Lawless Americana act The Felice Brothers to play Pocklington Arts Centre on June 23

The Felice Brothers: two brothers, Ian and James Felice, and two friends, Will Lawrence and Jesske Hume

THE Felice Brothers’ postponed June 2020 gig at Pocklington Arts Centre is now in the 2021 diary for June 23.

Ian and James Felice, who grew up in the Hudson valley of upstate New York, are self-taught musicians, inspired as much by Hart Crane and Whitman as by Woody Guthrie and Chuck Berry.

They began in 2006 by playing subway platforms and sidewalks in New York City and have since released nine albums of original, lawless Americana, country and folk rock songs.

In 2017, they served as the backing band for Conor Oberst’s album, Salutations. Two years later came Undress, an album whose stand-out songs were trailered by Ian Felice in a solo show at The Winning Post, York, in October 2018.

Undress, their first studio release in three years, will be prominent in their Pocklington set list, when Ian and James will be accompanied by drummer Will Lawrence and bassist Jesske Hume.

Tickets are on sale at £20 at pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk.

The Felice Brothers to play Pocklington Arts Centre summer gig

The Felice Brothers: two brothers, Ian and James Felice, and two friends, Will Lawrence and Jesske Hume

POCKLINGTON Arts Centre has snapped up The Felice Brothers for a summer gig after director Janet Farmer saw the Americana band at Willie Nelson’s ranch.

Brothers Ian and James Felice and their friends, drummer Will Lawrence and bass player Jesske Hume, have crossed the Big Pond this month for a winter tour that visits Leeds Brudenell Social Club on Monday.

They will return to these shores for more dates in a summer of American and European gigs, among them Pocklington Arts Centre on June 23.

A delighted Janet Farmer says: “I was privileged to see them at Luck Reunion, held at Willie Nelson’s ranch, and can highly recommend their unique brand of American folk rock. Expect a raucous and energetic performance that will be something to truly treasure.

“Tickets for this show will sell fast, so I would encourage you to get yours soon or risk missing out on what will be a sublime show.”

Ian and James Felice grew up in the Hudson valley of upstate New York. Self-taught musicians, inspired as much by Hart Crane and Slim Whitman as by Woody Guthrie and Chuck Berry, they began in 2006 by playing subway platforms and sidewalks in New York City.  

They have gone on to release nine albums of original songs, drawing comparison with Neil Young and Bob Dylan for their song-writing and lawless sound. Last year they returned from a three-year hiatus with Undress, whose songs will be complemented by a selection from their back catalogue on June 23.

Tickets for their 8pm Pock gig cost £20 on 01759 301547 or at pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk.

Did you know?

The Felice Brothers served as the backing band for Conor Oberst’s 2017 album Salutations and subsequent tour.