Northern Irish singer-songwriter FOY VANCE announces headline Belfast show at the Waterfront Hall on 23rd November 2019

Northern Irish singer-songwriter FOY VANCE announces headline Belfast show at the Waterfront Hall on 23rd November 2019

The award-winning Northern Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance is pleased to announce a headline Belfast show at the Waterfront Hall on 23rd November 2019. Foy will be accompanied by his band for the tour, his first live dates in over two years. Foy Vance: The Tour begins in Woodstock, NY on October 12 and culminates with a hometown show at Belfast Waterfront Hall on November 23.

Foy Vance will follow the release of two very special new albums this year – ‘From Muscle Shoals’ & ‘To Memphis’ – with an extensive headline North American and UK/Eire tour throughout October and November.

‘From Muscle Shoals’ will be released on June 28 on Ed Sheeran’s label Gingerbread Man Records, with To Memphis’ following in September. The albums are intended to be companion pieces and pay homage to the deeply rooted Soul and Americana traditions that have influenced Vance’s approach to songwriting. Pre-order ‘From Muscle Shoals’ now to receive the tracks ‘You Love Are My Only’ and ‘Sunshine Or Rain’.

Co-produced by Vance with Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes, John Paul White, Nicole Atkins) ‘From Muscle Shoals’ was recorded at the legendary FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The album features two of the original ‘Swampers’ house band that played on so many iconic hits of the 60s & 70s, Spooner Oldham (keys) and David Hood (bass), alongside a crack team of session musicians and singers.


October 2019

Sat 12              Woodstock, NY, Levon Helm Studios

Sun 13              Philadelphia, PA, World Cafe Live

Tue 15              New York, NY, NYU Skirball

Wed 16             Somerville, MA, Somerville Theatre

Fri 18                Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse

Sat 19              Nashville, TN, James K Polk Theater

Mon 21             Toronto, ON, Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Tue 22              Washington, DC, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

Wed 23             Chicago, IL, Thalia Hall

Sat 26              Los Angeles, CA, Palace Theatre

Sun 27              Seattle, WA, Neptune

November 2019

Wed 13             Dublin IE, Olympia

Thu 14              Limerick IE, Concert Hall

Sat 16              Birmingham UK, Town Hall

Sun 17              Glasgow UK, City Halls

Mon 18             Gateshead UK, Sage 2

Wed 20             Manchester UK, Albert Hall

Thu 21              London UK, Palladium

Sat 23              Belfast UK, Waterfront Hall

Tickets on sale Friday, June 07th at 10 am from,, Waterfront Hall Box Office & Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Northern Ireland customers 0844 277 44 55 & Republic of Ireland customers 0818 719 300.

Seeking inspiration for his fourth album, the follow-up to ‘The Wild Swan’, Vance was digging out old demos when he came across a handful of songs he had labelled ‘Soul’ and ‘Americana’. This discovery became the catalyst for the two new albums, with the ‘Soul’ songs providing the genesis of ‘From Muscle Shoals’, and the ‘Americana’ songs forming the basis of ‘To Memphis’, recorded at Sam Phillips Recordings Studios in Memphis. 

“When I had demoed the ‘soul’ songs years ago I had tried to emulate the old school southern soul sound of Muscle Shoals,” he explains Vance. “So when I came across this collection of songs again, I knew immediately where I needed to go to document them. I suppose that is really what this project is. Documenting songs that would otherwise go unheard.”

Vance reveals that one of the songs on the album was originally written for Tom Jones. “Tom liked it but said it was too personal and would prefer it in the third person. I can respect that. I wonder can you guess which one it is? I’ll leave it to your imagination.” 

There will be new studio album from Vance in 2020, a more traditional follow-up to ‘The Wild Swan’, which contained the Radio 2 playlisted singles ‘Coco’, ‘Upbeat Feelgood’, and ‘Noam Chomsky Is A Soft Revolution’. Vance’s previous album, ‘Joy Of Nothing’, won the inaugural Northern Ireland Music Prize for best album’ in 2013.

Keith Urban recently covered Vance’s track ‘Burden’ (from his acclaimed 2016 album ‘The Wild Swan’) at the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards in Las Vegas, where he won Entertainer Of The Year. Vance and Urban recently hooked up in a Nashville studio to record a stunning duet of the track, watch here.

Read a letter from Foy Vance about the new albums here

‘From Muscle Shoals’ tracklist:

  • You Get To Me
  • You Love Are My Only
  • Moving On
  • Sunshine or Rain
  • Pain Never Hurt Me Like Love
  • Be With Me
  • Good Time Southern Soul
  • Hard Work
  • I’m Coming Over
  • Make it Rain
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