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Vincent Cross, Sarah Farthing and Wyndham Thiessen at Underground Cafe
August 27, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
The Saskatoon Songwriter Showcase is a monthly event that takes place at Underground Cafe. We focus on the art of songwriting in an intimate concert setting.
This month’s showcases features: Vincent Cross, Sarah Farthing, Wyndham Thiessen
Doors 7:30pm. Show 8:30pm
$10 Cover. All Ages
At the Underground Cafe
430 20 St W, Saskatoon, SK
Sponsors: Fancy and The Sound & Silence Collective
Vincent Cross (New York)
With roots in Ireland, Australia, and now based out of New York, traditional singer-songwriter Vincent Cross exemplifies the folk song tradition by drawing inspiration from old and modern sources. He has performed for and shared the stage with a diverse range of artists including Oscar-winning songwriter Glen Hansard, Damien Rice, Michael Daves, Chris Thile, master blues-picker Roy Book Binder, alt-country songwriter Richard Buckner, and the late great folk legend Odetta. Cross has toured in Europe and Australia, performing at TelemarkFestivalen (Norway), The Hebridean Celtic Festival (Scotland), and The Maverick Americana Festival (UK). Stateside, Cross has performed at The Long Island Bluegrass Festival, The Dripping Springs Songwriter Festival, and The South Florida Folk Festival, with upcoming shows in New York City at the American Folk Art Museum and the Irish Arts Center SongLives series.
With a voice like burnt brown sugar and lyrics as raw as her sound, Sarah Farthing’s roots-tinged folk feels just as deeply as you do. From the ambivalent catharsis of “Aw Hell” to the slightly unhinged “Ghost” to the patient disquiet of “How Will I Know,” Farthing’s music skims the darker edges of human emotion. Her sound nestles into the junction between roots and folk, with a healthy dose of blues to match her heavier thoughts.
Wyndham Thiessen’s wry wit and considerable abilities as a multi-instrumentalist have been drawing fans to his music for twenty-seven years and three months. Thiessen began performing across Canada in the early nineties as “Bone Man Slim.” He eventually tired of the “Bone Man Slim” moniker and dropped it. But he has continued singing his darkly humorous songs, accompanying himself on guitar, banjo, harmonica, and lap steel. And cello.
“Great tunes; originals all, sparse, sardonic, well-crafted and performed: close-in, intimate, direct, atavistic in the best way. Fun, too: ‘It’s hard to be a bluesman in a renovated home’–great lyrics and some kinda picking. A startling disc; might just be brilliant, all of it.”