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US Tour + return to Aus/NZ/UK/Canada in 2015

I’m so very excited to announce a massive US tour starting this week!

For those in Australia, NZ, Canada and the UK, I also have news about when i’ll be touring next in 2015.

Firstly though, I’m honoured to be invited on the road with a brilliant young trio called…
The Stray Birds, from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The Stray Birds

Named in NPRs top 10 folk albums and one of the best old time-new time bluegrass-harmony groups I’ve ever seen they are amazing!!!

We met in Glasgow, Scotland in the bitter cold of January 2014. They offered me a bed in their hotel room, and were so kind to me, twas the beginning of a new found friendship. But during a taxi ride the next day for some sight seeing to Kensington Grove it almost came to an abrupt end when my boiling hot pumpkin soup went flying over the whole band and their new shoes.

Somehow they forgave me, and here we are 9 months later getting in the van across the great expanse of America to celebrate their new album release, and continuing my international release of ‘Not Built To Last’.

I thought I’d seen so much of the USA in the last 2 years but the more you see…well, the bigger it gets! I’ll be playing my debut performances in 30 new cities opening for and collaborating with The Stray Birds.

Check out this video of The Stray Birds jamming ‘Black Diamond’ with me at a house concert in Edinburgh, Scotland just after I spilled the soup all over em!

I’ll also be zipping around for a few of my own headliners during the tour including a return to Berkeley/San Fransisco’s Freight & Salvage for a double bill with one of my favourites, Rose Cousins, from Nova Scotia, Canada. Tickets are now on sale (click HERE) and this is one for you West Coasters to not dare miss!

We  are also very excited to announce we have been invited back to play one of our favourite folk festivals in the world, Port Fairy, in Victoria in March 2015. Alongside Sinead O’Connor, John Butler Trio and Richard Thompson, tickets and info are here: http://www.portfairyfolkfestival.com/

This is just the first thing we can share with you from a string of festivals and headline shows back in Aus & NZ in Feb, March and April 2015.

We also have awesome festivals and tours slated for Canada and the UK in May-June 2015 that we’ll share with you very soon! For those in the North-West of England, we can tell ya i’ll be playing at Ireby Festival so chuck that one in the diary!

US Tour Dates:

Tues Oct 21st – Club Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA [tickets]
Wed Oct 22nd – Campus Theatre, Lewisburg, PA [tickets]
Thurs Oct 23rd – World Cafe Live Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA [tickets]
Fri Oct 24th – Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem, PA [tickets]
Sun Oct 26th – Tellus360, Lancaster, PA [tickets]
Mon Oct 27th – Institute of Musical Ttraditions, Rockville, MD [tickets]
Tues Oct 28th – The Southern, Charlottesville, VA [tickets]
Wed Oct 29th – Ashland Coffee & Tea, Ashland, VA [tickets]
Thurs Oct 30th – Isis Restaurant & Music Hall, Asheville, NC [tickets]
Sat Nov 01st – The Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC [tickets]
Sun Nov 02nd – Eddie Owen Presents at the RCT, Duluth, GA [tickets]
Wed Nov 12th – The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI [tickets]
Fri Nov 14th – Riviera Theatre, Three Rivers, MI [tickets]
Sat Nov 15th – Natalie’s, Columbus, OH [tickets]
Sun Nov 16th – G.A.R. Hall, Peninsula, OH [tickets]
Wed Nov 19th – Caffé Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY [tickets]
Thurs Nov 20th – One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME [tickets]
Fri Nov 21st – Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, VT [tickets]
Sat Nov 22nd – Circle of Friends Coffeehouse, Franklin, MA [tickets]
Sun Nov 23rd – Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA [tickets]
Mon Nov 24th – Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3, New York, NY [tickets]
Tues Nov 25th – w/ Rose Cousins – NOT featuring The Stray Birds
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley, CA [tickets]
Tues Dec 02nd – The Southgate House Revival – Revival Room, Newport, KY [tickets]
Fri Dec 05th – Talia Espresso, North Wilkesboro, NC
Sat Dec 06th – Cat’s Cradle – Back Room, Carrboro, NC [tickets]
Tues Dec 09th – 8×10, Baltimore, MD [tickets]
Wed Dec 10th – Gypsy Sally’s, Washington, DC [tickets]
Thurs Dec 11th – B side Ballroom, Oneonta, NY [tickets]
Fri Dec 12th – The Outer Space, Hamden, CT [tickets]
Sat Dec 13th – Riverwalk Roasters, Nashua, NH [tickets]
Sun Dec 14th – Club Passim, Cambridge, MA [tickets]

Folk Alliance International playing times

Thursday Feb 20th
5.45pm-7.15pm – State of Texas and The House Of Songs Presents – Roanoke Room w/ Matt The Electrician, Eliza Gilykson, Ariana Gillis & Jens Lysdal
10.30-11pm – Access Film Music BLUE – Room 655 w/ Liz Stringer & Ruth Moody
11.45pm-12.05am – AUSCAN Music Spotlight Showcases – Ambassadors Room, 5th Floor
1-1.25am – Access Film Music GREEN – Room 755

Friday Feb 21st
3-3.20pm – Access Film Music RED – Room 555
11-11.25pm – Horizon Suite @ Regents Room, 5th Floor w/ The Stray Birds
12.10-12.30am – AUSCAN Music Spotlight Showcases – Ambassadors Room, 5th Floor
1-1.30am – Canada Gold – Room 540 – w/ Liz Stringer

Saturday Feb 22nd
2-3pm – AUSCAN Music Spotlight Showcases – Ambassadors Room, 5th Floor – w/ Dave Gunning, Gabrielle Papillon, Ian Sherwood
3-3.50pm – Folk Music Canada – Room 534 w/ Del Barber, Sam Baker & Jay Aybar
7.30-8pm – OFFICIAL SHOWCASE – Brookside
10.30-11.15pm – House of Romanoff – Room 720 w/ Kim Richey, Mel Parsons & Bella Hardy
11.30-12pm – Access Film Music BLUE – Room 655 w/ The Mae Trio & Mel Parsons
12.30am – Red Beet Records Room – Room 748

London, Celtic Connections, Canada with OML and Folk Alliance #international

2014 has kicked off with an incredible run of international travel and amazing shows. It all began at Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland, Australia where the band and I played some cracking shows in the blistering heat before seeing in the new year at one of the worlds best festivals.

I then had a few weeks off before traveling back to LA to drop some gear off, just in time to go to the airport and fly to London. We sold out my first ever London show at the Green Note, and then went to Glasgow for Celtic Connections where I played in front of 2000 people supporting Mary Chapin Carpenter. Celtic Connections brings in amazing bands from all over the world, and I got to spend a few days with new friends The Stray Birds, and even got up for a song at their house concert in Edinburgh. See the video HERE

After a few days in New York, I arrived in Halifax to begin another tour with Old Man Luedecke, this time in the heart of the Canadian winter after our very warm summer tour of Australia in October/November. We play 25 dates around the country, and in between I jump to Folk Alliance International for a wild ride of 14 shows in 3 days with lots of friends, including The Stray Birds and Liz Stringer from back in Melbourne.

Here is a photo that captures some of the madness of the last few months!