A Different Thread + Caitlin Gilligan | Manchester


Thu Jul 06 2023 at 07:30 pm


The Carlton Club | Manchester, EN

The Americana band returns to Manchester for an evening of live music with Support from Caitlin Gilligan.
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A Different Thread
“Warm, deep, songwriters who have drank from the well of 20th century folk tradition” - Folk Radio UK
A Different Thread is a transatlantic band fronted by Alicia Best from Durham, North Carolina, and Robert Jackson from the Midlands of England.
The two met busking in Ireland in 2016 and have (quite literally) been on the road ever since, creating original music and touring the UK, Europe, The US and Latin America.
Pulling from their respective roots, they weave together elements of 70s’ Folk Revival, Country, and Appalachian Blues into a timeless blend of Americana.
Travel and change are common themes, from their lyrics all the way down to Alicia’s suitcase drum kit. Their authentic blend of vocal harmonies, fiddle, guitar, and harmonica is reminiscent of Bob Dylan, The Band, Bert Jansch, and Joni Mitchell, with a nod to more contemporary artists such as The Wood Brothers, Rhiannon Giddens and Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings.
Their music has garnered the attention of the BBC and NPR radio and landed them support slots with the likes of Jody Stevens (Big Star) Native Harrow, and the Milk Carton Kids. Even Steve Earl praised their live performance at Shakori Hills Grassroots festival, where the artists shared the bill.
This tour is in support of their 2022 release, Call of the Road. The new album was recorded in Bristol, UK, with producer Luke Cawthra (Phantom Limb), double bass player, Mike Seal, and the Folk duo, Chris Elliott and Caitlin Jones. Written over lockdown, these eleven emotionally charged songs deal with the themes of love, loss, wanderlust, and life on the open road.
Caitlin Gilligan is from the rolling hills of rural Galloway. Now based in the North-West of England, her songs still echo the wildness of her Scottish youth.
Stirring age-old folk songs into a set of bare-boned and poetically-crafted originals, she demonstrates refreshing insight whilst simultaneously summoning the voices of times gone by.
She draws much inspiration from folk giants such as Anne Briggs, Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen as well as traditional vocal music of Scotland, Ireland and America.
She has supported artists such as Martin Carthy, Martin Simpson, Sam Amidon, Rachel Sermanni, Emily Portman, Rachel Newton and The Rails. She played her debut Cambridge Folk Festival in 2019, where she was a selected highlight on The Den Stage.
“..she sings with a singular clear-eyed intensity of her own.” Folk Radio
“Scottish folk singer Caitlin Gilligan creates an array of truly timeless ballads, varying from good old-fashioned storytelling to the occasional protest song. A celebrated performer wherever she pops up…” – RGM

Where is it happening?

The Carlton Club, Rowan Lodge, 113 Carlton Road,Manchester, United Kingdom

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