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Tickets will go on sale Friday, 26th June at 9am
€15 inclusive of booking fee – This show is over 18’s I.D will be required
Having honed the songwriting talent that has been clear for all to hear on his captivating early EP’s, ‘Close Your Eyes’ confirms the arrival of a major talent who has already been compared to artists as diverse as Jeff Buckley and Adele. The track is written by Rhodes and produced by Rhodes and his long-term collaborator James Kenosha (Dry The River, Pulled Apart By Horses).
‘Close Your Eyes’ is about vulnerability and trepidation. “It’s about my fear of performing” Rhodes says of the forthcoming single. “I wanted to make this a little more ambiguous so I changed it to the third person and made it more about me talking to somebody else-when really it’s me talking to myself.”
Rhodes grew up in Hitchin. His father introduced him to the blues when he was small most notably Robert Johnson. Soon after he began to play guitar. His best friend’s sister later turned him onto Nirvana, Blur and Oasis at which point he took up piano. While at a local college, Rhodes regularly met other musicians at Club 85. After moving to London, he joined a band as their bassist, which quickly became a catalyst for songwriting.
“It taught me a lot about putting songs together,” says Rhodes. “About rhythm and what gives a song its backbone.”
Singing came late to him. “I’ve been playing guitar since I can remember but singing was something I was just too afraid to do.”
He’s spent the last 18 months quickly making up for lost time because it’s his voice that really defines Rhodes, setting him apart from everyone else. This was never more apparent than on a recent Huw Stephens Radio 1 session when Rhodes performed an incredible cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’. It was so good that Taylor Swift re-tweeted the session.
Rhodes has travelled a long way in a short time building on what has been a phenomenal beginning to a career that promises longevity. He’s supported Ben Howard, London Grammar, George Ezra and Sam Smith while selling out his own shows including his biggest show to date at London’s Village Underground in March.
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I’M YOUR VINYL
– 50c per ticket service charge applies on phone, internet or creditcard bookings. Final ticket price may be higher from other outlets.
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).