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Frank Fairfield, The Cajun Aces

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Thursday 9th June
The New Beehive Inn

£4/5 entry
8pm, Thursday 9th June
THE NEW BEEHIVE INN 169-171 Westgate Bradford BD1 3AA
01274 721784
Unique listed gas-lit free house with an array of fine cask ales and specialist bottled beers. B&B available.

After a debut tour last September that left anyone who encountered him spellbound, Frank Fairfield returns with a new album, “Out On The Open West”, on Tompkins Square. This is a man who lives and breathes it – which is worrying given the presumed levels of dust emanating from the music he sources – rarely separated from his guitar and fiddle, and in possession of a seemingly limitless repertoire of songs. When he’s not playing, he’s digging for rare 78s in thrift stores and junk shops.

Frank sings soaring hillbilly stompers, arcane rambling songs and murder ballads, delivered in a reedy tenor backed by his dexterous and ragged fiddle, guitar and banjo arrangements. Still in his early twenties but steeped in the pre-War Americana of Mississippi John Hurt and Dock Boggs, he cut his teeth as a street performer in LA and has the raw intensity, passion and technique to make your hairs stand on end.

Frank has also released a compilation of rare and unheralded gramophone recordings from across the globe, on his own Pawn imprint, which will be available along with his own recordings at the show.

“A young Californian who sings and plays as someone who’s crawled out of the Virginia mountains carrying familiar songs that in his hands sound forgotten: broken lines, a dissonant drone, the fiddle or the banjo all percussion, every rising moment louder than the one before it.” – Greil Marcus

“One of America’s best conduits of antiquity” – Pitchfork

Watch “Nine Pound Hammer”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lefJBwJhQ6E

Myspace: www,myspace.com/frankfairfield


The Cajun Aces play traditional Cajun music from the French-speaking rural districts of South West Louisiana in the USA. Most of the songs are in patois Cajun French, featuring two-steps and waltzes. You may recognise members of the group from the rare and vintage musical instrument emporium Mannings Musicals, just down the road from the Beehive, and it’s a real treat to have them playing on the Westgate orbit once again!


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