David Eugene Edwards

QUICK, what comes to mind when you hear the name Denver, Colorado? Chances are it won’t be a music group as precious few Mile-High City bands ever go on to national fame – much less international. Woven Hand is an exception. Born out of the ashes of 16 Horsepower, another Colorado aberration to the Atlantic cross-over rule, Woven Hand bring together a rich catalogue of elements such as neo-folk, alt country, post-rock, punk, industrial music, old-time music and Native American music. Their sound is reminiscent of the spirit of bygone fire and brimstone preachers of the American Deep South, with something of The Gun Club and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds lurking under the surface.

Woven Hand started out as a solo project of David Eugene Edwards in 2001 while 16 Horsepower was taking a temporary hiatus. After the latter band crumbled Edwards went on to devote his attention to Woven Hand, recruiting 16 Horsepower member Pascal Humbert to join him on bass along with Ordy Garrison on drums. On their current European tour the trio will be joined by Jeff Linsenmeir on piano/keyboards. The band has released eight albums to date, their latest being the critically acclaimed The Threshing Floor.

Woven Hand
Support: Rasmus
Kellerman (SWE)
Mon 31 May, 20:00 – 1:00.
Tavastia, Helsinki
Tickets: €20 (Door: €22)

For all of the fine musicianship in evidence, the power of the band lies with charismatic front-man Edwards, who switches between banjo, concertina and guitar while delivering scalding vocals and occasionally scolding lyrics. Edwards’ strong presence is contagious and their driving sound has been known to create a kind of frenzy in the audience. Their upcoming concert in Helsinki will be the band’s first visit to Finland. And, for the record, they are not actually from Denver, rather Elktooth, Colorado – which sounds like a much cooler town to call home.

Robin DeWan