London songwriter Keaton Henson is a mystery. When heartbreak inspired the 23-year-old illustrator to record a collection of finger-plucked, darkly intimate tunes in his bedroom several years ago, he had no idea that his self-release would garner over 4000 downloads and a rabid following of fans desperate to find out more about the reclusive singer. But he doesn’t like to do interviews and due to crippling panic attacks he rarely plays live, spending most of his time either writing music or drawing. Last night at Blackall Studios we were lucky enough to see his music life and his art life collide. To celebrate both the proper release of his debut album ‘Dear…, out April 2, and his awesome ‘wordless’ graphic novel ‘Gloaming’ he’s taken over the studios today and tomorrow (March 21/22, 10am-6pm ) to put on a unique audiovisual experience. On the white walls of the studio hang his illustrations, but in the centre of the room is a small, specially constructed wooden house, with headphones and a hole through which to place your head. Inside the house is a small projection of Henson performing songs, with just a guitar and a mic. Pop in if you can – this is a really special one-off event.
For info, see KeatonHenson.com.