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Deep Dark Woods plus Kacy and Clayton Wednesday 2nd May 2018 The Bullingdon, 162 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1UE Doors 7.30 pm Tickets £13 in advance, £15 on the night
The Deep Dark Woods’ new album ‘Yarrow’ was borne in a fever – scarlet fever, to
be medically specific. A disease of the last century is a fitting backdrop for songs
that dig bare handed into the loam to unearth the corpses of old English folk and
country blues. ‘Yarrow’ is Deep Dark Woods reimagined by lead man Ryan Boldt, and
accompanied by the same band that crafted prairie psychedelics and a "loose grungy
folk sound" (Paste).
Floods and plagues, ghosts and slaughter: woe to those who populate the songs of
‘Yarrow’. A gentle summer breeze swings the gallows ropes, flowers bloom callously
on lovers' graves. These anthems are definitely not from Eden.
Since the last album their outlook is decidedly more macabre, tapping into a rich
vein of gothic surrealism that aligns with some of the great murder balladeers of
our time. With Appalachian soil under his fingernails, Boldt writes in a deep tradition
of bleak and forlorn storytelling, drawing lines from Ireland to Tennessee, the Oxford
Girl to Folsom Prison.
The Deep Dark Woods have developed an international following with particular success
in the Americana realm, nominated alongside Alabama Shakes and Dawes for Emerging
Artist of the Year at the 2012 Americana Music Awards. Originally from Saskatchewan
and now based on the west coast, The Deep Dark Woods fuse spooky prairie folk with
Texas country blues and California psychedelia.
The music of Kacy and Clayton exists outside of time, and burgeons with beautiful
contradictions. It’s psychedelic and traditional, contemporary and vintage, melancholic
and joyous. All at once, it showcases a slightly psych-folk sound of Linda Perhacs,
Fleet Foxes, and First Aid Kit; rare country blues records and English folk tunes;
and 1920s disaster songs and murder ballads. Their songs often are sugar-coated pills,
tales of murderous jealousy, dilapidated graveyards, and infanticide, all delivered
with Kacy Anderson’s sweet, lithe voice, and Clayton Linthicum’s hypnotic fingerpicking.
latest album Strange Country strays away from straightforward folk, delivering a
sound that pairs Laurel Canyon vibes with Dustbowl-era drama. And for the duo, the
subject matter is literally close to home. They’re second cousins who have grown
up in the Wood Mountain Uplands, an isolated region of southern Saskatchewan. It
is ranch country, very remote, with a landscape punctuated with hills, 12 miles from
the Montana border. Neighbours were scarce, and their school bus ride was a long
drive into town. “Where we come from it’s kind of a step behind society,” Kacy, 19,
says, “We had a lot of time to take in our surroundings. Characters are still very
Their music has resonated far beyond Saskatchewan, earning them fans culled
from their long tours across North America and the U.K. Clayton says it was a surprise
to see that people in cities outside their small town connected with the music they
loved. “You get the young record collecting nerds like us that come out,” he says,
“and the more obsessive older crowds that were like those younger people 45 years