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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Kath Bloom + Molly Sweeney - Mardi, le 30 août - Casa del Popolo

Suoni Per Il Popolo and CKUT present:

Kath Bloom + Molly Sweeney + Last Good Tooth

Tuesday August 30th, 2011

Casa del Popolo - 4873 St. Laurent, doors at 8:30pm, $10/12
Tickets available at Casa del Popolo, Cheap Thrills, L’Oblique, Phonopolis, and Atom Heart or <>.

Kath Bloom is a folk, country, and avant-garde legend. She has been making records since the late 70s, and has had her music featured in the movie Before Sunrise by Richard Linklater (starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy).
The daughter of world-renowned oboist Robert Bloom, Kath was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut, where she trained as a cellist. However, Kath met avant-garde guitarist Loren Mazzacane Connors in 1976 and teamed up with him for a series of now highly sought-after recordings of traditional blues songs and Bloom's fragile, beautiful originals. Some records were released in editions of as few as fifty, most no more than 300 copies, until the duo released their swansong Moonlight in 1984. After a period of child-rearing, family life and daily financial struggle, Kath began to return to the studio in the 1990s. These new songs, recorded in friends' lounge rooms or cut-rate studios, reveal a mother-of-three songwriter as accomplished and affecting as any of her more acclaimed colleagues such as Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch or Hazel Dickens.
In the mid-nineties US director Richard Linklater stumbled across her music and used the song Come Here in Before Sunrise, but despite an initial flurry of interest, little came of the exposure. Kath's album Finally, released on Chapter Music in 2006, is the first record she has put out since 1984, aside from her own self-released CD-Rs and cassettes.
Now Kath plays with her band Love At Work, including longtime collaborator Tom Hanford and husband Stan Bronski, and has just released a brand new recording on Mark Kozelek’s Caldo Verde imprint, the sublime Thin Thin Line.

One of the most compelling new voices to emerge from the Montreal music scene, singer-songwriter Molly Sweeney's debut album Gold Rings and Fur Pelts features nine songs that conjure an elemental world of longing, passion, and poetry in a classic concept-album format. From a journey foiled by fate to a poignant French chanson of faithless love, these folk-infused torch songs explore the dark side of rapture, showcasing her sultry, dramatic vocals and enigmatic lyrics.

A regular on the Montreal circuit, Molly has shared the stage with a diverse slate of musicans including White Magic, Elfin Saddle, Josephine Foster, Scout Niblett, MV and EE, Simon Finn, Sally Seltmann, Matana Roberts and Matt Andersen, and performs with Sam Shalabi's Land of Kush both onstage and on their critically acclaimed 2009 release Against the Day and 2010 release Monogamy.

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