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Jolie Holland

JOLIE HOLLAND IS COMING TO MANCHESTER- PREVIEW

Over the span of her career, Jolie Holland has knotted together a century of American song—jazz, blues, soul, rock and roll—into some stew that is impossible to categorize with any conventional critical terminology. This is her burden and her gift, to know all of these American songs of the last ten decades in her head and her heart, and to have to wrestle with their legacy. She dives straight to the pathos of a song the way the very greatest singers, singers like Mavis Staples, or Al Green, or Skip James, or Tom Waits do.

Upon first encounter her songs seem challenging, perhaps unsettling at times, but as so many poets and rockers have shown us (from Dante Alighieri to William Blake to Sylvia Plath to Patti Smith to Nick Cave to Mark E. Smith) that’s where the beauty lies. As evident on her first recordings, Holland apparently has no fear of the truth, and there is no emotional core that she cannot reach in song. In fact she thrives on the red hot center of a musical composition, in all its strange and brutal detail.

Her voice sounds ancient yet young, velvet although raspy, often lazy…and always utterly mesmerising.

This autumn, Jolie Holland will unveil her latest album, ‘Haunted Mountain’ – a triumph of boundless creativity, profound lyricism, and thought-provoking artistry. With poetic storytelling awash in a dream-like sonic palette, Holland invites audiences on an alluring journey that transcends genres and leaves an indelible mark on the heart and mind.

It’s been a long seven years since Hollandlast graced a Manchester stage, and her upcoming  UK tour, including an intimate show on April 5th at Hallé St Michael’s in Manchester promises to be a glorious return. 

You can also catch Jolie Holland at Leek, London, Birmingham, Cambridge, Brighton, Edinburgh and Belfast from 30th March through to 7th April. 

WORDS BY SHARI DENSON

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