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Chart-topper performs tracks from his new album
Singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner has just completed a world tour that took him as far afield as Australia and the Far East but he is already looking forward to getting back on the road.

The 28-year-old from Reigate in Surrey has announced a 2014 UK tour that includes a show at Birmingham O2 Academy on February 20.

Newton Faulkner
Just released: Studio Zoo

This week Newton released his fourth album, Studio Zoo, a record fans are already familiar with because the making of it was streamed live from the singer's home studio for five weeks.

At the start of the project, Newton announced: "I am as excited as I am terrified by the prospect of having a house full of cameras film me while trying to record an album. The entire recording process will be streamed live and nothing has been recorded in advance - apart from some particularly good hand claps recorded in Paris. The album will be made before your very eyes, no tricks, no producer and no engineer, just me, a guitar and a few surprise guests."

The guests included Ted Dwayne from Mumford & Sons and X Factor's Janet Devlin who both appear on the album.

Newton Faulkner
Battling on: Newton Faulkner

Losing Ground, the first single from Studio Zoo, is released on September 8. Newton says: ''It's about battling on even when you know you're on the back foot. You go through ups and downs and it's about being in a down but being okay with it, because you know there must be an up on the way... hopefully."

Newton's last album, Write It On Your Skin, went straight to number one in the UK, as did his double platinum debut record Hand Built By Robots. Second album, Rebuilt By Humans, peaked at number three.

Newton Faulkner
In the studio: Newton Faulkner

Newton Faulkner's 2014 UK tour dates:

Feb 9- Belfast Limelight;
Feb 11- Edinburgh Picture House;
Feb 12- Glasgow O2 ABC;
Feb 13 - Newcastle O2 Academy;
Feb 15 - Leeds O2 Academy;
Feb 16 - Liverpool O2 Academy;
Feb 17- Manchester Bridgewater;
Feb 19 - York Barbican;
Feb 20 - Birmingham O2 Academy;
Feb 21 - Nottingham Rock City;
Feb 23 - Norwich UEA;
Feb 24 - Ipswich Corn Exchange;
Feb 26 - Bournemouth O2 Academy;
Feb 27 - Bristol Colston Hall;
Feb 28 - Cardiff University;
Mar 2 - Portsmouth Guildhall;
Mar 3 - Bexhill On Sea De La Warr Pavilion;
Mar 5 - London Roundhouse;
Mar 6 - Guildford G Live;
Mar 7 -Exeter Great Hall.
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Why? Acoustic guitar virtuoso Newton Faulkner showcases his new album
When: February 20, 2014
Phone: 0121 622 8250
Where: O2 Academy, Birmingham
Cost: 19.50 plus fees
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