The Handsome Family - Spring & Airbrake
Saturday 19th May 2012 20:30

Real Music Club Presents:

The Handsome Family
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Spring & Airbrake
Saturday May 19th 2012

Doors 830pm / Tickets £16 including booking fee.
Tickets available from and


Over the last two decades New Mexico based husband and wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks (aka The Handsome Family) have recorded a series of albums that has established them as one of America's finest songwriting partnerships and has seen them hailed as "country music's answer to the White Stripes" and by Greil Marcus as "the Beatles of the folk world".

Until relatively recently this married couple of twenty years were a well kept secret but a punishing tour schedule and word of mouth has meant sell-out concerts across the UK and Europe, extensive coverage in the national press, the patronage of Ringo Starr on USA chat shows, and high profile appearances on top rated BBC TV and radio that include The Culture Show on BBC 2, The Jonathan Ross Show, Andy Kershaw's award winning world music program for Radio 3 and Later With Jools Holland. More recently they appeared in Jim White's Searching For The Wrong Eyed Jesus - an award winning Deep South travelogue for Arena that found them discussing in the back of a car (as only Brett and Rennie could) the meaning of faith and spirituality, and performing When That Helicopter Comes in the middle of a swamp.

In addition the band have had songs covered by artists such as Andrew Bird (The Giant Of Illinois) Cerys Matthews (Weightless Again) and Christy Moore (So Much Wine/Peace In The Valley) and joined the likes of Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright and Linda Thompson for Hal Willner's Came So Far For Beauty - a musical celebration of the songs of Leonard Cohen that has so far been performed in Brighton, to over ten thousand people in Dublin, NYC, and for three sell-out nights at the Sydney Opera House. They have also appeared in I'm Your Man - a feature documentary examining the work of Cohen and cropped up in several works of fiction and appeared on The Oyster Band's The Big Session live project - winner of 'best group' in Radio 2's 2005 Folk Awards.

Right now the Handsome Family is finishing up work on their ninth release and will be playing songs from it in their upcoming live shows.


Artists » The Handsome Family

The Handsome Family is an alternative country and americana band, formed in Chicago, Illinois, and currently based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The band was formed in 1993 by husband-and-wife duo Brett Sparks (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Rennie Sparks (bass, banjo, vocals), along with drummer Mike Werner. The band would later revolve around Rennie, who writes the lyrics, and Brett, who writes the music. Guest musicians complete the band line-up for recordings and live work.

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