Ever prolific Blek is preparing for the release of his fourth solo studio album in as many years.
Entitled ‘Thistle & Thorn’ it was recorded between Clonakilty, Co. Cork and Louisville, Kentucky during the early part of 2018. It features numerous collaborations with longtime musical partners Brian Casey and Davie Ryan as well as the addition of the ethereal voice of Joan Shelley and melodious fingerstyle folk guitar of Nathan Salsburg. This is John’s most complete and ambitious work to date.
It is due for release on the 1st of February 2019 through John’s own imprint WARR. To be followed by a 22nd March release through K & F Records in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Available on CD, download and heavy weight gatefold vinyl.
‘Salt in the Water’ from Blek’s last album Catharsis Vol.1, was nominated for Song of the Year at the International Folk Music Awards 2018 at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City. It’s been a busy few years and it shows no sign of letting up. Endless tours and recording in Ireland, Europe, UK and USA keep the Irish troubadour busy.
He is a master storyteller and an inspiring live performer. His beautiful fingerstyle guitar and joyous vocal weave a tapestry that is as poignant as it is skilful. He is a true artist.
Ireland February/March Tour
Fri 1st Feb – Coughlan’s, Cork
Sat 2nd Feb – Inkwell Theatre, Minane Bridge
Fri 8th Feb – No Alibis, Belfast
Sat 9th Feb – Whelan’s, Dublin
Sun 10th Feb – Toal’s, Monaghan
Mon 11th Feb – Mick Murphy’s, Ballymore Eustace
Fri 1st Mar – The Greyhound, Kilkee
Thurs 7th Mar – Borris House, Carlow
Fri 8th Mar – The Washerwoman, Ballina
Sat 9th Mar – Ubh, Newbridge
Sun 10th Mar – The Black Gate Cultural Centre, Galway
Fri 29th Mar – Weir Folk Club, Midleton
Sun 31st Mar – Connolly’s, Leap