JOSHUA HYSLOP & GRAEME JAMES
Thursday, November 14, 2019 8pm
Join us at Martinis Above Fourth | Table + Stage for an evening of modern folk music with co-headliners Graeme James and Joshua Hyslop Thursday, November 14, 2019, at 8pm.
Hailing from New Zealand, Graeme James is a classically trained violinist who has since mastered guitar, bass, baritone ukulele, and mandolin. After earning recognition as a busker, he self-released two cover albums, both selling thousands of copies. His first single “Alive” has accumulated nearly two million streams on Spotify. His debut album rose to number three on the New Zealand album chart and was nominated for the NZ Music Award for 2017 Folk Album of the Year.
Canadian singer-songwriter Joshua Hyslop’s elegant and impactful music averages 1.6 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Hyslop’s innate capability to empathize encourages you to feel close to every word. “I hope people really listen and immerse themselves in this record,” says Hyslop. “It’d be great if they really spent time with the lyrics. There’s a lot going on for people underneath the surface. I hope this album encourages people to be a little more patient and a little more kind.”
• $25 Reserved Seating
Doors open at 6pm for dinner and seating.
Street Parking and Paid Lots are available.
A minimum purchase of $20.00 in food/beverage is required per person while inside the showroom. Food and beverage purchased in the Overlook Bar does not apply to the showroom minimum. Service fees apply to all tickets purchased via our online box office, phone or at the door. There are no refunds or exchanges for show ticket purchases.
GET TO KNOW THE ARTIST
During 2016, critically acclaimed Canadian singer and songwriter Joshua Hyslop didn’t have to look far for the inspiration behind his third full-length album, Echos [NETTWERK].
“2016 was a tough year for a lot of people,” he explains. “A lot of my new songs were inspired by the hardships of others around me. A handful of songs are based on my own experiences but, largely, the record came from observing people who I’m close to. I wanted to take those real experiences and echo them, being as true to them as I possibly could. Honouring them. Words were structured to be very empathetic.”
Empathy has been a consistent hallmark of Hyslop’s approach. His albums continually strike a human chord. Following a marathon run of 100-plus intimate “House Shows,” he released In Deepest Blue in 2015 and subsequently became a streaming phenomenon averaging over 1.6 million monthly listeners and touted on popular Spotify playlists such as“Acoustic Covers,” “Your Favorite Coffeehouse,” “Relax & Unwind,” and more. “The Flood” generated over 14.3 million streams, while “The Spark” crossed the 9-million mark. Meanwhile, he would be featured by American Songwriter, NPR, Exclaim!, and more while regularly touring worldwide. Two years later in February 2017, he retreated to Afterlife Studios in Vancouver, BC to record Echos.
In order to capture the essence of these 11 tracks, he re-teamed with his In Deepest Blue collaborator John Raham behind the board. Tracked in only three weeks, they bottled the palpable energy in the room. At the same time, the subject matter markedly differed from that of his last offering.
Introducing the album, the stark contrast of Hyslop’s whispered delivery and raw guitar makes the first single “Fall” resound with passion, pain, and power all at once. He goes on, “It’s about somebody reaching the end of the line and feeling hopeless and not being sure how to move forward. It’s hard to get back on track. That’s a common thread in life. I don’t know what it’s like to go through their experiences, but I can write about them from the outside.”Delicate acoustic guitars and lush violin course through the follow-up single “Say It Again.”Hyslop’s vocal vulnerability carries the searing admission, “Oh my heart is going places. Oh my God, I’m going down.” “This one is about my life,” he admits. “I’ve been wrestling with these existential questions like, ‘Is what I believe simply what I was taught to believe or something I’m just accepting?’ I don’t know how to sift through it anymore. I’ve reached a place where I realize not knowing isn’t necessarily the worst thing. It’s okay to have questions.”Elsewhere, “Stand Your Ground” provides an uplifting affirmation, while the elegantly engaging closer “At All” leaves a lasting impression with its powerful instrumental architecture punctuated by strings.
Ultimately, you’ll feel close to every word, because of Hyslop’s innate capability to empathize.“I hope people really listen and immerse themselves in this record,” he leaves off. “It’d be great if they really spent time with the lyrics. There’s a lot going on for people underneath the surface.I hope this album encourages people to be a little more patient and a little more kind.”
Graeme James started out playing violin as a seven year old with the desire to become a classical concert violinist. He pursued this goal throughout high school as well as branching out into folk and celtic music, playing fiddle and singing in his family’s folk band playing local festivals and events. After years of playing in local and national youth orchestras Graeme left secondary school to study to be a Primary School Teacher. It was while he was at university in Palmerston North that he put down the violin and started learning other instruments, the most significant of which being the acoustic guitar which enabled him to start writing and playing his own songs.
However, it wasn’t until he bought a loop pedal in 2010 that everything started to come together.
In desperate need of some cash to repair his car while on a New Year holiday in 2012, Graeme hit the streets of Gisborne for his first ever loop pedal busking session and the response from the public was so positive he was back on the road in two days.
A major breakthrough came later that summer in Queenstown, as he would play nightly, busking concerts to crowds of 200-300 people by the lakefront. This started to gather what would become a large, loyal and global fan base. On the recommendation of a fellow street performer Graeme decided to record an album of these quirky covers.
The self-released album “Play one we all know” was released in 2013 followed by “Play one we all know Vol. II” in late 2014. The latter was funded through a kickstarter campaign that met its $5000.00 target in 27 hours. Both cover albums have sold thousands of copies while busking on the streets of New Zealand.
Graeme had always written his own songs, but it wasn’t until 2015 that he began performing them live and his original material was met with immediate interest from fans. His first single ‘Alive’ was released in late 2015 and ended up placing second in a major international songwriting competition and has gone on to accumulate nearly 2 million streams on Spotify.
His debut original album ‘News From Nowhere’ released in September 2016 peaked at number three on New Zealand album chart and number 26 on the Top 40 album chart. It was a finalist in the NZ Music Awards 2017 Folk Album of the Year. A collection of songs written while touring the length and breadth of New Zealand, the album drew inspiration from the beauty and immensity of Aotearoa’s famous landscapes, and is intensely visual in its writing and sound. The News From Nowhere Album Tour featured a string of sold out shows across the country and was followed by a summer of national and international festival appearances cementing Graeme’s reputation as a captivating live performer and recording artist.