Our top gig tip this month is Laura Gibson and her appearance at The Portland Arms on Thursday 24th, tickets.
Gibson released her latest album ‘Empire Builder’ last year and it’s a treat. Equally raw and focused, Empire Builder captured a life blown open: an individual mid-transformation. With clear-eyed honesty, urgency and warmth, it succeeded in capturing the moment between loss and rediscovery. There’s always been a gripping assuredness to the work of Laura Gibson, even when that brooding, unsettling undertone makes its way to the surface. 2016’s Empire Builder LP felt like something of a distinct new chapter for her; that striking voice that bridges that gap between the light and dark moments so beautifully, sounding more resolute and unwavering than ever before. Bolstered by the work of Neko Case drummer Dan Hunt, violinist Peter Broderick, and Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Dave Depper, her latest album is an evocative and finely-detailed display of new-age Americana.