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Legendary singer, songwriter, activist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Baez has announced an extensive 2018 world tour, including a visit to Edinburgh’s Usher Hall in March.
In conjunction with the tour, Baez will release a new studio album, Whistle Down The Wind, (Proper Records), produced by Joe Henry, in early March 2018.
This will be her first new record since 2008’s acclaimed Day After Tomorrow.
Baez will also play dates in Glasgow, York, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle, London and Dublin on the UK leg of her world tour.
Speaking of the tour, which will begin on March 2 in Stockholm, Baez says: “While 2018 will be my last year of formal extended touring, I’m looking forward to being on the road with a beautiful new album about which I am truly proud.
“I welcome the opportunity to share this new music as well as longtime favorites with my audiences around the world.”
Baez last performed in the UK in 2014 when she sold out four nights at London’s Royal Festival Hall, following a sold out 21-date tour in 2012.
Baez’s career has spanned over 50 years during which she marched on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement, unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963, inspired Vaclav Havel to fight for a Czech Republic, and continues to this day to stand passionately on behalf of causes she embraces.
She is the recipient of many honors including the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience award.
The 2018 UK and ROI dates are as follows:
March 13 – York, Barbican
March 14 – Birmingham, Symphony Hall
March 16 – Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
March 17 – Edinburgh, Usher Hall
March 19 – Belfast, Waterfront Hall
March 21 – Dublin, Bord Gais Energy Theatre
March 22 – Dublin, Bord Gais Energy Theatre
May 23 – Bristol, Colston Hall
May 24 – Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
May 26 – Gateshead, The Sage
May 28 – London, Royal Albert Hall
May 29 – London, Royal Albert Hall
Tickets on sale Friday 10 November