Nashville based singer-songwriter Ashley Monroe will return to the UK/Europe in January 2019 for a run of dates set to include an appearance at Celtic Connections and a show at Bush Hall in London. Ashley is touring in support of her terrific Dave Cobb produced ‘Sparrow’ album from earlier this year. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 26th at 9.00 am UK time. More about Ashley Monroe follows:
Update November 24th: Ashley’s tour is looking to be one of the early must see shows of 2019. The Bush Hall show sold out and an additional night has been added at the venue while the Glasgow show has been upgraded to a larger venue. Full details can be found below:
October 23rd, 2018: Today, the GRAMMY-winning, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Ashley Monroe has announced a UK/European tour in January 2019. The tour will include stops in London, Amsterdam, the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, UK and Americana Weekend in in Oslo, Norway. Tickets are on sale this Friday, October 26 at 9:00am UK time.
Sparrow, called "her most ambitious, startling and first-to-last engrossing album yet" by the Wall Street Journal, was recorded in Nashville's historic RCA Studio A. Arriving #1 on iTunes Singer / Songwriter charts, Pitchfork said, "The Nashville singer-songwriter looks backwards to move forward on an album that filters contemporary desires and sorrows through the timeless vernacular of country." NPR Music said, "What Monroe's accomplished with Sparrow is both subtle and breathtaking: She's bent her fluency in the communal languages of folk, country, gospel and pop toward powerfully personal expression. Be prepared to be swept up."
Updated European shows:
23/1: Amsterdam, NL - Sugar Factory
25/1: Oslo, NO - Interstate 19 (Americana Weekend)
27/1: Glasgow, UK - Saint Luke's (Celtic Connections) (Venue upgrade due to huge demand).
29/1: London, UK - Bush Hall - SOLD OUT
30/1: London, UK - Bush Hall
Support on all shows (except Oslo) is Sean McConnell
ABOUT ASHLEY MONROE:
Small, powerful and vigilant, sparrows are known to represent triumph over suffering: and that's what each song on Ashley Monroe’s 2018 album Sparrow is about, too. Stories of rising above tragedy and seeing the light when it would have been far easier to embrace the darkness. "To me this record is about acknowledging past hurt, forgiveness and freedom to move forward," Monroe says.
After releasing her Grammy-nominated LP The Blade in 2015, she started writing songs that realised themselves in unexpected ways – nudged loose after working through trauma and turmoil from her childhood.
Through the songs of Sparrow, produced by Dave Cobb, Monroe turns these life experiences into moody, orchestral masterpieces that explore all sides of a fully formed woman unashamed of her scars – the maternal tendencies, the childlike wonder and the sultry moments behind closed doors. She worked with some of her closest collaborators, like Brendan Benson and Waylon Payne, and recorded Sparrow with Cobb in the legendary RCA Studio A while she was pregnant with her son.
Monroe has established herself as one of Nashville's finest songwriters, able to conjure emotion in unexpected ways and to always find the humanity just beneath the surface. Sparrow continues this tradition, tender and true, in songs that not only provided healing for herself, but healing to the listener, too. She isn’t trying to leave the past behind – she's using it as part of her story, and to keep growing without its reins around her.
"The most terrible things that happen to you are the most beautiful songs," she says. "That's what I respect the most about music."
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