A tribute night for U.S. musician David Berman – who passed away earlier this month – will take place at Dublin’s Sound House on October 17th. Featuring Adrian Crowley, Steve Windings, Maija Sofia, Eileen Gogan, Dudley Colley, Anna Carey & Patrick Freyne, Skelocrats, members of Shrug Life, Oh Boland, The Former Soviet Republic and more performing the songs of Silver Jews and Purple Mountains, Purple Jews will see all proceeds going to Aware. Tickets cost €15 and can be bought here. Doors are at 8pm. Revisit Maija Sofia’s TTA obituary of Berman here.
Songwriter and The Thin Air contributor Maija Sofia reflects on the profound and unwavering influence of late Silver Jews frontman David Berman, and remembers a peerless, uncompromising artist who not only comforted the lonely and lost, but brought them together. I remember very clearly the first night I ever heard Silver Jews, I was sprawled out on the carpet in a big curved room in North London, lying on my stomach with my laptop open and a bottle of Sainsburys’ wine half-finished beside me. It was early summer and I had the window open to the hot dust and the sound…