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John Grant / January and February 2016 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Thursday, 1st October 2015 at 8:00 am
 

Header photo by Michael Berman

Following on his already sold out November dates in the UK and Ireland, singer/songwriter John Grant has announced a full UK and Irish tour for the early part of 2016.  Grant’s third album ‘Grey Tickles, Black Pressure’ is due out on Friday the 9th of October and will include the current single ‘Disappointing’, featured below the tour date listing.

Tickets for the following shows will go on sale tomorrow, Friday the 2nd of October, at 10 AM.  In addition to these shows, Grant will play a special one-off date later in the year at London’s Royal Albert Hall on the 15th of June.

TGTF’s previous coverage of John Grant, including live performance reviews, can be found right back here.

Tuesday 26th January 2016 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Wednesday 27th January 2016 – Belfast Mandela Hall
Thursday 28th January 2016 – Cork Opera House
Saturday 30th January 2016 – Galway Seapoint
Monday 1st February 2016 – Coventry Warwick Arts Centre
Wednesday 3rd February 2016 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Thursday 4th February 2016 – Southampton Guildhall
Friday 5th February 2016 – Leeds Town Hall
Sunday 7th February 2016 – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Monday 8th February 2016 – Manchester Albert Hall
Wednesday 10th February 2016 – Gateshead Sage
Thursday 11th February 2016 – Sheffield Octagon Centre

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Richard Hawley / October and November 2015 UK and Irish Tour

 
By on Friday, 10th July 2015 at 8:00 am
 

Sheffield’s Man in Black Richard Hawley has announced a headline tour for October and November 2015 for the UK and Ireland. The tour follows a month after the release of Hawley’s eighth studio album ‘Hollow Meadows’, which drops on the 11th of September on Parlophone. My thoughts on the LP’s first taster ‘Which Way’ can be read in this In the Post feature from last week.

All shows below are on sale now except for Southampton (on sale Saturday the 11th of July at 9 AM) and Leeds and Manchester (on sale Saturday the 11th of July at 9:30 AM). TGTF’s past coverage on Richard Hawley is this way (no pun intended).

Sunday 25th October 2015 – Brighton Dome
Monday 26th October 2015 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Tuesday 27th October 2015 – Birmingham Institute
Wednesday 28th October 2015 – Scarborough Spa Grand Hall
Friday 30th October 2015 – Dublin Vicar Street
Sunday 1st November 2015 – Leeds Academy
Monday 2nd November 2015 – Manchester Albert Hall
Tuesday 3rd November 2015 – Gateshead Sage
Thursday 5th November 2015 – Glasgow Barrowland
Friday 6th November 2015 – Sheffield Arena Steel Hall
Sunday 8th November 2015 – London Roundhouse
Monday 9th November 2015 – Bristol Colston Hall
Tuesday 10th November 2015 – Southampton Guildhall

 

Sivu / February and March 2015 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 5th January 2015 at 9:00 am
 

The marvelous Sivu has lined up a massive UK tour for the end of February into the end of March 2015. Tickets are available now.

He closed out the last quarter of 2014 with the release of his debut album ‘Something on High’ (#5 on my top albums of 2014) and high-profile support slots with Nick Mulvey and Bombay Bicycle Club. All past TGTF coverage on Sivu can be found here.

Wednesday 25th February 2015 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Thursday 26th February 2015 – Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
Friday 27th February 2015 – Bristol Birdcage
Saturday 28th February 2015 – Exeter Phoenix
Wednesday 4th March 2015 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Thursday 5th March 2015 – St. Agnes Taphouse (free show)
Friday 6th March 2015 – Truro Hub (free show)
Saturday 7th March 2015 – Perranporth Watering Hole (free show)
Sunday 8th March 2015 – Falmouth Gylly Beach Cafe (free show)
Wednesday 11th March 2015 – Leeds Oporto
Thursday 12th March 2015 – Sheffield Bungalows and Bears (free show)
Friday 13th March 2015 – Oxford Bullingdon
Saturday 14th March 2015 – Nottingham Bodega
Wednesday 18th March 2015 – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Thursday 19th March 2015 – Glasgow Broadcast
Friday 20th March 2015 – Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s
Saturday 21st March 2015 – Gateshead Central
Tuesday 24th March 2015 – London St. Johns Bethnal Green
Thursday 26th March 2015 – Bournemouth 60 Million Postcards (free show)
Friday 27th March 2015 – Ramsgate Music Hall
Saturday 28th March 2015 – Brighton Hope

