We’re pleased to welcome back Stanley Brinks and Freschard for a fantastic evening of anti-folk!
Join us on Friday 9th June for two sublime sets from one of our favourite singer-songwriter duos of modern times…
“The world is a messed up place. Its problems won’t resolve themselves in the course of a two minute pop song, wounds will not be sutured by a ukulele solo and hope for mankind will not be carried on the shoulders of a catchy melody, but without nights like this, we would surely all be doomed” – The Spoonster Spouts
Stanley Brinks is renowned for his unique anti-folk style: both playful and suggestive, insightful and entertaining. Brinks was born in Paris, France, in 1973. He studied a bit of biology and worked as a nurse for a while. Half Swedish, half Moroccan, strongly inclined to travel the world, he soon began spending most of his life on the road and developed a strong relationship with New York.
By the late 90s he’d become a full time singer-songwriter – André Herman Düne – as part of three piece indie-rock band, Herman Düne. Several albums and Peel sessions later and after a decade of touring Europe, mostly with American songwriters such as Jeffrey Lewis, Calvin Johnson and early Arcade Fire he settled in Berlin. The early carnival music of Trinidad became a passion, and in the early 21st century he became the unquestioned master of European calypso, changing his name to Stanley Brinks. Under this moniker he has recorded more than 100 albums, collaborated with the New York Antifolk scene on several occasions, recorded and toured with traditional Norwegian musicians including The Kaniks, and played a lot with The Wave Pictures.
Meanwhile, Freschard grew up in a farm in French Burgundy. She started organising shows in the barn when she was about 12 years old. Aged 18 she moved to the big city, Paris, where she baked pies and cakes in a cafe. There, a local musician and regular customer called André Herman Düne (Stanley Brinks) wrote a few songs for her to sing. Freschard‘s shows often feature him on guitar, The Wave Pictures, The Burning Hell or The Kaniks as a backing band, and she also plays amazing shows on her own.
“Something to be cherished” – Folk Radio on Stanley Brinks
“Freschard sounds like she could soon feature on a Wes Anderson soundtrack, underscoring scenes of longing and contemplation” – Stereoboard on Freschard