Colin Hay, Piers Faccini, Frank Turner and More on Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce

Colin Hay, Piers Faccini, Frank Turner and More on Mountain Stage

Sun · January 15, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)

$10-$38

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Colin Hay
Colin Hay
Colin Hay is familiar to millions as the frontman, songwriter, and vocalist of pop sensation Men at Work ("Down Under," "Overkill," "Who Can it Be Now?"). Hay is justifiably proud of his place in pop history, but since moving to Los Angeles in 1989, he's made 11 critically-acclaimed solo albums, including the highly successful Man at Work, and has recently announced the release of his new album Next Year People on Compass Records.

Next Year People is the work of an artist who is a true master of his craft. The album is full of quizzical, curious, and cynical yet open-hearted songs with catchy melodic hooks that underscore deeply insightful lyrics.

The album was produced by Hay and mixed by Chad Fischer (Chasing Mavericks, Ice Age 3, Lisa Loeb) and includes contributions from two young Cuban musicians, San Miguel Perez and Yosmel Montejo, both of whom recently emigrated from Havana, as well Larry Goldings on piano, Jeff Babko (Jimmy Kimmel) on B3, and Colin's wife, vocalist Cecilia Noel.

Over the past 15 years Hay has reinvented himself as a solo artist, regularly selling out theaters and listening rooms across the US and around the world and introducing himself to a new generation of fans in the process. "I started off playing acoustic; it's my natural game, if you will," he concludes. "It's the point I started from and may well be the point I end with. It's always what I return to."

The frequent use of Hay's music in TV and film—including hit shows such as Scrubs (on which he has made several cameo appearances) Army Wives and Modern Family, the hit soundtrack to the film Garden State and the recently released Words and Pictures—has proven the timeless appeal of his songs.
Piers Faccini
Piers Faccini
Piers Faccini is a British songwriter with Italian and Jewish roots, living in southern France, who worked with various artists around the world including Ben Harper. After November 2015's terrorist attacks in Paris, he composed "I Dreamed an Island," a voyage towards an imagined haven inspired by a unique moment when Sicily was a beacon of light in the early medieval gloom and a haven of tolerance and co-habitation between Christians, of Roman and Byzantine traditions as well as Jews and Muslims. Through the storms of fear and intolerance brewing around the world, Piers sings mostly in English, but also in French, Italian dialects and in Arabic. His performances are a rare memorable sensitive celebration of cultural diversity and pluralism.

"I Dreamed An Island" is the personal quest of a British songwriter living in southern France, a voyage towards an imagined haven through the storms of fear and intolerance brewing around the world. Sung mostly in English but in French, Italian dialects and Arabic, too, the album is an impassioned celebration of cultural diversity and pluralism.

Searching for a bygone golden era when coexistence and religious tolerance once prevailed, Faccini found a model for his utopian haven in 12th Century Sicily. At the crossroads of Western, Arabic and Byzantine influence, the island briefly flourished as the most enlightened and advanced society in medieval Europe.

"I Dreamed An Island" is a modern reimagining of that unique moment of creative cohabitation between peoples and faiths. Inspired by traditions centuries old but firmly 21st Century in its blending of languages, narratives and instrumental arrangements, electric guitars converse across time with a Baroque viola d'amore, while an oud answers a medieval psaltery and a Moroccan guembri pulses trance-like to the drums.

Imagining how a Provencal madrigal might sound closer to the mode of an Arabic makan, or how words in English could be put to melodies sung with micro tones more usually heard in a Turkish taqsim, Faccini crosses folk and world music genres, transforming John Martyn into Ali Farka Toure, Pentangle into a Tunisian wedding band and a Sicilian ciaccona into a Touareg desert riff.

Growing up in a trilingual family environment in the 70s and 80s in France, Italy and the UK, the album reflects Faccini's own background. The songs resonate with the voices of his migrant ancestors and his island is a Mediterranean multilingual utopia, where orange groves, horseshoe arches, gold leaf, lapis lazuli and stories abound. Judith peels oranges for Berber soldiers at the gates of Cordoba in the Spain of Al-Anda- lus, Drone sets the violence of religious conflict in European history to a contemporary context. "Oiseau," written the day after the 2015 Paris attacks when Faccini was on tour in Tunisia, describes a sleeping man caught in a nightmare of terrorist violence. From the depths of his dream he cries out to a bird on his windows-ill, asking it to wake him with the sound of its song. "The Many Were More" is a rallying call for tolerance and coexistence and includes a poem written in Arabic by the 12th Century Sicilian poet Ibn Hamdis and sung by the Algerian Malik Ziad.

