The day has finally come! My 2020 album, A Day Will Come – one of the biggest folk album successes of 2020 – is finally coming to a venue near you this May!
I released the album celebrating the music of Europe in May 2020 soon after Britain left the European Union, but the UK tour was scuppered by the pandemic.
Now, two years on, the tour is back on course with six dates across five counties. And the musicians that joined forces on the album are reuniting to take this captivating music on the road:
2019 Scots Trad Music Awards Musician of the Year Jenn Butterworth (Songs of Separation/Kinnaris Quintet), Jude Rees (Jim Moray, RSC, Pilgrims’ Way) on oboe, soprano saxophone and English border pipes; brilliant bass player John Parker (Nizlopi) and stand-out fiddle player Patsy Reid, the former Breabach member who has been described as ‘ the most in-demand traditional fiddle player in the UK’.
The album, which also featured Scottish superstar Evelyn Glennie and Irish-American fiddler Liz Carroll, won huge acclaim being named as one of MOJO Magazine’s Top 10 Folk Albums of 2020 and Songlines Magazine’s Top 10 albums of 2020, played on BBC Radio 2, 3, 4 and 6 and reviewed in The Guardian.
The show will feature myself on harmonica and melodeon as well as new poetry by Polish performance poet Bohdan Piasecki. Poland’s first Slam poet, he is now based in Birmingham and the poetry is inspired by interviews with EU nationals that have made England their home.
The tour kicks off in Somerset on May 10 and travels to Warwickshire, Yorkshire, Surrey and Oxfordshire. Audiences can expect a feel-good, fizzing celebration of Europe’s very best tunes – from Dutch sailing songs to Spanish dance tunes, merry Murinheira dance tunes from Portugal and polkas from Lithuania as well as some of my own vibrant compositions.
And here are the dates, you can find all the booking details here:
Tue 10 May – St. Andrew’s Church, Wiveliscombe, Somerset
Wed 11 May – Warwick Arts Centre
Tue 17 May – Theatre Royal Wakefield
Wed 18 May – Settle Victoria Hall- The World’s Oldest Music Hall
Thu 19 May – Stanley Arts, Croydon
Fri 20 May – The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford
I look forward to seeing you at one of these fabulous venues in May!