East London five-piece folk band STICK IN THE WHEEL have announced a series of UK shows for 2018.
Headed by singer Nicola Kearey, and guitarist/producer Ian Carter, their debut From Here (2015) was fRoots magazine ‘Album of the Year’ and a MOJO ‘Folk Album of the Year’. Since their inception in 2013, the band have also received four BBC Folk Award nominations.
Known for Kearey’s fierce, authentic delivery, this is culturally and politically switched on music with its roots firmly embedded in the genre’s traditional, working-class heritage. The group have been widely commended for their timely appraisal of English Folk, and their skill in telling stories through song that reconnect modern audiences to the past – drawing unexpected parallels between then and now.
Their second album ‘Follow Them True’ is released on 26th January 2018. The songs within examine rituals and cycles, our inherent power to change ourselves and the world around us, the past repeating itself, ghosts and death, land and place, thieves and beggars. It continues to question the notion of what folk music is, and what it means in 2018. The new album expands the radical sound of their debut to include electronic and found sounds, using a broader sonic palette to create a greater depth full of layers and meaning, yet at the same time remaining totally connected with the tradition.
8 Feb – London @ Borderline
20 Jan – Glasgow @ Celtic Connections: Oran Mor
2 Feb – Doncaster @ Roots
3 Feb – Kendal @ Brewery Arts Centre
9 Feb – Basingstoke @ The Forge: The Anvil
10 Feb – Widcombe Bath @ Wharf Room
2 Mar – Edinburgh
3 Mar – Sheffield @ Greystones
4 Mar – Liverpool @ Philharmonic Hall
10 Mar – Bury @ The Met
11 Mar – Halifax @ Square Chapel
29 Mar – Colchester @ Colchester Arts Centre
6 Apr – Sevenoaks @ St Ediths Hall
7 Apr – Aldershot @ West End Centre
Tickets available at www.stickinthewheel.com