Handsome Family

  • Tuesday | 10.05.11
  • 7.30pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • £12 General...


A night of wonderful alt country tales from the wild American landscape filled with superlative songwriting from the New Mexico’s Brett and Rennie Sparks – aka The Handsome Family.

Over the last two decades New Mexico based husband and wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks (aka The Handsome Family) have recorded and performed a series of albums that has established them as one of America’s finest songwriting partnerships and has seen them hailed as “country music’s answer to the White Stripes”. 

“they imply the wild things at civilization’s edge – brilliant!” Mojo

 “songs of weirdness and wonder, set in a half wild, half urban, entirely mysterious place” The Guardian


Until relatively recently The Handsome Family were a cherished secret, but a punishing tour schedule and word of mouth has meant sell-out concerts across the UK and Europe with appearances on The Culture Show, The Jonathan Ross Show, Andy Kershaw‘s award winning world music program for Radio 3 and Later With Jools Holland. More recently they appeared in Jim White‘s Searching For The Wrong Eyed Jesus – an award-winning Deep South travelogue for Arena. The band recently joined the likes of Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright and Linda Thompson for Hal Willner‘s Came So Far For Beauty – a musical celebration of the songs of Leonard Cohen that has so far been performed in Brighton, Dublin, NYC, and for three sell-out nights at the Sydney Opera House. Expect a night that’s full to the brim with beautiful music from two of America’s great new talents.

This concert will begin at 8pm but our Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open for delicious food and drinks from 5.30pm. Special Offer! Book you meal in advance and get free ‘lucky dip’ tickets for a future concert – click here now for details