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Shawn Colvin & Mary Chapin Carpenter Launch Tour of UK & Ireland

Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter

Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter kick off a series of tour dates in the UK and Ireland with a performance at the Sage Gateshead tonight, followed by shows in Dublin, Derby, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London, and Cambridge. These special shows feature the acclaimed songwriters (and longtime friends) performing as an intimate duo and will include material spanning their vast catalogs as well as some of their favorite songs. See below for the tour dates; for additional details and ticket links on these and other upcoming shows, go to

Colvin released her eighth studio album, All Fall Down, on Nonesuch Records in June. Recorded in Nashville and produced by her longtime friend and occasional bandmate Buddy Miller (Robert Plant, Solomon Burke), it features a group of stellar musicians, including Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Bill Frisell, and Jakob Dylan, among others. The album coincides with the publication of her memoir, Diamond in the Rough (HarperCollins), which is a natural extension of the intimate, personal and often hilarious stories that she weaves into her live concerts. Colvin recently spoke with Acoustic Guitar about the new CD and book for a cover story you can read at Both the CD and book are available now in the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders include an instant download of the album.

Mary Chapin Carpenter released her latest album, Ashes and Roses, in the UK on July 2 on Rounder/Decca. This is Carpenter’s twelfth studio album.


Oct 15 The Sage Gateshead Gateshead
Oct 16 National Concert Hall Dublin
Oct 17 The Assembly Rooms Derby
Oct 18 Symphony Hall Birmingham
Oct 19 The Usher Hall Edinburgh
Oct 20 Philharmonic Hall Liverpool
Oct 22 Royal Festival Hall London
Oct 23 Corn Exchange Cambridge


Aw, what a pity most of these are in the north of England. I'm sure you'd get a great response from the south west if you were to include a gig in Bristol - please do consider it! So disappointing after having bought Shawn Colvin's book and latest CD a couple of months ago - would love to hear her live, especially with Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Have wanted to see MCC for over twenty years, and she together with SC was even better than I'd ever dreamed of. The most beautiful music imaginable, and the guitar skills of both of them were astonishing. If you can get tickets, then do. Incidentally, in a sold out theatre, you could hear a pin drop and every single guitar string plucked from start to finish except for during the applause. Unusual for an audience to show so much respect these days!

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