Live Concert Photography: Lola Kirke with Wyndham and Johanna Warren at Union Pool 8/22/18
Over the past year, I’ve written a bit about the British-born, New York-based singer/songwriter, musician and actress Lola Kirke. And while she may be best known for starring roles in Noah Bambauch’s Mistress America and the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle, and a supporting role in David Fincher’s Gone Girl, the British-born, New York-based singer/songwriter and actress is the daughter of drummer of drummer Simon Kirke, who was a member of the 70s hit-making rock bands Bad Company and Free and Lorraine Kirke, the owner of Geminola, a New York-based vintage boutique known for supplying outfits for Sex and the City.
Downtown Records released Kirke’s Wyndham Garnett-produced full-length debut Heart Head West earlier this year. And as you may recall, the album which was tracked live to tape is a deeply personal effort that she says was “about basically everything I thought about in 2017 — time, loss, social injustice, sex, drinking, longing — essentially everything I’d talk about with a close friend for 40 minutes.” “Sexy Song,” which I wrote about earlier this year was a slow-burning and meditative honky tonk country song that subtly recalled Chris Issak and Roy Orbison with a feminine and self-assured sultriness. “Supposed To” was a rollicking country stomper, that recalled Sun Records country and early rock — in particular Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, and Patsy Cline but centered around the social pressure that her — and in turn, countless other women — experience and feel in daily life, to be and do things that they don’t want to ever do.
Kirke played a headlining 3 night residency at Union Pool that featured a number of different acts on each night’s bill. I caught her her back in August on a bill with Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and frequent collaborator Wyndham Garnett and his band Wyndham; and the Portland-based folk singer/songwriter Johanna Warren. Check out photos from the show below.
Wyndham Garnett is a Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, who first made a name for himself as an original member of Elvis Perkins in Dearland and a touring member of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. And as a result, he has shared stages with the likes of My Morning Jacket, Cold War Kids, Levon Helm, Pete Seeger, Dr. Dog, The Felice Brothers, Marco Benevento and a lengthy list others.
2016 was a busy year for Wyndham — he released his self-produced full-length debut WYNDHAM and the Gus Seyffert-produced EP Double You, which featured attention-grabbing, lead single “Gypsy,” a track that landed on Elle’s “Best New Songs of December 2016” with singles by the legendary Neil Young and Childish Gambino.
Additionally, Garnett has collaborated with British-born, New York-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Lola Kirke, producing her applauded self-titled EP and her full-length debut Heart Head West, which was released by Downtown Records earlier this year. They’ve continued their ongoing and successive collaboration with a pair of Christmas songs released last month.
Garnett has recently collaborated with celebrated producer and engineer Sean O’Brien and will be releasing new material under the name Fistful of Stars; but in the meantime, his Union Pool set, featured him and his backing band enthusiastically playing his rousingly anthemic Wyndham material.
Opening the night was the Portland, OR-based folk singer/songwriter and guitarist Johanna Warren, who played a stunningly gorgeous set or sparsely arranged solo material, centered around her heavenly vocals.