Post-punk solip­sist

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - GOINGOUT - TONYCLAYTO­N-LEA

BON­NIE “PRINCE” BILLY Pav­il­ion The­atre, Dún Laoghaire, tonight (Fri­day) at 8pm ¤26. pavil­ionthe­atre.ie

He’s a singer-song­writer, folks, but not as we know it. Recog­nised for his sparse­ness, Will Old­ham (he has used the moniker Bon­nie “Prince” Billy since the late 1990s) fuses a ba­sic level of DIY song ar­range­ment with Amer­i­can folk/ coun­try tra­di­tions.

He has been de­scribed in vary­ing shades of won­der (“Ap­palachian post-punk solip­sist”) and per­plex­ity (“a frag­ile sort of war­ble frit­ter­ing around haunted melodies”) but no mat­ter what peo­ple think of him, they always re­mem­ber what they’ve heard.

What peo­ple hear, though isn’t always about the mu­sic (by some ac­counts, Old­ham trav­els around the world with an old cof­fee mug with the words “Lord in­crease my knowl­edge” in­scribed on it), but by and large it’s the melan­cholic, ar­guably bleak, songs that take root and spread out.

The con­cert ap­pears to be a one-off, and it isn’t of­ten he per­forms in such a the­atre-based set­ting, so you are ad­vised, etc. Can’T see ThaT? CaTch This Elec­tric Pic­nic Fri­day to Sun­day, Strad­bally, Co Of­faly

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