Dead Flamingoes: New E.P & tour in January
Photo by Stuart Nicholls
Dead Flamingoes, a collaboration between James Walbourne and Kami Thompson will be releasing an e.p very soon on Edwyn Collins' AED record label. As well as the e.p, Dead Flamingoes will be touring with Josh Rouse towards the end of the month. Keep checking back for more dates.
Dead Flamingoes website is now live (but not yet kicking) at www.deadflamingoes.com.
London native Kamila Thompson popped out in the early eighties, the third and youngest child of folk duo Richard and Linda Thompson. Although she made occasional appearances with her family over the years, Kami remained galvanized against the draw of the music business until, in early 2006, Will Oldham (Bonnie 'Prince' Billy) invited her on tour. She had never heard of him, but she loved the records he posted to her, so she gave in to her deepest, darkest urges, quit her job and accepted the gig. It turned out to be a good decision.
There followed tours opening for brother Teddy Thompson, Hal Wilner's 'Came so Far for Beauty' tribute to Leonard Cohen, alongside Beth Orton and Nick Cave, a US tour with Sean Lennon and guest appearances at the Wainwrights' Carnegie Hall Christmas Concert alongside friends Martha and Rufus Wainwright, which earned her a glowing mention in the New York Times... she also notched up the regulation eight-hundred sparsely attended dive-bar gigs everywhere from Back to Beyond.
In between outings, Kami wrote and recorded the songs for her first record, LOVE LIES. The album was recorded in Brooklyn and Manhattan with producers Brad Albetta and Ed Haber and is slated for release this year. Guest artists include Richard and Teddy Thompson, Martha Wainwright and Sean Lennon as well as a host of other acclaimed musicians from both sides of The Pond.
Kami's rich voice and more-ish songs hint at her musical influences - PJ Harvey, Jeff Buckley, Elliot Smith - and her folk roots, but they lead you somewhere new. Kami's distinctive sound and heart-wrenching, intelligent fare will lure you to a place that feels like home, only everything's slightly off-centre.
Dead Flamingoes on tour in 2012:
|Sat 17th April||Mono Record Store||Glasgow|
|Sat 12th May||Walk The Line Festival||The Hague, Holland|
|Wed 16th May||Slaughtered Lamb||London|
|Tues 22nd May||Dingwalls|
(supporting Krystle Warren)
|Wed 13th June||Slaughtered Lamb||London|
|Wed 27th June||Slaughtered Lamb||London|
|Sat 30th June||Winterwell Festival||Cirencester|
|Fri 10th August||Cropredy Festival||Oxfordshire|
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