Pigeon English Record Release Party with Frank Critelli and Chris Bouquet

Pigeon English Record Release Party with Frank Critelli and Chris Bouquet

Tue, July 30, 2019

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm


This event is 21 and over

Pigeon English
Pigeon English
What happens when two high school friends who love writing and performing music together grow up and drift apart? If they’re lucky, they reconnect years later at a nightclub and sing an Elvis song together at a birthday tribute to the King of Rock and Roll. That’s how Pigeon English happened. Brian Larney and Rob Nelson rediscovered the magic sound of the close harmony vocals they had begun crafting as teenagers. Lots of songs started happening, too, and before too long, Pigeon English hatched their debut EP Coo! in early 2019. Cygnus Radio.com called Coo! “one of the new treasures of 2019.” The New Haven Independent wrote that Pigeon English “melodies, chords, and lyrics consistently make clever turns that feel both unexpected, satisfying — and emotionally complicated… thanks to songwriting this fun and sharp, complicated, agonizing relationship troubles have rarely been so catchy.”
Frank Critelli
Frank Critelli
Frank Critelli writes songs. He dabbles in haiku and other short poetry. He also writes other things. Like postcards. His songs are available on compact disc, download, or stream at places like iTunes, CD Baby, Spotify, and Pandora

Frank Critelli often performs live. Sometimes he performs solo, sometimes he is accompanied by one or more musical co-conspirators. Over the years he’s played in streets and subways, barrooms and classrooms, coffeehouses and colleges, theaters, festivals, and (most recently) in his kitchen.
Chris Bousquet
Chris Bousquet
Chris Bousquet is singer-songwriter from Connecticut. He is the former leader of the internationally acclaimed High Lonesome Plains, and as well as the widely regarded Alligator Farmhouse. He has performed with such luminaries as Roger McGuinn, Miracle Legion, John Sebastian, Asleep at the Wheel, The Nields, Mark Mulcahy, The Turtles, Tim Easton, J. Geils, and Susan Cowsill.

The High Lonesome Plains rose to critical acclaim between 1999 and 2006, receiving airplay and garnering critical acclaim on four continents, Americana-UK called their 2002 EP Songs For Young Lovers, “one of the year’s best.” Rolling Stone writer and Australian DJ Stuart Coupe called it "the best thang to arrive in the mail for ages." The lead track on the EP, "Brass Ring" was featured in the independent film The Box, the television show Witchblade and was included on 36,000 copies of a Magnet Magazine New Music Sampler.

In 2006 The High Lonesome Plains released a full length album entitled The River and the Sea which received glowing praise both domestically and abroad (including Belgium, The Netherlands, UK, Australia and Spain). Rootstime Belgium called the record “a classic!” Independisc.com selected “The River and the Sea” as their record of the year.

From 2004 to 2007 Chris toured the Northeast as part of the “Times Three Tour” with songwriters Frank Critelli and Mr. Ray Neal (Miracle Legion, Vic Chesnutt).

Chris released a free, solo EP entitled "Ulmus Americana" in 2008. In 2010, his song “Alone on a Wire” was included on the “Not Before My Time” compilation.
Press quotes:

"Memorable melodies and intoxicating hooks that are instantly appealing . . . well worth tracking down." - Del Day, Americana-UK

"Bousquet writes songs that grab at the throat, heart, and soul." - Rootstime Belgium

"Bousquet's melodies pour out with folksy ease, his memorable choruses invite singing along, and his lyrics are smart without being show-offy" - Brian LaRue, The New Haven Advocate

"Gentle songs of wistful longing and uncomfortable self- reflection, city lights as a metaphor for fading dreams and nature as symbolic of freedom or at least a change from modern despairs" -Christopher Arnott, The New Haven Advocate

"A well-crafted collection of Americana/alt-country songs with a road-worn vibe that calls to mind riding down a flat stretch of two-lane asphalt that stretches straight to the horizon. . . . these dozen songs dig in with gentle understatement. " - Eric Danton, The Hartford Courant

"A dusty alt-country sound that feels more like twangy folk than roots rock." -Pat Ferrucci New Haven Register

"The High Lonesome Plains brand of country rock works precisely because its so distinctive but still manages to sound innately memorable on first listen. Definitely one of the best EPs of the year so far." -Americana UK