New Release & Tour: Thea Gilmore – Small World Turning

Thea Gilmore releases Small World Turning on 17 May – her first new collection of songs since 2017’s The Counterweight

Small World Turning takes a sharp musical turning of its own, many may argue a new commitment to what Thea Gilmore does best, as it’s an album with an unashamed folk flavour

The new record nails its colours to a very different wall from the get-go. Acoustic guitars are back to the fore, and a quintessentially rootsy array of instruments frame them – fiddles, whistles, mandolins, tenor banjos are all in abundance

Given the reverence in which Gilmore is held among contemporaries it will be no surprise that UK folk royalty including Cara Dillon, Seth Lakeman, Sam Lakeman, Katriona Gilmore, Jamie Roberts and BBC Radio 2’s Young Folk Award winner 2013 Ciaran Algar all step up to contribute. Moreover
the engine room of the record – which contains no traditional kit drums – is a stellar and diverse Transatlantic rhythm section of Matt Owens (Noah And The Whale) and Michael Blair (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello)

But Small World Turning is no hollow parade of the famous. As is ever the case with Thea Gilmore, it’s the songs that define and dazzle, and the 11 new compositions on display are a blend of melodic lilt and dark brooding choruses, with lyrics that repeatedly hold up a magnifying glass to 2019 England and impale greed, bigotry, class divide and hoarded wealth

Tour dates as follows…

May 15 – GLASGOW, Oran Mor
16 – ARLINGTON, Arts Centre
17 – NORWICH, Open
18 – MANCHESTER, RNCM
20 – BRISTOL, St Georges
21 – LONDON, Union Chapel
22 – BROMSGROVE, Artrix
23 – SHREWSBURY, Walker Theatre
24 – LEEDS, City Varieties
26 – GATESHEAD, Sage 2
27 – MILTON KEYNES, The Stables
28 – WORTHING, St Pauls Arts Centre
29 – CARDIFF, Acapela
30 – PORTSMOUTH, Wedgewood Rooms
31 – TORRINGTON, Plough Arts Centre