Acclaimed South African-born, Colorado-based indie-folk singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov visits the Venue, Ratoath, as part of an Ireland and UK tour beginning at the Venue on 20th October, in support of his current album 'This Empty Northern Hemisphere'. Touring as a three-piece, accompanied by Ramaya Soskin and Bonnie Paine, Gregory will also be previewing material from his eagerly anticipated new album which is due for release next year.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and now calling Colorado home, Gregory Alan Isakov has been travelling all his life. Songs that hone a masterful quality beyond his years, tell a story of miles and landscapes, and the search for a sense of place.
Music has been a stabilizing and constant force. He says: "I've always had this sense about music and writing, that I sort of have to do it. Like I'll implode without it. I probably wouldn't do it if I felt any other way."
His song-craft lends to the deepest lyrical masterpieces, with hints of his influences, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen. He has been described as "strong, subtle, a lyrical genius" but the source of his writing often remains a mystery to him. "My songs have nothing to do with me; they have a life of their own. A lot of times I won't know what a song is about when I'm writing it. It just has a certain feeling about it."
Gregory has played numerous music festivals and venues across the US, Canada, and Europe. When he is not on the road or writing, he is in his garden. A degree in horticulture might seem contradictory to a life spent in motion, but Gregory finds balance in the quiet concentration of the work, creating roots that keep him connected to home. Gregory is now back in the studio recording a new album.