Gretchen Peters announces new album and extensive UK tour
May
19
to Aug 26

Gretchen Peters announces new album and extensive UK tour

Gretchen Peters has a new album on the way and to coincide with the release of 'Dancing with the Beast' on May 18th, via Proper Records, she will embark on an extensive run of touring with dates stretching into August. Gretchen is always welcome this side of the pond and since the release of the superb 'Blackbirds' in 2015 her profile is at an all-time high. A profile cemented by a terrific 'Essential' hits set (RGM review) that all artists should use as a "How to" template if they plan to release a best of compilation. Please read on for more about the new album and those tour dates:

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Billy Idol announces UK and European LIVE! dates
Jun
20
to Jul 22

Billy Idol announces UK and European LIVE! dates

The seemingly ageless Billy Idol has announced he will be undertaking a UK / European tour in the Summer of 2018. Forty years into his career and Billy Idol is still going strong based on the success of his 2014 autobiography and the really terrific 'Kings & Queens of The Underground' album (RGM review here) which showed he'd lost none of his old vim and vigour. Tickets go on general sale on December 15th and expect more dates to be added soon. More about Billy Idol and the tour follows:

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Amelia White brings the 'Rhythm of the Rain' to the UK for extensive tour
Jun
21
to Jul 28

Amelia White brings the 'Rhythm of the Rain' to the UK for extensive tour

American songwriter Amelia White will return to the UK for an extensive tour this summer that includes shows at Maverick Festival and London's Green Note. Amelia is touring in support of her 'Rhythm of the Rain' release which was co-written with Grammy Award-winning songwriter Ben Glover. The songs took shape in the UK during her November 2016 UK tour, as she watched the BBC coverage of the election back home, so Amelia is very much looking forward to performing 'Rhythm of the Rain' in the UK. More about Amelia and those tour dates follow:

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Kelly Willis July UK Dates in support of 'Back Being Blue' album
Jul
21
to Jul 29

Kelly Willis July UK Dates in support of 'Back Being Blue' album

Kelly Willis' new album 'Back Being Blue' will receive a welcome UK release on July 6th, 2018 via Premium Records/Thirty Tigers to coincide with a run of UK dates. 'Back Being Blue' is her first solo album since 'Translated From Love' back in 2007. The press release and those all important tour dates follow:

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Aaron Watson returns to the UK for September shows.
Sep
5
to Sep 8

Aaron Watson returns to the UK for September shows.

Aaron Watson will make a welcome return to the UK in September 2018 for a run of headline shows and an appearance at the Long Road Festival in Leicestershire. Aaron is touring in support of his widely acclaimed 2017 'Vaquero' album. Tickets for the Glasgow, Manchester and London shows go on sale on Wednesday 16th May, full ticket details, more about Aaron Watson and the video for his new radio single 'Run Wild Horses' follow:

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The Long Road Festival announces additional names for 2018
Sep
7
to Sep 9

The Long Road Festival announces additional names for 2018

The Long Road Festival, which is set for 7th-9th September 2018 in Leicestershire, has announced additional names for the, highly anticipated, inaugural event. Ward Thomas, Luke Winslow-King and Charlie Worsham are among the acts added to an already impressive line-up that features Lee Ann Womack, The Shires, The Wandering Hearts and Billy Bragg. Full details of the line-up, camping/ticket options, location etc follow:

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Camel spread 'Moonmadness' throughout the UK on 2018 tour
Sep
7
to Sep 17

Camel spread 'Moonmadness' throughout the UK on 2018 tour

Legendary UK prog-rock band Camel will perform a run of UK shows in September 2018. Camel formed in 1971 and are still led by founding member Andrew Latimer (guitar/flute/vocals). The upcoming tour dates will be of special interest to fans of the band and prog fans in general as Camel will perform 'Moonmadness' in full. The 'Moonmadness' album was originally released in 1976 and broke into the top 20 of the UK album chart. Over the years the album has received many accolades including a position in the top 100 prog albums of all time by the readers of Prog Magazine. The dates will go on sale on December 1st and more about the band and the full list of dates follows:

