Ed Askew + Orion's Belt - 1st August
Ed Ed Ed Askew is an American painter and singer-songwriter who first recorded in 1968 and now lives in New York City. He moved to New Haven in New York to study painting at Yale School of Art in 1963 and took up, more or less, permanent residence there until leaving for New Haven in 1987.
After graduating from art school in 1966, Askew was called up for the draft. Not feeling particularly enthusiastic about going to war at age 26, he looked for a teaching job and found work at a private prep school in Connecticut. It was while teaching he started making songs; he also acquired his Martin Tiple at this time. "I must have written 25 songs that semester; all of the material on Unicorn and possibly some stuff on Little Eyes" he says. The singer-songwriter moved to New York for a few months in 1967 where he met Bernard Stollman of ESP-Disk, who offered him a contract. Between 1968 and 1986, Ed lived, mostly, in New Haven; doing occasional shows with his band, and later doing solo shows there. Around 1987, Ed moved to New York City, where he continued to write and record songs, and occasionally perform.Pitchfork and many other high-profile music media praised his work, labeling him as a NY legend. and in 2013 he released his album, For the World featuring collaborations with Sharon Van Etten amongst others.
Orion's Belt is the new project of Vinnie Blackwell, best known as the superb vocalist of Trembling Bells. Orion's Belt features members of Trembling Bells and Big Hogg.