The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse (film screening, music, and Q&A)

The Grey Eagle and Worthwhile Sounds Present

The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse (film screening, music, and Q&A)

Angela Faye Martin, Martin McNeil

Thu, July 27, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is all ages


The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse
The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse
The film screening will be preceeded by two short sets of Sparklehorse tunes (and more) from Angela Faye Martin and Martin McNeill. Following the screening of the film, there will be a short Q&A with some of Mark Linkous's long time friends and collaborators.

A documentary about the late, enigmatic indie-rocker, Mark Linkous, (aka Sparklehorse) will make both its U.S and European debut this April (2016). The Film’s U.S. premiere will be in Linkous’ hometown of Richmond, Virginia with screenings following at the Chattanooga and Macon Film Festivals and then making it’s European debut at IndieLisboa (Portugal) with further festival dates to follow.

A cult and hugely influential figure in the alternative music scene, the critically-acclaimed Linkous had a dramatic life that saw him battle with drug and alcohol addiction, paralysis, and debilitating mental illness that resulted in his eventual suicide.

Sparklehorse’s music was heralded by his peers and critics; a mix of delicate pop, discordant punk and melodic odyssey; it has been described as "defiantly surrealist... with all manner of references to smiling babies, organ music, birds, and celestial bodies.” Collaborators included PJ Harvey, Tom Waits, The Flaming Lips, Danger Mouse, David Lynch, Thom Yorke (Radiohead), and Nina Persson (The Cardigans) to name but a few.

After Linkous’ tragic suicide in 2010, U.K. based filmmakers Alex Crowton and Bobby Dass were inspired to create a film about Mark’s life and music, having previously worked with the singer to make promo film. They would invite Linkous’ friend and collaborator, Angela Faye Martin to invoke a narrative about the artist’s darkly powerful oeuvre.

With an eye for the poignancy of his brief life of 47 years, they embarked on a loving portrayal of the life and work of a creative genius at odds with his world – anti-creative forces Linkous metaphorically referred to as, ‘witches of white noise’.

The film features interviews with Linkous himself as well as; Jonathan Donahue & Grasshopper (Mercury Rev), Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), David Lowery (Camper Van Beethoven), Emily Haines (Metric), Adrian Utley (Portishead), John Parish (PJ Harvey), Matthew Wright, Ed Harcourt, Gemma Hayes and others.

COLD MOUNTAIN novelist Charles Frazier on the film: “Mark Linkous’s music—the long chords, distortions, and halting rhythms— is like the sound of someone thinking, feeling, and creating at just the moment I hit play. Among the many praiseworthy elements of this movie is it’s restraint. In telling the tragic, truncated life, it never for a moment forgets that the true story lies in the beauty of the achievement.”
Angela Faye Martin
Angela Faye Martin
Writing songs and wandering the wilds of western North Carolina is Angela Faye Martin's passion. Before moving to rural Macon County, she spent her early days leading bands in Georgia that ranged from jangly rock to proto-punk-funk. During a spate of songwriting after her arrival, she met an an 88 year-old WWII vet who lived across the mountain from her and who introduced her to his remote rural neighbor, Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse. They became fast friends, and when they weren't perusing the contents of abandoned mountain homesteads full of mouldering lace and broken clocks, she and Linkous would collaborate on a collection of her deeply personal and place-based songs for an lp entitled, PICTURES FROM HOME (Totemgirl Records, 2009). In the aftermath of Linkous's untimely passing in 2010, she began work on ANNIVERSARY (Totemgirl Records, 2013), an lp full of memorial for her late friend. It was during this grief that she met English filmmakers, Alex Crowton and Bal Dass who would inspire her to write and narrate the tribute documentary "The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse".
Martin McNeil
Martin McNeil
Hailing originally from London, McNeil released his country drenched and melancholic debut album ‘Martin McNeil & The Dissidents’ in September 2012.

The forthcoming ‘Silver Moon" album reunites McNeil with longtime collaborator and producer Mark McRae. Recorded in Woodstock, London & Berlin the sessions feature an eclectic ensemble of celebrated musicians inc. Jerry Marotta (Stevie Nicks, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney), Brad Pemberton (Ryan Adams / Willie Nelson) and Jon Graboff (Norah Jones / Mavis Staples). Silver Moon is due for release June 2016.

An atmospheric, evocative and cinematic songwriter, McNeil's soulful delivery explores the same world weary themes and dusty heartbreak in the grand poetic tradition of Neil Young, Jeff Tweedy, Ray LaMontagne and Elliott Smith.
Venue Information:
The Grey Eagle
185 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC, 28801