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David Crosby announces UK dates with the 'Sky Trails' band
Sep
15
to Sep 16

David Crosby announces UK dates with the 'Sky Trails' band

Fresh from the widespread acclaim he received for his 2017 release 'Sky Trails' the legendary David Crosby will return to the UK for two full band solo shows in September. Crosby was last in the UK in 2015 as part of Crosby, Stills & Nash but this is a rare opportunity to see the resurgent 76 year old singer-songwriter with his Sky Trails band. More about David Crosby and those dates follow:

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Tom Baxter announces new single and 2018 UK tour
Sep
29
to Nov 27

Tom Baxter announces new single and 2018 UK tour

Tom Baxter will release his new album 'The Other Side Of Blue' on August 17th, 2018 via The Orchard. Following the release of the album (which you can read about here), Tom will embark on an extensive UK/IRE tour in September that will include a London date at The Union Chapel on November 6th. A complete list of dates and Tom's latest single 'The Ballad of Davey Graham' follows:

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Richard Thompson announces October/November 2018 UK Dates
Oct
11
to Nov 3

Richard Thompson announces October/November 2018 UK Dates

After a very hectic 2017, things are looking equally busy in 2018 for Richard Thompson. The multi award-winning singer-songwriter-guitarist has announced an extensive UK tour for late 2018 dubbed the '13 Rivers Tour' which could well be a nod to his new album set for release later this year via the Proper Records label, or possibly he's going to be crossing 13 rivers in the UK on the tour (I'll leave that particular conundrum to those better versed in geography than I to ponder). Tickets for the tour are on sale from 10 am on Friday 18th May. A link to ticket sales, a full list of dates and a little more about Richard Thompson follows:

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John Oates announces a rare set of UK dates
Oct
15
to Oct 19

John Oates announces a rare set of UK dates

John Oates will visit the UK in October 2018 for a rare run of UK/Eire shows. The dates are in support of his recently released 'Arkansas' album which showed a different side of John Oates the singer and songwriter. John will be touring with members of The Good Road Band and these dates are a very rare opportunity to see John perform live outside of Hall & Oates especially here in the UK. More about John Oates and the tour follows:

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First Aid Kit announce UK 'Rebel Heart' tour dates
Oct
22
to Nov 8

First Aid Kit announce UK 'Rebel Heart' tour dates

Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit have announced a UK headline tour for October 2018. Klara and Johanna Söderberg aka First Aid Kit will be joined by Watford's finest The Staves on the dates which are in support of their most recent album 'Ruins' which was released earlier this year to widespread acclaim and a top three UK chart position. Full tour dates and more about First Aid Kit follows:

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Carpenter Brut announces 'Leather Patrol' UK tour dates
Oct
22
to Oct 24

Carpenter Brut announces 'Leather Patrol' UK tour dates

French synthwave icon Carpenter Brut will be returning to the UK in October with his 'Leather Patrol' tour. Earlier this year Carpenter Brut released the 'Leather Teeth' album the soundtrack to the imaginary 80's horror film that told the story of Bret Halford (you see what he did there) aka Leather Teeth leader of Leather Patrol. If you have a love of 80's movie soundtracks and so bad they're great movies such as 'Trick Or Treat', 'Hard Rock Zombies' or 'Black Roses' then the new single 'Beware The Beast' from the album is an essential watch. So please read on for more about Carpenter Brut and the 'Leather Patrol' tour:

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Duane Eddy announces rare UK 80th birthday shows for October 2018
Oct
23
to Oct 30

Duane Eddy announces rare UK 80th birthday shows for October 2018

A true guitar legend, Duane Eddy will make a rare visit to the UK in October 2018 as he celebrates his 80th birthday year with shows in London, Glasgow and Manchester. Tickets for the shows are available from 9am on Friday June 8th. Duane Eddy's twangy guitar sound is one of the most recognisable and influential sounds in the history of rock music. More details about the shows including ticket links and a little more about Duane Eddy follows:

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Zac Brown Band and Beth Hart latest additions to impressive BluesFest 2018 Line-Up
Oct
25
to Oct 28

