Lewes Guitar Festival - Loudon Wainwright III

You might remember Loudon Wainwright as the singing surgeon in M*A*S*H. You might remember his as the resident singer on the Jasper Carrot Show in the late eighties. You might have seen his bit-part performance in the rom-com movie Elisabethtown, which came out last year. Perhaps you remember his novelty hit ‘Dead Skunk (in the middle of the road)’ in 1972. You could even remember him being billed as ‘the new Dylan’ until around about the time that song came out. Loudon Wainwright III, the son of a namesake father who was editor of Life Magazine, is the sum of many parts. But don’t let that detract from the fact that he is a seriously talented musician, deeply respected in the trade, with a number of unique LP’s under his belt, and a couple of Grammy nominations, to boot. Wainwright’s sets are self-deprecatingly funny, in a poignant sort of way, and his high-pitched voice is unmistakable.

Wainwright headlines tonight’s concert in the Big Top, supported by Darden Smith and Martha Tilston. Smith, a Nashville-based Texan acoustic singer songwriter, has had a 20-year career spanning the genres of pop, folk and country. He has been called ‘the Texan Van Morrison’ for his poetic lyrics set to melodious guitar music. His latest effort, the LP ‘A Field of Crows’ is about connections. “We crave connection,” he says, “it calms us and drives us mad at the same time.” Footing the bill is up-and-coming Brit Martha Tilston who Orpheus Magazine call ‘one of Britain’s finest singer-songwriters’. AL

Skunk’s Not Dead: Loudon Wainwright III hits town

The Big Top, Convent Field
When? From 6pm
How Much? £17.50

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