Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & The Cairo Gang + Susanna
Teatro Aveirense, Aveiro, Portugal
Recording Equipment: CA Cardioids > STC 9100 > Tascam DR-0706.06.2010
You never know what to expect from Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Will Oldham's complex and fascinating pseudonym. Yesterday night, in Aveiro, he was in a good mood, he was wearing an incredibly tacky outfit and, most noticeably, he was shaved -- he still had a nice mustache, but that's nothing compared to his previous ambitious beard. He was also accompanied by Emmet Kelly of The Cairo Gang on the acoustic guitar, Susanna of Susanna and The Magical Orchestra on the vocals and special guest Shahzad Ismaily of Secret Chiefs 3 on the electric guitar. For one and a half hour they took us to the heart of the old America through beautiful alt.Country landscapes and stories about freedom, love and sex.
The setlist was mainly focused on the tracks from the Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & The Cairo Gang collaboration album, The Wonder Show Of The World, released earlier this year. To avoid running out of songs, they also turned to the traditional american folk songbook ("Love Is Teasing", "In Spite of Ourselves", "Shine It On Me", "It's Been Rough And Rocky Travellin'") and Susanna's material ("Better Days", "Home Recording"). For the 5-song encore, Bonnie broke the protocol and played a classic from his own solo discography -- nothing less than a completely acoustic version of the much-requested "I See A Darkness". You can watch a video of this memorable moment here and, of course, download the complete live recording below.Setlist:
1. Troublesome Houses | 2. Where The Wind Blows | 3. Love Is Teasing | 4. With Cornstalks and Among Them | 5. Teach Me To Bear You | 6. The Sounds Are Always Begging | 7. Home Recording | 8. Better Days | 9. Someone Coming Through | 10. Go Folks, Go | 11. That's What Our Love Is | 12. Say Goodbye | 13. In Spite Of Ourselves | (Encore) | 14. Shine It On | 15. Midday | 16. Kids | 17. I See A Darkness | 18. It's Been Rough and Rocky Travellin'
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & The Cairo Gang - Go Folks, Go Live in Aveiro by ashtapes