Zac Brown Band and Beth Hart latest additions to impressive BluesFest 2018 Line-Up

BluesFest 2018 at The O2 this October was already looking pretty impressive with the likes of John Fogerty, Steve Miller Band, Robert Plant, Robert Cray and Van Morrison already on the bill. The promoters have now added more impressive names with the always excellent Zac Brown Band bringing their individual brand of Southern/Country/Jam rock to the O2 with special guest Beth Hart. The festival takes place October 25-27th with artists performing in the main arena and at the Indigo venue of the O2. More about the acts, the festival and ticket details follow:

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Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes announce June/July 2018 UK dates
Jun
27
to Jul 7

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes announce June/July 2018 UK dates

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes will be bringing their Australian take on the alt-country / Americana genre to the UK in June/July 2018 for a run of dates including two shows at Maverick Festival. The tour is in support of the European release of their latest album 'Some Girls (Quite) Like Country Music' on June 29th. More info about Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes and their new album follows:

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Curtis Grimes announces debut UK tour for June 2018
Jun
21
to Jun 29

Curtis Grimes announces debut UK tour for June 2018

Texas native Curtis Grimes will tour the UK for the first time in June 2018. The dates, with more to be added soon, include a headline show at the Buck N' Bull Saloon Southern Nights event in London. Curtis Grimes might be familiar to some readers for his successful run on the first series of US TV show 'The Voice'. In the years since Curtis Grimes has enjoyed a successful touring and recording career which now brings him to the UK. Please read on to check out the full press release and a video or two:

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Denny Strickland announces UK Dates for June 2018
Jun
16
to Jun 23

Denny Strickland announces UK Dates for June 2018

Tour Update: Denny Strickland will venture over to the UK for the first time in June to perform four shows: Nashville Nights at Under The Bridge in London and the Buckle & Boots Festival in Manchester + dates in Hertford and Wolverhampton. Loads more info about Denny and his new single 'California Dreamin' from the album of the same name follows:

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Stone Free Festival announces first names for 2018
Jun
16
to Jun 17

Stone Free Festival announces first names for 2018

The annual Stone Free Festival is returning to the O2 in London for a third year. The first announcement of acts for the 2018 festival features a cool mix of prog, blues and hard rock acts including many 2018 UK exclusive performances. On June 16th German rockers Scorpions will perform with thrash act Megadeth as special guests. June 17th finds YES featuring  Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman closing the festival with support from ex Supertramp mainman Roger Hodgson and blues guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor. Many more acts will be added so this is looking like a great weekend. More info about the festival and a host of other things happening at the O2 over the Stone Free weekend follows:

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Carter Sampson May 2018 UK dates with Lauren Barth and Jesse Aycock
May
12
to May 17

Carter Sampson May 2018 UK dates with Lauren Barth and Jesse Aycock

The 'Queen of Oklahoma' Carter Sampson will be in the UK this May for a short run of dates. Sampson will be joined by fellow 'Okie' and 'Hard Working American' Jesse Aycock and from California Lauren Barth (but I'm sure they won't hold that against her). Aycock and Barth will perform as a duo and also accompany Sampson during her set. Carter Sampson has a new album 'Lucky' set for May 25th, the follow up to her widely acclaimed 'Wilder Side' release. Tour dates and artists links etc follow:

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Write Like A Girl tour will showcase female UK country songwriters
May
9
to May 24

Write Like A Girl tour will showcase female UK country songwriters

Three up and coming female songwriters from the UK have banded together for the 'Write Like A Girl' tour coming soon to a venue near you in May 2018. The ladies in question are Emily Faye, Beth Keeping and Vic Allen who will be performing in a Nashville style writers round with a local artist sitting in with them at each stop on the tour (Liv Austin is pencilled in for the London date). The idea is to promote some of the excellent singer-songwriters that we have in the UK, so please try to get along to a show if you can as it looks like it'll be a great night. More info about the artists and those tour dates follow:

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The Deep Dark Woods announce May UK dates
May
1
to May 16

