Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert
Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert, John Smith, Siobhan Wilson
23 Jul 2018 (20:00) at Róisín Dubh
€15 (€12.50 members)
Galway International Arts Festival. Standing . Standing
Scottish indie–folk power duo Aidan Moffat [Arab Strap] and RM Hubbert perform tracks off their new album Here Lies The Body.
“The album title has a dual meaning – sex and death.” These are common themes from Aidan Moffat; since his early days with Arab Strap, he has explored these subjects with a grace and grit that plunges deep into the human soul. But this is no re-hash of the past, rather a further leap forward. Equally multidimensional is the music contained within, weaving beautiful, spidery guitar work, haunting piano lines, lush strings, delicate percussion, fizzing 808 beats, synth pop, samba, and moments of jazz, while Moffat’s rich voice carries the narrative in rich grumbles, hushed whispers, and revealing spoken word. The album begins with first single Cockcrow and a chance encounter of two old flames as they enjoy hen and stag parties in Blackpool – the album follows their story as it moves forwards (and backwards) with wit and wisdom, exploring themes of love, family, fortune telling, deceit, death, Schrodinger’s cat, the multiverse … and marshmallows.
Acclaimed guitarist and singer–songwriter John Smith’s guitar work and honey–on–gravel vocals have brought crowds to pin–drop silence and rapturous applause.
“Map Or Direction finds his own unselfconsciously mythic songwriting bolstered by rippling guitar parts and a wounded-bear bray. Great things are ahead.”
The Sunday Times
“A guitar genius…He sounds as though he arrived 60 years ago but looks startlingly young, perched on a chair, quietly confident, charming and instantly engaging.”
“John Smith again demonstrates why he is regarded as the guitarists’ guitarist.”
The Sunday Times
Support by Siobhan Wilson who creates an entrancing, intimate atmosphere in her live shows with an enigmatic combination of her pure voice, mesmeric guitar playing and trembling cello.