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Folk music veteran Ed Askew plays first Berlin concert

The U.S.-American singer-songwriter performs Sep. 26 at Monarch

Ed Askew

25.09. – Originally released in 1968, Ed Askew's debut album Ask the Unicorn has become almost as hard to find as its namesake animal – and almost as legendary. Thankfully, the “acid folk masterpiece” will get a remastered reissue on vinyl, CD and as download on October 23 via Tin Angel Records (home of Baby Dee, Little Annie and others). In the meantime, the New Haven-based artist is touring through Europe, including a Berlin stop on September 26 at Monarch.

Askew was one of the first openly gay folk musicians during the hippie era (a notable coincidence, considering his legal surname is a word meaning “not straight”). Although he continued to write songs – and make paintings, the artist's other primary mode of expression – he didn't maintain a large public profile in the decades following the release of Unicorn. That changed in the early 2000s when his music was rediscovered by younger generations, prompting somewhat of a career renaissance with more prolific output.

On his current tour, Ed and his band (comprising musicians less than half his age) will be performing songs from his past and present, including some from his forthcoming album of new recordings. Fans of acoustic psychedelia – as well as of queer music pioneers – take note.

Joey Hansom

Ed Askew Sep. 26 at Monarch

 



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