The Deep Dark Woods announce May UK dates

Canada's The Deep Dark Woods will return to the UK for their first shows in four years in May 2018 in support of their recent 'Yarrow' album which was released on the Six Shooter label. The shows will include a London date at Bush Hall and two nights at the Kilkenny Roots Festival. The Deep Dark Woods will be joined on the tour by fellow Canadians Kacy & Clayton who will also be promoting a new record 'The Siren's Song'. More about The Deep Dark Woods, their album and those tour dates follow:

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Lilly Hiatt UK Tour set for April 2018
Apr
18
to Apr 26

Lilly Hiatt UK Tour set for April 2018

Fresh from a string of great reviews for her recent 'Trinity Lane' release Lilly Hiatt has lined up a UK tour for April. The Michael Trent (Shovels & Rope) produced album finds Lilly dealing with her issues in a very personal way and musically her 90's Alt-Rock influences are very much to the fore. 'Trinity Lane' rocks, so the dates should be very cool. More about Lilly Hiatt including a new video from a recent Sitch Session, which shows another side of Lilly, + those all-important tour dates follows:

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The Lake Poets announce intimate UK tour
Apr
17
to May 15

The Lake Poets announce intimate UK tour

The Lake Poets released a new live EP during the festive season. The 5 track EP was recorded 'Live At The Sage' late in 2016 and features the string section of the Young Musicians Programme. Marty Longstaff aka The Lake Poets will be out on tour in April / May of 2018 playing a range of intimate venues throughout the UK. In the meantime 'Live At The Sage' is available from all official digital services and a track from the EP and those tour dates follow:

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The Dead South bring 'Illusion & Doubt' to the UK April, 2018
Apr
16
to Apr 29

The Dead South bring 'Illusion & Doubt' to the UK April, 2018

Canadian folk-bluegrass quartet The Dead South will visit the UK in April for a run of dates. The band will be supporting the very welcome UK release of their 'Illusion & Doubt' album due March 23rd via DevilDuck Records on CD & Digital. The buzz about the band has been building since the release of their debut 'Good Company' record in 2015 and many of the upcoming dates are already sold out. Please continue reading for more about the band and those tour dates:

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Jethro Tull announce 50th anniversary tour
Apr
3
to Apr 17

Jethro Tull announce 50th anniversary tour

In these days of fleeting one-hit wonders and reality TV, when the average attention span is measured in seconds, the fact that a band can announce a 50th anniversary tour is to be applauded. Jethro Tull are up there with the likes of The Rolling Stones, who they appeared with in 1968 at the ill-fated Rock and Roll Circus event, in the longevity stakes. Ian Anderson has led his troops through the decades rarely making a musical mistake and the result is a very impressive body of work which will be celebrated early next year. The latest line-up of the band with Anderson at the helm will perform a run of shows in the UK in April 2018. Tour dates and ticket details follow:

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Rod Picott announces 'Out Past The Wires' March 2018 UK dates
Mar
14
to Mar 30

Rod Picott announces 'Out Past The Wires' March 2018 UK dates

Nine albums into his career and Rod Picott is more prolific than ever. The Nashville based singer-songwriter has a sprawling new 22 track album 'Out Past The Wires' set for release February 16th via Welding Rod Records (2CD, 2LP & DL) and UK tour dates set for March. The album will be accompanied by a book which will expand on the stories of the people featured on the album (Picott worked with his hands before branching out as a singer-songwriter so has an empathy for the working man). The book follows on from 'God In His Slippers' (Mezcalita Press), his recently published book of poetry and he's also completed a screenplay. 'Out Past The Wire' was produced by Neilson Hubbard and features ace guitarist Will Kimbrough amongst a host of fine players. More about the album, a video or two and those tour dates follows

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Son of Town Hall announce March 2018 UK dates
Mar
2
to Mar 10

Son of Town Hall announce March 2018 UK dates

The transatlantic duo of Ben Parker and David Berkeley aka Son Of Town Hall will tour the UK in March of 2018. The duo live in a world of Victorian costumes and songs that relate to bygone times. It all seems a little strange at first glance but works quite wonderfully thanks to superior songwriting and glorious harmonies. On the evidence of a recent David Berkeley solo show when Ben Parker got up for a short Son Of Town Hall set they're terrific live, so please try to get along to a show if you can.  The full tour dates and a link to their 2016 EP follows:

