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Rick Redbeard

Nov 27th 2016 @ The Society of Advocates Library

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
I Was There
Sunday, November 27th, 2016
6:30 PM
The Society of Advocates Library
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Sunday 27 November 2016
The Society of Advocates Library, Concert Court, Broad Street, Aberdeen AB10 1BS. Phone (01224) 640079
Doors 6.30pm
Tickets £13 + bf in advance

As this is a pretty small venue, tickets are limited, so advance purchase is recommended. Also, this is not a licensed venue so please BRING YOUR OWN BEER (or other suitable refreshments).


What's that? You missed out on tickets for his sold-out support slot with King Creosote at The Tivoli Theatre. Well. Aren't you luckybest be quick though.

Three years after his glorious, SAY Award nominated debut 'No Selfish Heart', Rick Redbeard returns with 'Awake Unto': a collection of songs so timeless and melodic they emerge from the speakers like long lost friends...

Awake Unto is the second mesmerising collection of songs by Rick Redbeard, aka Rick Anthony of cosmic rock magicians The Phantom Band, and comes three years after his delicately poetic solo debut No Selfish Heart. Quarried from similar stone to that of Michael Hurley, Leonard Cohen and Bill Callahan and wrapped in layers redolent of Angelo Badalamenti, Awake Unto weaves folk,
balladry and filmic impulses into a tapestry of song so deftly detailed the rewards multiply with every listen.

Where his debut trod an uncluttered path, employing little more than Anthony's burnished baritone, acoustic guitar, piano and violin, Awake Unto brings a far broader spectrum to bear on its heavenly melodicism banjo, accordion, reversed keyboards, drums, widescreen electric guitar while still leaving space for the simple formula which lit up its predecessor. There's a larger pool of
contributors here too: Rick's sister Josephine duets on Get Friendly (Blood) while a cohort of his Phantom Band colleagues (Duncan Marquiss, Gerry Hart and Iain Stewart; Derek O' Neill mixing) also manage to join the cèilidh. The family connections continue, with Awake Unto's vivid artwork supplied by Anthony's mother, providing yet another contrast to No Selfish Heart's austere, monochrome woodland.

While lyrical themes suffuse both albums love, sex, death, dreams and memory loom large Awake Unto's approach is less allusive and more confident as Anthony learns to stretch his limbs as a solo performer. Rick Redbeard is no maudlin troubadour either: in The Golden Age you find a loping, rainbow-bright paean to positivity; What Fine People salutes the human spirit over an
almost too beautiful haar of classical guitar and harmonium; and the closing Let It Rust makes the case for reality versus reverie as a painterly series of textures unfolds and dazzles, the mystical heart of the music a counterpoint to the plea underpinning the lyrics.

Following in the wake of two Phantom Band albums - Strange Friend (2014) and Fears Trending (2015), and the music he wrote for Theresa Moerman's New Talent BAFTA-winning documentary 'The Third Dad', it's hardly surprising Awake Unto marks an assured shift in scope, colour and tone from its spartan forerunner. Rick: If No Selfish Heart was a tasteful black and white pencil sketch,
Awake Unto gets the crayons out to colour it in. He's too modest by half of course, as even the most cursory listen will demonstrate. Awake Unto takes the core elements of Rick's debut his towering, mahoganied voice and melodic imagination and cloaks them in fabrics and hues; elevating them to giddying new heights in the process.

Praise for 'No Selfish Heart'

an album that might have been captured any time over the past 50 years MOJO [4/5]
Superbbeautifula glorious album. UNCUT [9/10]
The entire album exudes a seductive yearning. THE SCOTSMAN [4/5]
A delightful record to treasure. DROWNED IN SOUND [8/10]
Something akin to a masterpiece. THE LIST [4/5]
This album in a word? Astonishing. THE HERALD [4/5]