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By WAYNE SAVAGE, entertainment writer
Friday, June 22, 2012
I Am Kloot’s John Bramwell plays Ipswich’s Christchurch Park this Sunday as part of Ip-Art.
Fans can expect some stripped-back versions of the Manchester rockers’ hits during the gig, in the specially-built spiegeltent, which starts at 8pm.
“I have a loose set list so if there’s songs that people want to hear then I usually do a bit of off-the-cuff stuff as well; as long as there are I Am Kloot songs,” he laughs.
“I tend to tell a few stories as well about what we’ve been up to and adventures we’ve had. I’ll be playing three songs off our sixth album out next January, provisonally called Smoke and Mirrors.”
He enjoys playing intimate gigs like Sunday’s, where he’s not tied to a set list. It’s also a rare chance for people to hear Kloot songs stripped down.
“It’s not often people get to hear them like that, so I really enjoy it; it’s a great contrast for me.”
John will also be performing songs from a mini-album made when he was 18 that’s just been re-released.
It’s hard to believe, but Kloot have been together ten years now.
“I think it took a few years for us to gather steam, we didn’t do any singles off our first two albums at all; we came from the gigging side of things. I think in a lot of people’s minds we’re kind of more recent than we actually are in a way,” he laughs.
Also performing at Sunday’s gig will be Cambridge-based Ethan Ash, who has already supported the likes of Ed Sheeran. Likened to artists like James Morrison and Ben Howard, he’s also performing at Ipswich Music Day for the first time on July 1.
“I’d been to it before when I was younger I think I must have been about 17, 18 and got a really nice vibe then. It’s quite a big gig and I’m just lucky I applied and they said yes.”
Tracks from his new EP Playing By Numbers, out on September 27, will get an airing at both gigs.
Ethan’s seen I Am Kloot live a couple of times and is looking forward to the gig.
“It’s supporting someone’s who’s respected and and the venue itself looks pretty special, I’ve never actually played in a spiegeltent.
“You get used to different venues like you used to get used to sticky floor kind of venues bit of a sense of stale beer but I like playing different venues but I still like the sticky floor kind with a bit of a sense of stale beer,” he laughs.
John is looking forward to hearing him play live.
“I thought it was great [samples of Ethan’s music] and I think it’ll work really well. I’m looking forward to it.”
Ip-Art runs to July 14 and includes comedy, dance, film, literature, music, cabaret, burlesque and open air performances.