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JOSH RITTER and The Royal City Band

  • Dolans Warehouse 3-4 Dock Road Limerick Ireland (map)
Tickets on sale July 21st at 9am

Tickets on sale July 21st at 9am

Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band

 Special guest Anaïs Mitchell

Gathering - the new album out 22nd September!

"How refreshing and inspiring it is to encounter an artist whose achievements match his ambitions."  - The Washington Post

"The 10 Most Exciting Artists Now” - Entertainment Weekly

"100 Best Living Songwriters"  - Paste Magazine

 

Josh Ritter's acclaimed 20-year career as a songwriter and musician reaches new heights with the release of his ninth full-length album, Gathering.  Along with his loyal bandmates, the Royal City Band, Josh returned to the studio with more songs than he'd ever had before at one time.  Re-engergized after a recent collaboration with legendary musician Bob Weir (who contributes vocals and guitar to a song on Gathering) and -- at the same time -- tired of living in the shadow of his earlier self, Josh felt charged with exploring the possibility of cutting himself loose from his own and others' expectations. In his words, "I began with an exciting sense of dissatisfaction, and what emerged, as I began to find my voice, was a record full of storms."

Gathering is out on 22nd September.

“Ms. Mitchell’s songs address contemporary angst with uncanny vision…a formidable

Song-writing talent”
The New York Times

“The most engaging, and in some ways, most original artist working in the field of new
American folk music”
Independent on Sunday

“Mitchell is a skilled storyteller…and her delivery gives an emotional complexity that
welcomes and even demands repeated listens.”
Pitchfork

“Mitchell is an Americana princess”
* 5/5 Uncut Magazine

Anaïs Mitchell is a Vermont and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter who comes from the world of narrative folksong, poetry and balladry. She recorded for Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe Records for several years before starting her own Wilderland label in 2012. Among her recorded works are six full-length albums, including 2010's sensationally-reviewed Hadestown, a folk opera based on the Orpheus myth; 2012's Young Man in America, which was described by the UK's Independent as 'an epic tale of American becoming’; and 2013’s Child Ballads, a collaboration with Jefferson Hamer, which won a BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Traditional Track.

Mitchell has headlined shows worldwide as well as supporting tours for Bon Iver, Ani Difranco, The Low Anthem(all of whom appear as guest singers on 'Hadestown'), Josh Ritter and Punch Brothers. Her stage production of Hadestown, which was ten years in the making, opened Off-Broadway in May 2016 to rave reviews. The New York Times called it “inventive, beguiling and spellbinding” while Vogue announced that “Hadestown will be your new theatre obsession”. The show was extended twice as a result of critical success and sell-out performances.

“One of those albums that come out of nowhere to quietly stake its claim as a modern classic”
* 5/5 The Times and The Sunday Times

“The playing is exquisite, the singing vibrant, the arrangements like jewellery. It is absolutely
beautiful”
* 5/5 Independent on Sunday

MOJO – Number 1 Folk Album 2012
NPR – Top 10, Folk & Americana Albums 2012
Exclaim! CANADA – Number 7, Best Folk Albums 2012

“A remarkable, genre-defying album”
Uncut Magazine

“The startling imagery and dramatic musical sweep of the title track’s cradle to grave odyssey marks her out as a true American original”
* 4/5 Q Magazine

“The title track crams an entire Great American Novel into just five-and-a-half minutes…introducing Mitchell as folk’s most sophisticated storyteller”
American Songwriter Magazine, Best Songs of 2012

‘Hadestown’ ( Righteous Babe Records, 2010) :
The Observer - Number 1 Album of 2010
Sunday Times - Number 9 in Top 100 Albums 2010
The Guardian - Number 17 in Best of 2010 list

“Nothing short of incredible”
* 9/10 NME

“Hadestown has made Mitchell an Americana princess”
* 5/5 Uncut Magazine

“Sensationally good and endlessly absorbing…an extraordinary album.”
* 5/5 The Times and The Sunday Times

“An unmitigated triumph”
* 5/5 The Independent

Later Event: December 15
Declan O'Rourke