Veteran California-based folk-Americana singer-songwriter and sideman of long repute Rich Shea has announced a May-June Ireland & UK solo tour, in support of his latest album ‘The Town Where I Live’. Dave Alvin said of Shea: “An incredible and intelligent musician and songwriter with an angelic voice that I’d kill for.” Tut. Killing isn’t very angelic Dave.
Rick Shea cut his teeth in the bars and honky-tonks of San Bernardino, California and his songs reflect the folk, country, rock and Mexican influences he grew up with there. His latest album emerges from that world of haunts, hard choices and dusty rock & roll.
Shea says he comes from the Dave Alvin school of folk music, a school that includes Woody Guthrie, Howlin’ Wolf, Curtis Mayfield and Chuck Berry to name just a few. “Songs tell our stories and our history and songs were how those stories were shared in the past, I’d like to continue that tradition.”
Rick Shea 2019 Dates
Sat 18 May – Castlecoote, Co. Roscommon, PJ’s Pub
Mon 20 May – Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Merry’s Bar – double bill w/ Jim Hurst
Tue 21 May – Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Clonmel Folk Club, The Coachman – double bill w/ Jim Hurst
Thu 23 May – Belfast, The American Bar
Fri 24 May – Dublin, Workmans Club
Sat 25 May – Dublin, House Concert
Wed 29 May – Southport, House Concert – Grateful Fred’s Roots & Acoustic Nights
Thu 30 May – Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, The Trades Club
Sat 1 Jun – Smethwick, West Midlands, Thimblemill Library
Sun 2 Jun – Leicester, The Musician
Thu 6 Jun – Barry, South Wales, Root’s n’ All at The Butterfly Collector
Sat 8 Jun – Cardiff, Boomswinger Bluegrass Club at The Mackintosh Institute
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