Summer is almost here, and the concert program at Glashaus, Arena is hotting up too. This Saturday sees performances by two of the finest country-folk-soul singer-songwriters around.
[audio:02 whaling in the north atlantic.mp3]Native Icelander Benni Hemm Hemm (Morr Music) headlines while Edinburgh’s Withered Hand (SL Records / Fence Collective) supports with songs from his latest album “Good News”.Benni Hemm Hemm aka Benedikt H. Hermannsson from Reykjavik, first hit the scene when, after a limited release of his Summer Plate EP in 2003, he moved to Italy for a few months and started writing a new batch of songs. With a full band, including trumpet, bass, and flügelhorn, Benni Hemm Hemm issued his self-titled full-length debut on Morr Music in September 2006. Now resident in Edinburgh, Benni recently released his new EP – Retaliate – and is currently on an extensive European Tour.
Benni Hemm Hemm // Live @ BADESCHIFF, ARENA BERLIN 2009
Supporting Benni Hemm Hemm on the European tour is Withered Hand. Whithered Hand is the Edinburgh-based musician and artist Dan Willson. He composes most of his semi-autobiographical urban folk songs alone but prefers to perform live versions with friends. 2009 saw the release of the first Withered Hand album on SL Records, mixed and mastered by legendary American producer Kramer (Bongwater, Low, Galaxie 500) and featuring the talents of such local luminaries as Jo Foster (Fence Collective) and Meursault.