Rufus Coates and the Blackened Trees, joined by My Fellow Sponges, are coming to The Black Gate April 17th.
“The Irish dark folk / blues combo RUFUS COATES & THE BLACKENED TREES are a unique, dark
and atmospheric blues/folk band from Ireland currently based in Berlin Germany. ”
“The gravel-voiced Nick Cave-esque Coates, with a counterpoint of the sweet female vocals of Jess Smith, these are dour blues songs that have enough beauty to lighten the hearth of the home.” Nialler9 ‘Album of the Week’, Irish Times
“Listening to this debut LP from the Irish 5 piece brings to mind what is most enjoyable about music for me: being transported by sound, being suggested to by style and being impressed by complexity.” Dublin Concerts
Rufus Coates & Jess Smith will be joined by My Fellow Sponges.
“My Fellow Sponges are as bizarre as they are brilliant in their peculiar sonic way — that on any given song can include ukulele, glockenspiel, harmonium, banjo, flute, drums.
On stage, this prog-folk Arcade Fire-on-acid sound can extend to include a brass band playing, as well as mime artists, dancers and actors in excelsis.”