This winter, Ed Askew is set to undertake his first ever European tour. Since the release of his cult masterpiece Ask The Unicorn in 1967 Ed Askew has been writing and releasing music and finally comes to Europe with his new album For The World (Tin Angel Records). These shows are set to take place in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Denmark. This Pledge Music campaign is to help cover touring costs such as accommodation and travel. In the summer of 2011, Ed Askew embarked on his first US tour at the age of 71, in support of the limited vinyl/ digital re-release of the 80’s era cassette tape Imperfiction. Ed was accompanied on piano by Jay Pluck and travelled with tour mates, The Black Swans. Two weeks later, as a result of the tour, it was decided that Jerry DeCicca of the Black Swans would assist Ed in making a record. Down the street from the Cotton Club, they spent a week in a West Harlem warehouse that September. Ed Askew was joined by Jay Pluck, two members of The Black Swans’ Tyler Evans (banjo, tiple, electric guitar) Canaan Faulkner (bass) and Eve Searls (backing vocals), along with Mary Lattimore (Meg Baird, Thurston Moore) on harp. Later on, electric guitar was added by fellow outsider Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello) and backing vocals on three songs by super fan Sharon Van Etten. The results of those sessions were to become the album For The World. “affecting and hauntingly melodic, For The World is a timeless record” - The Quietus “For the World should be in the collection of any fan of modern folk, chamber pop, and psychedelia” - Tiny Mix Tapes Ed Askew is a painter and singer-songwriter who lives in New York City. Born in Stamford, Connecticut, he moved to New Haven to study painting at Yale Art School in 1963. After graduating from art school in 1966, Askew was called up for the draft. Not feeling particularly enthusiastic about going to war at age 26, he looked for a teaching job and found work at a private prep school in Connecticut. It was while teaching he started making songs. The singer-songwriter moved to New York for a few months in 1967 where he met Bernard Stolman of ESP Disk’ (Pearls Before Swine, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler), who offered him a contract. That year Ed’s first album was released, Ask the Unicorn. Ed has continued to his write, paint and performing around New York.
ED ASKEW - EU TOUR 2013
27 / 11/ 2013 COLOGNE - KING GEORG - 8pm (Tickets )
29 / 11 / 2013 UTRECT - LE GUESS WHO FESTIVAL - (Tickets)
30 / 11 /2013 PARIS - TREIZE ARTS SPACE
1 / 12 / 2013 BRUSSELS - SHINDIG
2 / 12 /2013 - LONDON - BUSH HALL w Destroyer (Tickets)
3 / 12 /2013 - COPENHAGEN - JAZZ HOUSE w Destroyer (Tickets)
6 / 12 / 2013 - LONDON - CAFÉ OTO (Tickets) 7 / 12 / 2013 - COVENTRY - THE TIN (Tickets)
8 / 12 / 2103 - BRISTOL - CUBE CINEMA (Tickets)
10 /12 /2013 - GLASGOW - GLAD CAFÉ (Tickets)
Singer-songwriter Ed Askew has in some ways been the epitome of the term “acid folk.” Bringing a white-hot, gritty quality appropriate for the yippie energy that permeated the American underground, his debut was released on ESP-Disk’ (Albert Ayler, Sun Ra, The Fugs) at the close of the 1960s. Instead of the customary six-string acoustic guitar, Askew played a Martin tiple, and the taut sound of the instrument’s strings coupled with the keening strain of his voice and opul
Jay and Candace in TX George Sand played at The Sahara with our friends, The Early Stages and Moonsicles.
G.S. has new recordings available.
Mary Lattimore photo
Thank you so much to my friends who came out tonight. X — with Ed Askew, Laura Baird, Jeff Zeigler, Tyler Evans, Jay Pluck, Mary and Frederick Benjamin Knittel at PhilaMOCA.
SEPT 30 @ DEATH BY AUDIO IN BROOKLYN our record release show — with Edan Wilber, Tyler Evans, Matthew Robinson, Mary Lattimore, Ed Askew, Benjamin B. Lee, Jay Pluck, Nick K and Diane Cluck