Jeffrey Lewis - Scottish Tour

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Monday August 28 2017

Jeffrey Lewis with Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom (The Burning Hell) to play Highland dates as part of Scottish tour.

New York anti-folk artist Jeffrey Lewis (main picture, picture by: Kelley Clayton) is heading out on a series of acoustic dates throughout Scotland with his hyper-literate and witty Canadian friends Mathias Kom and Ariel Sharratt from The Burning Hell.

The singer/songwriter/artist who has been described by Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker as the “best lyricist working in America” will play dates in Wick, Inverness, Elgin and Aviemore.

New Yorker Jeffrey Lewis is a comic book artist and indie-rock musician, sharing some aesthetic songwriting territory with the likes of Sebadoh, Lou Reed, Jonathan Richman or Kimya Dawson.

Beginning with homemade lo-fi cassettes in the late 90s, and moving on to touring the world and releasing "proper" albums since 2001, Jeffrey's career has included sharing bills and tours with The Vaselines, The Fall, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Roky Erickson, The Mountain Goats, Daniel Johnston, Devo, Pulp and many other luminaries.

Jeffrey has self-published twelve issues of his comic book series Fuff, and his writing, illustrations, comic books and music have been featured by The Guardian, The History Channel, NPR and The New York Times. 

He is renowned for his unpredictable, surreal and engaging live shows which are often accompanied by narrated comics projected onto a screen. 

With a Jeffrey Lewis gig it's fair to say anything goes and you will leave wondering if that was indeed the best gig you've seen all year.

Ariel Sharratt and Mathias Kom. Picture by: Angus Rowe MacPherson

Ariel Sharratt and Mathias Kom are the core members of the Canadian band The Burning Hell, and have been on the road in one form or another since 2007, playing everywhere from the chaos of Glastonbury to the loneliness of the Arctic Circle, popping up in bars, festival tents, living rooms, abandoned bunkers, and a mental asylum in rural France along the way.

Musically, the line-up and sound of the Burning Hell has been ever-changing, running the gamut from introspective folk to hyperactive rock and roll.

For this jaunt of Scotland, Ariel and Mathias are touring as a duo with the songs are stripped back and the storytelling and lyrics taking centre stage, whether it's upbeat pop songs, dark ballads about pet euthanasia, or anthems for barbarians, economic conferences, and love.

Ariel and Mathias recently released their first duo album "Don't Believe The Hyperreal" and are preparing for the release of the eighth Burning Hell album, "Revival Beach," which revolves around love songs for the end of the world.


September tour:

Mon Sept 4 – Leith – Hibs Supporters Club – Tickets here

Tues Sept 5 -Dundee – Clark’s – Tickets here

Wed Sept 6 – Aberdeen – Tunnels 1 – Tickets here

Thu Sept 7 – Elgin – Drouthy Cobbler – Tickets here

Fri Sept 8 – Wick – Blackstairs Lounge

Sat Sept 9 – Lochcarron – The Treehouse

Sun Sept 10 – Inverness – Tooth & Claw – Tickets here

Mon Sept 11 – Braemar – Braemar Gallery

Thu Sept 14 – Knoydart – Community Hall

Fri Sept 15 – Aviemore – The Old Bridge Inn

Sat Sept 16 – Stirling – The Mediterranea – Tickets here

Sun Sept 17 – Biggar – The Arcadia Music Café






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