Where: London, Brighton, Bristol and Manchester (see below)
£: Tickets cost £8
What is it?
North Dakota’s finest troubadour, Tom Brosseau, returns to the UK to tour his first solo release in 5 years and his 7th studio album to date. Grass Punks was released via Tin Angel Records on 20th January. The album draws on themes of the emptiness of a false dream, loyalty, betrayal and perseverance.
Tom Brosseau is a folksinger and songwriter who currently resides in Los Angeles, California. He comes from a working family with a musical background, though none have received formal training. His grandmother Lillian Uglem taught him the acoustic guitar while he was in grade school.
Mayor Mike Brown presented Brosseau with the Key to the City of Grand Forks, North Dakota in 2007 for his album of original work entitled Grand Forks. The songs were based on the devastating Red River flood of 1997. Natalie Portman chose a track from Grand Forks called Plaid-lined Jacket, as part of her continuing work with FINCA, an organisation whose mission is to assist communities of impoverishment.
Tom Brosseau has toured with John Doe, Juliana Hatfield and PJ Harvey. Since 2010, Brosseau has performed with Becky Stark and John C. Reilly in John Reilly & Friends; a band devoted to the current American folk music revival. In 2011, Reilly and Brosseau recorded a 7″ vinyl single entitled John & Tom, which was produced by Jack White for Third Man Records.
He has toured the UK, Japan, Canada, Portugal, Iceland, Australia; performed in bars, backyards, grand halls, subways, theatres, old folks homes, and exchanged songs and poetry with many talented folks, including Susan Orlean, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Patrick Marber, Bonnie Raitt and the late Sam Hinton.
Tom Brosseau’s April tour dates are as follows:
Saturday 12th April – Sebright Arms, London
Sunday 13th April – The Louisiana, Bristol
Monday 14th April – The Castle Hotel, Manchester
Tuesday 15th April – The Green Door Store, Brighton