Malcolm Holcombe and John Alexander, Wed 18 May, 2016, The Hug and Pint

malcolm holcombe and john alexander

malcolm holcombe and john alexander

Malcolm Holcombe will perform at The Hug and Pint, Wednesday 18 May – he is a unique performer who’s haunted acoustic blues and rugged folk have spanned a truly maverick 20 year career. This time with a brand new album, ‘Another Black Hole’ and accompanied by long-time friend and accompanist, Jared Tyler on dobro. Once you’ve seen Malcolm Holcombe you won’t forget him.

“Apart from possibly Guy Clark, the nearest singer-songwriter that bares comparison would be Townes Van Zandt…” *–No Depression *

“By the time he’s done singing, growling and rasping his way through a song, you can just tell: that voice isn’t merely lived in; it might have even been to the edge.” –PopMatters

Malcolm Holcombe grew up in western North Carolina, home to some of the planet’s oldest mountains and some of America’s deepest musical traditions. Radio and TV fueled Malcolm’s musical passions as a kid, and music became even more important after he lost both his parents relatively young. He toured with bands and landed in Nashville, where he took up an inconspicuous station at the back of the house – the very back – at Douglas Corner, one of the city’s best singer/songwriter venues.

Stories began to circulate about the mysterious dishwasher with the subterranean voice and oracle-like talent. Sadly so did stories of wildly inconsistent behavior – profound sweetness crossed by bouts of stunning abrasiveness. He flirted with an official music career. But his stunning debut album made for Geffen Records was abruptly shelved, producing melodrama that only exacerbated Malcolm’s drinking and depression. A business that once had a place for complicated genius turned its back on him, and he teetered near the edge.

Moving back to the North Carolina hills proved a powerful tonic. Holcombe let in help where before he’d pushed it away. With deep faith in God and a commitment to his art, Holcombe repaired himself and his career. And that’s a pretty good nod to the effect of hearing

The Hug and Pint, 171 Great Western Road, Glasgow G4 9AW

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