Spottiswoode…. LONDON DEBUT!
Referred to as a “genius” and a “downtown ringleader” by The New Yorker, SPOTTISWOODE is the son of an American opera singer and an English clergyman. WNYC’s legendary DJ John Schaefer describes him as “one of New York’s more colorful band leaders for more than a decade.”
For the past seventeen years, the Anglo-American has been the frontman of Spottiswoode & His Enemies, a septet that has become a New York institution. With the band, Spottiswoode has released six acclaimed records, performed numerous Manhattan residencies, and toured extensively from SXSW and Lille Europe to Lincoln Center. The band’s gothic rock opera, ABOVE HELL’S KITCHEN, was presented in 2010 to sold-out crowds at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
In addition to recording with his Enemies, Spottiswoode has also released three solo albums and a duo collection. His songs have been featured in a wide variety of films and television shows. He has been nominated for five separate Independent Music Awards, winning Best Adult Contemporary Song in 2012 for his piano ballad, Chariot.
Spottiswoode’s music travels the gamut, drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Ray Davies, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Randy Newman and Jim Morrison. Still, he’s very much his own man. He “evokes real emotions, sometimes different ones in a single song” (Dan Reed, WXPN).
The performance at The Green Note will not only be his official London debut it will also be his first as a father. Backed up by virtuosos Matti Müller (gypsy guitar) and Jonny Gee (double bass), Spottiswoode promises to celebrate the next phase of his life with an ecstatically mixed bag of folk, Americana, cabaret and neo-gospel songs touching liberally on themes of family and disfunction.