Thurston Moore (pictured) has become iconic within the realm experimental music, amassing a staggering discography that touches everything from free-jazz to musique concrète while still fronting the world’s most recognised avant-rock band, Sonic Youth. Over the course of three solo records, his latest being 2012’s Demolished Thoughts, Moore has managed to transplant the anthemeic and singularly recognisable harmonies of The Youth beautifully into the acoustic realm, revealing more melodic colour and restraint than he’s usually associated with. Michael Chapman’s legacy began with several critically acclaimed albums during the British folk explosion of the late 60s and 70s. Rightly earning his place among peers like Bert Jansch, through his dexterous reimaging of pastoral folk idioms, and John Martyn, in his melding of jazz and blues elements, Chapman’s stark and clear voice made his presence distinct in an overcrowded scene. The emergence of the New Weird America movement of the early Noughties brought a resurgence of interest in Chapman that saw him tour with the late Jack Rose and issue several albums, attracting the attention of Moore. The two musicians became acquainted during Moore’s extensive interview of Chapman for Fretboard Journal, which eventually led to the two recording together and this exclusive UK tour. Both men will perform solo sets before rounding out the evening in what promises to be a very special collaboration. The intimate surroundings of Band On The Wall, in comparison to other venues on this tour, offer a unique opportunity to get extremely close and personal, so you’d best book fast to avoid disappointment.

Wed 6 Feb, Band on the Wall, 25 Swan Street, M4 5JZ, Tel: 0161 834 1786, 7.30pm, £15 early bird tickets, then £21,

Wed 6 Feb
David McLean
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Sun 3 Feb 2013