Diane Cluck with support from Little Robots
Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 2JD
Saturday, 2 May 2015 at 7:30pm - Saturday, 2 May 2015 at 10:00pm
Sheffield Food Collective are very happy to welcome Diane Cluck back to Sheffield for a very special show at the beautiful Upper Chapel with support from Little Robots.
Diane Cluck is a Virginia-based singer-songwriter of ‘intuitive folk’ music. Her vocal style has been noted for its uniquely clipped, glottal beauty. She accompanies herself on various instruments including guitar, piano, harmonium, zither, toy accordion, and a copper pipe instrument she built by hand.
In 2014 Diane released her seventh album, Boneset, through Important Records—a Mobius strip seeded with birds, death, wealth and poverty, boldness and heart. Antony Hegarty (of Antony & The Johnsons) reviewed, “Diane Cluck is a virtuosic talent with an emotionality that feels at once ancient and alien. Her mastery of her voice as an ecstatic instrument is so compelling.”
Diane is currently fulfilling her Song-of-the-Week project–a fan-funded subscription run through her website (http://dianecluck.info/sotw-songs) in which she writes, records and delivers new songs to subscribers. She wrote music for and recorded “This Is Our Love”, a previously unfinished song by Karen Dalton for a new compilation to be released by Tompkins Square Records in May 2015.
Fellow folk musician Devendra Banhart referred to Diane as “my favorite singer-songwriter in all of New York City”, choosing her song “Heat From Every Corner” for his Golden Apples of the Sun compilation. Other supporters include CocoRosie, who invited Diane to tour and collaborate with them and released her Countless Times album through their personal label imprint. Sharon Van Etten, Florence Welch (of Florence And The Machine), and Laura Marling have all cited Diane’s work as influential.
Diane contributed to New York’s burgeoning Antifolk scene in the early 2000s alongside artists such as Jeffrey Lewis, Regina Spektor, Kimya Dawson and Herman Dune. She recorded and self-produced her first six albums which went on to receive international distribution and acclaim. Songs from Diane’s album Oh Vanille / ova nil have appeared in Noah Baumbach’s film Margot at The Wedding and the U.K. television series, Skins.
“Diane Cluck is a virtuosic talent with an emotionality that feels at once ancient and alien. Her mastery of her voice as an ecstatic instrument is so compelling.” -Antony Hegarty (of Antony & The Johnsons)
“Bell-clear and hotly austere, her lithe, dynamic voice hasn’t much kin. Categorizing her as folk is simplistic. (Cluck) emanates something humble but mythic. Appalachia or ancient Athens?” -Time Out New York
“She is likely one of the most refined and elegant songwriters in all of neo-folkdom. A brilliant idiosyncratic guitarist, a witty and wise lyricist, an imaginative melody writer with a powerful voice; her dark and introspective tunes are utterly captivating. Watch her spellbind the room.” -Village Voice, NYC
“She made me rethink my singing instincts. Diane is not just an amazing and interesting singer, she’s a philosopher.” -Sharon Van Etten
Sheffield Food Collective shall be running a bar on the night in conjunction with the Beer Engine selling ale and wine as well as soft drinks and cake. Proceeds will go towards running projects at Sheffield food banks.