed Recordings, he began a run of three albums exploring Celtic and American folk sounds. Casey also contributed tracks to Appleseed's Pete Seeger Tribute along with Bruce Springsteen, Ani DiFranco, and Bonnie Raitt. A compilation of his material entitled Memory Against Forgetting was released by Indigo Girl Amy Ray's Daemon imprint and AK Press in 2005. A musical partnership with the late Scottish fiddler/producer Johnny Cunningham led to a far more electric record titled Brooklyn Bridge, and The Norway Rats were formed in Portland to perform it. Casey Neill & The Norway Rats recorded three records across the 2010's: the atmospheric Americana of Goodbye to the Rank and File, the art rock collection All You Pretty Vandals, and the electro-pop explorations of Subterrene. A new Casey Neill & The Norway Rats album, Sending Up Flares, is set for release in June 2023.



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