Before ultimately growing up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, singer-songwriter Foy Vance spent five years in the American Bible Belt with his dad, a traveling minister. And so he’s as equally influenced by Otis Redding and Nina Simone as he is the Belfast Cowboy, Van Morrison—Vance’s music a winning mash-up of blues, soul, jazz, rock and British folk. After fronting several bands, Vance (above, performing “She Burns”) finally put out his debut solo full-length, Hope (stream it below), which AllMusic notes is “as optimistic and mood-lifting as its title suggests,” in 2007. He’s since remained busy and in demand, releasing a slew of EPs and touring with the likes of Ed Sheeran. His third long-player, The Wild Swan (stream it below), out last year, was produced by Elton John and Sheeran and earned the musician comparisons to Bruce Springsteen. “The Wild Swan finds Vance offering up another master class in contemporary, Emerald Isle–infused roots rock,” says AllMusic. And like Springsteen’s catalog, Foy Vance’s music is best experienced live. Sunday’s show is already sold out, but you can catch him live on Monday at Roulette.
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Let’s face it: Halloween is one of the biggest amateur nights of the year. So rather than trying to fight your way through a parade or going to a costume party surrounded by people who think they’re supposed to drink as much as they possibly can, let us do the heavy lifting for you, because we’ve got five stellar shows on All Hallows’ Eve. Grateful Dead guitarist Phil Lesh brings his traveling group of Friends—guitarists Grahame Lesh, Anders Osborne and Luther Dickinson, keyboardist Jason Crosby and drummer Tony Leone—to the Capitol Theatre; New York City’s own Holy Ghost! bring their post-disco dance party to Terminal 5; Avan Lava, mixing electronic music, rock and R&B, will have the Music Hall of Williamsburg crowd moving in unison; another hometown band, post-punk five-piece Crystal Stilts, will think global and rock local at The Bowery Ballroom; and taking a break from playing Madison Square Garden, English crooner Ed Sheeran (above, performing “Wake Me Up” for Live from the Artists Den) plays Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale—only online—tomorrow at noon.
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This July, the sixth season of one of the best live-music shows, Live from the Artists Den, premieres on public television across the land, kicking off with Mumford & Sons, winners of this year’s Grammy for Album of the Year. From there, some more of our favorite bands, including Soundgarden—with their first-ever televised concert—the Killers, Ed Sheeran and the National round out the season’s impressive lineup, with each show filmed live in a different, nontraditional setting in the U.S. The season will air in the New York City area on Saturdays at 11 p.m., beginning 7/6, on WLIW21 (and late-night Saturdays/early Sundays at midnight, beginning 7/7, on THIRTEEN, plus Sundays at 10 p.m., beginning 7/7, on NJTV). For other cities, check your local listings here.
Wildly popular English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who recently did a stripped-down version of “The A Team” and talked about Stateside success for The Bowery Presents Live, comes to New York City to play Terminal 5 on Friday. Tickets went fast. Really fast. But The House List is giving away two of them. Want to go? Try to Grow a Pair. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Ed Sheeran, 9/21) and a brief message explaining why exactly you just have to be there. Eddie Bruiser, who gets to decide if you’re right, will notify the winner on Friday. Good luck.
British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is a bona fide phenomenon. After crushing the charts abroad in 2011, Sheeran, 21, visited New York earlier this month to finally launch his debut album, +, in the States, culminating with a sold-out gig at Music Hall of Williamsburg. While his devoted fans waited in the rain for doors to open, The Bowery Presents Live slipped into the venue to watch him deliver an exclusive performance of “The A Team,” his breakout hit.
Afterward, the singer-songwriter sat down with us to talk about the thrill of Stateside success, whether he’ll ever play with a backing band and why he’s fond of being a solo artist. Watch the interview here. And to see more performances and interviews like these, subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live.