Antifolk star plays rare gig

Cult figure: New York singer Lach

Cult figure: New York singer Lach

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Antifolk hero Lach is to play an exclusive gig in a Lancaster pub.

The Brooklyn born cult musician, who spearheaded the New York movement which spawned stars including Beck, Suzanne Vega, Jeffrey Lewis and The Moldy Peaches among others, will play at the city’s Yorkshire House on May 25.

As a child, he trained as a classical pianist but changed direction on hearing bands like The Sex Pistols, The Jam and The Clash for the first time.

He turned to songwriting, inspired by Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Woody Guthrie, he moved to Greenwich Village’s Folk City in the early 1980s, then opened his own illegal late night club, The Fort, in New York’s Lower East Side.

He has released only six albums over a 20 year career and tours very rarely so his appearance in Lancaster is a special event. Marc Nellis of ECB Promotions who are staging the gig, said: “He really is a cult music figure and it’s not often we get people like him playing the Yorkshire House.”

Tickets will be just £5 on the door.