Where: Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, Camden, London NW1 7AY
£: 14 in advance and 17 on the door
What is it?
A chance to see Amercian singer-songwriter Tom Russell at Cecil Sharp House, home of The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). Tom Russell is said to be a master storyteller, and Mesabi corrals some of the acclaimed singer-songwriter’s most compelling tales to date. A thread runs through its songs, a zigzagging but determinedly solid line that connects the perilous border-town of Juarez, Mexico to the real and faux glitz of L.A. and the bleak iron range of Minnesota – the Mesabi of the album’s title.
The broad landscapes created by Tom Russell for Mesabi are inhabited by characters we all know—Bob Dylan, James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor—and some we may not: the now-obscure, once well-known singer Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards, the tragic Disney child star Jimmy Driscoll and the character actor Sterling Hayden.
Tom Russell has appeared on the David Letterman TV show five times in the last few years and his songs have appeared in a dozen movies and television series including: The Road To Nowhere, Tremors, Songcatcher and Northern Exposure.
So why not pop along to one of Camden’s lesser known, more unique venues and hear a few musical tales by Tom Russell?