Suzanne Vega: New York Songs & Stories
Barbican Centre, London.
This event is for 16 and over - No refunds will be issued for under 16s.
Suzanne Vega will celebrate the April release of An Evening of New York Songs and Stories (Cooking Vinyl) with a run of European dates including a special performance at EartH, Hackney in London.
In anticipation of the tour, Vega exclaimed, "I am excited to share these songs about my hometown, the city I love, joined by the band with which I recorded An Evening of New York Songs and Stories. I am especially thrilled to perform the album at Metropole."
On An Evening of New York Songs and stories, Vega revisits some of her most New York-centric repertoire in a stunning live recording on which she is backed by longtime guitarist, Gerry Leonard, bassist Jeff Allen and keyboardist Jamie Edwards. Recorded at New York City's famed Café Carlyle in early 2019, the album includes both familiar songs like "Luka" and "Tom's Diner" and deep cuts from her catalog like "Frank and Ava" and "Ludlow Street". The mix of repertoire also features "New York Is My Destination" from Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers, Vega's one woman play about the Southern gothic novelist Carson McCullers, and a cover of her late friend Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side."
Widely regarded as one of the foremost songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut album, she has written and recorded numerous songs that have become part of the contemporary music vernacular, including "Luka", certainly the only hit song ever written from the perspective of an abused boy, "Marlene on the Wall", a surprise hit in the UK and "Tom's Diner", a strange little a cappella piece that was remixed by U.K. electronic dance duo "DNA" and became a major club hit. Her albums, including her self-titled debut, the follow up, Solitude Standing and 99.9F have sold millions of copies
Bearing the stamp of a masterful storyteller who "observes the world with a clinically poetic eye," Suzanne's songs have always tended to focus on city life, ordinary people and real world subjects. Notably succinct and understated, Suzanne Vega's work is immediately recognizable, as utterly distinct and thoughtful as it was when her voice was first heard on the radio over 30 years ago.
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Our food partner, Shuk, will be open in EartH Kitchen from 17:30 to 21:30. Dishes focus on super fresh stuffed pitas and salads inspired by chef Mark Jankel's childhood memories of Tel Aviv's vibrant, multicultural food markets. For more information on Shuk and details on the menu, check out EartH Kitchen's venue page. No booking required; walk-ins only.