We’re happy to announce two upcoming international tours slated for early 2018. From January 19 – February 11, 2018, Red Tail Ring will be touring around the UK, starting with the world-acclaimed roots festival Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Scotland! We have many more dates scheduled in England too, fear not. Then, April 8-21 we’ll be traveling around Saskatchewan and Manitoba in Canada, playing a bevy of intimate house concerts as part of the excellent acoustic series Home Routes (Chemin Chez Nous). O Canada, we can’t wait!
Please check out all the nitty gritty details on the SHOWS page.
We’re starting to spread the word about the upcoming season of touring for Red Tail Ring. March through May we’ll be taking two separate Eastward trips, the first slightly more southern than the second, and we’ll also be playing a good amount in the Midwest including a round-Lake-Michigan tour. Check the dates below and on the shows page.
We are hitting the road for Sweden tomorrow morning! Some shows will be shared with Laurel’s project, Premo & Gustavsson, as this will be the Swedish CD-Release Tour for their 2016 album ‘ I Walked Abroad.’ If you want to follow along with us on the Scandic adventures, tune into our Facebook and Twitter feeds for a smattering of photos and updates along the way. Dates for both Red Tail Ring and Premo & Gustavsson appearances have now been updated on their respective website calendars.
We’re feeling so rejuvenated and refreshed coming back from this year’s Folk Alliance International conference, held in Kansas City, MO. Both of us got to sit on panels discussions ranging from ‘Touring in the U.S.’ to ‘Women in Music,’ and we attended many more workshops in addition to our nightly Red Tail Ring performances. We also saw a ton of great music – more than we could ever recount here – from friends like Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys and Ben Bedford, to people we’ve never gotten to hear up close, like Robbie Fulks and Betse & Clarke, to brand new finds such as Handmade Moments and Curly Strings (from Estonia). The conference also featured keynote speeches by Ani DiFranco and Billy Bragg, both of them inspirational and rousing, and focusing on social justice. Usually, after these things, which are non-stop, seemingly 24-hour-a-day, Wednesday through Sunday affairs, we’re exhausted, but this year the experience was equal parts exhilarating and energy-inducing, in addition to markedly helpful from a music biz perspective. We’re sure to go back in future years.
Fall Away Blues was awarded West Michigan’s ‘Local Spin of the Year’ at this year’s WYCE Jammie Awards! Here’s a photo of Michael crooning out an acceptance speech, as well as a link to the article.
Over the next week we’ll present two Michigan shows in two of our favorite places to play in the entire state – The Ark in Ann Arbor and Bell’s Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo – all with our friends Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful! Please join us for these two special sit-down shows in some of the best listening rooms anywhere.