Martha Wainwright | solo acoustic + signing

Thursday, 12th January 2017

From 7:00pm to 8:58pm

This is a free event

Rough Trade East

Martha Wainwright will be live in store at Rough East to perform tracks from her new album 'Goodnight City', out now on PIAS Recordings. Martha will also be signing copies of her new album, after the special live acoustic performance.

FREE ENTRY. 6.30pm Doors // 7.00pm On-stage // 7.45pm Signing.

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Martha Wainwright releases a wonderful new studio album, ‘Goodnight City’ November 11th on [PIAS]. It’s the follow-up to her acclaimed 2012 release
‘Come Home To Mama’.

‘Goodnight City’ features 12 brand new songs produced by Thomas Bartlett (Surfjan Stevens, Glen Hansard) and long time producer Brad Albetta. It recalls the emotional rawness of her debut album, much of it encapsulated by the captivating lead track ‘Around The Bend’ and her extraordinary voice.

“Making ‘Goodnight City’ was the most fun I’ve had in a long time,” Martha admits. “Thomas (keys), Brad (electric/bass), Phil Melanson (drums) and I would sit in a circle and work out arrangements for these vividly different songs. Recording them live with very few overdubs the focus remains on the integrity of the song and our ability to play together as a band.”

Martha wrote half the songs on the album while the other half were written by friends and relatives: Beth Orton, Glen Hansard, Rufus, Wainwright, Michael Ondaatje and Merrill Garbus of tune-yArDs.

“Because these writers know me and because I was able to personalise these songs by changing things here and there, I made them feel as if I wrote them myself,” Martha explains. “Somehow they wonderfully reflect my life and I am so thankful to the other artists for writing them.”

‘Goodnight City’ was recorded in Montreal. Last year Martha and Lucy Wainwright Roche released ‘Songs In The Dark’ as the Wainwright Sisters.

Goodnight City Tracklisting:

Around The Bend
Look Into My Eyes (Written by Anna McGarrigle, Lily Lanken and Martha Wainwright)
Before the Children Came Along
Piano Music (Words by Micheal Ondaatchi, music by Thomas Bartlett)
Alexandria (Written by Beth Orton)
So Down
One Of Us (Written by Glenn Hansard and Martha Wainwright)
Take The Reins (Written by Merryl Garbus of Tune Yards)
Francis (Written by Rufus Wainwright)

All tracks written by Martha Wainwright except where noted.