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Jolie Holland


Mare Music

Thu 04 Apr 2024 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm


Old Lab
1 Summerhall
Edinburgh,EH9 1PLUnited Kingdom
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0131 560 1580
Age Group: 16+ (Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)
Duration: 3h
Contains flashing lights. This is a standing only event.

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Over the span of her career, Jolie Holland has knotted together a century of American song – jazz, blues, soul, rock and roll – into some stew that is impossible to categorise with any conventional critical terminology. This is her burden and her gift, to know all of these American songs of the last ten decades in her head and her heart, and to have to wrestle with their legacy. She dives straight to the pathos of a song the way the very greatest singers, singers like Mavis Staples, or Al Green, or Skip James, or Tom Waits do. Upon first encounter her songs seem challenging, perhaps unsettling at times, but as so many poets and rockers have shown us that’s where the beauty lies. As evident on her first recordings, Holland apparently has no fear of the truth, and there is no emotional core that she cannot reach in song. In fact she thrives on the red hot centre of a musical composition, in all its strange and brutal detail.

Jolie Holland recently unveiled her latest album, ‘Haunted Mountain’; intricately connected with friend and collaborator Buck Meek’s record of the same name, ‘Haunted Mountain’ features five songs co-written by the pair, including the mesmerizing title track. The nine-track stunner delves into a treasure trove of themes, from anti-colonial thought to homelessness, all while exploring the profound significance of being in reciprocity with nature.

With poetic storytelling awash in a dream-like sonic palette, Holland invites audiences on an alluring journey that transcends genres and leaves an indelible mark on the heart and mind.

Support will come from McKowski. In the enchanting realm of music, few creators possess the ability to transcend boundaries quite like the Irish virtuoso, Mark McCausland. Renowned as a multifaceted artist, Mark’s illustrious career has seen him don multiple hats – songwriter, producer, and musician extraordinaire. While he’s celebrated for his role as one half of the spellbinding duo, The Lost Brothers, Mark’s artistic odyssey doesn’t stop there. Under the enigmatic pseudonym McKowski, he crafts his own musical narratives that whisk listeners away on sonic adventures.

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