AMERICAN INTERIOR: IN CONVERSATION & PERFORMANCE
“If there were ever a map guiding … Gruff Rhys’ musical path, he tossed it overboard long ago.” – Pitchfork
Chairperson: Tony Clayton-Lea
Gruff Rhys is one of the most singular figures in pop. Since forming rock-group Super Furry Animals in 1993 he’s forged his own path, touring with a 40-foot inflatable bear, releasing concept albums with electro-pop outfit Neon Neon and collaborating with everyone from Danger Mouse to the National Theatre of Wales.
His latest project, American Interior, is typically ambitious and idiosyncratic. In 1792, Rhys’ ancestor John Evans walked into the Allegheny Mountains in search of a lost tribe of Welsh-speaking Native Americans. It was the start of an epic series of adventures involving alligator-wrestling, bison-hunting and the annexation of North Dakota. Two centuries later, Rhys set out to follow in Evans’ footsteps. Joined by Kilph Scurlock, guitarist with The Flaming Lips, he travelled through the Mid-West, sailing up the Missouri River and playing gigs on native reservations as he went. The result is an album, a book, a documentary, and even an app. But what became of Evans? Did he find the tribe he was looking for?
Join Gruff Rhys as he talks about his own – and Evans’ – adventures and performs an acoustic set of songs from the album. Featuring clips from his documentary, American Interior, this unique multimedia event is not to be missed.
€20 / €18 available here: http://www.dublinwritersfestival.com/programme/
Strictly over 18’s, I.D. may be required.
AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue (FREE ENTRY, 12am).