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Clubs & Concerts

Frank Fairfield

When: Sat., Aug. 10, 5-8 p.m. 2013

In the last half-decade, the California multi-instrumentalist Frank Fairfield has issued a handful of his own acclaimed records and archival collections of near-extinct 78 RPM singles through the fantastic roots music emissary Tompkins Square Records. But in May, he self-released the 12-song Ingleside in a limited edition of 500 simply printed compact discs. The homespun quality suits Fairfield, an ancient soul trapped in lanky, 28-year-old physical form. Though there's just one man bowing the fiddle or fretting the banjo on these numbers, they're visceral and quaking, with each note played and word sung stinging like a raw feeling. During "Cottage by the Sea," for instance, Fairfield longs for the innocent elation of childhood, a hint of falsetto curling forward and out, the imprint of prepubescent memory set free. Fairfield makes very old songs feel very new and personal, as though he's just plucked them from a back-pocket notebook. —Grayson Currin

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