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Pete Seeger Tribute

Last night Frank appeared on Newsnight to play Pete Seeger’s ‘We Shall Overcome’, in tribute to the legendary American folk musician who died this week at the age of 94.

You can watch it on the show’s YouTube channel here.

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‘Polaroid Picture’ EP

Happy New Year! Thusfar 2014 has been hungover but restful. I’m pleased to announce that my first release of the year will be the ‘Polaroid Picture’ EP. As well as the title song, it features some new cover versions (Biffy Clyro, Frightened Rabbit and the Weakerthans) and a brand new song as well.”

It’ll be released on 3rd February, which just so happens to be the week of my UK headline tour.

The full tracklisting is:

1. Polaroid Picture
2. The Modern Leper
3. Plea From A Cat Named Virtute
4. Who’s Got A Match
5. Sweet Albion Blues

Physical copies available to pre-order here.

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Coachella Festival

Hey folks, just wanted to let you know I’ll be returning to the desert to play Coachella Festival this year.

Look out for me on Sunday of both weekends, 13th and 20th April.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10am PST, check out www.coachella.com to buy yours.

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Winchester Guildhall Show – 14th Feb

I’m happy to announce that we are adding a special show to the February tour. I’ll be playing a hometown solo show at Winchester Guildhall on February 14th – yes, valentines day. I’m a hopeless romantic at heart.

Tickets go on sale this Saturday 11th January from here.

You’ll also be available to buy them from the Tourist Information Centre inside the Guildhall building itself.

See you there!

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UK Tour Kits

Not long left now until the February arena tour!

We have a special edition tour kit which include some bonus merchandise like a limited edition tour t-shirt with fabric pen to make your own tour mark, Tape Deck Heart bandana, engraved metal lighter, 2014 tour medal, A1 tour poster and FTHC shot glass.

Some of the tour kit samples arrived today – check out the many uses for the Tape Deck Heart bandana. The lighter’s looking pretty neat too.

Order yours from here.

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Heading Home

I’m now at Jacksonville airport, starting my journey back to the UK. I’m pretty exhausted and for once very glad to be heading home.

 

This tour is done – 49 shows in the USA and Canada; if you include the European run, it’s 70 shows on the trot. This year, I’ve done 194 shows (73 of them with two slipped discs in my back). I’ve got one left (with Billy in London). We’ve played in 22 countries – the UK, Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Italy, Spain, China, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Poland, Canada and the USA – 29 states: MA, NY, CA, TX, CO, PA, MD, NJ, OH, WI, IN, TN, RI, ME, VT, MI, IA, NE, UT, NV, WA, OR, IL, MO, AL, FL, GA, NC, and VA.

 

We played 20 festivals – South by Southwest, Byron Bay, Groezrock, Podersdorf Surf, Dauwpop, Bonnaroo, Southside, Hurricane, Bravalla, Ottawa Blues, Toronto Urban Roots, Two Thousand Trees, T in the Park, Poolbar, Jarocin, Newport Folk, Osheaga, Jurassic Rock, Reading, and Leeds. The biggest show of the year was Reading Festival. The smallest was at my nephew’s primary school in Lancaster.

 

And that’s me done for the year. Thanks to the Sleeping Souls – Nigel, Ben, Matt, Tarrant, and honorary extra members Dan and Cahir; to Casey, Graham, Jovka, Eric, Tre, Dougie, Shaun, Greg and the rest of the crew; to all the bands we’ve shared stages with this year, including The Dropkick Murphys, The Architects, Beans On Toast, Larry & His Flask, George Frakes, Ben Marwood, Off With Their Heads, Die Toten Hosen, Lucero, Jon Allen, The Smith Street Band and Koo Koo Kanga Roo; and of course to everyone who came to the shows.

 

I’m going to put my feet up when I get home.

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Get Folked: The Great Folk Revival

If you’re looking for an excuse to spend a quiet night in this weekend, watch ‘Get Folked: The Great Folk Revival’ on More4 on Saturday at 10pm.

Not only will you get to see my face, but you’ll find out more about the roots of folk music and its increasing popularity.

More details on the documentary here.

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Busking With Billy Bragg

Congratulations to everyone who got tickets for my show with Billy Bragg in aid of Shelter, at Wilton’s Music Hall on December 18th.

BUT if you weren’t lucky enough to get a ticket don’t despair – the day before the show Billy and I will be busking on the streets of London in aid of Shelter.

Stay tuned for details of the Central London Location…

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Zane Lowe’s Hottest 100

Mr Zane Lowe has shortlisted ‘Recovery’ for his Hottest Record of 2013 – I hope you’ll be kind enough to cast your vote here.

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Spanish Shows Announced

Excited to be heading to Spain in the new year for some new shows. Will be joined by my good friends La M.O.D.A too! Full dates below.

30th Jan – Loco Club, Valenica
31st Jan – Bikini, Barcelona
1st Feb – Sale Arena, Madrid

Tickets are on sale now, click here to get yours.

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