31 March 2014

Dolly and Blue smoke in Ireland, 10-12 June 2014

Thanks to Brian McNeal of the Prescription Bluegrass Blog (USA) for this news: the iconic Dolly Parton's new album, Blue smoke on Dolly Records, is to be released in the USA by Sony Masterworks on 13 May 2014, and later in other countries. It is already out in Australia and New Zealand.

The release will be followed by a tour including five weeks in Europe, where the first show will be in Liverpool on 8 June. Ms Parton will then cross to Ireland for the following three shows:

Tues. 10th June: Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Wed. 11th: The O2, Dublin
Thurs. 12th: Live at the Marquee, Cork

These will be followed by twelve shows in Britain, two in Germany, and one each in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. Full details of the schedule, together with venue website links and online booking facilities, can be seen here.

Ms Parton - once described by old-time music scholar Tony Russell as 'the old-time music enthusiast's favourite country singer' - has already recorded a bluegrass album, and Blue smoke comprises music from several genres, including old-time and bluegrass. Tracks can be heard on the 'Music' page of her website.

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