Sunday, September 28, 2008

EVENTS: 4PM Sunday, October 5: IMAGINATIONAL ANTHEM: George Stavis, Cian Nugent and Ben Reynolds


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5TH AT 4pm:
(Please note the early start time)

THE IMAGINATIONAL ANTHEM TOUR:

GEORGE STAVIS
CIAN NUGENT
BEN REYNOLDS

CIAN NUGENT
"19 years old, from Ireland. His debut EP is a CDR (ltd. ed. of 100) with six tracks recorded on a 70’s reel-to-reel machine, and the crude nature of it harks back to those early recordings of Davey Graham at Hull University. It even includes a re-working of Buell Kazee’s “Wagoner’s Lad”, famously covered by Bert Jansch. His debut for Tompkins Square is set for the first half of '09." -Tompkins Square



BEN REYNOLDS
A member of the Glasgow/Leeds drone mafia (Ashtray Navigations, Vibracathedral Orchestra, Sunroof, etc.) “Here Toucheth Blues”, a highlight of 'Imaginational Anthem vol 3', is lilting and elegiac, a bit surprising as his fans are likely more familiar with his angular, raga-charged works. Ben is building a fantastic catalogue of solo recordings (and a multitude of side projects and collaborations), most recently the Solo Guitar/Inner Hills cassette featuring one side acoustic, the other, electric. His Tompkins Square debut surfaces in early '09." -Tompkins Square

GEORGE STAVIS
A shadowy figure from decades past, seemingly undiminished by time and ripe for re-discovery, is the mysterious banjo picker, George Stavis. He recorded one album for Vanguard in 1969, Labyrinths, subtitled Occult Improvisational Compositions for 5-string banjo and percussion. This LP is the oddest and best banjo album of the period, only rivaled perhaps by fellow 5-stringer Billy Faier’s 1973 Takoma album – good luck finding an LP copy of either, however Labyrinths is available on CD. Stavis is pictured on the cover wearing a medieval robe and holding a glowing crystal ball. The record is a wonderful devil’s brew of ethnic, old-timey and psychedelics. He returns to the stage for the first time in decades." -Tompkins Square

PRAISE FOR IMAGINATIONAL ANTHEM:
"Tompkins Square's Imaginational Anthem series has not just unearthed the continuing steel-string tradition, but made it relevant." - eMusic
"Simply put, these are all essential recordings, they offer solid evidence of how the tradition continues from the '60s to the present day in the same way that albums by Fahey, Kottke, Crandell, Lang, John Renbourn, Bert Jansch, and countless others picked up on the lineages of the previous decades from folk, blues, prison songs and mountain and church music foundations, and brought it forth, shifted and changed and added and subtracted. This box is the latest entry in the long long logbook. Get it." - 4.5 / 5 stars, All Music Guide

"Taken as a whole, these three albums provide a comprehensive overview of the ongoing American Primitive movement, and will likely provide a large enough reservoir to tide you over handsomely should that acoustic guitar drought ever come." - Pitchfork

"The single most significant body of solo acoustic guitar music to be published in the 21st century so far" - Boomkat

"Solo Acoustic Guitar music to get excited about" - Variety


http://www.tompkinssq.com/ia_box.html


http://imaginationalanthem.com/

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