Regular visits to our shores, top reviews (RGM review from 2017) and good old fashioned hard work is paying off for Kip Moore. A run of May acoustic shows that form part of his ‘Room To Spare’ tour are Sold Out but he’ll be back in September for full band electric shows including The Roundhouse in London. Much more about Kip Moore including those tour dates follows:
US Country star Joe Nichols will visit the UK for the first time in September 2019 for a short run of intimate acoustic shows. The singer, best known for hits such as ‘Brokenheartsville’ and ‘Tequila makes her clothes fall off’, has nine albums under his belt in a career that dates back to the early 90s. Nichols’ most recent album ‘Never Gets Old’ and the following ‘Never Gets Old' - Traditional Country Series’ highlight his love of old-school country as he covers Don Williams and Merle Haggard etc. Tickets for the UK tour are on sale April 5th at 10 am. More about Joe Nichols and the tour including ticket links follow:
Folk-Americana singer-songwriter Danny Schmidt has announced a May 2019 UK tour in support of his widely acclaimed ‘Standard Deviation’ album. The hectic tour includes dates as far afield as Bristol, Edinburgh and Whitstable so he should be coming to a town near you. ‘Standard Deviation’ is Danny’s tenth studio album (ninth as a solo artist) and builds on the success of his 2015 release ‘Owls’. Much more about Danny Schmidt including those tour dates follows:
Acoustic duo Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage will be bringing their single-microphone show to intimate UK venues starting April 4th in Sheffield. The run of dates coincide with the release of ‘Hidden Things’ the first in a trilogy of singles planned for 2019. A full list of dates and the video for ‘Hidden Things’ follows:
Acclaimed guitarist Tommy Emmanuel will return to the UK in March 2019 for a run of dates. Well known for his hugely entertaining live shows, these latest dates follow the release of his Accomplice One album in early 2018. The tour will also feature leading blues guitarist JD Simo, who appears on Accomplice One and with whom Tommy has toured in the USA. Tommy’s thoughts on the upcoming tour and those all important dates follow:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
UK folk duo Megson, fresh from a run of festival shows, will return to the road in September for the 'Pushing On' tour. Debs and Stu will be playing some of their favourite venues and a few new ones throughout the UK. Dubbed "The most original duo on the British folk scene" by The Guardian this looks like a good night out. More about the duo and the dates follow:
Sierra Hull will return to the UK later this month for a run of shows. The bluegrass singer-songwriter and mandolin virtuoso will be supporting her recent 'Weighted Mind' album which garnered great reviews. The dates include a London show at Bush Hall and a slot at the Maverick Festival. Sierra will be joined by duo partner Ethan Jodziewicz on these dates. Much more about Sierra Hull including the video for 'Black River' follows:
Acclaimed North Carolina Americana / Folk trio Underhill Rose will return to the UK and Ireland in June 2017. The dates are in support of 'Live' a new album due June 30th which features songs from their previous albums in a new light. The trio even finds time to throw in a few unusual cover choices including 'Bette Davis Eyes' so we'll be looking forward to that. More info on Underhill Rose and those tour dates follow:
Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds will be bringing their acoustic show to Europe in early 2017 with a run of dates that kick off with a two night stand at the Eventim Apollo in London. This is a rare opportunity to witness 'An Evening With Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds' as the duo play songs and tell stories. Tickets go on general sale 9am on 24th October with pre-sale to DMB Warehouse members available from today October 18th.
Marty O'Reilly is in the UK on a solo tour. O'Reilly can usually be found fronting his Old Soul Orchestra but for this tour he has only a guitar and a harmonica for company. So expect some of his best songs, and a few more he loves to play, in a run of intimate venues. Tour dates and much more about Marty O'Reilly follows:
Two impressive singer-songwriters for the price of one as Sarah MacDougall and Ben Kunder are about to embark on a co-headline tour of Ireland and the UK later this month which includes a show at the small but perfectly formed Green Note in London. Both artists are touring in support of highly acclaimed recent album releases 'Grand Canyon' and 'Golden' respectively. Full dates and additional info follows:
Billy Bragg and Joe Henry will tour the UK in November in support of the upcoming album on Cooking Vinyl 'Shine A Light' which we featured recently at Red Guitar Music. The duo have a new video from the album available which is a terrific version of the Jean Ritchie tune 'The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore'. For more about the album, the video and those dates please read on.
Maverick Festival and Blue House Music are pleased to announce that highly acclaimed Americana / Folk act The Stray Birds have a headline show at St. Peter's By The Waterfront in Ipswich UK on Saturday October 22nd. This is the final date of their current UK tour so it should be a great night. Tickets can be bought HERE.
Canadian blues-soul artist Matt Andersen returns to the UK for a solo tour in October which will include a London show upstairs at The Garage. The dates are in support of his recent album 'Honest Man' which was released earlier this year on True North Records to terrific reviews.
Bloodshot Records artist Al Scorch will embark on a UK tour in September with Jess McIntosh on fiddle and vocals. The banjo-wielding singer-songwriter from Chicago is touring in support of his 'Circle Round The Signs' album. Scorch has been dubbed "The finest country-folk-punk-bluegrass banjo player in the country" by The Huffington Post so it should be a great show.
Indie-Folk quartet Darlingside will visit the UK in July for a short tour to coincide with the UK release of 'Birds Say' which is out July 15th via Thirty Tigers. The band were recently voted Artist Of The Year by Folk Alliance International and it will be their first visit to our shores.
That deaf, dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean....banjo. The HillBenders out of Springfield, Missouri will be visiting the UK to perform Tommy - A Bluegrass Opry a full-length version of the classic rock opera by The Who. Dates include a London show at the Union Chapel. The show has been a hit in the USA with positive reviews in the likes of Rolling Stone.
The acclaimed trio of Emily Barker, Amber Rubarth and Amy Speace collectively known as Applewood Road are about to set out on a UK tour with Mary Chapin Carpenter that will also see them perform additional shows at the Glastonbury and Cambridge Folk festivals.