Early Show - 25 Years of Mercury Lounge with...
Ken Stringfellow performs his album "Touched" and more...
Bridget St. John
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
This event is 21 and over
"Ken Stringfellow -- a fixture on the music landscape, indie and otherwise, since the debut of his band The Posies in 1988, Ken Stringfellow has over a quarter century of experience as a performer, composer, producer, arranger, programmer and more. In addition to his 8 albums with the Posies and 4 solo albums, Ken spent a decade touring and recording with REM; he was also involved in the rebirth of Memphis cult band Big Star, playing with Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens from the band's first reunion shows in 1993 until Chilton's death in 2010. Ken has played onstage or in studio with such artists as Neil Young, the Afghan Whigs, Mercury Rev, Thom Yorke, John Paul Jones, Robyn Hitchcock, Ringo Starr, Damien Jurado, Nada Surf, Brendan Benson, Mudhoney, the Long Winters...a very long list indeed. In fact, Ken has appeared on over 250 albums (totaling 9 million sales), and performed in 89 countries."
Bridget St. John
Bridget St. John was born and raised in London. After graduating from Sheffield University in 1968, Bridget made her first demo with John Martyn‘s help, on a reel to reel tape deck owned by singer/songwriter, Al Stewart.
Within weeks Bridget was recording her first BBC radio broadcast for John Peel’s eclectic Wednesday evening BBC programme Night Ride. John Peel took Bridget under his wing and there followed various other BBC radio and TV sessions as well as live performances.
When Peel and business partner Clive Selwood formed their own record label, Dandelion, Bridget St. John was one of the first signings.
From 1969 she recorded 3 albums for the Dandelion label, Ask Me No Questions, Songs for the Gentle Man, and Thank You For. She became a mainstay of the booming UK college and club circuit. She continued touring in the UK until she made the decision to move to New York in the summer of 1976 – settling in Greenwich Village.
Bridget played prominent Village clubs – The Bottom Line, The Bitter End and Kenny’s Castaways – as well as college and club dates in the Tri-state area. She also appeared at Carnegie Hall and at Central Park opening for Robert Klein and Dion.
Bridget continues to write and perform – solo, or with Galen Ayers reinterpreting songs written by Galen’s father, Kevin Ayers, and most recently forming a band in collaboration with David Nagler, Annie Nero and Ray Rizzo.
Bridget St. John returns to the UK for short tours every three or four years to perform in small intimate venues.