Presented by WFUV Radio
The ninth annual Holiday Cheer for FUV concert will bring an evening of collaboration to the Beacon Theatre: Iron & Wine and Friends, featuring Tucson-based Calexico as house band for a one-time evening of song and camaraderie. The show will take place Tuesday, December 10th at 8 p.m. and will benefit WFUV, New York’s musically innovative public radio station. Joining them will be songwriter/performer Nick Lowe, vocalist/guitarist Glen Hansard, singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards, singer-songwriter Beth Orton, singer-songwriter and Amos Lee.
"Iron & Wine's Sam Beam sets a really high bar artistically," said WFUV Program Director Rita Houston. "The idea of bringing him together with other artists he admires appealed both to him and to us. We expect some creative sparks to fly and for the audience to hear some familiar songs in new ways. It should be a night of music discovery for everyone."
Sam Beam has performed as Iron & Wine for more than 10 years. The fifth Iron & Wine album, Ghost on Ghost, released earlier this year on Nonesuch Records, received critical acclaim for its synthesis of soaring melodies and jazz rhythms, and has established its place as one of WFUV's favorite albums of the year.
Iron & Wine's first use of brass came on an EP called In the Reins, recorded in 2005 with Calexico, led by Joey Burns and John Convertino. Calexico's own history of releases has earned them frequent airplay on WFUV, up to and including their outstanding release of 2012, Algiers. Fans of these artists appreciate what a rare opportunity it is to see this collaboration come to life.
Nick Lowe, who first gained prominence as a songwriter, producer, and performer in the British punk and New Wave period of the 1970s, has become an elegant elder statesman of rock, exemplified by his recent albums At My Age (2007) and The Old Magic (2011).
Glen Hansard is an Irish songwriter, actor, vocalist and guitarist for Irish group The Frames, and one half of folk rock duo The Swell Season. He is also known for his acting, having appeared in the BAFTA-winning film The Commitments, as well as starring in the film Once. His song "Falling Slowly", from Once, co-written with his co-star Markéta Irglová, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2007, and earned him ten other major awards or nominations between 2007–08.
Kathleen Edwards is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician. Her 2003 debut album, Failer, contained the singles "Six O'Clock News" and "Hockey Skates". Her next two albums - Back to Me and Asking for Flowers - both made the Billboard 200 list and reached the top 10 of Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. In 2012, Edwards' fourth studio album, Voyageur, became Edwards' first album to crack the top 100 and top 40 in the U.S., peaking at #39 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and #2 in Canada.
Beth Orton is a BRIT Award–winning English singer-songwriter, known for her 'folktronica' sound, which mixes elements of folk and electronica. She was initially recognised for her collaborations with William Orbit and the Chemical Brothers in the mid-1990s. However, these were not Orton's first recordings. She had released a solo album, Superpinkymandy, in 1993. Since the album was only released in Japan, it went largely unnoticed by international audiences. Her second solo album, Trailer Park, garnered much critical acclaim in 1996. Orton developed a devoted audience with the release of the albums Central Reservation (1999) and the 2002 UK top 10 album, Daybreaker. In her 2006 release, Comfort of Strangers, she moved towards a more folk-based sound and away from the electronic sound of her past albums.
Amos Lee is an American singer-songwriter whose musical style encompasses folk, rock and soul. His self-titled debut album is full of folk and soul, with a jazz twist. The Flower Songfacts state that his fourth album, Mission Bell, which was released on January 25, 2011 debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with 40,000 copies sold in its first week; these sales were the lowest for a #1 debut in the Nielsen SoundScan era.