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.
FOY VANCE: THE TOUR
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
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 www.ticketmaster.ie, www.waterfront.co.uk, 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 www.foyvance.com/letter/
‘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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