The Decemberists

Saturday, August 19, 7:30 p.m.

TICKETS: Res. $54 | Premium Lawn Blankets $224 (4-person) / $112 (2-person) | Lawn $39 | Child (1-12) Lawn $29 
GATES OPEN: @ 5:45 Early Entry | 6:00 General Public
ALCOHOL: Patrons will not be permitted to bring in outside alcohol during this performance

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The Decemberists

“In some ways, this album was four years in the making,” says Colin Meloy, frontman and primary songwriter of the Decemberists. “We were on hiatus, so we had all the time we could want, no schedule or tour, no expectations.”

With the ability to work at their own pace, the resulting record, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, is the band’s most varied and dynamic work, both musically and emotionally. Since their earliest recordings more than a decade ago, the Decemberists have always been known for their sense of scope and daring—from “The Tain,” an eighteen-and-a-half minute 2004 single based on an Irish myth to their last two ambitious, thematic albums, The Hazards of Love and The King is Dead. This time, though, Meloy explains that they took a different approach: “Let’s make sure the songs are good, and eventually the record will present itself.”

Ultimately, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World found its final form, a distillation of the best things about this remarkable band. A new way of working led to a renewed excitement about the next chapter for the Decemberists. “I’ve never lived with a record for so long,” says Colin Meloy, “documenting my shifts and changes as a songwriter, with a real sense of time passing. And there’s something very freeing about working on music with absolutely no agenda, and just letting the songs become themselves.”

The Decemberists:

Colin Meloy, Chris Funk (guitars)
Jenny Conlee (keyboards)
Nate Query (bass)
John Moen (drums)

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Guest Artist: Olivia Chaney

Olivia Chaney

Singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney’s profile has been steadily on the rise over the last few years. After scholarships to Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Academy as a pianist, singer and composer, Olivia then collaborated and toured extensively whilst delving deeper into the British folk repertoire and teaching herself guitar and harmonium.
She eventually self-released an eponymous EP which, alongside impassioned, genre-defying performances, caught the attention of Nonesuch Records in New York who signed her.

Now one of the very few English musicians to sit alongside artists including Arvo Pärt, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Stephen Sondheim and Joni Mitchell, Nonesuch released Olivia’s full-length album ‘The Longest River’ last year to great acclaim. ’The Longest River’ featured in many ‘best of’ lists inc. MOJO Magazine, Uncut, The Telegraph Best Folk albums & The Independent’s ‘TOP 5 Albums of the year’.

In 2015 Olivia was invited by Sydney Festival to tour Australia with broadcasts on ABC National Radio and sell-out shows, Robert Plant asked her to open for him 2 nights running at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, American folk-rockers The Decemberists invited her to support their American tour and she played numerous shows and tours of her own across the States and the UK. Future projects include opening for American songwriter Ben Folds during his UK tour with 2 nights at the London Palladium in June, a folk song recording project in Portland, Oregon with members of The Decemberists, and a soon-to-be-released album with Kronos Quartet. 

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Pre-concert music: Slow Corpse

Begins in the Britt Performance Garden at 6:00 p.m.

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