Autumn tour ‘One Final Cry For Help’ sees Donegal song-weaver Joel Harkin and Hull lo-fi indie artist Brodie Milner join forces across the UK and Ireland, stopping in at The Black Box on Sat 21 Oct 2023.
Joel Harkin is a singer of songs and a spinner of yarns from Donegal. His 2020 album Never Happy was shortlisted for the NI Music Prize, which is more than Van Morrison can say, a win in and of itself. Joel Harkin lies awake at night, terrified at the prospect of the looming abyss. He channels these fears into his haunting songs. But don’t let that put you off. He is known for the contrast between his music and the whimsical, surrealist and very funny chatting he does as he tunes his guitar.
An artist best experienced in the room, Joel is joined on this occasion by his lovely band, which consists of Nicole Harper, Niall Laverty, George Sloan, Dan Monaghan and Neil Óg Martin. They are all as talented as they are good looking, which sounds like an exaggeration but is actually not.
Brodie Milner wears his songs like an ill fitted suit. Combining intelligent lyricism with intricate melodies, his music feels nuanced, evocative, and a bit too sad for a summer’s party. Listeners can expect to hear influences from the likes of Ben Howard, Big Thief, Fontaines D.C, Bob Dylan, and some novelists you’ve probably heard of. Brodie’s music has been championed by the likes Gemma Bradley (BBC Radio 1), Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 6), Phil Taggart (formerly BBC Radio 1), and Shell Zenner, Charlie Ashcroft, and Frankie Francis (Amazing Radio UK/USA), as well as broadcast widely across grassroots, regional, and international radio (ByteFM, Boogaloo Radio, OMG staffs, and more).
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