The Grievous Angel – “Gram Parsons 40th Anniversary Celebration”
Featuring Madison Violet, Roddy Hart, Ben Glover, The Parsonage Choir, The City Sinners plus more tbc…
The Glasgow Americana Festival final night this year will be a heartfelt tribute to a man whose name is synonymous with country music – Gram Parsons, the Grievous Angel, who died 40 years ago this year.
“Grievous Angel – Gram Parsons 40th Anniversary Celebration” will feature songs, some of which have been covered by the biggest names in country music.
This event in honour of Parsons, who played with the likes of the International Submarine Band, The Byrds, The Flying Burritto Brothers, Emmylou Harris and, of course The Fallen Angels, is being staged on Sunday, October 6 in Cottiers Theatre.
Already confirmed to appear are Madison Violet, Roddy Hart, Ben Glover, The Parsonage Choir, The City Sinners while more acts are promised.
It will be a celebration of the work of the tortured artiste in the nudie suit whose “Cosmic American Music” mix of soul, country, rock and blues has ceaselessly influenced countless bands and singer/songwriters over the past four decades to create what we call alt.country today, or Americana even.
The line-up so far includes, award-winning Canadian roots duo Madison Violet who are also playing a Festival gig the previous evening at the CCA.
Glasgow-based Roddy Hart enjoys a big following and is highly rated having appeared with Kris Kristofferson, Roseanne Cash and John Prine to name but a few.
Irishman, Ben Glover has toured and/or performed with the likes of Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale, Gretchen Peters, Mary Gauthier – and his fourth full-length album, 2012’s “Do We Burn the Boats?” was widely praised.
The Parsonage Choir, named in honour of the man himself, are the 50-strong vocal ensemble from Glasgow who have played the major festivals and provided backing vocals for a Rod Stewart Hampden gig.
The City Sinners were formed by Glasgow-based singer/songwriter John Hinshelwood in 2006 with the aim of devising a show based on the life and music of Parsons. The band features some of the finest Country/Americana players in Scotland.
Festival director, Kevin Morris of The Fallen Angels Club said: “This is going to be a fitting tribute to the brilliance of Gram Parsons 40 years after his death and a unique way to round off this year’s Glasgow Americana Festival.
“The acts we have attracted so far will do his music justice in every sense. Others have to be confirmed but it is going to be a wonderful evening in the company of a pioneering musical genius.”
“Gram was everything you wanted in a singer and a songwriter…and he could make the chicks cry.” – Keith Richards