Franz Nicolay, one time keyboard player for the Hold Steady, is to make a debut solo appearance in Dublin early next month. Nicolay is a multi-instrumentalist and man-about-town, peddling a modern vaudeville with full-throated songs and stories shamelessly strident, stentorian and more than a little sentimental. He's been a member of cabaret-punk circus World/Inferno Friendship Society, gypsy-klezmer carnies Guignol, outlaw orchestra Anti-Social Music and agit-punks Against Me!; and performed or recorded with everyone from Leftover Crack to Bruce Springsteen.
He has been a contributor to magazines from Blender to Impose, is a regular columnist for the literary journal InDigest, and has released several collections of essays. His first story collection, Complicated Gardening Techniques, was published by Julius Singer Press in 2009. Special guests on the night are Land Lovers, who’s first record had the Irish Times calling it ‘a rare gem of a record’ where you'll find ‘meaty, magnificent, haunting worlds of domestic wonder’.