Archive for June, 2007

A brief US, UK tour (and maybe Canada!)

Friday, June 29th, 2007

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Exciting news: I’ve been invited to tour the North America and the UK this Autumn. This is in support of my forthcoming EP, ‘Live at SxSW’, which features my horn section the Jazz Mafia Horns. I expect to have them with me for at least the North American dates, and possibly the UK leg too if tickets sell well. These guys are fantastic, as you’ll hear shortly when the EP comes out—in the meantime here’s a sneak audio preview snippet from the upcoming EP…..

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The US schedule includes several of the venues where I had my best shows in 2006, either solo or with BT: for example the Birchmere in Alexandria and the World Cafe in Philadelphia. But when I hooked up with the Jazz Mafia for my Spring 08 jaunt to SxSW, we did not make it over as far as the East Coast, so this’ll be a first. One of the gigs—Sept 22nd in NYC—is a brief appearance at the Moogfest, an annual concert in celebration of synthmaker Robert Moog, who died last year. The following night at a charity concert in Connecticut, I’ll be performing once again with Ethel, the amazing progressive string quartet.

In response to outcry from fans in Canada—where I haven’t performed since 1988!—we’re also trying to fit in at least one show over the border in Toronto, and maybe another in Montreal.

As I’ve blogged about before, I played a couple of London gigs last Summer, my first in 18 years. They went very well and the audiences and promoters were keen to get me back over to play some more cities. We’ve been able to line a few up. It’ll be wonderful to play out around the UK after all this time. These dates kick off with a special gig at the ICA in London on October 3rd to mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik. The UK dates are only pencilled in at this point so don’t blame me if you call the venues and they know nothing about it!

Here is my tentative schedule for September and October. Confirmed dates are in bold. Tickets are already on sale at some of the venues, just click on the link and see if I’m listed:

THOMAS DOLBY – FALL 2007 TOUR

9/11 – TUPELO MUSIC HALL, LONDONDERRY, NH
9/13 – WORLD CAFE LIVE, PHILADELPHIA, PA
9/14 – TANGIER, AKRON, OH
9/15 – REX THEATER, PITTSBURGH, PA
9/16 – IRON HORSE, NORTHAMPTON, MA
9/17 – BB KINGS – NEW YORK CITY, NY
9/19 – RAM’S HEAD – ANNAPOLIS, MD
9/20 – SELLERSVILLE THEATER – SELLERSVILLE, PA
9/21 – BIRCHMERE – ALEXANDRIA, VA
9/22 – MOOGFEST – NEW YORK CITY, NY
9/23 – RE-ENTRY, GREENWICH, CT (afternoon charity show)
9/24 – HARPERS FERRY, BOSTON, MA

9/25-9/27 – CANADA (unconfirmed)
10/3 – 10/ 11 – UNITED KINGDOM (details in a few days)