New Gods is the long-awaited second album by Withered Hand (aka Edinburgh-based folk-rock troubadour Dan Willson), released earlier this year via Fortuna POP! (UK/Europe) andSlumberland (US/Canada). The eleven meditations on love, fidelity and transience therein see Willson’s songwriting hit dizzying heights: by turns confessional and melancholy, raucous and life-affirming; his trademark dark humour turned down a wee notch; life, in all its many facets, turned up to full.
Support comes from Hawker Reunion, an alt-folk group who write songs through the rain of Manchester. With leanings towards M Ward, Phosphorescent and Will Oldham, the group started as a recording project and over recent months have begun turning themselves to live performance, already supporting acts such as The Wave Pictures, Ethan Johns, Sweet Baboo and Monument Valley.
Hey! Manchester promotes gigs by folk, Americana and experimental bands from around the world in Manchester, England.