The thematic focus of Towell’s photography can be traced throughout his music — he has documented stories as brutal as the El Salvador civil war, the disappeared of Guatemala, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the war in Afghanistan, but also stories as tender as the growth of his family and quotidian life on his Ontario farm. He has won over 35 international awards, photographed for numerous publications, including the New York Times, LIFE and Rolling Stone, and is the author of five music and poetry CDs. His work has resulted in thirteen books, hundreds of journal publications and exhibitions around the world.
HOT FOOD FREE is a live solo performance that incorporates slides and video with original music, poetry, songs, and field recordings.
He will be joining us at theStory (179 Christina St N), on Saturday, June 18 at 8pm. You can purchase your tickets online ahead of time for $10 or at the door for $15.
I wrote this back in 2013 about him:
Larry Towell has really showed up for me over the last year or so. Not only is he a world renowned photographer with a large list of prestigious awards, he is a folk singer with lyrics that cut to the heart and he lives right here in Lambton County. Singing about all the different experiences he’s had with his photographic expeditions, international politics, characters and stories of justice and oppression he pairs his songs with his photos for a powerful combination that speaks to the heart of the human and also directly to the powers that be. His latest album called Blood In The Soil is a strong album full of conviction at the present contrast between our way of life and how we depend on the poor to keep it going. His book on the Mennonites is absolutely beautiful. If you ever get a chance to see him live when he’s displaying his photos and singing along to them, do it.
So, you won’t want to miss this intimate and powerful experience.