“Sparkling harmonies and bright chirpy guitars pepper this album full of bright-eyed optimism” BBC 6Music
“If you consider the term ‘Mancunian Americana’ to be an oxymoron… try listening to The Travelling Band. Brilliant” Marc Riley, BBC Music
A decade has passed since The Travelling Band’s formative 2006 recording sessions in Brooklyn. Those sessions laid the foundations of the band’s debut album Under the Pavement and set the band on the road to creating their own label, Sideways Saloon. To celebrate the landmark, TTB embark on a their first UK headline tour for two years, and will be releasing their first new music since the 2014 album The Big Defreeze.
The Close Your Eyes and Count to Ten tour sees The Travelling Band playing shows all around the UK. Far from being a nostalgic look back at the last ten years, the tour marks a line in the sand after the departure of original guitarist Steve ‘Mugger’ Mullen, with the band looking forward to the release of their fourth album next year.
2016 has already seen TTB tour all over Europe supporting US country/rock star Lissie, including sold out shows at The Forum as well as huge theatres in Germany and Norway. They have been doubling up as Lissie’s live band, playing summer festivals across the continent.
They have won hearts and minds wherever they’ve found themselves, combining the strut of refried Southern country with the One Foot On The Monitor mayhem of the EStreet Band. With smatterings of McCartney (the beard years) and Crosby Still & Nash millionpart harmonies, TTB have become firm favourites for people with ears and good hearts.
Fans include 6 Music’s Marc Riley (who loves their “shimmering blend of cosmiccountrypop”) and Michael Eavis (who was taken back to his “musical roots” with “marvellous music to savour”), who have lapped up the band’s headynufolk.
Support comes from A Dyjecinski. A Dyjecinski is an enigma wrapped up in a ball of gently mysterious wool. He is originally from Canada; The Valley of Yessiree is his first album as a solo artist: A self-recorded autobiographical concept record on failure in the pursuit of loneliness and the ghosts that occupy his mind.