‘Song cycle’ tour for city music duo

A Sheffield band are preparing to launch a tour with a difference: travelling by bike!

By julia.armstrong1
Sunday, 07 April, 2019, 23:00
Sheffield band Mr Magpie, who are doing a tour by bike to raise awareness and funds for the charity Crohns & Colitis UK

Mr Magpie - musicians Luke Foster and Matt Alexander - will be cycling between Sheffield and Liverpool, playing shows and busking along the way.

In the process they’re hoping to raise awareness and funds for the charity Crohns & Colitis UK.

Matt, who has close family members affected by the illnesses, said: “Crohns and colitis are horrible, life-changing illnesses that often don’t get talked about.

“When we set up the idea of doing a tour, we realised it was a great chance to raise awareness among new audiences and hopefully some money for the charity too”.

The duo will have collecting tins at their shows, and have also set up a sponsorship page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mr-magpie

Luke said: “Rather than following convention and bundling into a van to drive from city to city, we thought we'd explore the rural scenery that often informs our music.

“Travelling by bicycle, we can better connect to the surrounding landscape, digging up myths and folklore from the towns and village a little off the beaten track. Ultimately, we hope our experiences will make their way into songs!"

Mr Magpie have been playing together for just under a year. “We’d both been playing solo”, says Matt, “but we realised that we were writing about a lot of the same themes: mainly landscape and nature, so it made sense to collaborate. We call our music landscape pop”.

They have released their first songs, Bulrushes and (She’s Got The) Shivers, online.

Mr Magpie launch their tour at Sheffield’s The Dorothy Pax tonight, Thursday April 11, at 7.30pm. Free entry.