Alongside Faccini, who plays a number of string instruments including a customized guitar with additional mini-frets to play quarter tones, the album features a cast of multinational musicians including: Italian drummer and percussionist Simone Prattico; Tunisian violinist Jasser Haj Youssef; American double bassist Chris Wood (MMW); Franco-Iranian percussionist and saz player Bijan Chemirani; Cameroonian bassist Hilaire Penda; Italian Baroque guitarist Luca Tarantino; American psaltery player Bill Cooley; French world music pioneer and guembri player Loy Ehrlich (Toure Kunda, Alain Peters); and the English bassist Pat Donaldson (Fotheringay, Sandy Denny).

After ten songs, a sense of nostalgia lingers for Faccini's dreamed up utopia, an island that today seems more remote and more necessary than ever before.
Frank Turner
Frank Turner
Ten years of loyalty to each other has seen Frank Turner and Xtra Mile Recordings build a space rocket to hitherto unknown heights. From the lowly launch pad of Million Dead's mourned split through his steady solo ascent via pubs and people's bedrooms, he grazed the stratosphere supporting Green Day at Wembley Stadium and playing the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, before breaking free by headlining the O2 and scoring number two-charting albums twice with 2013's Tape Deck Heart and 2015's Positive Songs For Negative People. Almost 2000 gigs in, and backed by one of the best bands in rock – The Sleeping Souls – he's never turned his back on his roots, and continues to support independent venues (including being the ambassador for UK Independent Venue Week 2015 after Radiohead's Colin Greenwood in 2014), play smaller towns, and work with a host of of rising musicians including taking them on tour with him. Frank is not only the hardest working musician from the UK, he is probably one of the most inspiring and successful independent musical entertainers around. Surely being an astronaut isn't too distant a goal for someone who has achieved so much.
Owen Danoff
Owen Danoff
Laura Cantrell
Laura Cantrell
Laura Cantrell is a country music artist based in New York City. Born in Nashville, TN, she came to New York to attend Columbia College, and found that her abiding interest in country music helped her stay connected with her family roots. That interest was the motivation behind her long-running radio program on WFMU in Jersey City, NJ, "The Radio Thrift Shop." Beginning on WFMU in 1993, the program was a Saturday afternoon staple in the New York area for 13 years, then moved to WFMU.org and ran for two seasons on BBC Radio Scotland as a summer replacement in 2005 and 2006. In her ten-year recording career, Cantrell has released three acclaimed albums: "Not The Tremblin' Kind," "When The Roses Bloom Again," and "Humming By The Flowered Vine." She has toured extensively in the United Kingdom, Europe and Ireland, and was a favorite of pioneering British disc jockey John Peel, who called her 2000 album "Not The Tremblin' Kind" "my favorite record of the last ten years, possibly my life." Cantrell recorded several Peel sessions for the BBC from 2000-2004 and appeared on the first Peel Day program on Radio One commemorating the first anniversary of Peel's death.

Cantrell's music has been celebrated in the press including features in The New York Times, "O" Magazine, Elle, and the Wall Street Journal. Cantrell's music has been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered," "On Point," and "Weekend Edition." She has performed on "A Prairie Home Companion," "Mountain Stage," and the "Grand Ole Opry," and appeared on the television programs "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," and the Sundance Channel's "Spectacle: Elvis Costello." In recent years, she has been a contributor to The New York Times and www.VanityFair.com.

Last spring, Cantrell released Kitty Wells Dresses: Songs Of The Queen of Country Music, a recording she made in honor of one of her heroines, the great Kitty Wells. A meditation on femininity in country music, the set takes its title from an original song written in tribute to Wells. At present, Cantrell is at work on her fourth album of original material.
Venue Information:
WVU Lyell B Clay Concert Theatre
2261 Monongahela Boulevard
Morgantown, WV, 26506