Robyn Hitchcock, one of England’s most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers will be on stage at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Saturday, January 25. Ed Cotton and Shane Myers will open the evening.
Despite having been persistently branded as eccentric or quirky for much of his career, Hitchcock has continued to develop his whimsical repertoire, deepen his surreal catalog, and expand his devoted audience beyond the boundaries of cult stature. He is among alternative rock’s father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan. Starting his career as a folkie in Cambridge, England, Hitchcock has been compared to such other British folk-rock figures as Roy Harper and the Incredible String Band, specifically because of his acoustic guitar and loopy vocal style, though his rock voice bears shades of John Lennon and Syd Barrett. Switching gears early to front the Soft Boys, a punk-era band specializing in melodic, chiming jangle pop and clever lyrics, it wasn’t long before he quit the band life and made his solo debut.
In 2007, Hitchcock became the subject of a documentary by director John Edginton — a behind-the-scenes look at Hitchcock’s work with Nick Lowe, John Paul Jones, Peter Buck, Bill Rieflin, Gillian Welch, and other collaborators in the Venus 3 project. A companion live EP of the Venus 3’s subsequent American tour was released at the same time. In late 2007, Yep Roc began reissuing all of Hitchcock’s earlier work, culminating in the boxed collection I Wanna Go Backwards. Hitchcock delved back into the archives for 2008’s Shadow Cat, a collection of unreleased material from the latter half of the ’90s, and also for Luminous Groove, a box set of early Egyptians releases and rarities. Goodnight Oslo, his second release with the Venus 3, and the live CD/DVD set I Often Dream of Trains in New York arrived in 2009. The following year, Hitchcock dropped Propellor Time, a collaboration with the Smiths’ Johnny Marr, Nick Lowe, and John Paul Jones (as well as the Venus 3) that was three years in the making. An all-new solo outing, Love From London, arrived on March 4, 2013, a day after his 60th birthday.
Tickets for this seated show will go on sale this Saturday, December 14 at 10AM. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and St. Augustine Amphitheatre box offices, findmytix.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets.
SHOW: Robyn Hitchcock with Ed Cotton and Shane Myers
DATE: Saturday, January 25, 2014
TIME: Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm
TICKET PRICE: 1st Six Rows: $40.00; All Remaining Rows: $30.00
WEBSITES: http://robynhitchcock.com/, pvconcerthall.com, findmytix.com