For anybody who likes their ‘alt’ firmly in their country, Richmond Fontaine should need no introduction. Any fans within striking distance of London on September 27th are in for a treat when the band perform their classic breakthrough album ‘Post To Wire‘ in its entirety at Scala. There’ll be a similarly complete run through of forthcoming new record ‘The High Country‘ too. Their UK tour will also take in the SXSC Festival in Winchester (where they undertook their only previous UK performance of Post To Wire) and begins in Manchester on the 15th. Full dates can be found here.
With career (or last four albums) retrospective ‘HeavyYears‘ in tow will be Chris Mills. A list of shows can be found here and support for the gigs features various combinations of Case Hardin, Liam Dullaghan and Quiet Loner (save for the Nottingham gig where Chris opens for Southern Tenant Folk Union).
Speaking of which, the Edinburgh based bluegrass/roots collective have several dates on the road themselves and can be found here on southerntenantfolkunion.com.
Other US visitors include Slaid Cleaves whos tour begins in Bidulph on the 21st and takes in these venues. Before that Otis Gibbs will be with us for most of the month, his schedule including the Ramsbottom Music Festival and a few Irish dates that actually begin on August 30th.
Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile and guitarist Michael Daves bring their new record to London, Liverpool and Sheffield as well as a couple of Irish dates. Something sure to appeal to fans of Thile’s former band Nickel Creek.
Two bands we’ve featured within these pages recently launch new recordings, unfortunately for Sheffield music fans both gigs are on the same night. Pete David & The Payroll Union unleash their ‘Your Obedient Servant‘ EP at The Lantern Theatre with support coming from the equally recommended Mike Hughes. Meanwhile at Club 60, Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians unveil their new album ‘Poisoned Nights & Bar Room Lights‘ where they’ll be joined by Boss Caine with the promise of ‘special guests’ too. This almighty gig clash takes place on September 16th.
As ever all gigs are subject to change but September’s looking like a pretty fine month to head out to a show or several.