Dave Arcari and Mick Hargan, Double Headline Show, The Glad Cafe 17 July

dave aracari and mick hargan

dave aracari and mick hargan

With Special Guests John Mackay and Up In Smoke
Friday, July 17, 2-15


The Glad Cafe

Double headline show Newborn sessions present Dave Arcari ./ Mick Hargan. Support from John Mackay and Up In Smoke doors 7pm. £10. Ticket link Mickhargan.bigcartel.com

Dave Arcari

SLIDE guitarist & songwriter Dave Arcari’s alt.blues sounds owe as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta blues and have been showcased via eight internationally-acclaimed solo CD releases.

Official showcases at SxSW in Austin, Texas were a highlight of Arcari’s month-long tour of the southern US states in March 2015 and follows successful US tours in 2013 and 2014.

A new album – Givers & Takers – is scheduled for release in Autumn 2015. His last release – Whisky in my Blood – was released on Finnish record label Blue North in March 2013. As well as showcasing Arcari’s trademark National steel guitars, the release features performances on banjo, regular guitar and and cigar box which help capture the full breadth of Arcari’s song-writing and performance.

Arcari’s festival appearances include Glastonbury (UK); Peer Festival (Belgium); Moulin Blues(Netherlands); BluesAlive (Czech Republic & Poland shows); The Great British R&B Festival; and Augustibluus & ViruFolk (Estonia).

He has also played industry showcases at the North by North East (NxNE) music festival in Toronto, Canada and he was a finalist the UK Indy Music Awards reaching the top four in his category (best male solo artist).

With more than 100 UK dates a year plus regular shows in Finland, Estonia, France, Germany, Belgium, Poland and Canada, Arcari is one of the hardest gigging live artists on the circuit. A series of shows with folks including Steve Earle, Alabama 3, Seasick Steve, Toby Keith and Jon Spencer along with his relentless UK and European tour schedule have established Arcari as a formidable international solo performer who is fast building a media reputation as a ‘hell-raising National guitar madman’.

Arcari’s growing reputation was endorsed in Spring 2007 when he was asked to put music to Robert Burns’ (Scotland’s national poet) poem Parcel of Rogues for a BBC Scotland special to mark 300 years of the Act of Union between Scotland and England. He also presented the programme, interviewing many high-profile political figures, musicians and historians along the way.

In 1996 he quit his first proper band role as guitarist with Summerfield Blues (which won the Alexis Korner memorial trophy for ‘Scottish Blues Band of the Year’ at Edinburgh International Blues fest in 2003 – the same year the band released it’s debut, and only, CD album Devil & the Freightman) to concentrate on his new found National steel guitar. It wasn’t long, though, before he was joined by harmonica player Jim Harcus and the intended solo career went by the wayside as Radiotones started to form and evolved into the force it is today. So while the electric Nationals and Marshall stack are on the back burner for Dave’s solo appearances, his hard-hitting gravel-laden vocals and slashing bottleneck steel guitar make for an aggressive, dynamic blues-based sound that owes as much to punk, rockabilly and trash country as pre-war Delta blues.


Mick Hargan

With his raspy voice and soulful lyrics, Glaswegian singer songwriter, Mick Hargan will have you mesmerized during his live performance. No two shows are ever the same, whether he plays a solo show with his loop pedal, a full band, or even a string quartet. Drawing on inspiration from artists and bands like The Gaslight Anthem, Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen Johnny Cash and The Frames, Hargan’s charismatic lure really takes a hold of his audience during his live shows.

Over the past several years, Mick has been touring the UK, Ireland, and Europe and has made three trips to NYC on a wave of invitations from organizations and bands who recognized his talents following the release of his impressive debut album, Conversations between Us. His touring has also included sold-out dates in Scotland, Ireland and New York; including Webster Hall, The Scratcher The Living Room, Sin-é, The National Underground, and Ceol. Furthermore, he has received invitations to headline shows at festivals such as the prestigious Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow and shows in Reykjavik, Iceland and been asked to perform multiple times with the cream of Irish musicians at The Film Fleadh Foundation (Craic festival) in New York City by CEO Terence Mulligan. He has also performed as one of the main acts at The Hope Over Fear concerts /rally’s at Glasgow’s George Square promoting Scottish Independence in front of 12,000 people. He has been asked to perform again on September 19th 2015.

Over the years Mick has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Oscar winner Glen Hansard, The Barenaked Ladies, Ken Stringfellow, The Coronas. Midge Ure, Damien Dempsey, Dave Arcari. Mundy, Mark Geary, Paul Kelly, Imogen Heap, Joseph Arthur, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Jeff Klein, Nerina Pallot Laura Veirs, Panic Anchor Roy Zephyr Mary Lee’s Corvette, Ed Romanoff, and Missy Higgins to name drop a few. His music celebrated locally, is starting to garner international attention and has been included on the soundtrack for numerous films including American independents ‘Descansos’ and ‘Endless Flight’.

Mick also books shows for international artists touring working in the past closely with Tommy Merrill, formerly chief music buyer at Rockwood Music and The Press House. He also hosts weekly free entry showcase for artists of any genre in various venues in Glasgow Including his successful all ages showcase at Jayz Bar and Restaurant with acts as young as 8 years old helping them build their confidence and perform in an environment without Cliques. This has been his main focus for years. That would explain the lack of a follow up to his first album

In his songs Mick emanates a mixture of melancholy, anger and hope, with emotional and ethereal lyrics, keeping you there right to the end. An energetic and intense talent who wears his heart on his sleeve, His performances reflect confidence, and leave the audience in want for more.

Support from John Mackay and Up In Smoke

The  Glad Cafe 1006a Pollokshaws Road, Shawlands, Glasgow G41 2HG

Ticket link: mickhargan.bigcartel.com/

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