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GIRLYMAN UK tour · May-June 2012

May 3, 2012 by  

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GIRLYMAN UK tour · May-June 2012

Mixed by Grammy Award winner Ben Wisch (Marc Cohn) and featuring guest appearances by the Indigo Girls’ Emily Saliers and others, Supernova is Girlyman’s fifth studio release and the first to include the kinetic percussion of newest member and former Po’ Girl drummer JJ Jones. Lush, Beatles-esque arrangements, the group’s signature three-part harmonies, and songs that “capture, in a story or a surprising metaphor, a feeling you’ve had but never heard so well-expressed” (Slate Magazine) all come together to create Girlyman’s most masterful work to date. “It’s the music of my heart and soul,” says comedian Margaret Cho. “Girlyman is the past and the present and the future.”

Ironically, the past year was one of the most challenging in the Atlanta-based quartet’s history. “A supernova is a dying star,” explains Girlyman member Doris Muramatsu, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in late 2010. The three founding members of Girlyman (Muramatsu, Nate Borofsky, and Tylan Greenstein) had spent ten years playing and singing harmony together, from early days in tiny coffeehouses, through long opening runs with the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams, all the way to festival main stages and the country’s premier folk venues. Now the band suddenly feared for its future. “I was in the hospital getting blood transfusions and chemotherapy. We cancelled a month of tours and thought that was it. We didn’t know if we’d ever tour again.”

Supernova is an autobiography of this unique time for the folk-rock quartet, and its thirteen songs resonate with themes of uncertainty and transformation. But the album is not a dirge; instead, the band reaches, as always, for hope. “A supernova may be a dying star,” continues Doris. “But as it turns out, it also gives birth to new stars.” Indeed, nine months later, Muramatsu’s cancer went into remission and the band was reborn.

CD release tours are scheduled in the U.S. through April, and the UK and mainland Europe in May and June 2012.


Wednesday 16th Hereford Out in the Sticks Festival at The Courtyard

01432 340 555 / £14, 8pm

Thursday 17th Basingstoke The Forge at Anvil Arts

01256 844244 / £14, 7.30pm

Friday 18th Kingston The Black Robin with requests plus Q&A – limited seats!

Nr. Canterbury 01227 831493 / £15, 7.15pm

Saturday 19th Kingston Kingston Barn Harmony Singing Workshop NB. Afternoon

2 sessions of 50 minutes with an interval for tea

Nr. Canterbury 01227 831493 / £20, 1.15pm

Saturday 19th Kingston Kingston Barn

Nr. Canterbury 01227 831493 / £14, 7.15pm

Sunday 20th London The Slaughtered Lamb

Clerkenwell 08444 771 000 / £14, 7.30pm

Tuesday 22nd Milton Keynes The Stables (Jim Marshall Auditorium)

01908 280800 / £15, 8pm

Wednesday 23rd Bristol The Hen & Chicken

07766 741 417 / £TBC, 7.30pm

Thursday 24th Brighton Private House Concert

Friday 25th Glasgow Stereo
0141 222 2254 / £10, 7.30pm
Saturday 26th House Of Mercy Radio Interview & session – broadcast schedule here

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