Tiny Ruins Setlist
07/31 Iowa City, IA - Trumpet Blossom CafeRead More
08/01 Chicago, IL - Hideout
08/04 Toronto, ON - The Garrison
08/05 Montreal, QB - Casa del Popolo
08/06 Allston, MA - Great Scott
08/07 Washington DC - DC9
08/09 New York, Ny - Mercury Lounge (early show)
08/10 Brooklyn, NY -Baby's All Right
10/08 Detroit - Loving Touch *
10/09 Columbus - Wexner *
10/13 Iowa City - Gabe's Oasis *
10/14 Champaign - High Dive *
10/15 St. Louis - Luminary Arts *
10/17 Dallas - Kessler Theatre *
10/18 Austin - Mohawk *
10/20 Atlanta - EARL *
10/21 Asheville - Grey Eagle *
10/23 Carrboro - Cat's Cradle *
10/24 Charlottesville - Jefferson *
10/25 Baltimore - Ottobar *
* with Sharon Van Etten
Hansen played gentle quiet songs, and often had one-way chats with the audience between her songs. She had some funny moments on stage, like forgetting how to play a chord mid-song, and gracefully calling the show as "a night of sweethearts" (which to be fair, was a quote that she stole from her mother, who was in the crowd).
Music on their set included plenty of Leonard Cohen ("Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye", "I'm Your Man", "Chelsea Hotel") and Neil Young ("After The Gold Rush", "I Believe In You", and "Don't Let It Bring You Down"). Throwing in a Curtis Mayfield cover of "I've Been Trying" for good measure. Highlight of the set was a cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill", which was quite fitting considering that it was Bush's birthday last night.
As for Tiny Ruins, this was a solo project originally from 2009 by singer/songwriter Hollie Fullbrook. Currently, with the release of the sophomore album Brightly Painted One, she's recruited bassist Cass Basil and drummer Alexander Freer, to head out on tour with her in the USA.
It shouldn't surprise anyone that the majority of songs on the setlist is from Brightly Painted One, possibly because the new songs now require Basil and Freer's involvement...
Fullbrook had a lot of little stories about her songs, which you quickly realized that all her songs are personal insight on her life. One particular story she told was for "Ballad of the Hanging Parcel". Although she's currently based in New Zealand, she spent her first ten years living in Bristol, England. One night, she climbed out her house and tied a string to a rock (?) and hung it over the garden step. The next morning her neighbor friend wondered how it got up there and Fullbrook suggested that it was magic. The swinging rock remained there for the next two years.
The highlight of the Minneapolis show has got to be "Jamie Blue", which the band claimed was the first time they played it live on this tour. The story behind this was they spent the night at the Necropolis in Glasgow and Fullbrook took a shining to one of the painting from the 1800s, which she named Jaime Blue on account that the town crier also sold blue buttons on the side of the road.
For the encore, Fullbrook came back on stage, solo. She asked if there were any requests and had to turn down some songs because some of those songs required a piano. When she heard "Priest With Balloons" shouted out, she quickly said, "I'll do that one." She then tells us the story behind the song, "About four or five years ago, there was a Brazilian priest Carli, who jumped off a cliff with a bunch of helium balloons and floated off into the sky." The truth, as it turned out, "was not good."
Tiny Ruins is currently touring in support of Brightly Painted One. Exciting news is that they will be opening up for Sharon Van Etten this October.
Tiny Ruins at 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis (30 July 2014)