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Kenny Foster returns to the UK for March dates
Mar
1
to Mar 28

Kenny Foster returns to the UK for March dates

Nashville singer-songwriter Kenny Foster will be back in the UK in March 2018 for a run of dates on his 'Living In These Walls' tour. 2017 was a big year for Kenny Foster with his 'Deep Cuts' album gaining critical acclaim and a successful first visit to the UK. He also got coverage in Rolling Stone as "A country artist you need to know". More about Kenny Foster, ticket details and the video for 'Stand' all follow:(UPDATE (22/02/18) Kenny has added additional dates to his March tour and announced 'Made' as his new single for radio.)

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The Ennis Sisters + Dave Gunning = An evening of high quality Canadian Folk
Feb
22
to Mar 2

The Ennis Sisters + Dave Gunning = An evening of high quality Canadian Folk

Folk fans are in for a treat as an upcoming tour brings two of the most respected acts from Canada's East Coast to the UK for a string of co-headline dates. The multi award-winning Ennis Sisters will be joined by Dave Gunning for an evening that is sure to appeal to fans of both traditional and contemporary folk music. Tour dates and much more about both acts follows:

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Toto commence 40th Anniversary celebrations with European Dates
Feb
19
to Apr 8

Toto commence 40th Anniversary celebrations with European Dates

For fans of Toto 2018 looks to be a banner year as the band celebrate their 40th Anniversary. To start the ball rolling European dates have been announced for early in 2018 and to coincide Sony Legacy will release a remastered hits set, that will include newly recorded material. The band are rumoured to have extensive plans in place to mark the anniversary, with talk of deluxe remastered editions of their classic albums and a box set in the works. I'm hopeful, as a big fan, that all these things will come to fruition, especially with the news that the band are fully involved in the upcoming releases. Please read on for much more about Toto and those all important tour dates with tickets on sale from June 20th:

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Kate Ellis announces UK tour dates + 'I Believe' single
Feb
9
to Apr 4

Kate Ellis announces UK tour dates + 'I Believe' single

2017 was a big year for Kate Ellis as her debut 'Carve Me Out' album was released to great acclaim with Maverick Magazine, Fatea Magazine and Americana UK amongst the many praising the record. Kate will release a new single from the album 'I Believe' on February 23rd which will include an acoustic version of the track featuring Jonathan Colombo on lap steel. Kate and her band will be playing a run of intimate shows over the next few months which should prove an ideal setting for the songs on 'Carve Me Out'. More about Kate and those tour dates follow:

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Matthew Logan Vasquez announces February UK tour dates
Feb
2
to Feb 28

Matthew Logan Vasquez announces February UK tour dates

Matthew Logan Vasquez will be visiting the UK in February for a run of shows that includes The Slaughtered Lamb in London. Vasquez is best known as singer/guitarist/songwriter for Delta Spirit but is now gaining recognition as a solo act with his recent album 'Does What He Wants' garnering great reviews. More about Matthew Logan Vasquez, those tour dates and a fantastic live video follows:

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The Mavericks announce February 2018 UK & ROI dates
Feb
2
to Feb 10

The Mavericks announce February 2018 UK & ROI dates

The Mavericks return to our shores for a run of dates in February 2018. The band are touring in support of their Grammy-nominated 'Brand New Day' record. The album has two nominations for Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Song for 'I Wish You Well.'  The dates include a prestigious London show at The Palladium. More about The Mavericks and those tour dates follow:

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The Texas Gentlemen in the UK for AmericanaFest and more
Jan
31
to Feb 7

The Texas Gentlemen in the UK for AmericanaFest and more

The Lone-star collective known as The Texas Gentlemen will visit the UK for a showcase AmericanaFest gig at London's Oslo on January 31st as part of a short UK tour. The band are toured in support of their well received and wonderfully eclectic 'TX Jelly' album. The guys are much in demand as a backing band for a host of artists including Shakey Graves, Joe Ely and Kris Kristofferson so great things are expected as they're sure to cover all the roots bases. More about the band and those dates follow:

