Tara Jane ONeil & Catherine Irwin
Tara Jane ONeil is returning to Louisville for one very intimate and unique performance with longtime friend and collaborator Catherine Irwin. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Tara Jane ONeil is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, painter, and K Records/Quarterstick recording artist who who has lived and worked in Portland, OR since 2003. She creates both melodic and experimental music, under her own name and with similarly-spirited friends (including but not limited to) Papa M, Mount Eerie, Ida, Mirah, Michael Hurley, Lori Goldston, Jackie-O Motherfucker, and The King Cobra. Tara Jane ONeil was a major player in the days of Louisville’s musical “wonder years,” having not only served time in Rodan, Retsin, The Sonora Pine, and Drinking Woman, but also starring in the Kentucky cult-classic “Half Cocked,” a feature-length film from the mid ’90s which drew further national attention to Louisville’s “indie” under-current. TJO’s career is one rich with history and accomplishment, and we are proud to welcome her back to the bluegrass at the end of this month.
As for Ms. Irwin (a woman whom we would hope needs no introduction), we have word that her new album Little Heater was just recorded in Woodstock NY by none other than TJO herself, marking her first official solo-effort since 2003’s Cut Yourself A Switch. This is not to say she hasn’t been busy. Catherine Irwin has performed and recorded with everyone from the likes of minimalist-country crooners Wooden Wand and Will Oldham to the full-band ensembles of Brett Ralph’s Kentucky Chrome Revue and Health & Happiness Family Gospel Band. Catherine’s new full-length is scheduled for an October release by way of the fine folks at Chicago’s Thrill Jockey (also home to her influential backporch-songstress outfit Freakwater).
The setting for this show is a “secret location” (familiar to some) by name of The Workhouse Ballroom. For those of you who attended our Bill Callahan show last summer, you have some idea what to expect. Feel free to spread the word to friends and family. We only ask that the space (a man-made, cave-like underground bunker, for those who don’t know) is treated with the respect that it deserves and requires to remain the valuable resource that it is.
A small cash-bar will be set-up for your convenience, but please feel free to bring your own beverages.
Looking forward to seeing all of you there!