Sunday 19 February – Jeff Finlin and Clive Barnes, who played a great set with Peter Bruntnell last year at Sounds in the Suburbs, return to Woodend.
These are two exceptional artists, who play great songs, tell great stories and deserve a decent crowd for the last night of their UK tour. So forget Call the Midwife and get yourselves along to Woodend and support live music.
'We have the seats, we have great music and a wonderful cheap bar , so all you need to do is supply the bums for those seats. See you Sunday?'
Woodend Bowling and Tennis Club, 30 Chamberlain Road, Glasgow G13 1QG
Jeff Finlin, born in Cleveland, Ohio, the grandson of Irish railroad workers (who seemed to be in the habit of leaping from trains), Jeff Finlin is a fascinating, unique artist.
His career has taken many twists and turns.
"Jeff Finlin might be one of the finest American troubadours since Bob Dylan."
JR Moehringer - 5280 magazine
Some folks come to Nashville, amble over to music row and look for a cookie cutter solution.
Hand Jeff Finlin a cookie cutter, and he’s liable to melt it down and then forge it into something sharper and more dangerous.
Peter Cooper- The Tennessean
"If Jeff Finlin were not a songwriter, it’s likely he’d be a novelist and he’d fall somewhere between Kerouac, Twain and Vonnegut."
Neil Fagan - Performing Songwriter
He began with wanderlust, traveling America using every form of transportation, with the exception of rickshaw (still on the bucket list). Having played in bands in Boston, Ohio and L.A, he finally wound up in Nashville with long-time mate and Academy Award nominee Gwil Owen ("A Softer Place to Fall") to form the rock band “The Thieves”, which released the acclaimed "Seduced by Money", produced by Marshall Crenshaw on Capitol Records. In 1993, he went on to produce the self-released "Lonely Light" before going on to produce the Little Dog/ Mercury release, "Highway Diaries".
The Chicago Sun Times said:
"Finlin writes with the minimalist grit of Sam Shepard and Raymond Carver - tune in and you will hear an elusive magic."
Clive Barnes is a guitarist, singer and songwriter of rare quality. Clive has released four studio albums to date the latest of which The Ghost Country garnered rave four and five star reviews with previous album Welcome To Farewell winning Album of the Year in US publication Acoustic Guitar. Clive toured consistently throughout the US and Europe as a solo act and also as lap steel guitarist with the likes of Eric Bibb, Joe Cocker and Taj Mahal. He has toured as opening act with Jeff Beck, Alison Krauss, Gary Clark Jr, David Crosby, Dr. John, Greg Allman, Solomon Burke, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Seasick Steve, Rodrigo Y Gabriela and many many more.
RTE's Harry Guiren noted in a review of Clive Barnes performing at Vicar Street, Dublin, "Clive is a guitarist who can make one acoustic sound like six. Barnes transported the entire, hushed venue across the Atlantic to where the paths taken by the Delta Blues, Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen all led to his own special territory."