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Fire Records new releases: First up, Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Band

UK-based Fire Records is gearing up for an extremely busy fall and winter! The label will be releasing new material by Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Band, Giant Sand, Surf City, Snowblink, Bardo Pond, Jad Fair & Duke Garwood, and a career retrospective of ESG. We’ll be giving you the run down on each artist and sharing an MP3 from their respective albums. First up this week is Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero band.

Federico Garcia Lorca’s popular folk song collection Las Canciones Populares Espanolas was banned under Franco’s dictatorship and today the music survives but marginally within the Spanish sub-conscious. Taking their cue from Lorca and La Argentinita’s infectious 1931 recording of the songs, Josephine Foster and her partner Spanish musician Victor Herrero have arranged the poetically rich collection for their new acoustic band, formed while living in the Grenadine Sierra. Anda Jaleo is the band’s live recording of Las Canciones; a visceral celebration of the persistence of popular anonymous song.

Josephine Foster is a modern American folk singer-songwriter and musician from Colorado. As an adolescent she worked as a funeral and wedding singer, and aspired to become an opera singer. Several years later she abandoned the idea and began to record demos of her songs, resulting in the early recordings There Are Eyes Above (2000), an album of ukulele accompanied songs strongly influenced by Tin Pan Alley, and a short album of children’s songs, Little Life (2001). For several years she worked as a singing teacher in Chicago, recording and performing with a variety of musical acts on the side including Born Heller, a duo with free jazz-bassist Jason Ajemian, and The Childrens Hour a pop band formed with songwriter Andrew Bar.

In 2004 joined by her occasional backing band The Supposed (Brian Goodman on guitar and Rusty Peterson on drums) she released an album of psychedelic rock called All The Leaves Are Gone which has drawn comparison to Patti Smith and Jefferson Airplane. The songs on her first solo studio album Hazel Eyes, I Will Lead You (2005) evoke early American folk and blues forms of the early 20th century. A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing released in 2006, features unorthodox interpretations of 19th century German art-songs. Her third solo album This Coming Gladness was released in 2008.

Josephine Foster and the Victor Herrero Band begin their European tour tomorrow; culminating in a solo stop for Josephine at the Godspeed You! Black Emperor curated All Tomorrow’s Parties in Minehead on December 3rd.

09.29 – Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds
09.30 – Bracknell, UK – South Hill Park
10.01 – Glasgow, UK – Platform
10.02 – Bristol, UK – Cube Cinema
10.03 – Brighton, UK – The Basement
10.04 – London, UK – Cafe Oto
10.05 – Manchester, UK – Sacred Trinity Church
10.06 – Newcastle, UK – Star & Shadow
10.08 – Paris, FR – Instants Chavires
10.10 – Berlin, DE – HBC
10.12 – Poznan, PL – Dragon
10.13 – Warsaw, PL – Laboratorium CSW
10.17 – Madrid, ES – CA2M
10.21 – Lisbon, PT – ZDB
10.22 – Ilhavo, PT – Centro Cultural
10.23 – Vila do Conde, PT – Teatro Municipal
10.29 – Ribadavia, ES – Igrexa da Madalena
10.30 – Redondela, ES – Illa de San Simon
11.04 – Valencia, ES – Colegio Mayor Luis Vives
11.11 – Cuidad Real, ES – Antiguo Convento de la Merced
12.03 – Minehead, UK – All Tomorrow’s Parties (Josephine solo)

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