 

Duke Special / March, April and May 2015 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Friday, 19th December 2014 at 8:30 am
 

Northern Irish singer/songwriter Duke Special has just unveiled a lengthy list of UK and Irish tour dates for next spring in anticipation of his upcoming album ‘Look Out Machines’. The album is due for release in 2015 via Duke Special’s current PledgeMusic campaign, but he’s already released a video for its first single ‘Elephant Graveyard’, which you can view below the tour date listing.

Prior to his spring live dates, Duke Special will take on an extensive tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland starting in January; all of those dates are listed on his official Web site. Previous TGTF coverage of Duke Special can be found here.

Support for Duke Special’s March UK tour dates will be provided by London singer/songwriter Paul Cook and The Chronicles. Tickets for the following shows are available now.

Wednesday 11th March 2015 – Shrewsbury Henry Tudor House
Thursday 12th March 2015 – Nottingham Glee Club
Friday 13th March 2015 – Liverpool East Village Arts Club
Saturday 14th March 2015 – Wrexham Glyndwr University
Sunday 15th March 2015 – Birmingham Glee Club
Tuesday 17th March 2015 – Oxford Academy
Wednesday 18th March 2015 – Exeter Phoenix
Thursday 19th March 2015 – Bristol St George’s and the Folk House
Friday 20th March 2015 – Milton Keynes Stables
Saturday 21st March 2015 – Cambridge Junction 2
Wednesday 15th April 2015 – Gloucester Guildhall
Thursday 16th April 2015 – Bury Met
Friday 17th April 2015 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Saturday 18th April 2015 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Sunday 19th April 2015 – Gateshead Sage
Tuesday 21st April 2015 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Wednesday 22nd April 2015 – Norwich Waterfront
Thursday 23rd April 2015 – Brighton Komedia
Friday 24th April 2015 – Southampton Talking Heads
Saturday 25th April 2015 – Reading Bowery District
Sunday 26th April 2015 – Cardiff Globe
Wednesday 13th May 2015 – London Islington Assembly Hall
Friday 15th May 2015 – Belfast Mandela Hall
Saturday 16th May 2015 – Dublin Vicar Street

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The Staves / February 2015 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 11th November 2014 at 9:00 am
 

Sister trio The Staves have announced that they will release their new album ‘If I Was’ on the 2nd of February 2015 via Atlantic Records. In support of the new LP, they have also revealed a list of UK and Irish tour dates immediately following the release. Tickets for the following dates go on general sale Friday, the 14th of November, at 9 AM. If you belong to their mailing list, check your email for access to a presale tomorrow (Wednesday the 12th of November).

Below the tour date listing, watch the video for ‘Blood I Bled’, which featured on the Staves’ recent EP of the same title, reviewed by Mary here.

Wednesday 4th February 2015 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Thursday 5th February 2015 – Leeds City Varieties
Friday 6th February 2015 – Gateshead Sage 2
Saturday 7th February 2015 – Edinburgh Queens Hall
Monday 9th February 2015 – Dublin Olympia
Tuesday 10th February 2015 – Liverpool Arts Club
Thursday 12th February 2015 – London Hackney Empire
Friday 13th February 2015 – Oxford Academy
Saturday 14th February 2015 – Exeter Phoenix
Monday 16th February 2015 – Cardiff Glee Club
Tuesday 17th February 2015 – Cambridge Junction

 

Live Review: Nick Mulvey at Gateshead Sage – 27th October 2014

 
By on Wednesday, 5th November 2014 at 2:00 pm
 

As a music writer it’s very easy to get sucked into some sort of hyper-critical vortex of opinionation, with the poor musician at its centre but paradoxically just a bit-part player, the catalyst for the writer’s real agenda. So it was with my last review of the perfectly serviceable Jon Allen, and so it will be again this week with the discussion of Nick Mulvey.

