Nina Nastasia

Wednesday 29 March, 2023 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
John Peel Centre
Church Walk
Stowmarket IP14 1ET
£14 adv. / £16 otd.
John Peel Centre for Creative Arts
01449 774 678
Nina Nastasia @ John Peel Centre

The JPC is proud to present American Folk Singer-Songwriter and John Peel favourite:


+ Lilo (support)

Performing live again after a long hiatus and back with a new solo album – Riderless Horse – her first in over 10 years.


‘However jolly we were all being and whatever was going on, when she started singing, the whole atmosphere in the room just changed in an extraordinary way, not just to melancholy, but to something else which I don’t think I’ve experienced very often in my life before, and it was a very very moving business’. – John Peel

Riderless Horse

Riderless Horse is my first solo record, and it’s the first record my former partner, Kennan Gudjonsson, didn’t produce.

I haven’t made an album since 2010. I decided to stop pursuing music several years after my sixth record, Outlaster, because of unhappiness, overwhelming chaos, mental illness, and my tragically dysfunctional relationship with Kennan. Creating music had always been a positive outlet during difficult times, but eventually it became a source of absolute misery.

Kennan, a cat, and I lived in a studio apartment in NYC for 25 years, finding ways to survive while making records and going on tours. Our apartment was the place where people would come stay, eat, drink, play music, and use our tub. It was quite a home we had created, but it was decaying steadily from the moment we moved in, and in the end, it was as if black mold was growing beneath the surface, undetected, and the two of us were dying and getting too weak to ever leave. We loved each other. We were each other’s family, but there was ongoing abuse, control and manipulation. We hid. We didn’t want anyone to see how ugly things could get, so we increasingly isolated from our friends and family. We were lost.

On January 26, 2020, I made the decision to separate and live apart, and on January 27, Kennan died by suicide. What a thing, suicide. I can only feel sadness and guilt about it. Maybe I’ll have other reactions to it later on.

Riderless Horse documents the grief, but it also marks moments of empowerment and a real happiness in discovering my own capability. Steve Albini produced this record with me, and Greg Norman assisted. The three of us are old friends, and we did a field recording in a guesthouse built like a lighthouse that two very dear friends of mine have in Esopus, NY. It was exactly the right environment to work on this record. We all had meals together, cried, laughed, and told stories. It was perfect. It made me realize how much I love writing, playing and recording music.

Terrible things happen. These were some terrible things. So, what to do – learn something valuable, connect with people, move the fuck out of that apartment, remember the humor, find the humor, tell the truth, and make a record. I made a record.

+ Support from Lilo
Though London-based duo lilo have only recently emerged, theirs is a bond that runs a decade deep. Christie Gardner and Helen Dixon met at school aged 11, and from that day forward have forged an unshakeable creative bond. Their music, with gossamer harmonies and finely-spun acoustic arrangements, bears witness to two friends coming of age together; as they navigate new creative ground, they are etching out their own distinctive sound.
Their debut EP ‘Sleep Country,’ released early 2022, was built on crystallised moments of calm and contemplation, with vocals that, while grounded and confessional alone, soared as they came together. Over the five tracks that make up the EP, Christie and Helen explore new perspectives on love and friendship, often through the frame of loss. Despite this, the tone remains distinctly hopeful, choosing to treasure the small things in the face of larger sadness.
It’s a sound that calls to mind the timeless ethereality of Laura Marling, but that is only the first glimpse of the versatility of lilo’s sound. Their new material is set to break new ground in the UK indie-folk landscape, incorporating a more full-bodied, band-driven direction, weaving elements of slow-core and offbeat country-pop refractions, while still staying true to their dulcet roots. lilo weave intimacy into the fabric of their music; through collaboration they translate friendship into sound.
Tickets £14 adv. £16 otd.

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