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