Eric Bibb - Ridin' UK and Ireland Tour 2023

Eric Bibb - Ridin' UK and Ireland Tour 2023


Posted 2023-05-04 by Andy Colemanfollow

Thu 04 May 2023 - Mon 29 May 2023

Blues singer and guitarist Eric Bibb is promoting his latest album with a tour of the UK and Ireland during May 2023. The dates include gigs at Birmingham Town Hall on May 5, Kings Place, London , on May 11, Saint Luke’s in Glasgow on May 17, Manchester’s Stoller Hall on May 19 and Leeds’ City Varieties Music Hall on May 20.

Inspired: Eric Bibb. Picture: Jan Malmstrom

Eric’s new album, Ridin’, the follow-up to his multiple award-winning 2021 release, Dear America, is a concept record that draws inspiration from the 1862 oil painting, A Ride For Liberty , by Eastman Johnson, which depicts an African American family fleeing enslavement in the southern USA during the American Civil War.

Eric says: “As a songwriter, studying African American history has always been a deep well of inspiration. The true stories of my ancestors and their communities are at the heart of many of the songs on Ridin’.

Together with co-writer and producer Glen Scott we’ve created a concept album focusing on the ongoing task of understanding systemic racism and purging it from our world. For all its seriousness, Ridin’ is a funky, groovy, hopeful collection of songs that feature stellar guest appearances by Taj Mahal, Jontavious Willis, Russell Malone and Habib Koité.

At a time when popular political movements are attempting to delete truth from the historical record, I feel called upon to sing songs that contribute to greater understanding and much-needed unity. The making of Ridin’ has been a labour of love.

During his long career, the 71-year-old has received Grammy nominations for Shakin' a Tailfeather in 1997 and Migration Blues in 2017. He was named Acoustic Artist of the Year in 2012 and 2013. In 2017 he won the award for Acoustic Album of the Year for The Happiest Man in the World.

Music is a family affair for Eric. His father, the late Leon Bibb , was an activist, actor and folk singer who marched at Selma with Dr Martin Luther King. Eric’s youth was spent immersed in the folk scene, with artists like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Bob Seeger regular visitors to the family home.

When I think about my musical journey so far, I'm mostly grateful and amazed at where and who I am today,” Eric says. “I also realise how many musical dreams of mine have come true. Listening to my earliest recordings, I'm immediately aware of how my voice and guitar playing have evolved. I keep getting closer to the goal, even though the goalposts seem to continually move.

Grateful: Eric Bibb. Picture: Jan Malmstrom

Eric Bibb’s UK and Ireland tour dates, May 2023:

May 4: Arts Centre, Pontardawe;
May 5: Town Hall, Birmingham;
May 6: Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne;
May 8: The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds;
May 9: De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea;
May 11: Kings Place, London;
May 13: Cheese & Grain, Frome;
May 14: Phoenix, Exeter;
May 16: Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh;
May 17: Saint Luke’s, Glasgow;
May 19: Stoller Hall, Manchester;
May 20: City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds;
May 22: Playhouse, Whitley Bay;
May 23: The Stables, Milton Keynes;
May 25: Mandela Hall, Belfast;
May 26: Liberty Hall Theatre, Dublin;
May 28: Dolan’s, Limerick;
May 29: Cyprus Avenue, Cork.

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