On Saturday 6 February 2010 at 8.30 pm Adem Ilham, British singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, played a special solo show at the MITP Theatre in Valletta, St. Christopher Street.
Tickets (12 Euros in advance and 14 Euros at the door) were available from all Exotique and Vodafone outlets, Agenda bookshops and from www.maltaticket.com
This event was organised by Hairyamp Promotions in collaboration with the British Council.
Adem began recording in his teens as the bass player for the popular post-rock trio Fridge, recording four full-length records and releasing numerous singles and EPs. In 2003 he signed with Domino Records, home to a diverse group of artists including Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys, Animal Collective etc. His music is sometimes described as being part of the nu-folk movement.
Adem released his debut "Homesongs" in 2004 to wide-spread critical acclaim. This was followed in 2006, with his album "Love & Other Planets", also receiving favourable reviews.
His latest effort, "Takes" (2008), is a collection of cover songs which have influenced the artist over the years, some dating back to his youth. The album includes tracks originally written and performed by Yo La Tengo, The Smashing Pumpkins, Björk and The Breeders, among others.
Adem is also the founder and organiser of the Homefires Festival, which has featured artists like Grizzly Bear, Joanna Newsom, Jose Gonzales and many others.
Adem contributed a cover of Jeff Buckley's "Mojo Pin" for the 2005 tribute album Dream Brother: The Songs of Tim and Jeff Buckley.
One of Adem's latest achievements was writing the soundtrack for Armando Iannucci's critically acclaimed, UK Film Council funded movie "In The Loop" (2009).
"A record of remarkable beauty" (JUNKMEDIA)
"Homesongs is not simply a procession of trembling troubadour tunes. For each turn of boxwood fragility, there's also one of bold and confident songwriting" (PITCHFORK)
"With its soft lilts and cracked delivery, his rusty voice presses the same emotional buttons as Shane MacGowan and Arab Strap's Aidan Moffat" (Q MAGAZINE)
"An open, emotionally congruent record that never tries to be clever and yet rarely seems dull" (MOJO)
"Adem mirrors the ambitious approach of Sufjan Stevens" (NME)