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When: Sun., April 22, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $7
Many of the best and most wayward talents of the UK folk revival—Davy Graham, Bert Jansch, John Martyn, Michael Chapman—were big fans of American blues and of string music from the Middle and Far East. Brooklyn-based singer and guitarist Steve Gunn skips right over the four decades or so that have passed since those players had their heyday in order to adopt their particular blend of folk sources, then adds country and western and Saharan guitar. On his solo album Boerum Palace and "The Lurker Extended," his side-length contribution to last year's various-artists boxed set Not the Spaces You Know, but Between Them (both on Three Lobed), he applies his slow, smoky voice and gorgeous, fluid fingerpicking to this stylistic amalgam, unwinding rueful tales of the hard-luck cases who inhabit his Brooklyn neighborhood. Mind Over Mirrors, formerly the solo project of harmonium player Jaime Fennelly but now a duo with drummer Mike Weis, plays first; Gunn, performing solo, is second; and Joshua Abrams's Natural Information Society, which has just finished its second album, Represencing, headlines as a drummerless quartet with Ben Boye, Lisa Alvarado, and David Boykin. —Bill Meyer



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