Crossed Wires Acoustic
No, don’t bother – your record player isn’t broken. We actually are going on again about Hong Kong’s emerging folk scene. That’s right. Over the past year or so, we’ve talked quite a bit about what we like to call ‘fragrant harbour folk’, mainly because it’s palpably the most exciting development in Hong Kong’s music scene in quite a while.
Yes, we’ve gone on about the acoustic-centric acts flying the folk flag – 9 Maps, Noughts and Exes, Sun Eskimos, Jing Wong – quite a bit (guilty, as charged). But what hasn’t been talked about much has been the increasing emergence of nights for the lone singer-songwriter, spilling their heart out armed only with a guitar.
Nights like Acoustic Angst – a monthly showcase organised by Stuart Lennon – shows at Sheung Wan café Java Java, a new gig at Kwun Tong venue Strategic Sounds and unplugged lineups at the Fringe Club have all become platforms for budding singer-songwriters. And now, Lennon, along with Hungry Ghosts’ frontman Luke Chow, are creating a new showcase called Crossed Wires Acoustic, which they hope can help take fragrant harbour folk to the next level.
“We want to create a showcase for the best acoustic acts in Hong Kong in a venue that’s well suited to acoustic performances, has good sound, isn’t small but is still intimate,” says Lennon. “We want a night with a real sense of event – something that musicians aspire to perform at, and where the audience gets a high quality performance.”
Scene favourites 9 Maps, the David Bowie Knives, Head Clowns and Noughts & Exes’ Winnie Lau all feature in the inaugural show, which Lennon and Chow hope will really cement the scene. And, if it does, you can be sure that we’ll be going on about it again. And again. And, probably, again.
Crossed Wires Acoustic is at Dharma Den on Sat Jul 21.