Kate Rusby announces 30th-anniversary album and extensive tour

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Kate Rusby has announced her 30th-anniversary album ’30: Happy Returns‘ will be released on May 6th on Pure Records. Her 30-year career has seen Rusby release nineteen albums, net a Mercury Music Prize in 1999, and earn two honorary doctorates. She’s headlined major venues around the UK, from the Royal Albert Hall to Cambridge Folk Festival, and internationally, and also established her record company, Pure Records, alongside her family. The album features a long list of guest musicians who have inspired Rusby during her career: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Richard Hawley, Darlingside, KT Tunstall, Sarah Jarosz, Sam Kelly, Dan Tyminski, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and Damien O’Kane appear on the newly-recorded double album. There is a bonus track on the physical version of the album with the Royal Northern Sinfonia.
Commenting on her career 30th anniversary, Rusby said, “Music has taken me all over the world in those 30 years, where I’ve met the most incredible musicians and singers. ’30: Happy Returns’ is a culmination of those years, the music, the singers, the laughs, the songs, the memories. Here I am joined by some of my all-time musical heroes, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Richard Hawley, KT Tunstall, Darlingside, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Sarah Jarosz, Damien O’Kane, Sam Kelly not to mention the amazing lads in my band! I am in awe of their talent and generosity in sharing it and can safely say there are so many “dream come true” moments on this album. By my very nature I’ve never been ambitious so I am astounded taking this retrospective look over the years and feel so blessed to sing with these incredible artists. I am one very happy, happy girl!!“.
The album will be available on deluxe, standard cd, and your favourite streaming platform. The deluxe version includes an extended hardback book featuring unseen photos and artwork.

1. We Will Sing@30 with Ladysmith Black Mambazo
2. No Names @30 with Richard Hawley
3. Fairest of All Yarrow @30
4. Cruel @30 with Darlingside
5. Let Me Be @30 with KT Tunstall
6. Ghost @30
7. High on a Hill@30 with Sarah Jarosz
8. Blooming Heather @30 with Sam Kelly
9. Only Desire @30 with Dan Tyminski (new version)
10. Underneath the Stars @30
11. Walk the Road @30 with Beth Nielsen Chapman
12. Hunter Moon @30 with Damien O’Kane (new version)

Remixes from Philosophers, Poets & Kings:
13. Until Morning with Damien O’Kane
14. Jenny (Ordinary remix) with Damien O’Kane
15. As the Lights Go Out with Sam Kelly
Bonus Track (physical copy only)
16. Secret Keeper with Royal Northern Sinfonia (special full-length version)

The album can be pre-ordered on her website.

Tour dates:

April 6th – Aberystwyth Arts Centre
April 7th – Floral Pavilion, New Brighton
April 8th – King George’s Hall, Blackburn
April 29th – Bristol Folk Festival
May 5th – Lavenham Church
May 6th – Lavenham Church
May 7th – Spinney Theatre, Northampton
May 8th – Corn Exchange, Exeter
May 12th – New Theatre, Peterborough
May 13th – Cadogan Hall, London
May 14th – Pavilion Theatre, Worthing
May 15th – Anvil Arts, Basingstoke
19 May – Hippodrome, Darlington
May 20th – Palace Theatre, Newark
May 21st – The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
22 May – Alban Arena, St Albans
May 25th – New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
26 May – Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye
May 27th – Westlands, Yeovil
May 28th – Hall for Cornwall, Truro
May 29th – Queens Theatre, Barnstaple

Tickets for her tour can be bought on Rusby’s website.
Below is the earliest video Rusby has available for contrast and reflection of her long service as the “First Lady of Folk”.

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