M. Ward

M. Ward

A prolific writer, producer, and performer, M. Ward has established himself as one of modern American music’s most unique and versatile voices. While he’s perhaps best known for his own remarkable output—nine acclaimed studio albums that have prompted Rolling Stone to hail him a “folk hero” and The Guardian to praise him as “a maverick auteur who draws upon blues, folk, country and art-rock, and is equally adept within each genre”—Ward may be equally celebrated for his wide-ranging and adventurous collaborations.

In just the last decade alone he’s teamed up with Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Jim James to form the beloved super group Monsters of Folk, paired with Zooey Deschanel for six records as She & Him and worked in the studio and on the road with the likes of Mavis Staples, Jenny Lewis, Norah Jones, Cat Power, Neko Case, Lucinda Williams, Peter Buck, and countless more.

Ward’s newest album, ‘Migration Stories’ (out April 3), marks his eleventh studio release and his debut for ANTI- Records. Recorded at Arcade Fire’s Montreal studio, the collection is languid and hazy, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy as it reckons with a world that feels more divided than ever before, even as its inhabitants grow more inextricably linked by the day. Ward’s delivery is tender and gentle throughout the album’s eleven intimately rendered meditations, but there’s an undercurrent of darkness floating just beneath the surface, a persistent sense that the end may be closer than any of us dare to realize.

Eerily beautiful opener “Migration of Souls” imagines a reunion beyond the boundaries of space and time, while the slow-shuffling “Heaven’s Nail and Hammer” gets lost in the stars, and the driving “Unreal City” searches for peace in a post-apocalyptic swirl of synthesizers. It’s a record that draws on the full gamut of Ward’s profound powers as an artist, mixing folk tradition and timeless song craft with bold production and transportive sonic landscapes.

Possessor of a rare angelic voice and extraordinary songcraft, Amsterdam-born Pitou did not discover the world of popular music until her late teens, being drawn to classical music instead. As a member of the national children's choir she even graced the baptism of the Dutch Princess.

The arresting voice that used to sing Bach and Rachmaninoff now sings her own songs. Capturing an intellectual restlessness within her indie-folk songwriting, it’s the marriage of the two that makes Pitou such a spellbinding prospect.

The Lost Brothers

Although they both hail from Ireland (Oisin from Navan, and Mark from Omagh), The Lost Brothers didn’t meet until they both lived in Liverpool, where their old bands were based in the early noughties.
Mark played lead guitar in The Basement (Deltasonic Records) while Oisin sang and played guitar in The 747s (Island Records).

Post-tour late night jams were a regular occurrence in the Liverpool band scene, with many of the bands cross pollinating and collaborating at 3am. It was these late night sessions that lit a spark with Oisin and Mark as they often found themselves the last men standing, writing songs together and swapping ideas til dawn. This spark quickly caught fire, and from this, The Lost Brothers were formed.

They jumped ship to London were they honed their craft, writing a book of songs that would later become their debut album Trails Of The Lonely (2008). Many band line-ups were tested and tried before they realised that less was indeed more and the magic lay with stripping it right back and keeping it simple, with the two of them acting as the core duo, and drafting in extra people for textures if or when necessary.

In the following decade, the Lost Brothers have toured the globe extensively and made five studio albums, all of which meeting high critical acclaim. Each album is recorded in a different city where they recruit carefully selected producers and musicians who share the a similar vision. Collaborations over the years include Brendan Benson of Raconteurs, Richard Hawley, Glen Hansard, Howe Gelb, and M Ward.

Every Lost Brothers album tells it’s own tale, but as a whole, they act as different chapters of the same book, together forming a body of work that along the way has become a sound that is completely their own.

With their sixth album “After The Fire After The Rain“, produced in New York by Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan’s long time bassist) and Daniel Schlett, The Lost Brothers take us another step deeper into their world, creating a wider landscape while writing their own path, forging ahead and shining a light into the darkness.

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M. Ward has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket will go directly to support Al Otro Lado's mission to defend the rights of migrants by providing direct legal representation, reuniting families, and advocating for a just immigration system. www.alotrolado.org

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