The Handsome Family
The Handsome Family have written some of the most haunting and beautiful songs in American music. During a 30-year career, Brett and Rennie Sparks have created songs that transform the mundane landscape of modern life into a place of mysterious portent.
Handsome Family songs take place in parking lots and big box stores, under overpasses and in airports. They sing about Custer’s last stand and automatic lawn sprinklers in the same song. Rennie’s lyrics often focus on the myriad creatures that live at the edges of the man-made world: the sparrows, rats, cockroaches and crows that share our cities.
Handsome Family shows are famously relaxed. Their songs can be dark, but there’s always laughter on stage. Rennie sings as well as plays Autoharp, banjo, and uke bass. She often introduces songs with seemingly unrelated stories. Brett, with his stentorian voice, is a powerful presence at centre of the stage.
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Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
4.45pm: Building opens
5.30pm: Bars open
7.30pm: Doors to Sage Two
8pm – 8.45pm: Daniel Knox
9pm – 10.30pm: The Handsome Family
11pm: Last orders
Please note timings are subject to change
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Plus Daniel Knox
With a baritone as dynamic as it is indestructible, Daniel Knox narrates compositions with a perverse and sometimes comical wit, guiding the listener through sprawling worlds that exist just out of frame.
His work has inspired a diverse cast of admirers and collaborators that lie inside and outside his realm of alternative Americana, such as Jarvis Cocker, Thor Harris (Swans, Freakwater), Ralph Carney (Tom Waits, The B-52’s), Nina Nastasia, David Lynch, and The Handsome Family, with recent performances including the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Andrew Bird, Rasputina, and Swans.