A Hawk and A Hacksaw began in 2000 in the small town of Saumur, France.
Initially a solo vehicle for Neutral Milk Hotel drummer Jeremy Barnes, the
main impetus of the project was to focus on the gray areas in borders of
music and geography. The first album was released in 2002 by Cloud
Recordings. Barnes met violinist Heather Trost in 2004 and the band became
a duo. While also playing in Neutral Milk Hotel, the pair has since released six albums and toured extensively around
the world. They have learned from and collaborated with some of the great
musicians of Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Turkey. The duo has been
invited to tour with Swans, Calexico, Wilco, Andrew Bird, Portishead, Of
Montreal and performed at Roskilde, Pitchfork Music Fest, and All
Tomorrow's Parties. They also collaborated with Iggy Pop on the reworking
of a classic sea shanty.
Shelley Short (performing at 8PM)
Shelley Short's (Portland, Oregon) newest project was forged in a little
town on the Oregon coast, where the house and studio of musical polymath
Peter Broderick sits on the lee side of great sand dunes that slope down to
meet the raging grey unpredictable Pacific Ocean. Broderick, after hooked
by her last covers record, made contact and invited her out there to see if
they might work on something. "In an age when tradition is often foregone,
Shelley seems to be able to look back and find meaningful guidance in the
ways of the past," he says, "I think this is where that nourishing feeling
came from as I listened to her vinyl in the spring. There's an intangible
wisdom in the folk traditions, and what a joy it is to spend time with
someone who carries some of that. In person and on record."
Darren Hanlon (performing at 7PM)
Darren Hanlon is an Australian
who plays urban folk music. Darren
Hanlon has released five solo albums, four EPs and nine singles on Candle
Records and Flippin Yeah
industries , as well as
several compilation tracks. After the dissolving of Candle Records, he has
started his own pseudo-label called Flippin Yeah Records in 2008.
He self-published his first zine in late 2017. Described as having acertain brilliance, Darren Hanlon is a spectacular songwriter; able to
create a whole scene from the sum of its subtleties and wit interspersed with poignant moments.