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Music Editorial

bigdamnband17.jpg Fancy a threesome at The Cluny?

The Cluny (and Cluny 2) have got a tip-top line-up coming up in August, but there are three gigs that are especially calling to us: “Miss these gigs and you’re hurting no one but yourself…”

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (pictured) have established themselves as one of the US’s foremost country blues bands over a series of albums which are fired by the Southern Indiana-bred singer/guitarist Reverend Peyton’s hollering. The larger than life frontman has earned a singular reputation as a formidable live performber, which makes for some truly electrifying gigs. The band’s latest album, The Front Porch Sessions, was released earlier this year to universal acclaim with critics going ga-ga for the band’s raunchy blues and eccentric roots rock, the songs having a gospel like intensity. “I wanted it to feel like you’re on my front porch,” intoned the good Rev, “you can almost hear the wood creaking.”

We’ve got a bit of a dilemma for out last couple of picks, because they’re both on the same day (one at The Cluny, one next door at Cluny 2). At The Cluny the amazing Xylouris White will be turning out and no doubt turning in the kind of show-stopping performance that they’re renowned for. A collaboration between Greek singer and laouto player George Xylouris, and Aussie drummer Jim White (best known for his work with Dirty Three), the pair make a quite glorious sound, part free-jazz, part avant-rock, which has been filtered through generations of Greek folk tradition.

And while they’re doing their stuff at The Cluny, Cluny 2 will be thrumming to the sounds of Langhorne Slim. This US singer/songwriter is the real deal when it comes to forging real heart from folk, soul and roots music with his last album, The Spirit Moves, being his best yet, tender but showing real strength amongst the vulnerability. Americana introspection with added fifties-evoking jams have never sounded so fresh.

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Friday 18 August, The Cluny, 8pm, £12.50; Xylouris White, Monday 28 August, The Cluny, 7.30pm, £10; Langhorne Slim, Monday 28 August, Cluny 2, 8pm, £12.50. thecluny.com