April 5th - April 22nd Full Artist Roster announced soon! Tickets on sale soon! INVOCATION takes over the historic TRANZAC Club for the month of April with a celebration and examination of folk and roots music from near and far. Inspired by a pilgrimage to the California coast a decade ago by promoter Jay Pollard, where he first saw the legendary Michael Hurley perform for about 50 people. Also in tow were Hurley championers Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, Entrance, Espers, Veriver and more, that mini-fest, dubbed Quiet Quiet Window Lights, was a truly intimate once in a life time experience. In April we will try to capture some of that raw energy and emotion in a beloved Toronto space. Come together, bring your friends and fam and wallow in the warmth of tradition and history. Tuesday April 5th GLENN JONES (Fahey compatriot, Cul de Sac frontman, on Thrill Jockey records) Glenn Jones is a master of American Primitive Guitar, a style invented in the late 1950s by John Fahey, whose traditional fingerpicking techniques and wide-ranging influences were used to create modern original compositions. Jones, who led the post-rock ensemble Cul de Sac, brings his own made-up tunings, the use of custom-crafted partial capos, and a highly skilled picking style on both banjo and guitar, to create personal compositions that are lyrical, emotive and elegant. What sets him apart from the myriad guitarists playing today is his ability to tell stories with the guitar and banjo, and to convey a range of emotions. http://www.thrilljockey.com/artists/glenn-jones Saturday April 16th PETER WALKER Guitarist Peter Walker came up in the Cambridge MA and Greenwich Village folk scenes of the Sixties. He recorded two albums for the Vanguard label in the late Sixties in a style best described as American folk-raga. He studied with Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan, and was Dr. Timothy Leary's musical director, organizing music for the LSD advocate's "celebrations." Peter Walker's 1967 debut album, Rainy Day Raga, features one of the first studio appearances by jazz flautist Jeremy Steig, as well as guitarist Bruce Langhorne, who recorded with Bob Dylan and many others. Rainy Day Raga is a gentle and beautiful fusion of Eastern and Western musical traditions, and one of the earliest examples of a style explored by Sandy Bull several years earlier. A second album, Second Poem to Karmela or, Gypsies Are Important (1969) found Walker going even deeper into Indian instrumentation, playing sarod and sitar. During this time, Peter played or was associated with such musicians as Lowell George, Fred Neil, Tim Hardin, and Joan Baez, among many others. http://youtu.be/vDygNfFKcPg Friday April 22nd MICHAEL HURLEY (Folkways legend, needs no introduction!) Michael Hurley's music is often coined as "outsider folk." His hobo lifestyle indeed could be looked upon as eccentric, but it might be better to regard him as one of the last insiders keeping alive the traditions of the folk troubadour. Since the earliest of the 60s, when he started rambling with his fiddlin' Bucks County buddy Robin Remaily, Hurley has slowly carved out a monolithic catalog that stands as a one of the richest in the history of American folk music. https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/music/2015/04/09/tycolumn/sUzdmN3b5wYOHUXKL6kZFP/story.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ku10PThPn8
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