Avourneen to Bring Seminal Bob Dylan Album ‘Blood on the Tracks’ to Life at the Clocktower Cabaret on Nov. 19
DENVER – Members of one of Colorado’s most popular Celtic folk acts will perform one of Bob Dylan’s most enduring albums at one of Denver’s most elegant venues.
The Irish folk act Avourneen will perform a track-by-track recreation of “Blood on the Tracks,” a record that marked a creative pinnacle in Bob Dylan’s long and storied musical career, at the Clocktower Cabaret on Sunday, Nov. 19. The 1975 album features Dylan classics like “Tangled Up in Blue” and “Shelter from the Storm,” and Avourneen’s live interpretation will mirror the sound and sonic structure of the album.
This is the first time that Adam Goldstein, Avourneen’s lead guitarist and vocalist, has tackled Dylan’s masterpiece. In 2013, Goldstein performed the album as part of Twist and Shout’s “On the Cover” concert series, playing all 10 tracks solo with only guitar and harmonica as accompaniment. The upcoming performance at the Clocktower will feature an expanded approach to the musical tribute, featuring Avourneen band members CL Morden on violin and keyboards and bassist Kenny Martinez, as well as special musical guests.
Since forming in 2014, Avourneen has rapidly gained a reputation as one of Colorado’s most active and accomplished Celtic acts. They’ve been a regular feature of high-profile events like the Colorado Irish Festival and the Cheyenne Celtic Festival, and they’ve played venues across the West. The members of the band boast a wide range of experience in all genres, from classical music to contemporary pop tunes.
At their heart, however, Avourneen is an Irish act. According to Goldstein, there’s a strong link between the traditional music of Ireland and the more modern stylings of Dylan, a Nobel Prize winner and one of America’s best-known folk masters.
“Irish balladry is all about good storytelling, and that’s one of Dylan’s greatest strengths,” Goldstein said. “The intricate, involved tales on ‘Blood on the Tracks’ echo the narrative folk tradition of Ireland, and his instrumentation on that record is right up Avourneen’s alley. It’s all about compelling stories backed up by equally compelling acoustic music.”
Avourneen will return to the Clocktower Cabaret for the performance, and the venue has a special significance for the band. The band hosted its first CD release show at the Clocktower in 2014, and Goldstein has been a regular feature of the club for nearly a decade. The band is excited to bring ‘Blood on the Tracks’ to life in one of Denver’s most unique and intimate venues.
Tickets for the performance start at $15. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Clocktower Cabaret website.