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The Sold Out signs are up as Chase Rice prepares to hit the UK
Dec
1
to Dec 6

The Sold Out signs are up as Chase Rice prepares to hit the UK

Demand is high to catch Chase Rice on his debut UK tour. Rice is promoting his first album 'Lambs & Lions' for new label Broken Bow Records and some of the dates are already sold out. This is hardly surprising as his 2014 album 'Ignite The Night' was a number one album on the country charts but with 'Lambs & Lions' Chase Rice is looking to make a new start on his own terms. Much more about the new album  and those tour dates follows:

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Mr. Big will promote 'Defying Gravity' on November UK tour
Nov
16
to Nov 23

Mr. Big will promote 'Defying Gravity' on November UK tour

Hard to believe that Mr. Big released their debut album nearly thirty years ago but the band are still going strong with the release of their latest record 'Defying Gravity' earlier this year on the Frontiers label. The quartet rejoined with original producer Kevin Elson for the sessions and the album was completed in just six days. Mr. Big will bring the 'Defying Gravity' tour to the UK in November with Irish rock act The Answer and sleaze rockers Faster Pussycat along for the ride. Full dates and an extensive look at Mr. Big follows:

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Charlie Worsham announces UK dates and Ltd Ed Vinyl
Nov
5
to Nov 20

Charlie Worsham announces UK dates and Ltd Ed Vinyl

Charlie Worsham is back in the UK this November for a run of shows with Lucie Silvas. Charlie will be touring with a backing band for the first time in the UK and promoting his recent 'Beginning of Things' release. To coincide with the tour the album will be available at the dates as a limited edition clear vinyl pressing which sounds pretty cool. More about Charlie Worsham and those dates follows:

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A 'Call To Arms' as Harrow Fair announce UK dates
Oct
31
to Nov 8

A 'Call To Arms' as Harrow Fair announce UK dates

Miranda Mulholland and Andrew Penner collectively known as Harrow Fair return to the UK for a run of shows commencing October 31st at Stables 2 in Milton Keynes. The duo released their debut full-length 'Call To Arms' album recently to widespread acclaim including a 9/10 review from Americana UK.  The full tour dates and more about Harrow Fair follows:

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Time to go 'Under Cover' with Holloway Road on UK dates
Oct
21
to Nov 18

Time to go 'Under Cover' with Holloway Road on UK dates

On-the-rise UK country duo Holloway Road are back on the road this winter with a run of dates that include a Buck' N Bull show at Islington Metal Works on November 3rd. To coincide a new single / video 'Under Cover' takes you behind the scenes of their recent shows. Please read on for more about Holloway Road, the video for 'Under Cover' and ticket info for the tour dates:

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Marillion to play Royal Albert Hall in October 2017
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Marillion to play Royal Albert Hall in October 2017

Marillion will perform at the Royal Albert Hall for the first time on October 13th 2017. After nearly 40 years in the game the UK prog rockers seem to be on an upward curve at the moment due to the success of their recent 'F.EA.R' album and a headline slot at the 2015 Ramblin' Man Festival shows that still have a huge following. Tickets go on sale at 12 noon on December 5th 2016. More details about Marillion and the show follow:

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John Craigie announces October UK dates
Oct
3
to Oct 22

John Craigie announces October UK dates

John Craigie will visit the UK in October 2017 for an extensive run of dates. The Portland based songwriter will be touring in support of his recently released 'No Rain, No Rose' album. Craigie spends most of his time on the road spreading the word with fine songs and intimate storytelling that will be perfectly suited to such venues as Green Note in London. Please read on for those tour dates and more about John Craigie:

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Good Lovelies announce October 2017 UK dates
Oct
3
to Oct 9

Good Lovelies announce October 2017 UK dates

Kerri Ough, Sue Passmore and Caroline Brooks aka Good Lovelies return to the UK this October for a run of dates. The Juno Award-winning trio will be performing material from their wonderfully eclectic 2015 'Burn The Plan' release, fan favourites from throughout their career and material from a new album set for release in 2018. Tour dates and more about Good Lovelies follows:

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