It’s always a rather curve-ball start to the evening by being kept waiting so long for the press ticket to be found that one entirely misses the support act. Suffice to say that if Sivu is as good live as his album, I very much regret that I didn’t get to see him play. Not that I’d have actually seen much of him – the seat that this review was written from was the worst in the house, actually behind the stage, on a balcony of such restricted view that even though I watched him play for more than an hour, I had no idea what Nick Mulvey actually looked like. Until I got up from my cheap seat and moved around a bit. Ha – screw you, Sage Gateshead. In a bizarre puritanical flourish, I am informed that my 5-quid plastic cup of beer isn’t permitted on the upper levels of the Sage Hall 2. So this review was written without the reflective assistance of an alcoholic beverage – until I cracked open my hip flask. Ha – screw you, Sage Gateshead*. Finally, no photo pass can be “found”, which means this review is unaccompanied by the usual high-quality photography. So I took some with my iPhone. Ha – screw you, Sage Gateshead**.

You might expect the negative tone to influence the review of Mulvey himself, but you’d be wrong. How dare you, dear reader, question this writer’s professional integrity? For it turns out that Mulvey is a purveyor of delicately robust songs with just the right amount of virtuoso playing, traditional songwriting chops, avant-garde arrangements, and plain simple funkiness, that tonight’s performance is truly a beautiful thing to behold. The audience are largely converts, with a surprising number being capable of mouthing along to a surprising number of songs. He’s clearly popular with the ladies, particularly those well-dressed ones in their late 20s and early 30s (which make up the majority of the crowd), perhaps nurturing a fantasy that they could get to know the lithe, bearded Mr Mulvey a little better than a brief encounter at the merch stand might allow.

With Mulvey promoting his Mercury-nominated début ‘First Mind’, tonight’s show is a run-through of said collection’s salient parts, which is to say, pretty much all of it. Mulvey is an accomplished finger-style nylon-string player, his unusual, percussive technique rich with African influences. ‘April’ is an appropriately atmospheric start, with its flamenco-style picking and obscure percussion. Non-album track ‘House of Saint Give Me’ is a surprise addition, but it’s not until ‘Meet Me There’ that the crowd really start to get enthusiastic, and you know from that point Mulvey’s got them in the palm of his hand. The band’s pretty good, too: there’s loads of synth squelches, an electric upright bass and a girl on percussive noises. There’s also a hang, a nod to Mulvey’s previous life in Portico Quartet, although it only gets an outing on the very last song.

Highlights? Pretty much all of it, but the undulating rhythm of ‘Juramidam’ and its lucked harmonics are distinctive and funky, ‘Fever to the Form”s familiarity works in its favour, and the set-climaxing ‘Nitrous’, incorporating as it does Olive’s ‘You’re Not Alone’, is both familiar and novel, providing a comforting circularity to climax the gig. Live, Mulvey brings life to what is perhaps a modestly cerebral record, adding funkiness and power where on record it is delicacy and rumination. On this showing, he has a rare ability to connect with an audience, and manages to walk that fine line between populism and credibility with ease.

8/10

* I’d be quite prepared to take some sort of manual handling test to prove that I am capable of taking a drink into the first floor balcony of an auditorium without spilling it on the performers below. What say you, Sage Gateshead? I demand a drinking test!

** The Sage is a superb venue, world-class in every respect, except in its rock ‘n’ roll attitude, for which it scores nothing out of ten. If they are on a mission to remove every element of decadence, to reduce the act of gig-going to a sober, well-dressed, well-behaved act of expensive self-flagellation, they couldn’t be doing a better job.

 
 
 

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