English folk rock singer-songwriter Jon Allen is on a UK tour which brings him to Sheffield’s Greystones on October 23 and we have three pairs of tickets to be won, writes Graham Walker.
It’s the first time Jon Allen has toured his trademark mix of catchy tunes and folk and Sixties-inflected country blues in the UK since 2013.
The tour supports his widely acclaimed third album, Deep River, following his 2009 debut album Dead Man’s Suit, and 2011’s Sweet Defeat, which saw singles such as In Your Light and Joanna.
A-listed by BBC Radio 2, Jon has appeared on Later… with Jools Holland and BBC’s Glastonbury TV coverage.
“It was Beyoncé then me! I like to think that she supported me,” Jon says.
Night & Day, the first single to be released from Deep River, continued Jon’s run of success, spending five weeks on BBC Radio 2’s playlist.
Jon said: “I’m delighted and to have had such a good reaction to Night & Day. There is always a feeling of holding one’s breath and a fear with a new album and first single - no matter how good you think a song is - that it will be a damp squib, so when it does get love back it’s extremely gratifying. Getting the Chris Evans ‘bump’ was a real bonus too.
“I just try to write music that moves me. I’m trying to express some truthfulness. There are no gimmicks, no beeps and whistles.
“I feel a bit like a musical outsider. I’m very inspired by music that feels like it comes from one of the main tributaries of blues, folk, jazz and country. That’s the music that moves me so I would rather be true to that than try to fit in.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back on the road and playing out my new material. It’s great to be able to draw on a larger body of work.
“The arrival of the new album has made it harder to write a set list because I think there are a lot of strong songs on the record vying to be included. I guess that’s a good problem to have. “There are some tracks on Deep River that I think are among my best work. I hope the fans enjoy them as much as I do.”
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Jon Allen 2014 UK Tour dates
Wednesday, 15th October - Shrewsbury, Henry Tudor House (solo show)
Thursday, 16th October – Birmingham, Glee Studio (solo show)
Monday, 20th October - Glasgow, King Tuts
Tuesday 21st October – Kendal, Bootleggers
Wednesday, 22nd October – Newcastle, Cluny 2
Thursday, 23rd October - Sheffield, Greystones
Friday, 24th October - Manchester, Deaf Institute
Sunday, 26th October - Leicester, Musician
Monday, 27th October - Bristol, Colston 2
Tuesday, 28th October - London, Jazz Cafe
Thursday, 30th October - London, Bluesfest at Royal Albert Hall (afternoon show)
Thursday, 30th October - Cambridge, The Junction 2
Friday, 31st October – London, Bluesfest at Royal Albert Hall
Sunday, 2nd November - Brighton, Komedia Studio
Monday, 3rd November - Portsmouth, Cellars
Friday, 16th January – Milton Keynes, The Stables
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