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Great Lake Swimmers Hit the UK for Dates This Month
01Sep

Great Lake Swimmers Hit the UK for Dates This Month

The Great Lake Swimmers hit UK shores this month (next week to be precise) for a series of dates to support their new album "A Forest of Arms" which was released earlier in the year to near universal acclaim.  Kicking off in Brighton it winds its way around the country before reaching Glasgow for its last night.  Click through for the dates.

Betty & the Boy Make UK Debut
28Aug

Betty & the Boy Make UK Debut

Have a good bank holiday weekend whatever you're up to, particularly if you're heading to the exciting Bluebird at the Bluecoat event in Liverpool tomorrow.  News to leave you with that Oregon based band Betty & the Boy hit the UK for the firs time ever next week with an extensive series of dates.  Described by FolkRadioUK as "very special indeed," they must be, because they said so.  Click through for the dates.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard Join Forces for US Tour
28Aug

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard Join Forces for US Tour

Rolling Stone reports: "Two months after the release of Django and Jimmie, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are hitting the highway for a joint tour. The shows run from October 15th through November 28th, mostly centered around multipurpose arenas whose seating capacities range as high as 10,000. That's significantly larger than most of the venues Nelson and Haggard play during their solo tours. As they move into their golden years, though, Nelson, 82, and Haggard, 78, have no reason not to go big."

Sarah McQuaid Announces UK Dates
27Aug

Sarah McQuaid Announces UK Dates

UK-based singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid is keen to ensure that her fourth solo album Walking Into White gets at least a few full-length listens before being subsumed into playlists – so she’s performing the whole thing live, track by track, as the first half of each concert on her forthcoming US and UK tours. Hard on the heels of her Cornwall Folk Festival performance in Wadebridge on the 29th of August, Sarah will be flying out to the USA for a two-month, coast-to-coast 36-show tour, then returning just in time for her first of 22 UK dates on October 30th.  Click through for the dates.

Ryan Adams:
27Aug

Ryan Adams: "1989 cover album has reached the finish line"

NME reports: "Ryan Adams has told fans his full cover album of Taylor Swift’s '1989' is at the 'finish line' and will be mixed and mastered this week. Adams announced that he would be recording the cover version at the start of August. He has documented his progress via social media, posting various behind the scenes video clips and photos."

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