Marathon Music Works

Passenger

Passenger

The Once, Stu Larsen

Sun, August 3, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Marathon Music Works

Nashville, TN

$25 ADV/DOS

This event is 18 and over

Minors are welcome but must meet these requirements:
1. Minor must present a valid government issued form of identification. Examples include drivers license, passport, military ID, and birth certificate. (non-photo ID is acceptable for minors only). All patron's not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian must present valid government issued photo identification for entry.
2. The minor's legal guardian must attend & accompany the minor at all times.
3. The parent or legal guardian must present valid government issued photo identification for entry.
4. The parent or legal guardian must present proof of guardianship.
Please call 615-891-1781 with any questions
Absolutely no refunds - no exceptions. Lineups and times are subject to change.
Gov't issued ID required. No re-entry.

Passenger
Passenger
The last year or so has certainly been a wild and wonderful ride for Passenger, aka Mike Rosenberg: from years dedicated to busking the streets of towns and cities across the globe, to sudden worldwide recognition with his international hit "Let Her Go."

Long before Passenger's unmistakable voice unexpectedly found a home on mainstream radio waves around the world, thanks in large part to his breakthrough track "Let Her Go" (a #1 chart-topper in 16 countries), Rosenberg was committed to taking his music to the people literally one street at a time.

When the Brighton UK-born artist's band broke up in 2007, Rosenberg inadvertently set about forging his own musical path as a genuine troubadour. He held onto the band's name, Passenger, and began travelling from town to town, across countries and continents, armed with only his guitar and his voice and a swag of unique songs. He played them to whoever would listen, wherever, and for whatever loose change they might be willing to spare.

"I've basically funded my last four records from busking," says Mike. "The busking pays for everything really. It's an amazing thing to have stumbled upon because the dilemma for every musician is -- how do I put a hundred per cent of myself into my music whilst keeping myself together? It's not a new problem -- it's always been the case -- but with busking I found I could make a bit of money and at the same time spread the word and grow a fan base. Honestly, the more I do it, the more I enjoy it. It's great that it's getting bigger for me. I feel very lucky to be able to play some really big gigs and festivals now but I still love playing in the street and want to carry on doing so for as long as it's possible. It has become a way of life and I really start to miss it if I don't do it for a while."

Passenger's fortunes began to rise in late 2009 when he decided to take a working summer holiday to Sydney, Australia -- and immediately fell in with a crowd of likeminded souls. Mike was warmly embraced by the local independent music community and was soon sharing bills with some of the scene's leading singer/songwriters. At the same time his busking sessions in various Australian cities had a genuine groundswell effect, laying the foundation of a solid national fanbase.

In late 2010, Passenger released what would be his third post-band album, "Flight Of The Crow," a collaboration with many of those new Australian music mates guesting in the studio. The record helped establish Passenger as one of the most popular new acts on the Australian live circuit and started to regularly sell out rooms and theatres of 500-plus across the country.

Trips back home to the UK, through Europe and over to North America -- busking and playing shows -- provided the the groundwork for what followed. Back in Australia, Passenger set to work on what would become his defining work so far, "All The Little Lights," released early in 2012. The album proved itself to be a slow burner. It debuted at #9 on the national Australian charts, but it wasn't until the release of its second single, "Let Her Go," that the rest of the world began to tune in.

In the meantime Passenger hit the road again, personally taking his music to the people. He hooked up with an old friend along the way, a fellow travelling musician on his own upward trajectory, British singer/songwriter, Ed Sheeran. "We used to play in rooms of six people," Ed has joked of their brothers-in-arms friendship, adding in all seriousness: "Mike has made four of my favourite CDs."

Undoubtedly, Sheeran has played a great part in helping introduce Passenger to the international mainstream -- the pair played dozens of shows together across Europe, Australia and North America. As a result, "All The Little Lights" has now achieved Top 10 chart status in over a dozen countries, while "Let Her Go" has topped the 2.5 million mark in global sales, as well as over 78 million YouTube hits so far.

It's certainly been a remarkable trip for Rosenberg of late, yet you feel this is only the start of the journey. 2013 will see him make countless European festival appearances, as well as more touring across Europe, North America and Australia.

Of course, you can still catch Passenger busking in almost every city he visits -- only nowadays, it's pretty much standing-room only!
The Once
The Once
Named for a unique Newfoundland phrase that means 'imminently', now is indeed the time for The Once.

