According to reliable sources, Gillian Welch, Beck and Conor Oberst, Nebraska-born Simon Joyner is one of America’s best singer-songwriters. Despite this, since his debut in the early 90s, he has been an artist who has flown a bit under the radar.
Named after Paul Simon, the 53-year-old Joyner has more Bob Dylan, Townes van Zandt and Mark Olson about him than the former half of Simon & Garfunkel. Simon Joyner is known for the so-called “Peel Incident” when the British disc jockey Joh Peel played Joyner’s entire album The Cowardly Traveler Pays his Toll from the first to the last track directly on a radio broadcast.
Simon Joyner comes to Fasching with his trio consisting of old friends guitarist and pianist Michael Krassner and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm. The concert is a rare opportunity to hear Joyner’s music in the constellation that was behind the records “Yesterday, Tomorrow & In Between”, “The Lousy Dance” and “Hotel Lives”.
The Simon Joyner Trio has two support acts this evening at Fasching in Jon Collin and Sir Richard Bishop. The evening begins with Jon Collin from Great Britain, who now lives and works in Sweden. He makes abstract music with acoustic and electric string instruments. Collin has collaborated with Demdike Stare and with Sarah Hughes and Bill Nace. He also runs the record label Early Music.
Sir Richard Bishop is an experimental guitarist whose improvisations and compositions often reflect traditional music from India, the Middle East and North Africa. He is perhaps best known as a founding member – along with brother Alan Bishop – of experimental eclectic pioneers Sun City Girls, and also as a co-founder of the record label Sublime Frequency.