Breaking the Spell of Loneliness in 2017


After a short Christmas break me and George Monbiot will be dusting off our ‘Breaking the Spell of Loneliness’ tour and taking it to Scotland in early February. As well as Celtic Connections in Glasgow, we’ll be playing in Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen. From there we’ll be going on to Birmingham and Aberystwyth, both also in February.
We’ll also shortly be announcing a few festivals that we’ll be taking the show to in the Spring and Summer …keep an eye out for those.

Reviews & Coverage of Breaking the Spell

“A powerful, poignant set”
**** Guardian

Over the past few months ‘Breaking the Spell of Loneliness’ has been covered quite a bit across the UK media. Things got off to a good start when we were let loose on BBC Two’s Newsnight programme; George discussing the project with presenter Evan Davis and me playing the show out with a rendition of ‘Such A Thing As Society’, our album’s opening track. Shortly before this BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction dedicated a show to the subject of loneliness and featured our project on it. Since then we’ve been live on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends and performed a live music-and-spoken-word taster of the show on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune. More recently BBC Radio Scotland‘s Janice Forsyth Show had us on to talk about our project and the broader subject, which followed a similar spot on the fantastic Travelling Folk in the Autumn.

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Breaking the Spell of Loneliness – Reviewed in Guardian, Songlines, R2 etc…

Since its October 14th release lots of reviews have been coming in for my new album and project, Breaking the Spell of Loneliness, a collaboration with the author and journalist George Monbiot. Here’s a sample below…

“A powerful, poignant set”
**** Guardian

“A cry to bring to an end the community alienation and loneliness in contemporary life”
**** Songlines

“A strong album, beautifully played and sung …hits the mark precisely, again and again.”
**** R2

“A charming evening …they are starting a conversation; it is up to us to respond.”
*** The Times (live review)