Tuesday 17 March 08:00pm

NationalSawdust+ presents: Paul Muldoon’s “Against the Grain” featuring Sjón, Michael Wood, and Christine Tobin Trio

In association with London Review of Books
7pm doors • 8pm show


To ring in St. Patrick’s Day, iconoclastic Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon returns to Williamsburg with a new installment of Against the Grain. Icelandic novelist, poet, and lyricist Sjón; literary and film critic Michael Wood; and Irish vocalist and composer Christine Tobin, joined by Jim Ridl on piano and Phil Robson on guitar, headline an equally celebratory and cerebral evening of word and song.

A prolific writer and frequent collaborator of Bjork’s, the “Icelandic fabulist Sjón, heralded as an heir to Kafka and Borges” (The New York Times) has had his work translated into more than 35 languages. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in Lars von Trier’s Dancer In The Dark. He’ll be joined by Wood, a long-time London Review of Books contributor, who takes the opportunity afforded by St. Patrick’s Day to reassess Martin Scorsese’s latest effort, The Irishman. The bill will be rounded out by Dublin-born singer Tobin, a leader in the UK contemporary music scene, with “a voice that can move from pure, pastoral-edged folk whimsy to big angry blues mama in a single phrase” (Time Out).

Now in its second season, Paul Muldoon’s literary-music series, presented in association with London Review of Books, features pairings of cutting-edge poets, prose fiction writers, multi-media practitioners, mirth-merchants, political commentators, and musical performers — all of them dedicated to making art that is equal to the contrariness and complexity of our moment. Each edition of Against the Grain, curated by Muldoon, includes collaborative work and a one-on-one conversation on a provocative topic. The first season featured artists such as Laurie Anderson, Jennifer Egan, Min-Jin Lee, Tracy K. Smith, and Sō Percussion.