Sam Beam aka Iron & Wine brings his soul-infused folk rock to QPAC with his full band for the very first time.
Through the course of six studio albums, numerous EPs and singles, Iron & Wine has captured the emotion and imagination of listeners with distinctly cinematic songs. With a live band featuring acoustic guitars, percussion, keys, cello, and bass, Iron & Wine’s music has been compared to that of Nick Drake, Jackson Browne, Elliott Smith and Neil Young.
Over 15 years since his bedroom folk breakthrough The Creek Drank the Cradle and his scene-stealing cover of "Such Great Heights" in Garden State, Sam Beam will now lead a full band as Iron & Wine, taking to the Concert Hall for an expansive journey through his rustic masterpiece The Shepherd's Dog, the chart-topping Kiss Each Other Clean, r 'n' b inflected Ghost on Ghost and 2017’s reflective Grammy-nominated album Beast Epic.
From haunting, stripped-back performances alongside Glen Hansard to more panoramic collaborations with the likes of the Mariachi-wielding Calexico, Beam has rewritten his nom de plume as a sonic shape shifter ever-anchored by his signature high tenor voice – handpicked and introduced to millions by Kristen Stewart as the slow-dance soundtrack to Twilight.
Support Act: Fraser. A Gorman
Fraser A. Gorman has just been announced as support act for Iron & Wine, treating audiences to his warm and timeless songs.
Gorman grew up surrounded by surf culture and nurtured a love for country, blues and folk, all of which influenced his laid-back, storytelling music style. In 2015, he released his first full length album, Slow Gum, which received critical acclaim across the globe. Gorman toured the world three times before settling back in Melbourne to work as a carpenter and contemplate existence.
Now the break is over and his sophomore album comes out mid July 2018. Titled Bye Bye Wolves after an encounter between his three-year-old godson and a small group of dingoes at a wildlife sanctuary, the album was recorded at Head Gap with producer Nicolas Vernhes (War on Drugs, Silver Jews, Cat Power etc.) and Melbourne musician Dan Luscombe (The Drones). The record also features guest musicians including members of King Gizzard, Leah Senior, Anika Ostendorf (Hachiku) and Hollie Joyce.
“Iron and Wine have risen to become one of the great modern American bands.” The Guardian, UK
On the new record Beast Epic:
“The record unfolds its songs of faith, hope and sudden clarity slowly, little glints and catches commanding attention. It might not look like its going to leap out and grab you, but Beam here launches a soft emotional punch.” MOJO, UK
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