Corey Kilgannon // Mark Ward

Corey Kilgannon // Mark Ward

Performers:
Corey Kilgannon
The Bartlett
All Ages
All sales are final. Doors are typically at 7:30pm. All shows are standing room only with wall benches unless otherwise noted.

Born in the outskirts of NYC and spending his formative years in Jacksonville beach, Corey Kilgannon, an emerging indie/folk artist from everywhere and nowhere, brings revelations from his examined past, thoughts of the present, and hopes for the future through a voice that ebbs and flows from sweet sensitivity to raw, emotional pleading.

Corey’s never been one to shy away from difficult topics of discussion, and his blunt honesty coupled with his sensitivity, vulnerability, and longing for unity, has silenced and captivated audiences whether they’re listening from The Showbox in Seattle or from an oversized bean bag chair at an intimate house show. He has shared stages with Jon Foreman, John Paul White Joseph, Penny & Sparrow, David Ramirez, and most recently joined Johnnyswim on the west coast leg of their MOONLIGHT tour. He brings with him a communal, lonely closeness each and every time he performs.

You could call Corey a present-day protest singer, but that might rush to conclusions of an accusatory blame-game style, and would fail to elevate his more unifying call-to-action and call-to-attention approach to his stark honesty. Corey chooses discomfort over accessibility, and self-awareness over self-indulgence. He creates a seemingly paradoxical space of thought-provoking escapism with his music. Throughout all of his discography, Corey reveals to his listeners the at times lonely but crucial nature of belonging to oneself. Drudging up and working through one’s past, while also ruminating on and participating in conversations of our present failings as a country is necessary to holistic humanity, and Corey holds both of these truths so preciously.

“Home of the Estranged,” the leading single from his upcoming As Above, So Below (due August 23rd), sets the tone for the whole record. The song takes a traditional American tune and delves into many of our country’s darker sides such as racism, the increasing separation between different religious backgrounds, and our propensity to hideout in our ideological and doctrinal trenches, and concludes with pondering a love that could somehow unite us.

Venue Information:
The Bartlett
228 W Sprague Ave
Spokane, WA, 99201