The start of 2019 saw spirited musician and multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick release an entire album devoted to the songs of Arthur Russell. The diverse collection, named Peter Broderick & Friends Play Arthur Russell is a vibrant and joyful tribute to one of Broderick’s greatest heroes, and includes ten renditions of Arthur Russell’s songs. Today Broderick announces a special tour where he will be performing material that inspired the album – dates and details below.
Peter has also shared some brand new video footage following a recent visit to a radio studio in Barcelona where he performed other Arthur Russell songs that aren’t on this particular collection, one of which has yet to be released in its original version (‘I Wish I Had A Brother’). Listen to both below.
Peter Broderick Plays Arthur Russell live dates:
18 August: Kilyon Manor @ Another Love Story Festival
20 August: Edinburgh @ Summerhall
21 August: Aberdeen @ The Lemon Tree
22 August: Liverpool @ 24 Kitchen Street
23 August: Leeds @ Headrow House
24 August: Manchester @ Soup Kitchen
About the album Peter Broderick & Friends Play Arthur Russell…
What began as an idea from his former Efterklang bandmate Rasmus Stolberg – who invited Peter to perform an entire set of Arthur Russell songs at his festival in Denmark – evolved into a passionate voyage of discovery, when Broderick’s live performances caught the attention of Arthur Russell’s long-time partner Tom Lee. This connection has since led to Broderick examining some of the remaining archival work, and performing audio restoration on some of the old tapes, finding himself closer to Arthur Russell’s music than he could have ever anticipated. Broderick’s strong love for his work has grown exponentially, as he delved deep into the psyche of his hero, listening to hours and hours of unreleased material. Inspired to learn some of this music himself, Broderick also discovered that some of his favourite Arthur Russell songs have yet to be heard.
The album was recorded in the state of Maine, where most of Arthur’s surviving family are based, where Broderick himself was born back in 1987 and with a large cast of friends and family, including Arthur Russell’s niece Rachel Henry and nephew Beau Lisy – full credits below. The cover is adorned with an original painting by Tom Lee.