From their beginnings as three actors who also loved to sing together, The Once has embraced a different vision of Newfoundland music. Their sounds do not come from the noisy pubs and dockside taverns that fuel so much of the Island's energy. Instead, their music comes from a quieter and more thoughtful place. Hope and tragedy are intertwined in their music, whether they are singing an old lament from World War I, original songs that speak of love defeated, or tasteful songs from the artists whose music inspires them.

Their title of their new album comes from a poem by poet George Murray, a poem that so inspired them they built a song around it. Song For Memory speaks of the power of words and music to freeze time and emotions, to make small moments large, and large moments small. The song's climax features the memorable line, "row upon row, of the people you know", life's expectations writ both in a personal and expansive way at the same time.

As a trio, the band has kept it uncomplicated, depending on the power of their voices and acoustic instruments. Lead singer Geraldine Hollett, has an instrument of rare power; she is a singer who can still a noisy room, so expressive she can tell a novel-length story with a few words. Accompanied by Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and bouzouki, they create a perfect blend of voice and melody. Sometimes melancholy, sometimes funny, always poignant,The Once sound like nothing else that has ever come from Newfoundland.

Their debut album has built a gradual but fervent following, and their live show is unique in its combination of intimacy and power. They have won several East Coast Music and Canadian Folk Music awards, and the country is slowly waking up to just what an amazing band they are. Since they signed to Borealis Records in 2010, they have toured through out the country and Europe, drawing huge crowds and glowing reviews wherever they go. With Row Upon Row of the People They Know, The Once will take their place amongst Canada's finest performers.
Stu Larsen
"I've only got one pair of shoes comforting these weary feet, cos' a man who owns too much is like a song without a beat, left feeling incomplete"

Stu Larsen was born in the town of Dalby, in Australia, a close-knit, religious community of less than 10,000 people. Nothing much happened in Dalby and that was pretty much how folks liked it. Predictability was what made people feel comfortable and Stu's career in a local Bank meant that by the age of 23, his life was pretty well mapped out for him.

However, the call of the wild and the lure of the unknown led Stu to leave his job, his family and the familiarity of his small town in Queensland to follow a path of exploration and wandering -- sharing his love of music with everyone he encountered along the way.

Stu's natural inspiration comes from an acute perception for the detail and beauty in everyday things and experiences and his need to keep moving on helps to maintain the freshness and sharpness of these observations that then manifest in his music and the continuous photographic account that comprises his enigmatic 'instagram' -- a unique pictorial portrait of his eclectic journeys and experiences.

In 2010, whilst working on the 'Boy and Bear' tour in Australia, Stu met Mike Rosenberg (of 'Passenger'), back in the days when money was tight and touring meant shared rooms and forged close friendships. Mike was moved by the quality of Stu's insightful material and invited him to support and tour-manage him. And thus, the latest chapter began. Alongside the madness and fame brought about for Mike by the massive success of 'Let Her Go', Stu kept on doing what he loves best -- just travelling, sharing his music and taking pictures -- but now with much broader horizons and to much larger audiences, building up a stronger and stronger following along the road. His unassuming conviction that life in Dalby and a job at the bank was not everything that was meant for him and his openness and willingness to take things as they come, make him a charismatic and popular figure and has created openings, journeys and lasting friendships that have formed and enabled the foundation and development of his art.

The dichotomy of lengthy journeys however is that of many new friendships contrasted with an inevitable sense of loneliness. Life on the road and a dedication to his music and photography have contributed an ethereal, searching and sometimes sentimental air to his music -- perhaps the effect of knowing that tomorrow always means moving on. But whilst there is an air of meandering and he alludes to 'exploring and wandering' and the fleeting nature of so many encounters along the way, his journey now seems more focused than ever.

Stu has already achieved a #2 on the Australian singer-songwriter chart. Amazingly -- and almost uniquely, this was been achieved without management or the backing of a label and was funded entirely by the sale of albums at gigs along his journey. Now, for 2014, Stu plans an album release and a solo tour of Australia, the UK, Europe and America. As industry awareness increases and his fan base extrapolates, Stu's wider journeys and adventures are becoming a reality. Stu still feels he's a 'Vagabond' and a traveler and whilst he now enters possibly the most exciting and important phase of his life and career so far, his genuine and unassuming personality together with a dedication to his art and his heritage, will ensure that Stu's appeal continues to grow as his journey widens.