Hee Haw Sessions & Please Please You present...
+ Benjamin Folke Thomas
Wednesday 12th September
7.30pm | £12.00 advance
John Murry's The Graceless Age was the album of a lifetime. When it was released in 2012, it entered the hearts of thousands of listeners and gathered accolades from critics worldwide. An extraordinary work of breathtaking scope and ambition, it came from nowhere and seemed to have set up John Murry as a major artist. The album was listed by UNCUT as one of the 10 best records of 2012. Mojo also included it in their 10 best albums of 2013, as well as The Guardian in their Top 50 of 2013 and American Songwriter in their Top 5 of 2013.
"Intensely beautiful....like Father John Misty, Mark Lanegan and Josh T Pearson rolled into one really broken dream" - Q Magazine
"A work of genius.....I don't expect to hear a better album this year" - Guardian
"a masterpiece" - Allan Jones UNCUT Magazine
The accolades rolled in and John toured the world. He entranced and devastated audiences with his raw, unfiltered live performances, and it looked like his trajectory was set, that music had won and would have the final word. And then Tim Mooney, died suddenly and unexpectedly. Tim was John’s mentor, his beacon, his bedrock, the person who along with music had become the one constant positive force in John’s life … it was then John’s world fell back in to chaos. Over the next few years, John would lose the footing that he had struggled so hard to establish. He would lose his wife, his daughter, temporarily his freedom and ultimately his country.
Eventually John completed his descent and landed in Kilkenny, Ireland where he found some solid ground as part of a welcoming arts community. Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies convinced John to travel to his Toronto studio where Michael put a band together consisting of brother Peter Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) on drums and Josh Finlayson (Skydiggers, Gord Downie, Lee Harvey Osmond) on bass. John brought along Cait O’Riordan (The Pogues, Elvis Costello) whom he had met in Ireland and who wanted to be a part of John’s journey.
The five of them put aside five days to record all bedtracks and overdubs, with the brief that they would let the songs dictate where the journey took them, spontaneity was the order of the week. The result, A Short History Of Decay is an intensely personal document of an artist’s fall from grace. It contains all the tragic elements of that unwritten Southern Gothic novel: the revelations of a man coming to terms with the personal shortcomings, the flaws and the perverse twists of fate that led him to the end of one journey and the beginning of another.