Artist Curators Season #1 – Pat Dam Smyth Presents: Samantha Whates, Gabriel Moreno and Tavia

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July 19, 2017 - July 19, 2017

12:00 am – 12:00 am

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/// TICKETS ///

Tonight we kick off in earnest our Artist Curators Season with a night curated by our very own Pat Dam Smyth. Pat has invited fellow Karouseller Samantha Whates: an artist of such class and natural beauty you'll wonder how you didn't float up and off in to the ether in a puff of wonder. She has a new record and some equally magnificent extra projects coming this year. As well as being friends and stable mates, Samantha and Pat have also written some absolute belters together - something that will see the light of day at some point for sure. Joining them will be Gabriel Moreno, bringing his inimitable brand of poetry and music, and a new visiting friend Tavia who is over from the US, and playing for us for the first time. 100% of your ticket money goes to the acts. Pat's current tour comes to an end tonight, with the Yorkshire Post saying of last week's show:

"Every troubadour worth their salt should be able to intersperse lovingly crafted songs with interesting tales to bestow upon their live audience; hirsute Ulsterman Pat Dam Smyth can boast more than his fair share of both...Indeed tonight’s beguiling, sometimes eerie and frequently melancholic sound contrasts with the lush instrumentation prevalent on Smyth’s recorded material, yet proves equally alluring. With another of tonight’s new numbers and EP lead-off track ‘Juliette’, already garnering airplay on 6Music, expect Pat Dam Smyth’s star to brighten in the coming months."

What others are saying about Pat:

"Reminds me of Pink Floyd... epic!" - Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 MUSIC
"Brilliant stuff" - Lauren Laverne
"Furious and fierce... Juliette is a little bit of My Morning Jacket, a little bit of Beck in there... a little bit of Nick Cave too. Just the holy trinity really, isn’t it?" - RODDY HART, BBC RADIO SCOTLAND
"Pat Dam Smyth’s debut album, ‘The Great Divide’, was critically acclaimed upon its release in 2012… the new record’s first single ‘Juliette’ suggests that he should be expecting at least as much, if not more adulation". CMU
“… masterfully mournful... Cut from the same cloth of Nick Cave and John Grant... conjures Dark Side-era Pink Floyd in its braying brass and portentous, swaggering pop élan. THE THIN AIR


In a bleak musical winter of digipop, autotune and talent show clones, Samantha Whates is one of those rare artists that ignites little bonfires beneath your ribcage and sings you something about yourself while the fire burns. A voice so warm and pure you’d be forgiven for thinking you were out in the wind wrapped up in merino wool and drowning in chocolate. For fans of acts like First Aid Kit, Nina Nastasia, Laura Viers and Susanna And The Magical Orchestra, Samantha is a lost piece of the jigsaw. She writes songs in a way that is precisely hers: Musically moving where she wants to go whenever she feels like it, and sometimes never coming back; while all the time lyrically drawing you a map and walking along beside you through her story. The much lauded Dark Nights Make For Brighter Days album, which she recorded live in a couple of days up in her native Scotland, is a sparkling, atmospheric, and emotionally brave record that drew nothing but praise from exactly the kind of people she’d want it from – Bob Harris opining on BBC Radio 2 that it was “...really, the most beautiful album...” and Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music echoing the sentiment describing it as “... just gorgeous...”.

The even better news is that Samantha’s new album is well underway: recorded in waiting rooms in locations across the UK, from a tube station in the middle of the night, to an old beautiful railway station up in her native Scotland. It is already shaping up to be the most magnificent album both song wise and sonically. The new record features some of the industry’s finest players in guest slots; and she is also one half of Pica Pica, a project written and recorded with her long time friend, renowned folk artist Josienne Clarke, alongside musician and producer Adam Beattie. And with an EP cooking away in the background with Mr Dam Smyth, and her wonderfully uplifting guest appearances with the Chaps Choir chiming like little hidden presents around her musical house, the next 12 months are a seriously exciting time for an artist of enduring class.


Having met Pat originally in Karamel, then having ended up on a bill together randomly on Pat's last Italian tour, it seemed almost essential to have poet Musician Gabriel play the show in Karamel on the 19th - and Pat got straight on the phone to him to make it happen. A singer songwriter, published poet in Spanish and English and lyricist with strong links to the London alternative Americana, Folk and singer songwriter scene. Curator of the acclaimed Lantern Society and artistic director of The Poetry Brothel London. Influenced by the likes of Cohen, Callahan, Cave and other poetical singers Moreno is known for powerful performances and endless streams of passion. Gabriel Moreno has been performing for the last 20 years in Gibraltar, Peru, Italy, Spain and The United Kingdom. He resides in London now where he is constantly performing in the Alternative Folk scene in venues such as THE GREEN NOTE, SLAUGHTERED LAMB, JAZZ SERVANT QUARTERS, 14 BACON STREET, JAMBOREE, amongst other sacred spots for underground music plus his two spiritual homes: THE BETSEY TROTWOOD and KABARET @ KARAMEL where he is a regualar curator and performer. After a succesful debut EP in 2015. "Love & Decadence" (Amber Records) he is now recording his second album with The Quivering Poets which is set to be released in October 2017.

/// TAVIA ///

Also joining tonight is an artist we've not met before who is flying in from the US. ‘Everything Is Wrong’ was released on June 1st 2017. TAVIA is a singer-songwriter from Sacramento, CA with a unique gift for crafting musical stories about the tensions & freedoms of life. 'Everything Is Wrong' is an americana and pop record that reflects not only her unique gift as a storyteller but also her musical fluency as a singer and guitarist. TAVIA shares the same hometown that inspired country singer Lynn Anderson and hammond mastermind Jimmy Smith. From a young age, she was immersed in the historic scenery of wagons and wooden sidewalks, and soon began to craft her own stories against this evocative backdrop. Growing up she reached for the songbooks of Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Eva Cassidy. TAVIA has taken these influences and herself become one of those essential vocalists who reach their audience through sheer purity and grace. This EP is an unforgettable collection of solidarity songs, inspired by stories of grief and healing.

Fire & Smoke is a tall standing anthem that offers the reassurance of community when all seems lost, set apart by a breathtaking gospel choir in a country setting. Dixon is a poignant ballad inspired by the sights and sounds of the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA, where both of TAVIA’s grandfathers were buried. Constructed around piano and a string quartet, it calls out to memories of loved ones with a signal of strength and understanding. ‘Everything Is Wrong’ is a musical body of work that is authentic and timeless and marks her arrival as a very special artist. The songs were recorded with TAVIA’s band in late 2016 in a church. Overdubs were tracked at Big Ego Studios in Long Beach. The EP was mastered by Pete Lyman at Infrasonic Sound in Los Angeles. His credits include: Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Ben Harper, Lori McKenna, Fall Out Boy, Son Lux, Halsey & The Decemberists.

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