Frank Fairfield


Booking Info

Territory: Europe
Touring: January-February 2014 + August 2014
Agent: Mark
Links: official site / Tompkins Square



Frank Fairfield is a young man and old time folk musician who plays fiddle, guitar and banjo while singing and hollering. An unbelievable word of mouth sensation who channels the spirit of another era in his spellbinding live shows.

From California, USA, Frank sings tunes he has worked hard to collect from around the world as well as his own well-dusted ditties. His eclectic sets feature soaring hillbilly ballads, arcane rambling songs and murder ballads delivered in a reedy tenor with that irresistible American Primitive quality. Still in his twenties but steeped in the pre-War Americana of Mississippi John Hurt and Dock Boggs, he cut his teeth as a street performer in LA and has the raw intensity and quick-fingered technique to make your hairs stand on end. Alternating between banjo, fiddle and guitar, he performs a different set of traditional songs and originals each night, drawing on his encyclopaedic knowledge of the American folk canon.

Fleet Foxes handpicked him to open for them on their 2008 US tour and since then he has found fans elsewhere in Ry Cooder, CW Stoneking, Charlie Parr and Grammy winning producer Chris King (Charley Patton, ‘People Take Warning’ box set). He has released two albums on Tompkins Square (home of Michael Chapman and James Blackshaw), a collection of traditionals on 2009′s eponymous album, followed by Out On The Open West (2010), featuring his own originals and a cast of guest musicians. Both picked up rave reviews across the board. An ardent 78 rpm collector, he has also compiled a selection of rare and unheralded gramophone recordings from around the world entitled Unheard Ofs & Forgotten Abouts on his own Pawn imprint.

Press Quotes

“A young Californian who sings and plays as someone who’s crawled out of the Virginia mountains carrying familiar songs that in his hands sound forgotten: broken lines, a dissonant drone, the fiddle or the banjo all percussion, every rising moment louder than the one before it.” – Greil Marcus

“One of America’s best conduits of antiquity” – Pitchfork







Tour Dates

29/07/14 Frank Fairfield in Oberhausen, DE Drucklufthaus
30/07/14 Frank Fairfield in Schorndorf, DE Manufaktur
31/07/14 Frank Fairfield in Berlin, DE Monarch
02/08/14 Frank Fairfield in Katowice, PL OFF Festival
06/08/14 Frank Fairfield in Haarlem, NL Parksessies
08/08/14 Frank Fairfield in Leicester, UK The Cookie Jar
09/08/14 Frank Fairfield in Stockport, UK Roman Lakes
10/08/14 Frank Fairfield in Oxfordshire, UK Supernormal Festival
11/08/14 Frank Fairfield in Newcastle, UK Cluny w/ Richard Dawson
12/08/14 Frank Fairfield in Leeds, UK Hifi Club w/ Richard Dawson
13/08/14 Frank Fairfield in Exeter, UK Phoenix w/ Richard Dawson
14/08/14 Frank Fairfield in London, UK Red Gallery w/ Richard Dawson
15/08/14 Frank Fairfield in Bristol, UK The Lantern (Colston Hall) w/ Richard Dawson
16/08/14 Frank Fairfield in Glanusk Estate, UK Green Man Festival
17/08/14 Frank Fairfield in Kemerton, UK The Crown
17/08/14 Frank Fairfield in Bath, UK The Bell lunchtime show
20/08/14 Frank Fairfield in Copenhagen, DK Jazzhouse
22/08/14 Frank Fairfield in Héde, FR Theatre De Poche Bonus Festival
24/08/14 Frank Fairfield in Utrecht, NL DB’s
26/08/14 Frank Fairfield in Brussels, BE Feeërieën




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