Friday 24 April 2015, 8pm
Diane Cluck returns to OTO for two intimate shows following previous sold-out residencies here in 2012 and 2014. The New York-based singer-songwriter of intuitive folk music has been influential in the development of the Anti-folk scene and has collaborated with Jeffrey Lewis, and Hermane Dune.
“Diane Cluck is a virtuosic talent with an emotionality that feels at once ancient and alien. Her mastery of her voice as an ecstatic instrument is so compelling.” - Antony Hegarty (of Antony & The Johnsons)
DIANE CLUCK a singer-songwriter of intuitive folk music based in Charlottesville, Virginia. She employs singing as a healing, textural experience in which audiences may wander, ponder, or simply be. Her vocal style has been noted for its clipped, glottal beauty, and described by NPR as "an unlikely mix of Aaron Neville, the Baka people, and Joni Mitchell--unaffected yet unusual". She accompanies herself on various instruments including guitar, piano, harmonium, zither, and a copper pipe instrument she built by hand. She contributed to New York's burgeoning Antifolk scene in the early 2000s; since then singer-songwriters Laura Marling, Florence Welch (of Florence And The Machine), and Sharon Van Etten have cited Diane's work as influential.
Will Newsome sings and plays the ancient West African harp known as 'kora'. Ian Anderson of fRoots magazine writes of his peformance: “We are mesmerised. He launches into song, a meandering and unconventional structure pushed along by cascades of kora notes and an attractive voice that sits in style somewhere between Robin Williamson and Nancy Wallace.”