Folkadelphia Presents Zachary Cale
Psalmships, Moon Palace
847 N Third Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19123
This event is 21 and over
Zachary Cale is a songwriter originally hailing from the small town of Enon, Louisiana. His music ranges from lyrical folk balladry and American primitive inspired guitar instrumentals to experiments in popular song forms.
Over the span of 6 years he has released four full length albums, Outlander Sessions (2005), Walking Papers (2008), a full band rock record See-Saw (2008) under the name Illuminations, and most recently the critically acclaimed Noise of Welcome (2011). He has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and in Europe, often performing alone with only an acoustic guitar, but has been known to perform with a revolving cast of musicians whom he calls The Rain Band.
Upon the release of his sophomore album Walking Papers Cale was described by New Jersey’s, WFMU as a “songwriter’s songwriter” with a writing style comparable to the greats like Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, and Leonard Cohen. In concert his melodically complex guitar playing has been compared to Neil Young and Bert Jansch with nods to pre-war Piedmont and Ragtime players such as Blind Willie McTell and Mississippi John Hurt. In a full band setting Cale has been known to strap on an electric, adopting a style and delivery that flies closer to country-tinged rock songwriters such as Alex Chilton, Ray Davies and Tom Petty.
Since the release of Noise of Welcome Cale has toured the U.S., completed his first European tour including performances at the No Mean City Festival (Glasgow), the Incubate Festival (Netherlands), Festival de Pilar (Spain) and Reeperbahn Festival (Germany), released a new 7″ single on Dull Knife Records, performed at the End of the Road Festival in the UK sharing stages with artists like Robyn Hitchcock, Justin Townes Earle and Deer Tick, and completed another successful European tour sharing dates with The Black Swans and Six Organs of Admittance.
This is ghost Folk, songs for the hard-working and heart-breaking, borne from nature, whiskey, loved ones and lost ones; for the seekers, the archivists and utilitarians, the builders on the tundra; for those who speak plainly, those who feel blessed, those awash in uncertainty but ignited by compassion. This is Gothic Americana, the sounds of rain on the horizon and another tomorrow; of fields and forests, homes full of light, ships far from shore, lifting and listing; of reeling in the minimal with atmospheric restraint, standing at the canyon with an infinite view, marking the path as day dissolves. These are the incantations whispered on every breath, the hymns the birds hum, the gospels according to the forgiven. This is Psalmships.
Moon Palace is the recording and performance name of Christopher Bohn.