Frank Fairfield is a sensation, even if he is not letting off fire crackers or constantly uploading to YouTube. He is a banjo picker. A fiddle hummer. A song singer. The music he plays, creates, and performs is the music that carried all of us, from all over the world, to the place (wherever that place may be) we are now. He plays the American landscape, the one he himself sees and experiences. He goes about it with the only tools necessary, as any good craftsman would. A man not competing with time, only living in his own.
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. 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.
Loved by many he has toured with Cass McCombs, Fleet Foxes, Charlie Parr and released on his own Pawn imprint plus Jack White‘s Third Man records and Tompkins Square. His latest touring adventures have seen him storming OFF Festival in Poland with fiddling accomplice Zac Sokolow, as well as embarking on a string of UK dates with Richard Dawson.
“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
No shows booked at the moment.