Tag: Tom Waits

Jesca Hoop in the Cave

Tuesday, 30 May, 2017 0 Comments

The musical style of Jesca Hoop is best described as mostly experimental with folk, rock and electronic influences. Her early mentor, Tom Waits, says, “She is an old soul, like a black pearl, a good witch or a red moon. Her music is like going swimming in a lake at night” On 8 July, she’ll be performing in Mitchelstown Cave along with Rosie Carney. In their publicity material, the organizers point out: “The Cave is a half mile walk underground after a steep incline to the performance space. The temperature in the Cave is 12 degrees. Please wear flat shoes and bring a coat.”


Detroit and Buffalo and beyond

Saturday, 21 November, 2015 0 Comments

Her vocals have been compared to those of Dolly Parton; her songwriting to that of Tom Waits. David Menconi wrote in Spin that she sings “like an earthbound Emmylou Harris.” After her parents divorced, Amanda Shires divided her childhood between the Texas cities of Lubbock and Mineral Wells, and it was in a pawn shop in Mineral Wells that she got her first fiddle at the age of ten. From there on, there was no doubt about where she was going. Since then, she’s been to Detroit and Buffalo and beyond. Her husband, Jason Isbell, is scheduled to play at La Maroquinerie in Paris, France, on 18 January. Memories of the Bataclan will still be vivid, but the music must go on.