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Musical icon tours the world for the final time
Singer, songwriter, activist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Baez will release a new album and perform in the UK as part of her last full-length world tour in March 2018. Joan's Whistle Down The Wind album is released on March 2, with the British concert dates beginning on March 13. She plays Birmingham Symphony Hall on March 14 and returns to England in May for shows in Bristol, Manchester, Gateshead and London.
Speaking of the Fare Thee Well world tour, which begins on March 2 in Stockholm, Joan 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 favourites with my audiences around the world."
Her new album, her first since 2008's Day After Tomorrow, gathers material by some of the singer's favourite composers.
Produced by three-time Grammy Award winner Joe Henry and recorded over ten days of sessions in Los Angeles, the tracks include Whistle Down The Wind and Last Leaf by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, The Things That We Are Made Of by Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Be of Good Heart and Silver Blade by Josh Ritter. Also on the record are Civil War by Joe Henry, The President Sang Amazing Grace by Zoe Mulford and I Wish The Wars Were All Over by Tim Eriksen.
Joan's career has spanned over 50 years, during which she introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963, marched on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement with Martin Luther King, inspired Vaclav Havel to fight for a Czech Republic and stood with her friend Nelson Mandela in London's Hyde Park as the world celebrated his 90th birthday.
At the age of 76, she continues to campaign passionately on behalf of causes she embraces. She last performed in the UK in 2014 when she sold out four nights at London's Royal Festival Hall.
Venue: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Joan Baez 2018 UK and Ireland tour dates:
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;
May 23: Bristol Colston Hall;
May 24: Manchester Bridgewater Hall;
May 26: Gateshead The Sage;
May 28 & 29: London Royal Albert Hall.