One of the great storytellers, Ralph McTell, is returning to Australia with new album Hill of Beans.
Known for his virtuoso guitar style, he is a prolific and gifted songwriter. With a style that invites you into a unique world, he weaves a narrative that is both significant and poignant. Hill of Beans features all new songs, and is Ralph’s first studio release in 9 years.
It is Ralph’s third collaboration with legendary American producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie, Elaine Paige) who first worked with Ralph in 1968 on his debut album Eight Frames a Second and also produced Not Till Tomorrow in 1972. Musicians on the album include Mary Hopkin on backing vocals, Danny Thompson on double bass and Gerry Conway on percussion.
Ralph’s last visit to Australia was in 2012. He will be taking the new album on a Hill of Beans World Tour in 2019, which luckily for us, includes returning to our shores in March. The album will be officially released in the New Year – and here’s a sneak peak from when Ralph performed ‘West 4th Street & Jones’ live on Later… with Jools Holland in September this year:
Australian Tour Dates:
1 March – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne
3 March – Old Museum, Brisbane
5 March – City Recital Hall, Sydney
8 & 9 March – Port Fairy Folk Festival
12 March – State Theatre Centre of WA, Perth
13 March – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide
15-17 March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival
For more information and tickets, head to http://www.troubadour-music.com/upcoming-tours/ralph-mctell.
Born in Kent, England, Ralph made his music debut in 1968 with the album Eight Frames a Second. An influential figure in the folk music scene since the 1960’s, McTell’s words and music weave narratives of depth and compassion, most famously in his classic 1974 song ‘Streets of London’, for which he won an Ivor Novello Award. In 2002 he was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Ralph’s Celtic connections go deep. A veteran of more than 50 album releases, his back catalogue is brimming with songs inspired by the Emerald Isle and its people, from the immigration anthem ‘From Clare to Here’ to ‘Mr Connaughton’, based upon a neighbourhood Irishman who helped spark a love of music in the young Ralph May, as he was then known.
“Songs that tell stories and touch hearts” – Eastbourne Herald
“His voice has matured and deepened to a richly roomy, bass-edged pitch, matched with similarly seasoned fingerstyle guitar work.” – Scotsman.com
“McTell’s guitar playing is rhythmic, sensitive and lyrical; his voice is smooth yet earthy and his songs accessible.” – Folk Radio UK