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American singer-songwriter Vikesh Kapoor heading for Newcastle's Cluny 2

American songwriter Vikesh Kapoor is out to boost his UK profile with tour on the back of his debut album

American songwriter and performer Vikesh Kapoor
American songwriter and performer Vikesh Kapoor

American singer-songwriter Vikesh Kapoor will be introducing himself to a North East audience on his debut headline tour of the UK and Ireland.

He opened for American alt-country duo The Handsome Family (aka Brett and Rennie Sparks) on a tour of the country last year and is now back to go it alone.

Brought up in Pennsylvania, Kapoor saw his first album released least year.

The Ballad Of Willy Robbins was described as “an impressive debut” by The Observer and “a series of sharply etched portraits of struggling Americans that points back along a road of socially conscious songs” by The New Yorker.

It was picked by the Rough Trade record shops as one of their albums of 2014 and will figure prominently on the tour which brings him to Newcastle’s Cluny 2 on March 5.

Kapoor, the son of immigrants, was inspired by Howard Zinn, an American historian, writer and activist whose part in bombing a French seaside resort of Royan in the closing months of the Second World War, during which he served in the US Army Air Force, turned him against war.

Bombardier Zinn, the son of Jewish immigrants and eager to fight fascism, learned long after this particular raid that it had resulted in the deaths of a few German soldiers hiding in a wood but also more than 1,000 French civilians.

Zinn, who became a political science professor at Boston University, died in 2010 and Vikesh Kapoor performed at his memorial service.

The musician has said it was partly Zinn’s battle against class and race injustice that inspired him to set to work on his album, loosely based on a newspaper article about a working class man who gradually loses everything.

The promoters bringing Kapoor to the UK this time urge us to see him live.

“Do so and wonder how it is that such a hugely talented songwriter and captivating performer isn’t already a household name,” they say.

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