The Handsome Family have been feted by the likes of Ringo Starr and covered by artists such as Jeff Tweedy, Cerys Matthews, Christy Moore and Andrew Bird. In a career that spans twenty years they've toured the world in their own charmingly DIY fashion - one car, one hotel room, one stage.... night after night after night - and in that time they've performed as a duo, with a band and have had onstage collaborations with such folk-royalty as Eliza Carthy, country legend Charlie Louvin and indie-kings like Nick Cave and Jarvis Cocker. In each and every instance they've more than held their own, thanks in the main to their songs - a series of unique and wondrous compositions that, as Jeff Tweedy once said, are the "product of two beautiful brains".
'Far From Any Road' has been sitting comfortably in the UK Top 20 Indie Singles Chart for the past 10 weeks, having been used as the theme tune to HBO's big hit TV show, 'True Detective'.
Folk singer-songwriter, Vikesh Kapoor visits the UK on his first ever tour outside the US. Label-mates with The Handsome Family, Kapoor's debut record 'The Ballad Of Willy Robbins' is out now through Loose - a concept album loosely based on a newspaper article, chronicles the brutal but hopeful story of a working class man who slowly loses everything: ambitions, health, family and shelter. It's a worker's tale, less specific to the blue-collar life as it is about anyone struggling to make something of themselves.
Vikesh Kapoor will also be appearing at Rough Trade West in London on 15th May and playing a headlining show at Servant Jazz Quarters, London on the 19th.
05 May BELFAST, Cathedral Arts Festival Marquee (VENUE UPGRADED)
06 May LIMERICK, Dolan's
07 May CORK, Crane Lane Theatre
09 May MANCHESTER, Gorilla (VENUE UPGRADED)
10 May HEBDEN BRIDGE, Trades Club
11 May SWANSEA, The Garage
12 May BRIGHTON, Komedia
13 May LONDON, 100 Club (SOLD OUT)
14 May LONDON, 100 Club (SOLD OUT)
16 May NEWBURY, Arlington Arts Centre
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