ED HARCOURT Tickets
A one-off concert at the Islington Assembly Hall on November 15th follows in the wake of a highly successful tour of unconventional venues earlier this year.
Ed entered the sometimes vile jelly of the public eye with his 2001 debut Here Be Monsters, which was nominated for the Mercury Prize and announced him as a singer, songwriter and musician of rare talent and wit. There followed three more albums for Heavenly Records - 2003's diverse and ambitious From Every Sphere, 2004's shadowy and romantic Strangers and 2006's sometimes euphoric, sometimes anguished The Beautiful Lie.
There was also a compilation of b-sides and unreleased tracks, Elephant's Graveyard, and in 2007 a "best of"named Until Tomorrow Then. Playing piano, guitar, drums and anything else that came to hand, he displayed remarkable musical chops, a distinctive, engaging voice and a gift for arrangement on these polished yet emotional records, which refused to fall comfortably into any identifiable niche.
Every Ed Harcourt album displays a dazzling breadth and depth: Lustre, bookended by the angelic voices of the Langley Sisters (Ed's wife Gita and her siblings), is an energising marriage of restless invention and classic pop smarts, of insight and hooks.
A series of tours across the globe through this time saw him playing with an impressive list of names including REM, Wilco, Norah Jones, Beth Orton, Snow Patrol, The Divine Comedy and Supergrass. His own support acts included the likes of Feist and The Magic Numbers..