David Gray has confirmed release details for a new album Gold In A Brass Age; his first album of new material in four years, alongside a seventeen-date tour of the UK for 2019.

The album will be available on March 8th through IHT Records and AWAL Recordings, with the first single The Sapling is out now.  The album arrives just ahead of a run of headline shows, commencing at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall on Friday, 15th March and including London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday, 17th March before culminating with two nights at Dublin’s Bord Gais Theatre on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th April.

Speaking about the creation of Gold In A Brass Age, Gray says; “With this album, my default position was to do everything differently.  I didn’t think ‘this would be a good hook or these lyrics could work for a chorus’.  I was keen to get away from narrative.  Instead of writing melodies, I looked for phrases with a natural cadence, so that the rhythm began with the words.  I re-imagined where a song might spring from and what form it could take.”

Written in breaks between several month-long tour stints, which included a US co-headline run of shows with Alison Krauss,- Gold In A Brass Age sees Gray’s unmistakable vocal hushed in many places to an intimate falsetto, to compelling effect.  Hypnotic lead single and album-opener The Sapling bears out the nuanced approach in spades, with Gray’s rumination on the brevity of life tempered by layered vocals and a brass section including cor anglais and baritone sax.

Gold In A Brass Age will be David Gray’s eleventh album in a career that spans over 25 years, several Brit and Grammy nominations, and three number one UK albums, including for the breakout multi-platinum White Ladder.  It is also a vital new collection of songs from an artist still revelling in his passion for song-craft, pushing himself into unfamiliar terrain, surprising himself as much as his fans along the way.

TOUR DATES 2019

March

Date Venue
Fri 15th St David’s Hall Cardiff
Sat 16th Corn Exchange Cambridge
Sun 17th Royal Festival Hall London
Tue 19th The Dome Brighton
Wed 20th Cliffs Pavilion Southend
Fri 22nd Bridgewater Hall Manchester
Sat 23rd Royal Concert Hall Nottingham
Sun 24th Sage Gateshead
Tue 26th Philharmonic Hall Liverpool
Wed 27th Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth
Fri 29th Symphony Hall Birmingham
Sat 30th Barbican York
Sun 31st Royal Concert hall Glasgow

April

Date Venue
Tue 2nd Waterfront Belfast
Thu 4th Royal Theatre Castlebar
Fri 5th Bord Gais Theatre Dublin
Sat 6th Bord Gais Theatre Dublin

Tickets are now on sale

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