April 9th, 2023 10pm Stage 1
Rory Lavelle is a Canadian singer-songwriter currently based in Berlin. His lyrical piano ballads have evoked comparisons to classic 70s troubadours like Randy Newman and Harry Nilsson, while his politically-charged lyrics puts him squarely in the tradition of pop radicals like John Lennon and Bob Dylan.
His debut EP ‘Just Watch TV and Worry’ was released in 2016, on the eve of Trump’s election. 2017 saw the release of the ‘Cassini’ EP, a space-themed psychedelic song cycle about our precarious planetary situation.
His third album, the 12-song ‘Cul-De-Sac’, was recorded at Berlin’s renowned Funkhaus studios, and marked his first release since relocating to Berlin. “My motto for this record was taped to the wall of my home studio while I was writing the songs,” he says. “It’s a
fragment of a poem I wrote, and it came to seem like a mission statement: ‘Articulating, in a single breath, / the hopelessness of our
predicament / and the certainty of our escape.’
Having played widely across Europe in recent years, and coming off a string of recent solo shows in Canada, Rory is looking forward to
bringing his music to Rockwood Music Hall for the first time. He will perform a mix of songs from his previous releases together with new
material from his forthcoming album, ‘Persons Without Bodies’.